LaFontaine invites local residents to cyber safety seminar

State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine will sponsor a community seminar on Monday, April 29, to provide local residents helpful information to keep children safe from predators and bullies on the Internet. LaFontaine, R-Columbus Twp., will host the seminar in conjunction with the Michigan Attorney General’s office. The presentation takes place at the Chesterfield Township Library, 50560…

House internship earns recognition for local student

Pettalia thanks, congratulates Szczerowski on job well done Vincent Szczerowski, a Rogers City High School graduate and Michigan State University freshman from Hawks, was named winner of the Ehlers Intern Award. The award was established by former U.S. Representative Vernon Ehlers of Michigan. Szczerowski is serving as an intern for state Rep. Peter Pettalia this…

Forlini pleased with spending plan that protects hard-working taxpayers

LARA budget makes common-sense adjustments State Rep. Anthony Forlini today voted on a budget plan supported by both Republicans and an Independent lawmaker that cuts down on government waste and prioritizes funding for schools, roads and public safety. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, joined a majority of his colleagues in voting in favor of House Bills 4228…

Pscholka confident ‘Parental Responsibility Act’ will help families succeed

State Rep. Al Pscholka today announced his legislation to suspend welfare benefits to parents of children who are repeatedly truant passed out of committee and will now head to the floor of the House for consideration. “The best way for children to achieve success and prosperity is to get a good education,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville….

Local teacher testifies on MMC legislation

Matt Ludwig, Marquette Senior High School director of bands, gave testimony to the House Education Committee today during the panel’s third week of discussion on legislation to allow more flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum for students pursuing career paths and educational interests other than college preparatory. Ludwig was the guest of state Reps. Ed…

Jenkins votes for responsible budget to keep Michigan moving forward

The Michigan House today approved its Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommendation, state Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced. “Smart, responsible budgeting has helped put our state on solid financial ground and we are continuing these efforts with this year’s state budget,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “Using every taxpayer dollar efficiently and prioritizing spending on areas where it’s needed…

Pettalia works for school funding equity

House budget adds extra dollars for local districts State Rep. Peter Pettalia today said schools in Northeast Michigan could see extra financial relief under a House-approved 2014 budget plan that includes higher per-pupil equity payments to lower-funded school districts. The House Appropriations Committee recommended the school budget include a $34 per pupil equity amount, but…

Rep. Kelly votes for budget to direct more funding for Michigan roads

State Rep. Tim Kelly helped provide an additional $150 million in existing state dollars to go toward fixing Michigan roads under a state budget proposal approved this afternoon by the Michigan House. The road funding comes from $25 million initially designated for film credits, and $25 million earmarked for the Michigan Strategic Fund.  The House…

Rep. Lauwers helps get additional funding for Michigan road repairs

State Rep. Dan Lauwers worked to provide an additional $50 million in existing state dollars to go toward fixing Michigan roads under a state budget proposal approved this afternoon by the Michigan House. The road funding comes from $25 million initially designated for film credits, and $25 million earmarked for the Michigan Strategic Fund.  The…

McMillin amendment halts Common Core in Michigan

National experts applaud House action LANSING, MI – The Michigan House today approved the Department of Education budget with an amendment which does not allow them to implement Common Core State Standards or “Smarter Balanced Assessments”.  Sponsored by State Rep. Tom McMillin, the amendment is similar to House Bill 4276 which is currently before the…

Bumstead votes for responsible, long-term budget plan for the coming fiscal year

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today voted to cut government waste and prioritize state funding for schools, roads and public safety. Bumstead voted in favor of House Bills 4228 and 4328, the Fiscal Year 2014 House budget recommendation. “Responsible budgeting over the past two years has been critical to turning this state around,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo….