House Panel supports hard-working taxpayers by cutting down on Bridge Card abuse

The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved House Bills 4858-60 by state Rep. Margaret O’Brien to reduce welfare abuse and fraud by requiring automated teller machines located in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment establishments to refuse Bridge Cards. “Taxpayers expect their money to be used to build families up, not tear families…

Rep. Pettalia attends ceremony honoring Frank Kelley with state complex walkway

Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley (center), who served from 1961 to 1998, was honored this week at a ceremony that named the state government complex walkway east of the Hall of Justice building after him. The legislation for the recognition was approved unanimously by the Legislature, and House and Senate lawmakers attended the Oct. 23…

Pscholka receives AG Award from MSU Extension

State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, was honored by Michigan State University Extension with its Key Partner Award for 2013.  Pscholka received the award this week at the group’s annual conference at the Kellogg Center in Lansing. “During development of the budget for 2014, Representative Pscholka made sure that Extension services and agricultural research were given…

Rep. Graves works to make Michigan schools safer

House Education Committee approves legislation Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Joseph Graves  was approved today by the House Education Committee updating school safety drill requirements for schools to ensure student safety. The measure updates the type of drills schools conduct and requires public and private school districts to post documentation on their websites showing completion…

Bill providing 100-percent disabled veterans property tax exemptions passes House

Totally and permanently disabled veterans would be able to receive a 100-percent exemption on their principle residence under a measure approved unanimously today by the Michigan House.  State Rep. Jeff Farrington, chair of the House Committee on Tax Policy, voiced support for Senate Bill 352. “It’s important to give something back to those that gave…

Franz votes for sales tax relief from trade-ins

Used auto, watercraft, RV values provide bottom-line discount  Michigan will join 45 other states that credit vehicle trade-in values when calculating the sales tax owed on the purchase of new or used auto, watercraft and recreational vehicles under a two-bill package approved by the House this week to save people money. State Rep. Ray Franz…

Honoring Michigan’s heroes

State Rep. Tim Kelly, at left, stands with Lavern Spolarich and Jason Allen at the Saginaw County Fairgrounds in Chesaning, next to what is believed to be the only memorial in Michigan dedicated to state residents who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11.  In September, Kelly hosted a veterans town hall to help service…

Zorn legislation to halt Bridge Card abuse approved by House committee

The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved legislation by state Rep. Dale Zorn to reduce welfare abuse and fraud by prohibiting Bridge Card withdrawals from ATMs located in casinos, liquor stores, horse tracks and strip clubs. House Bills 5014-16 require liquor stores, horse racing tracks and adult entertainment venues to disable the practice…

Michigan House approves individual tax relief for car buyers

Reform legislation also will help St. Clair County marinas, car and RV dealers Michigan residents could pay much less sales tax on vehicle and watercraft purchases under legislation overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. Residents who trade in a vehicle when purchasing a new or used car would receive…

Rep. Shirkey votes to provide individual tax relief for car buyers

Reform legislation also includes boat, RV purchases Michigan residents could pay much less sales tax on vehicle purchases under legislation overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House, state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced. Residents who trade in a vehicle when purchasing a new or used car would receive tax savings because the sales tax would be…

Zorn votes for individual tax relief for Michigan residents

State Rep. Dale Zorn today voted in favor of legislation that will alleviate the tax burden on Michigan residents who buy a new or used vehicle or watercraft, allowing them to “trade up for tax relief.” Zorn, who cosponsored HB 4234, said the two-bill package will help to stimulate the state’s economy and provide individual…