Rep. Sheppard announces December district hours

State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents of the 56th District to meet with him during his December in-district office hours. The times and locations are as follows: Friday, Dec. 8 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Tim Hortons, 107 Cabelas Blvd. E. in Dundee; and Monday, Dec. 11 from 8 to 9 a.m….

Rep. Bellino announces local office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Dec. 18 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Bellino said. “This commitment is why I will continue to hold office hours and meet with constituents every…

Rep. Johnson announces December office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Monday, December 18, 2017 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   “Open and honest…

Rep. VerHeulen introduces new revenue sharing legislation

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker has proposed legislation creating the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, which will help rebuild lost revenue sharing communities have experienced over the last 15 years. VerHeulen’s bill lays the framework for a plan using money generated through Michigan’s sales tax to create additional revenue sharing funds, while employing the same…

Rep. Noble announces local skilled-training grants

Rep. Jeff Noble today announced a combined grant award of $396,138 to 11 local businesses from the Northville and Plymouth areas. Adient, Clips & Clamps Industries, CW Bearing, E&E Manufacturing Company Inc., Globe Tech, HELLA Electronics Corporation, IFM North Americas Inc., Isuzu North America, Resinate Material Group, SAMES KREMLIN and Tower International were awarded funds…

Rep. Glenn pledges to fight bill threatening Bay City Western Warrior mascot

State Rep. Gary Glenn, of Williams Twp., whose son graduated and played football at Bay City Western High School in Auburn, today said he will work to kill a state Senate bill introduced last month that threatens to reduce state funding to Bay City Public Schools unless Western sports teams abandon their Native American-based “Warrior”…

Rep. Bellino votes to empower college students with loan debt

State Rep. Joe Bellino voted this week to require state colleges and universities to provide annual federal student loan updates to help each student better manage their debt. “Student debt is becoming a national crisis, but we have the opportunity to be a standard to better manage and decrease debt,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “Working…

Rep. LaFave votes for students to get more college loan information

State Rep. Beau LaFave voted this week to require state colleges to provide annual updates to students on their federal student loan status to better manage their debt. “Our Upper Peninsula college students do not need the added challenge of starting their careers under a mountain of debt,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “A simple…

Rep. Crawford bills contribute to reforms protecting police, firefighter retiree benefits

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi said today new legislation in the Michigan House will help safeguard retiree benefits for police, firefighters and other municipal employees. The reforms will identify local government retirement plans in severe financial trouble due to underfunding, then set up a system to help them avoid financial crisis. Crawford introduced three…

Rep. Tedder announces local skilled-training grants

Rep. Jim Tedder today announced a combined grant award of $54,000 to three local businesses from the Waterford and Clarkston areas. Independence Commercial Construction, Lawrence Plastics and Pentastar Aviation were awarded funds from the 2018 GoingPRO-Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) for the development of skilled-training programs in local Michigan companies. “I applaud these businesses for…

Rep. Howell introduces bill as part of wider local government retirement benefit reforms

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch on Thursday introduced legislation as part of a multi-bill reform plan aimed at protecting essential public services as well as the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan. The landmark plan follows a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year….

Rep. Noble backs bill for better student loan reporting

State Rep. Jeff Noble voted this week to require state colleges to provide annual updates to students on their federal student loan status to better manage their debt. “Our college graduates should not have to spend the first 20 years of their careers paying for their education,” said Noble, of Plymouth. “Giving students an annual…