Rep. Muxlow votes to put veterans designation on licenses and IDs

State Rep. Paul Muxlow today announced that the Michigan House approved two bills that will create a special designation for veterans on driver’s licenses and state ID cards. House Bills 4037 and 4287 will eliminate some of the hassle that veterans go through when trying to prove their military service. “These bills are common-sense legislation…

Lawmakers: Democrats’ Michigan 2020 proposal can’t be taken seriously

State Reps. Jeff Farrington and Joe Haveman today raised concerns about a half-finished Democrat proposal called the Michigan 2020 plan.  The plan would take money from popular tax credits and deductions to set up a fund where Michigan taxpayers will pay for state residents’ college tuition.  An unelected and unaccountable board will make the decisions…

Rep. Rogers reluctantly moves forward on health-care exchange implementation

State Rep. Bill Rogers released the following statement after voting in favor of House Bill 4111, which establishes a state-federal health exchange in advance of enactment of the Affordable Care Act. “These exchanges are coming, there is no way around it,” said Rogers, R-Brighton. “This was a reluctant decision, but elections do have consequences and…

House approves veterans ID bills

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved House Bills 4037 and 4287, which allows veterans to receive a special designation on their driver’s license or state ID cards, state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz announced. “The legislation will open many doors for Michigan veterans,” said Kurtz, R-Coldwater, who serves on the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.  “Now…

Somerville lauds legislation designed to create Veterans designation on licenses

State Rep. Patrick Somerville today voted to approve legislation that will make it easier for Michigan veterans to receive the benefits and discounts they deserve. House Bill 4037 creates a special designation on Michigan driver’s licenses for Michigan veterans, which removes the hassles they previously encountered. “Veterans have earned certain benefits through their sacrifice and…

VerHeulen reluctantly moving forward on health care exchange implementation

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today voted with other members of the House Appropriations Committee to appropriate a grant from the federal government that will fund the technology to start up a federal government-mandated health care exchange in Michigan. VerHeulen, a freshman member of the Legislature, says this choice was made after a lengthy cost-benefit analysis…

Forlini: It’s better to be in driver’s seat on health care exchange

Lawmaker comments on budget committee’s action   State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, chair of the House Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement regarding the House Appropriation Committee’s approval of a health care exchange partnership with the federal government: “Two weeks ago I roughed up the presenters of the state…

House declares cancer awareness month

March 2013 is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Michigan after state lawmakers this week approved House Resolution 35, sponsored by Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey. “The governor has said that to build a stronger Michigan, we must build a healthier Michigan and battling cancer is a top concern for everybody,” Foster said. “The…

Pagel schedules in-district office hours

No appointment needed to meet with lawmaker State Rep. Dave Pagel will meet with residents of the 78th House District during office hours on Saturday, March 2 in Berrien Springs. Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, will sponsor office hours at Hopper’s Family Restaurant, 9675 U.S. Highway 31 in Berrien Springs from 10 a.m. to noon. People with…

Innovative approach at Jackson County’s Enterprise Group discussed in House committee

  Bill Rayl, senior vice president of the Enterprise Group of Jackson Inc. and executive director of the Jackson Area Manufacturing Association, this afternoon testified before the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness on developing economic competitiveness through collaboration.  State Rep. Mike Shirkey, committee chair, invited Rayl to speak about the innovative programs available at the…

Rep. Farrington raises questions over EITC proposal

State Rep. Jeff Farrington today raised some concerns over a recent plan being pushed by Democrats in the House and Senate to raise the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Currently Michigan covers 6 percent of the federal tax credit, which is more than 31 other states currently offer. “Democrats have yet to answer the tough…

Kurtz bills to assist funeral directors in providing services

State Rep. Kenneth Kurtz today announced legislation that would help funeral directors and grieving Michigan families. House Bills 4303, 4329 and 4330 would allow Midwest funeral directors to cross state lines to participate in the removal, document signing, and transportation process.  Michigan funeral directors would be allowed the same rights in other states that have…