Pscholka votes for reforms to Medicaid system

Bill creates strong reforms and changes to state Medicaid program State Rep. Al Pscholka today announced that the Michigan House approved historic legislation to reform the state Medicaid health care system. The legislation aims protect state taxpayer dollars and incentivize healthy living habits in order to help recipients achieve better health and more opportunities. House…

Muxlow: 2014 budget means more money for classrooms, municipalities

Governor signs spending plan for coming fiscal year State Rep. Paul Muxlow today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of the 2014 state budget, which Muxlow says will bring more money to municipalities through revenue sharing increases and to classrooms through boosts in per-pupil spending. Snyder signed the omnibus budget and school aid budget today. “By…

Local lawmakers host tour of area agriculture

House committee members view different aspects of industry State Reps. Phil Potvin and Bruce Rendon this week invited members of the House Agriculture Committee to visit some of the industry leaders in Missaukee and Osceola counties. The panel made stops at Yoplait in Reed City, Michigan State University AgBio Research Facility in Lake City, Dutchman…

Genetski announces June office hours

Allegan County residents will have two opportunities to meet with state Rep. Bob Genetski to talk face-to-face about state government issues or concerns. The lawmaker has scheduled office hours in Holland on June 17 and Plainwell on June 24. “No appointment is necessary and I welcome everyone to come in for a talk,” said Genetski,…

Lawmakers vow to restore senior transportation funding

Forlini met with leadership to secure SMART money Two state representatives from House Appropriations today met with House and Senate leadership and the governor’s office in an effort to restore funding for the Suburban Mobility for Regional Transportation (SMART) program, a suburban bus system operating in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. State Reps. Anthony Forlini,…

Senate approves bills that eliminate burdens on job creators, homeowners

Measures now go to governor for signature The Michigan Senate today approved a package of bills that would eliminate regulatory hurdles that burden job creators who are providing access to new technology through the installation of advanced home monitoring systems. The measures were approved with strong, bipartisan support. House Bills 4591 and 4737, introduced by…

House passes McCready bill to better fund state emergency response

Measure adjusts funding levels for natural disaster relief The House of Representatives recently approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike McCready that expedites the state emergency response process, helping to ensure communities receive assistance more quickly during natural disasters. House Bill 4670 adjusts statutory funding levels for the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to…

McMillin plans in-district office hours

State Rep. Tom McMillin is hosting in-district office hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally and discuss state and local issues. McMillin will be hosting the office hours with residents from 3 to 4 p.m., on Monday, June 17 at Rochester City Hall, 400 Sixth Street, Rochester. No appointment is…

Pagel schedules local office hours for June 29

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced he has scheduled office hours in Edwardsburg at the end of the month. Pagel invites local residents of the 78th House District to meet with him to discuss state or local issues on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Office hours will take place at the Edwardsburg…

Governor signs Bridge Card fraud package into law

Michigan can continue to cut down on welfare fraud and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently after the governor this week signed into law a bill package that creates stricter penalties to individuals who repeatedly commit Bridge Card fraud. Public Acts 55 and 56, introduced by Reps. Gail Haines and Roger Victory create stricter punishments for…

Rep. Foster announces local office hours for residents

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, will be available for office hours on Friday, June 14 in Sault Ste. Marie to talk with area residents. “Ongoing office hours throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan are essential to make sure all voices are heard,” Foster said.  “I encourage people to stop by to express a concern…