Glardon helping sponsor legisation to assist farmers, residents who use renewable energy

Michigan residents with windmills on their property would no longer have to pay personal property taxes on the devices under legislation unveiled today by state Rep. Ben Glardon. Glardon, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, is working with the committee chair on the legislation, which exempts residential wind and solar conversion devices from the…

Speaker Bolger has reappointed Rep. Wayne Schmidt to Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today said he has reappointed state Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission. MIPRC, formed in 2000, currently includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The commission brings leaders from across the region together to…

State Rep. Schmidt announces support Main Street Fairness bills

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today announced his support for the Main Street Fairness package, which requires out-of-state online retailers to collect Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax and direct it to the state, just as Michigan companies with brick-and-mortar establishments are required to do. “The Main Street Fairness bills will help level the playing field for…

Speaker Bolger has reappointed Rep. Wayne Schmidt to Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission

Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today said he has reappointed state Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission. MIPRC, formed in 2000, currently includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The commission brings leaders from across the region together to advocate for…

Bumstead committed to continuing responsible, realistic budgeting

The state budget process began today with Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommendations to a joint session of the House and Senate budget committees. Bumstead, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, participated in the session and is preparing to continue implementing responsible budget reforms that will move Michigan…

MacGregor and VerHeulen committed to creating state budget that will move Michigan forward

The budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2014 today began with Gov. Rick Snyder’s initial budget recommendations before a joint session of the House and Senate budget committees. State Reps. Peter MacGregor and Rob VerHeulen, both members of the House Appropriations Committee, participated in today’s session and are prepared to get to work on a responsible…

Jenkins ready to get to work on state budget

Gov. Rick Snyder today presented his initial budget recommendations before a joint meeting of the House and Senate budget committees, the first of many steps in the construction of a state budget for the 2014 fiscal year. “We put a lot of effort into being fiscally responsible when finances were down, and will certainly continue…

Chairman Haveman’s Statement on Gov. Snyder’s Budget Recommendation

Our responsible budgeting over the last two years has delivered results. Michigan has a healthier economy, an improved credit rating outlook and a much more efficient state government. Going forward, we must stick to this long-term plan for success by continuing to prioritize programs that work. Every dollar we spend comes from the pocket of…

Rep. Johnson applauds initiatives for veterans

Plans from the Michigan Secretary of State to reach out to the state’s military veterans were unveiled this week at the Capitol and Rep. Joel Johnson said he is ready to work on those that require legislative action. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, state veterans advocates and lawmakers joined to unveil several initiatives to assist…

Rep. Johnson applauds initiatives for veterans

Plans from the Michigan Secretary of State to reach out to the state’s military veterans were unveiled this week at the Capitol and Rep. Joel Johnson said he is ready to work on those that require legislative action. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, state veterans advocates and lawmakers joined to unveil several initiatives to assist…

Rep. Price responds to Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Twp., today made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget presentation: “As part of the appropriations process, the governor proposes a budget and it is our role as legislators to take a careful and thoughtful look to ensure we have an effective and efficient spending plan for our state…