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MacMaster: Long-term plan aims to keep recovery going  State government revenue estimates of almost a half billion dollars more than expected show Michigan’s future is on the rebound and provides an opportunity for smart investment today, Rep. Greg MacMaster said today. The governor’s administration and legislative economists agreed on a tax revenue forecast this week…

Bumstead sponsoring Newaygo office hours

State Rep. Jon Bumstead is sponsoring office hours throughout Newaygo County on Friday, May 24. Bumstead invites residents interested in discussing state or local issues to come meet with him, at the following locations and times: –Newaygo: 9 to 10 a.m. at Riverstop Café, 51 State Road –Fremont: 11 a.m. to noon at Side Street…

House approves Price bill requiring attendance for voting at open meetings

 Those who serve on elected boards and commissions will need to be physically present at meetings in order to cast votes, due to legislation authored by state Rep. Amanda Price. House Bill 4363, as passed by the state House today, revises requirements that had allowed elected officials to participate in meetings via video or teleconference. …

Bumstead seeking input on proposed Medicaid reforms

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today announced he is seeking input from the residents of Lake, Oceana, and Newaygo counties regarding proposed changes to Medicaid in Michigan. Bumstead has created a survey that is available on his website until May 31.  He is hoping constituents take a few minutes to complete it and share their views….

Rep. Kowall named ‘Advocate of the Year’ by Michigan Manufacturer’s Association

State Rep. Eileen Kowall was recently named House “Advocate of the Year” for her leadership and constant dedication to the manufacturing sector, by the Michigan Manufacturer’s Association (MMA). “I am honored that the MMA has chosen me as its House ‘Advocate of the Year’,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “Manufacturing is a huge industry in our…

Glardon helps sponsor measures to save school funding if mascot complaint is successful

Michigan public schools that may be required to change mascots due to a state department complaint against Native American imagery would not have to pay for any costs incurred in the change under legislation introduced today in the state House, announced Rep. Ben Glardon. House Bills 4734-35, co-sponsored by Glardon, create a $3 million fund…

Kesto honors Chaldean American communities with House resolution

Clergyman from Southfield gives House invocation State Rep. Klint Kesto welcomed members of the Chaldean American community from across the state with a House resolution declaring today, May 15, as Chaldean American Day. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, also was joined at House session today by the Rev. Anthony Kathawa of Our Lady of Chaldeans Catholic Church…

House approves Kurtz legislation that will help funeral directors and grieving families

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz that will reform the requirements for funeral directors to become licensed. Anyone that registers for a funeral license in Michigan must also register for a license to sell prepaid funeral services under House Bill 4574. “As a funeral director I…

Nesbitt audit reform bill provides common-sense guidance to taxpayers

Lawmaker: Auditors should stick to the facts The House Tax Policy Committee today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt that makes Michigan friendlier to small businesses already operating here and could lure more job creators to the state. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said House Bill 4289 is a simple, common-sense reform to give taxpayers…

Statement on the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Haveman, R-Holland, issued the following statement following the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference: “Leaders from across the political spectrum — from John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton all the way to Ronald Reagan — know smart tax cuts lead to strong growth. I am happy to see the responsible spending,…

Pettalia testifies in support of STARBASE

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, gave testimony today before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of STARBASE, a U.S. Department of Defense youth program which assists fifth grade and middle school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The program is offered through the Alpena Combat…