Rep. Lilly votes for fiscally responsible state budget

Legislator: Key investments in roads, students, mental health care   State Rep. Jim Lilly today voted for budget bills that make record investments in K-12 schools and the transportation system while designating more spending for mental health care in Ottawa County. “This is a responsible budget that keys in on priorities that are important to…

Rep. Iden, Sen. O’Brien secure more road funding to boost Kalamazoo County economy

One of the improvements will assist planned Stryker expansion Rep. Brandt Iden and Sen. Margaret O’Brien today announced they successfully secured funding for several key Kalamazoo County road projects, including one that will assist the expansion of a key employer. The state will provide $1.8 million to improve Zylman Avenue as part of its new…

Rep. Hornberger’s plan updating driver’s license or state ID has been signed into law

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger to align state identification cards with federal guidelines and bring the state into compliance with federal requirements was signed into law this week by Gov. Rick Snyder. Current Michigan law does not allow for a license expiration date to align with the expiration date of an individual’s visa….

Rep. Rendon: State budget supports Camp Grayling, other northern Michigan needs

State Rep. Daire Rendon was successful in her efforts to include financial help for Camp Grayling and its law enforcement training site in a state budget given final legislative approval today. Rendon helped secure $75,000 to improve a facility used to train law enforcement officers from across northern Michigan at Camp Grayling. She also helped…

Rep Leutheuser votes for balanced budget with more education, road funding

Legislator applauds emphasis on early learning, skilled trades   State Rep. Eric Leutheuser today voted to approve a state budget that prioritizes K-12 education and roads. Leutheuser, of Hillsdale, said the budget is fiscally responsible and reduces government spending while paying down debt. He said the plan addresses key priorities for hard-working taxpayers and families….

Rep. Hornberger secures state funding for Chesterfield Township park

Rep. Pamela Hornberger today successfully secured state money to help with improvements at a Chesterfield Township park. The funding is included in a new state budget approved by the Michigan Legislature. The $50,000 allocation will help build a parking lot for Veteran’s Memorial Park on Community Center Drive between Hall Road and 21 Mile Road…

Rep. Lucido plan offers additional protections for Michigan landlords

Legislation also clarifies eviction procedures State Rep. Peter Lucido has introduced legislation to better protect landlords from tenants who skip out on their water and sewer bills. Lucido, of Shelby Township, said the concept is simple – if tenants use the water, they should pay for it. “Right now, when someone moves out and walks…

Rep. Farrington secures resources to boost community projects, mental health funding

State Rep Diana Farrington helped secure state funding for several area projects in a new Michigan state budget given final legislative approval today. “From improvements in downtown Utica to a vital turnaround project for Mound Road, this budget will help make life better for area residents,” Farrington said. Among the projects: –Additional road project money…

Cole votes for budget that pays down debt, controls spending

Fiscally conservative plan has record K-12 school funding State Rep. Triston Cole today joined a majority of his legislative colleagues to approve a state budget that keeps government spending in check while reducing the state’s debt. Cole, of Mancelona, said fewer state tax dollars are in this budget than in the previous budget cycle. The…

Rep. Griffin: New state budget supports job training, school safety, families

Rep. Beth Griffin today voted in favor of a new state budget aimed at improving schools, workforce preparation programs and services to support southwest Michigan families. “Bright futures begin with a quality education and the training needed to get better jobs,” said Griffin, of Mattawan, after the bills were given final legislative approval. “We are…

Rep. Kahle secures state funding to improve roadway access to Adrian College, city

Rep. Bronna Kahle has helped secure $450,000 to assist a key road project benefitting Adrian College and the entire community. The money – included in a state budget approved today by the Michigan Legislature – will help complete construction of an access road from U.S. 223 to the college. “This project is critically important for…

VanSingel votes for budget that focuses on schools, roads

Plan reduces debt, spends less taxpayer money that current budget   State Rep. Scott VanSingel today voted for a responsible state budget that focuses on issues key to hard-working taxpayers, such as school funding, classroom safety and fixing roads. VanSingel, of Grant, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, said the budget is once again…