Runestad, state budgets prioritize roads and schools

State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, today joined his House colleagues to approve a final state and school aid budgets for the governor for fiscal year 2018-19. “This budget prioritizes spending to provide a $4 billion annual investment for roads and bridges, $100 million investment in skilled trades training, and an additional $120 to $240…

Rep. Lower’s occupational licensing proposal advances in House vote

Legislator: Michigan’s licensed professionals are one step closer to less burdensome regulation A plan from state Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, removing duplicative regulation relating to occupational licensing today was advanced in a vote by the Michigan House. House Bill 5955 creates the Local Government Occupational Licensing Act and disallows local governments in Michigan…

Rep. Albert: Responsible budget focuses on priorities important to Michigan families

Spending blueprint completed months ahead of deadline   State Rep. Thomas Albert today voted to approve a fiscally responsible budget that addresses priorities important to hard-working taxpayers and families. Rep. Albert, of Lowell, said the budget has been approved months before the constitutional deadline. “During Michigan’s ‘lost decade,’ budget plans were late and paid little…

Rep. Lauwers votes for state budget that focuses on fixing roads, funding classrooms

Spending blueprint also pays down debt   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted for a state budget that invests record amounts into K-12 education and road repair while paying down debt and shrinking government. Rep. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the budget for the coming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 spends fewer state taxpayer dollars…

Rep. Calley votes for balanced, responsible budget

Plan focuses on education, skilled trades and roads   State Rep. Julie Calley today voted for a fiscally responsible state budget that puts emphasis on education and fixing Michigan’s roads. Rep. Calley, of Portland, said one of her key priorities for the spending blueprint was more funding for schools that will go directly into the…

Rep. Noble brings taxpayer funding home to support economy, libraries and public safety

Rep. Jeff Noble today successfully delivered special funding for the Canton-Northville-Plymouth area to boost public safety, libraries and economic growth. The project funding is included in a state budget given final legislative approval by the Michigan Legislature. “This is all about bringing our tax dollars back home to improve our economy and educational opportunities for…

Speaker Leonard on the new state budget

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the House passed the final FY 2019 state budget: “This is the right plan for Michigan families, and it is the best way forward toward Michigan’s future.  We saved people money by keeping spending down and eliminating unnecessary waste, and we built…

Pagel supports savings made to state’s corrections budget

House approves $2 billion to maintain public safety State Rep. Dave Pagel, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, today supported a state corrections budget that requires Michigan’s Department of Corrections to close two prison facilities for an estimated savings of $38.1 million. “Michigan spends approximately $2 billion on housing or other oversight of…

Rep. LaSata votes for added funding, more safety measures at Michigan’s colleges

State Rep. Kim LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, today voted to increase overall funding by 2 percent to the state’s public colleges and universities while also setting stronger Title IX reporting requirements. In addition, the state House approved a cost-restraint measure to keep tuition costs under 3.8 percent over the…