Schmidt: Medicaid reform vital to N. Michigan residents, healthcare providers

Lawmaker again votes Medicaid Reform State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today voted again to support sweeping Medicaid reform legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives. Schmidt, R-Traverse City, said his vote on the bill, which is designed to implement a more fiscally responsible alternative to the current Medicaid system, has not changed. “The need is still…

Price to hold office hours in Spring Lake

State Rep. Amanda Price will hold local office hours in Spring Lake on Friday, Sept. 6 to meet with area residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at the Spring Lake District Library, located at 123 E. Exchange St., from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All area residents are welcome to stop…

Rendon announces September office hours

Area residents can meet with state Rep. Bruce Rendon to talk about state government concerns at the lawmaker’s local office hours scheduled for Sept. 13 in Crawford and Kalkaska counties, and Sept. 23 in Ogemaw, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. “Office hours provide an added chance for me to meet face-to-face with residents and learn about…

A Strong Education for a Brighter Future

by: Jase Bolger, Speaker of the Michigan House As my own daughter heads back to Marshall High School this week, and as Albion High School students join Marshall, it is clear to me that access to a quality education is essential for all kids and parents will fight for what’s right for their kids. In…

Medicaid reform is right for Michigan’s uninsured and taxpayers

By Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall All summer, state legislators have been working hard to solve problems facing Michigan’s hardworking men and women, including how to serve more than 400,000 workers without health insurance while protecting Michigan’s taxpayers through Medicaid reform. The Michigan House stands ready to work with the Senate to send…

Leonard volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County

State Rep. Tom Leonard recently joined other local volunteers in working with Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County on its latest home in St. Johns. “It was an honor to work with Habitat for Humanity and help build a home for a local family in need,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt Township. “The work that Habitat is…

House approves Rep. Kelly resolution declaring Patriot Week on Sept. 11-17

The Michigan House today approved a resolution authored by Rep. Tim Kelly to declare Sept. 11-17, 2013 as Patriot Week in the state of Michigan. Kelly introduced the resolution to honor the first principles, founders, documents and symbols of U.S. history, as well as to memorialize the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001. …

Outman, Emmons take part in backpack drive at Central Montcalm

Lawmakers, Students First conduct back-to-school event State Rep. Rick Outman and state Sen. Judy Emmons recently helped distribute free backpacks and school supplies for kindergartners and first-graders at Montcalm Central Elementary School. The 100 backpacks handed out included pencils, glue, notebooks and folders, and are part of a nationwide initiative by the Students First organization…

Lori announces grant for historic preservation in Dowagiac

Funds will rehabilitate downtown building State Rep. Matt Lori today announced a grant to eliminate blight in downtown Dowagiac by funding rehabilitation of a historic building into a movie theater and residential units. Lori, R-Constantine, said the Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved the $171,005 Community Development Block Grant enabling a local firm to rehabilitate the…

Outman, Ag Chair Daley to speak at Breakfast on the Farm

Event educates public about modern farming State Rep. Rick Outman and House Agriculture Chair Kevin Daley will be featured speakers at Breakfast on the Farm on Sept. 7, an event at Black Locust Farms in Stanton to help people learn about modern farming. Outman, R- Six Lakes, and Daley, R-Lum, will be on hand to…

Rep. Leonard announces September office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard today announced he will host a pair of office hour events during September. Local residents of the 93rd House District can meet with the lawmaker at the following locations: In St. Johns on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. In Ithaca…

Speaker Bolger appoints Marquette resident to Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today appointed Jack Hubbard of Marquette to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. The Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board advises the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on policies, plans and programs concerning the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. It supports…