Lori: Cassopolis training grant will create 40 jobs

More than half of positions will go to low-income families State Rep. Matt Lori today announced a $400,000 Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant has been awarded to the village of Cassopolis for on-the-job training for 40 new employees at Postle Operating. Postle is a producer of aluminum products for recreational vehicles and is expanding the…

Rep. Kelly to speak at unique school on liberty

State Rep. Tim Kelly will be a guest speaker at the state’s only summer school about liberty and the origins of the U.S. Constitution on July 8-12 in Saginaw. Kelly will speak at Vacation Liberty School, which teaches kids age 7-15 about the Constitution and how the document was built upon “faith, hope and charity.” …

Shirkey sponsoring virtual town hall with Gov. Snyder to discuss Medicaid reform

State Rep. Mike Shirkey is inviting area residents to attend a special town hall event on Monday, July 1 in Jackson to discuss recent Medicaid reform legislation with Gov. Rick Snyder as a special guest via Internet broadcast. The event takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Baker College Welcome Center, 2800 Springport…

Rep. Kowall announces schedule for July office hours

State Rep. Eileen Kowall encourages residents of the 44th House District to attend her regularly scheduled office hours, taking place in Highland, White Lake and Milford in July. Office hours will be held at the following locations: July 1: In White Lake at Dave & Amy’s, 9595 Highland Road, from 8 to 9 a.m. July…

Pettalia congratulates local officials on grand opening

Updated Topinabee Beach Park set for July 1 ribbon cutting Cheboygan County residents and visitors will be able to enjoy another local slice of Pure Michigan at the upgraded Topinabee Beach Park on Mullett Lake, state Rep. Peter Pettalia said today. The park improvements funded by Mullett Township taxpayers and a 2011 Michigan Department of…

Genetski bill creates ‘Taxpayer Freedom Act’

Legislation introduced to put income tax repeal on ballot Michigan voters could have a say in eliminating the state income tax at the 2014 General Election under legislation introduced this week by Rep. Bob Genetski. House Bill 4898 would put the question on the November 2014 ballot. If a majority of voters approved, the state…

House approves Zorn legislation revising resort board makeup

Township boards will no longer be allowed to appoint residents who live outside a resort district to the resort board, under legislation approved this month by the state House.  House Bill 4208 requires at least two resort district residents to serve on a resort board, whereas previously the township could appoint residents who lived outside…

McCready schedules local office hours for July 9

State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he has scheduled office hours for Tuesday, July 9 in Bloomfield Township. McCready invites local residents of the 40th House District to meet with him from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss state or local issues. Office hours will take place in Meeting Room 3 of the Bloomfield Township…

Rep. Graves issues statement on Lilly the deer decision

State Rep. Joe Graves today made the following statement regarding the Michigan Department Natural Resources’ decision to allow a Genesee County couple to keep Lilly the deer.  The couple lives in the 49th House District, which currently has no state representative.  Graves, the 51st District lawmaker, was asked by a friend to help the couple:…

Yonker to hold public town hall meeting on Medicaid reform

State Rep. Ken Yonker has scheduled a town hall meeting at Wayland Union High School this week to meet with local residents to discuss the Michigan House’s recent vote on a Medicaid reform bill. Yonker decided to plan the public meeting after voting on House Bill 4714 because he feels the issue is complex and…

Rep. Leonard announces July office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard today announced his regularly scheduled office hours for July, taking place in St. Johns and Ithaca. Office hours will be held: In St. Johns on Friday, July 12 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Leonard’s Legislative Director Phil…

Rep. Potvin sponsoring June office hours

State Rep. Phil Potvin will host three opportunities in the coming weeks for local residents to meet with him to discuss state and local issues. On June 27, the representative will be in Big Rapids at Currie’s BP, 620 Maple St., from 9:30 to 11 a.m.  That same day he will be at Lakeside Pizza…