Rep. Pagel hosts office hours in Niles on April 27

Upcoming meetings to take place in New Buffalo, Buchanan State Rep. Dave Pagel invites residents to join him at informal office hours in Niles on Saturday, April 27. Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, will host office hours at the Prime Table Restaurant, 1915 S. 11th St. in Niles from 10 a.m. to noon. “I encourage anyone with…

House bill offers equine industry protections

Johnson measure to reduce liability, lawsuits moves to Senate Michigan would join the majority of other states that limit the number of frivolous lawsuits over horse-related incidents due to the inherent risk accepted when participating in equine activities under legislation approved Thursday with a bipartisan vote in the state House.   State Rep. Joel Johnson…

House approves McMillin bill protecting rights of citizens

Measure now goes to Senate for consideration The Michigan House today unanimously approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Tom McMillin that exempts Michigan citizens from taking part in the arrest and detention of people by the federal government without due process. House Bill 4138 prohibits state agencies and their employees, including the Michigan National…

State would pay additional interest on late refunds to taxpayers under Shirkey bill

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation requiring state government to pay Michigan taxpayers additional interest for late tax refund payments, state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced. House Bill 4002, introduced by Shirkey, imposes an additional 3-percent interest on the late payment of refunds owed to Michigan taxpayers by the state Department of Treasury. “Michigan taxpayers…

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. Dan Lauwers announced. House Bill 4002 imposes an additional 3-percent interest on the late payment of refunds owed to Michigan taxpayers by the state Department of Treasury.  The legislation is especially…

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…