Rep. Lauwers bill pivotal in restoring Michigan’s shipping industry

The state Legislature today approved a plan from state Rep. Dan Lauwers to bring back shipping jobs to Michigan while maintaining robust standards that keep invasive species from the Great Lakes. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export business to surrounding Great…

Michigan House approves Rep. Iden’s internet gaming bill

Measure will make it safer to play casino games online   The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Brandt Iden to regulate internet gaming in Michigan. Rep. Iden, of Oshtemo Township, said his measure will allow online gaming only through currently existing land-based casinos, including any tribal casino that reworks its…

Rep. Chatfield announces funding for Brimley-area health center, LSSU community center

Funding included in new state budget   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today announced the state budget approved by the Legislature will fund construction at a health center in Brimley. Rep. Chatfield, of Levering, said the budget includes $1.5 million to fund the new construction at the Bay Mills Indian Community Ellen Marshall Memorial Health Center….

Rep. Chatfield announces funding for Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Funding included in new state budget   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today announced the state budget approved by the Legislature will fund construction at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Rep. Chatfield, of Levering, said the budget includes $1 million to fund the completion of the project. Rep. Chatfield said the…

Rep. Howell votes to approve efficient, effective state budget

Spending plan focuses on schools, public safety, recreation   State Rep. Gary Howell joined a majority of his House colleagues today in approving a budget for the coming fiscal year that contains record funding for K-12 education and roads while paying down debt. Rep. Howell, of North Branch, said the spending blueprint for the coming…

Rep. Hoitenga votes for state budget focused on key priorities

Spending plan focuses on issues important to families   State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted to approve the state budget, making continued investments in roads, school safety and treatment of mental health. Hoitenga, of Manton, said the fiscally conservative budget for the coming fiscal year continues to pay down debt and spends fewer state taxpayer…

Rep. Whiteford: Budget plan benefits environment, keeps families safe

Legislator votes for 2018-19 spending blueprint   State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted for a state budget that reins in state spending while reducing debt and preserving key environmental safeguards. Whiteford, of Casco Township, serves on the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the Appropriations Environmental Quality Sub-Committee. “The most important responsibility that we have as…

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Rep. Roberts votes for record-high education funding

State Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Charlotte) today voted in favor of record-high funding for K-12 education in Michigan. “Investing in our kids’ future has always been a priority of mine in the Legislature,” Roberts said. “We can’t take education for granted. As we focus more of our resources on enhancing the education and future careers of…

Rep. Bellino: Money coming to repair Stoney Creek Road in Monroe County

State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced he has secured money in the new state budget to improve Stoney Creek Road, an essential Monroe County route traveled by thousands of people every day. The budget approved by the Michigan Legislature includes $3.35 million to improve the road, a primary east-west route in the district Bellino represents….