Farrington sponsors ‘Rep. for a Day’ program

Local children have chance to join lawmaker in Lansing as part of summer reading program State Rep. Jeff Farrington is offering students in first through sixth grade from Utica, Sterling Heights and Shelby Township the opportunity to be “Rep. for a Day” by participating in a summer reading program. “This is a great program that…

Walsh applauds fiscally responsible budget that protects Michigan residents

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved the budget for fiscal year 2014.  State Rep. John Walsh was happy to see continued fiscal responsibility in both the school aid and the general fund budget. “My colleagues and I in the Michigan House have continued to take on a fiscally responsible path that will help not…

Nesbitt votes for budget that boosts school, road funding

House spending plan also includes individual tax relief The Michigan House today approved a balanced state budget that continues to streamline government while at the same time increases spending for education, roads, and infrastructure. The Fiscal Year 2013-14 spending plan also adds millions of dollars to the state’s Rainy Day Fund and provides additional individual…

Forlini: Budget language protects people who use Lake St. Clair

Added funds allow real-time lake monitoring State Rep. Anthony Forlini today announced that language he had added to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) budget will allow for real-time monitoring of Lake St. Clair to better protect swimmers and boaters from pollution. The language provides $100,000 for water quality beach monitoring equipment that Forlini…

McMillin applauds decision to pause Common Core funding in state budget

Lawmaker pleased citizens will have input on issue State Rep. Tom McMillin today praised a decision today that places a pause on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Education conference report approved today prevents any funding for implementation of Common Core and Smarter Balanced testing. “I…

Pscholka statement on Education Omnibus Bill

State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, today made the following statement about the House today approving the Education Omnibus Bill: “We found a responsible way to increase funding for all of our universities, community colleges, and K-12 schools. Our education budget is over $15 billion, with increases…

Outman votes for balanced budget that keeps spending under control

Schools, road upkeep receive increases State Rep. Rick Outman today voted in favor of a balanced state budget that keeps state spending below the rate of inflation. At the same time it pumps additional money into Michigan classrooms and increases funding for road and bridge repairs. “Once again we have delivered a balanced state budget…

Jacobsen votes $440m increase in school funding and $351m for roads

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen today showed his support for a budget that ensures strong funding for education. Under the budget, road funding will also see a $351 million increase. For the third year in a row, the state will see a balanced budget four months ahead of schedule. Education spending will be a large part…

House approves more funding for roads, schools, local governments

The Michigan House today approved a budget plan that includes an additional $350 million to improve roads and bridges, almost a half-billion for schools and extra money for local governments to ensure proper services to taxpayers, state Rep. Greg MacMaster announced. “This responsible budget plan will help improve Michigan’s economy, educate local students and help…

Kesto works with area school officials to boost state funding

Lawmaker votes in favor of FY14 budgets State Rep. Klint Kesto today voted in favor of state budget plans that increase spending for schools, universities and community colleges and put away more money in the Rainy Day Fund. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said he met with Walled Lakes School Superintendent Kenneth Gutman and Oakland County Schools…

Rep. Graves applauds passage of priority-based state budget

Lawmaker: Increased efficiencies, more money for schools, public safety and roads State Rep. Joe Graves today voted for a balanced state budget that puts emphasis on public safety, education, and rebuilding Michigan’s roads and bridges. The House today approved House Bills 4228 and 4328 to fund public schools and state government departments. Graves noted that…