State would pay taxpayers extra for late refund checks under legislation approved by House

The Michigan House this afternoon unanimously approved legislation requiring state government to pay Michigan taxpayers additional interest for late tax refund payments, state Rep. Tim Kelly announced. As a member of the House Tax Policy Committee, Kelly helped move the legislation onto the House floor for consideration.  House Bill 4002 imposes an additional 3-percent interest…

Hundreds rally at state Capitol for Rep. Glardon proposal

Hundreds of radiation technologists, students and allied health professionals rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday to support a proposal by Rep. Ben Glardon that would protect Michigan patients by creating common-sense training standards to operate radiation machines. Glardon is working to formally introduce the legislation, which was brought to his attention by Gary Duehring,…

Proos, O’Brien sponsor Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts tax check-off

LANSING ­— Sen. John Proos and Rep. Margaret O’Brien have introduced legislation that would allow residents to make voluntary donations on their state tax returns to help support the state’s Boy and Girl Scouts. “Both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts help develop the next generation of leaders by helping young people build confidence,…

Rep. Howrylak announces April office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak announced he will be hosting in-district office hours for the month of April. “I have found these in-district office hours to be very effective over the past few months,” said Howrylak, R-Troy. “I look forward to continuing these meetings and I encourage all residents interested in sharing their thoughts and concerns…

Rep. Graves’ bill giving local townships more control approved by Michigan House

Local townships would have the flexibility to decide how to pay for police and fire protection under legislation approved today by the Michigan House. House Bill 4147, sponsored by state Rep. Joseph Graves provides township boards the flexibility to choose how to best pay for local police and fire services. Under Graves’ bill, townships have…

Howrylak seeks end to state personal income tax

State Rep. Martin Howrylak has introduced legislation that will amend the Income Tax Act and slowly phase out the personal income tax. The legislation would reduce the 4.25 percent personal income tax rate by .10 percent on January 1, 2014 and subsequently reduce the rate by .10 percent each Jan. 1 thereafter until the tax…

Rep. Zorn to host online town hall with Gov. Snyder

State Rep. Dale Zorn will host a new style of town hall this month, with Gov. Rick Snyder participating via webcam.  This format has been used successfully by the governor as a way to connect with many residents statewide simultaneously. The town hall will take place Tuesday, April 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. at…

Speaker Bolger names Rep. Lori to emergency medical coordination panel

House Speaker Jase Bolger today appointed state Rep. Matt Lori to serve on the Emergency Medical Services Coordination Committee through the end of 2014. The panel, under the auspices of the Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH), is responsible for developing a comprehensive statewide emergency medical program and coordinating the program among organizations and individuals…

MacMaster presented ARA award

State Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, has been named Legislator of the Year by the American Rental Association of Michigan for his work to strengthen the state’s economy and create jobs. MacMaster was selected for his work that eliminated regulatory red tape for small truck/trailer combinations in the state, his pro-business voting record, and for supporting…

Governor, legislators announce plan to reform no-fault

Gov. Rick Snyder joined State Sen. Joe Hune, State Rep. Pete Lund and business leaders to announce a plan for no-fault auto insurance reform that will lower the cost of insurance for Michigan drivers, continue to provide the best catastrophic injury protection in the nation and ensure a fair and sustainable system into the future….

Rep. Yonker announces April 19 office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker is sponsoring office hours to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at Daily Brews Coffee Cafe, located at 128 S. Main St. in Wayland, on Friday, April 19 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the…