Michigan House approves Olympic wrestling resolution

The Michigan House today sent a clear, unanimous message to the International Olympic Committee asking them to reinstate the sport of wrestling for the Summer Olympic Games. The committee earlier this year dropped wrestling from the official Olympic lineup, and many are hoping they will reconsider their decision when they reconvene in May. Rep. Tom…

Rendon announces May office hours

Area residents can meet with state Rep. Bruce Rendon to talk about state government concerns at the lawmaker’s local office hours scheduled for May 10 in Crawford and Kalkaska counties, and May 17 in Ogemaw, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. “Office hours provide an added chance for me to meet face-to-face with residents and learn about…

MacGregor budget cuts bureaucracy, makes government smaller, more efficient

The Michigan House today approved its Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommendation, continuing the track record of fiscal responsibility and efficient government. Under MacGregor’s leadership as chair of the appropriations subcommittee on Human Services, the overall DHS budget was reduced by 11 percent, with an 8 percent reduction in mid staff, while preserving programs and maintaining…

House Democrats must give Michigan residents a better alternative

House Appropriations Chair Joe Haveman today called on House Democrats to reconsider their budget priorities, in light of the package of amendments the Democrats offered on the House floor. Just two weeks after House Democrats committed to cutting $500 million from the state budget, they instead proposed $234 million in new spending on the House…

Speaker Bolger’s statement on Freedom to Work amendment language in House budget bills

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement today following adoption of budget amendments offered by Appropriations Chair Joe Haveman that removed language related to contracts and Michigan’s Freedom to Work laws in House Bills 4228 and 4328: “Our goal in all of these discussions about contract renewals during this period has…

April 21-27 is Drug Take Back Awareness Week in Michigan

The Michigan House today approved a resolution making April 21 to 27, 2013 Drug Take Back Awareness Week as a result of House Resolution 103, sponsored by state Rep. Joseph Graves. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug abuse is one of the most dangerous and fastest growing drug problems in…

Rendon encourages early ed gun safety

House resolution reminds schools of state program Three years ago the Michigan Department of Education created a firearm safety program for elementary school students and today state Rep. Bruce Rendon took a step to remind education administrators that the program is available. Rendon introduced House Resolution 104 to encourage elementary schools throughout the state to…

Rep. Hooker to host in-district office hours

State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, will host local office hours this month for residents to meet with him and discuss state government issues at a convenient district location. “The more frequently I hear from residents, the better,” Rep. Hooker said. “I welcome anyone with questions or concerns about state government to stop by and…

Lyons announces April in-district office hours

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today announced she will host office hours on Monday, April 29 to discuss state and local issues with residents. Lyons invites residents to meet with her at the Monterey Grill located at 9175 Cherry Valley Ave SE  in Caledonia from 9 to 10 a.m. No appointment is necessary during these…

Pscholka to hold April office hours in St. Joseph

Local residents will have an opportunity to meet with state Rep. Al Pscholka in St. Joseph, where the lawmaker will be taking questions and discussing state concerns. No appointment is necessary to meet with Pscholka, who will hold a coffee hour from 8 to 9 a.m. on Friday, April 26 at Thorton’s Hometown Café, 613…

Kesto festival guide provides tips for family fun this summer

Brochure includes activities available throughout Michigan Michigan is home to a number of diverse fairs, festivals and celebrations during the spring and summer months. Very often, residents looking for a fun way to spend a week or a weekend aren’t aware that a festival might be taking place a short drive away. To help in…