Rep. Graves invites residents to March office hours

State Rep. Joseph Graves invites residents to join him during office hours in Fenton and Linden in March. Graves, R-Argentine Township, will meet with citizens at the following locations: • Monday, March 17, at the Linden Coney Café, 123 Bridge St., from 10 to 11 a.m.; and • Saturday, March 22 at the Fenton Biggby,…

Rep. Pagel announces office hours in Berrien Springs

State Rep. Dave Pagel will hold office hours this month to meet with local residents and offer an opportunity to talk about any thoughts or concerns they may have. 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 22 Hopper’s Family Restaurant 9675 U.S. Highway 31, Berrien Springs No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may to contact his…

State agriculture director to speak at Rep. Glardon event in Durand

State Rep. Ben Glardon has invited the Michigan agriculture department director to speak in Durand on Monday, March 24 about the future of agriculture in the Great Lakes State.  Admission is free. The event takes place at the Braid Farm, 3142 E. Newburg Road, and runs from 8 to 9 a.m.  Jamie Clover Adams, director…

Capitol Notes: March 2014

The Michigan Legislature is committed to improving the lives of all of Michigan’s hardworking families, whether it is by eliminating outdated or burdensome regulations, removing barriers to employment or paying down our state’s debt. But a vital part of the overall health of Michiganders is their mental health. This is why, over the course of…

Pscholka to read at area schools to promote March is Reading Month

State Rep. Al Pscholka is visiting southwest Michigan schools during March and reading to classrooms to promote the lifelong skill of reading. “Spending time in our area schools and helping to make reading fun for kids is one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “Many of us remember being read…

Bumstead seeks residents’ opinions on auto insurance reform

As the state Legislature considers a new auto insurance reform proposal at the Capitol, state Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, would like to hear from constituents about the future of auto insurance in Michigan. House Speaker Jase Bolger unveiled a proposal last month to guarantee a 10-percent rate reduction for all Michigan motorists; cap medical coverage…

Jenkins invites local residents to attend office hours during March

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins encourages all residents of the 57th House District to attend her office hours during the month of March. “I always look forward to meeting with local residents to hear their thoughts about state and local government,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “If you have a question or concern, please stop by. I am…

Rep. Margaret O’Brien takes part in March is Reading Month

 State Rep. Margaret O’Brien will be reading to elementary-school students during March is Reading Month, and she encourages all local teachers to contact her office for scheduling a time for her to visit their classrooms. “Learning to read is a fundamental building block toward a child’s future success,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “As an avid reader,…

Rep. Lauwers votes to provide hundreds of millions in additional funding for road repairs

The state House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to spend an additional $215 million in emergency supplemental appropriations to help fix badly damaged roads due to the harsh winter as well as continue its plan to upgrade roads and bridges throughout Michigan, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. Lauwers, who serves on the House Transportation Committee,…

$215 million for emergency road repairs approved by Legislature

Legislation allotting an additional $115 million for emergency road repairs passed the House today with the support of Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. The Senate first introduced a bill calling for $100 million, which was increased by $115 million on the House floor. “With spring on the way, our roads need help today, not tomorrow,” said…