State grant to help Chippewa County Fair

The Chippewa County Fair will receive a special state grant to help pay for a building project as part of a new statewide agricultural grant program, state Rep. Frank Foster announced today. The County Fairs Capital Improvement Program has awarded $13,493, half the money necessary to construct an office at the fairgrounds. “Local county fairs…

Northern Michigan Fair Association awarded state grant for fairground improvements

The Northern Michigan Fair Association in Wexford County will receive a special $10,800 grant that will help with improvements to the fair’s horse barn, state Rep. Phil Potvin announced. The county is participating in the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan’s county fairs funds for proposed enhancements to fairgrounds across the state. The…

Lansing Connection with State Rep. Hugh Crawford

A new legislative term is beginning in Lansing, and I am excited to continue working toward making Michigan’s economy healthier. This term I will provide you with updates on the work that is being done at the Capitol. I want to make sure that you, the residents of the 38th House District, are informed of…

Price hosts district office hours in Hudsonville

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will continue the practice of scheduling open office hours for local residents to discuss questions or concerns they have with state government and receive updates about what is happening in Lansing. Office hours are regularly scheduled throughout the district at various locations. On Monday, Feb. 4, Price will be…

House GOP unveils Action Plan for 2013-2014 legislative term

State Rep. Martin Howrylak today participated in a Capitol news conference unveiling their key priorities for the 2013-2014 legislative session. Howrylak said his focus will be on reducing unnecessary government regulations and promoting Michigan’s natural resources. “Michigan’s economy is turning around but the comeback is not complete. Our state’s natural resources are great assets and…

Leonard announces February office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard will host office hours in February, and plans to meet on a regular basis with residents of the 93rd District. Rep. Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, will host office hours at the Big Boy restaurant in St. Johns, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. He also…

Rep. Bumstead hosts local pastor opening House session in prayer

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, this week brought Pastor Steven Vander West and his wife Mary to Lansing to open the day’s House of Representatives session with an introductory prayer.  Vander West is a pastor at the Grant Community Church in Grant. “I was glad to have the opportunity to bring Pastor Vander West to Lansing…

Munson cardiovascular research takes part in state’s inaugural Michigan clinical awareness day

  State Rep. Bruce Rendon welcomed Munson Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Research department co-coordinators team to the Capitol on Wednesday as part of Michigan’s first-ever Clinical Trial Awareness Day. MMC Research Nurses Jan Boettcher, Lynda Tulik and Deborah Douglas were among representatives from more than two dozen hospitals and research centers from throughout the state that…

Shirkey introduces bill to expand community college options

State Rep. Mike Shirkey today introduced a bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees in six areas of education, including nursing and manufacturing. House Bill 4148 enables community colleges to offer bachelor of arts degrees in nursing, wastewater treatment technology, allied health, ski area management, information technology and manufacturing technology. Shirkey, R-Clarklake, said the goal of…

House lawmakers unveil dynamic plan to encourage job growth, improve quality of life

State Rep. Joel Johnson on Wednesday participated in a Capitol news conference to unveil key priorities for the upcoming legislative session that will help encourage additional job growth, reform government and improve the quality of life for Michigan residents. House Republican lawmakers outlined their top priorities as the 2013-14 legislative session gets underway.  Johnson said…

Franz proposing Sleeping Bear license plate

A special vehicle license plate for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will help protect the large number of historic resources in the park, state Rep. Ray Franz said today. Franz will introduce the legislation to help the fundraising efforts of the Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear organization. The plate also will allow local motorists as well…

Clinical Trial Awareness Day great success

State Rep. Gail Haines yesterday hosted Michigan’s first Clinical Trial Awareness Day at the Capitol. Twenty-eight different medical institutions from around the state attended to present information on 44 different clinical trials. “I am so pleased we were able to bring awareness to the great medical research that is taking place across our state,” said…