Rep. Webber supports licensed professional counselors with vote

Lawmaker: LARA should not be involved in changes to scope of practice State Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, on Tuesday joined House colleagues from both sides of the aisle in unanimously approving a plan to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law. The law has not been updated since it was enacted in…

Rep. Alexander votes to ensure counselors may continue to practice

State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, on Tuesday joined House colleagues in approving a plan to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law. The law has not been updated since it was enacted in 1988. Alexander said updates are needed because the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has proposed striking the…

Rep. Crawford proposal would undo governor’s veto, restore funding for seniors

State Rep. Kathy Crawford has introduced a plan to restore funding vetoed by Gov. Whitmer for senior citizen program grants. Crawford, who chairs the Families, Children and Seniors Committee, said Michigan’s multipurpose senior citizen centers provide a variety of necessary services allowing older adults to thrive, including mental health services. There are more than 1,500…

Plan to preserve child welfare funding led by Rep. VanWoerkom

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom today introduced a proposal that would restore necessary funding for the state’s network of county welfare programs charged with ensuring the wellbeing of children in the foster and juvenile justice systems. This funding was stripped from the state budget through line-item veto by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. When signing budget bills for…

Rep. Allor counters Governor’s cuts to PFAS testing at airports

State Rep. Sue Allor today introduced a proposal that would restore funding intended to assist local communities with the cost of monitoring PFAS contamination at municipal airports around the state. This grant program was stripped from the state budget through line-item veto by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning…

Rep. Schroeder leads plan to halt Governor’s cuts to Alzheimer’s care

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder today introduced a proposal that would restore funding for a pilot program to boost care for Alzheimer’s patients and their families in 10 Michigan counties—including Oakland. This program was stripped from the state budget through line-item veto by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct….

Rep. Hauck introduces plan to restore funding for CTE equipment grants

State Rep. Roger Hauck today introduced a plan to restore funding for career and technical education equipment after Gov. Whitmer stripped funding for the grants last week. Hauck, of Union Township, said the bipartisan school budget plan approved by the Legislature included $16 million in grants to help local schools obtain the equipment they need…

LaFave plan would revive funding for county veteran service offices

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today introduced a plan to reverse damaging cuts made by the governor in a recent round of budget vetoes. LaFave’s measure, House Bill 5075, would restore $4 million to the County Veteran Service Fund to help connect veterans with the benefits they have earned through their military service….

Mueller introduces plan to reverse governor’s local police funding cuts

State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, today introduced a plan to restore important funding to allow more deputies to patrol on Michigan roads, money previously stripped out of the state budget through a line-item veto by Gov. Whitmer. When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Gov. Whitmer cut $13 million from…

Wakeman plan would restore funding to public charter schools

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today introduced a plan to restore crucial funding that provides charter schools with an additional $240 per-pupil increase for the nearly 150,000 charter school students across Michigan, money previously stripped out of the state budget through a line-item veto by Gov. Whitmer. When signing budget bills for the…

Rep. Lightner introduces plan to restore governor’s funding cuts to local communities

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport today introduced legislation to restore important funding to local communities in the wake of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes. Lightner’s proposal deals with what’s known as “payment in lieu of taxes” from the state to local communities. These payments replace revenue lost on tax-exempt land owned by the state,…