Rep. Lauwers helps stop abuse of taxpayer dollars with common-sense welfare reforms

Michigan welfare recipients could no longer use taxpayer dollars at liquor stores, casinos and adult entertainment clubs under reform legislation overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. The bill package, which Lauwers is helping co-sponsor, requires liquor stores, horse racing tracks and adult entertainment venues to stop recipients from using…

Haveman statement on state Supreme Court adding juvenile lifers to docket

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Haveman, R-Holland, issued the following statement after the Michigan Supreme Court announced it will hear several new cases that could make the ban on juvenile life without parole sentences retroactive, allowing those behind bars a possible resentencing hearing: “I strongly support the decision by the state Supreme Court to consider…

Rep. Kowall praises legislation to protect taxpayers by halting Bridge Card abuse

State Rep. Eileen Kowall today applauded the House’s passage of a four-bill package designed to ensure those who receive cash assistance using their taxpayer-funded Bridge Cards will no longer be able to make cash withdrawals at casinos, liquor stores, horse tracks or strip clubs. “Bridge Cards should be used to help families get back on…

House approves legislation to protect taxpayers by reining in Bridge Card abuse

Michigan taxpayers are the big winners today after the House approved a bill package that prohibits the use of Bridge Cards in casinos, horse tracks, liquor stores and strip clubs, state Rep. Amanda Price announced. “By limiting where Bridge Cards can be used, we are ensuring public assistance dollars are being used as they are…

Rep. Johnson announces holiday office hours

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, today announced his district office hours schedule for November and December will change to Dec. 9 and 13 due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Johnson normally meets with residents of Arenac and Gladwin counties on the last Friday of each month and Osceola and Clare counties residents on the…

New jobs planned in Milton Township thanks to grant for Fontijne Formitt, Inc.

A business expansion and new jobs are being created in Milton Township thanks to support from a Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) grant awarded to Fontijne Formitt, a metal fabrication company based in Niles, state Rep. Dave Pagel announced today. “The parent company, Fontijne Grotnes, chose to invest $2.6 million into the project over an existing…

Rep. Howrylak invites local seniors to upcoming senior brigade event in Clawson

State Representative Martin Howrylak and the Michigan Attorney General’s office will host a Senior Brigade Town Hall on Friday, November 15. The town hall will feature presentations on avoiding home repair and equity scams, working with contractors and understanding reverse mortgages. Another presentation will focus on investment scams and tools to avoid them. “Senior citizens…

Jenkins invites local residents to attend office hours during November

Lawmaker will also host food drive during the events State Rep. Nancy Jenkins encourages all residents of the 57th House District to attend the office hour events she has scheduled during the month of November. In conjunction with her office hours, Jenkins will be hosting a food drive, with all donations going to a local…