Lyons statement on new color-coded ranking for schools

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, chair of the House Education Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the Michigan Department of Education announcement of its new system for school accountability reports which utilizes a color coded system for scoring schools: “While I applaud the Department of Education’s willingness to improve accountability and…

Rep. Joel Johnson announces August office hours

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, today announced his district office hours for Aug. 26 and 30. The representative is meeting with Osceola and Clare counties residents on the last Monday of the month and Arenac and Gladwin counties on the last Friday of the month. “Meeting with constituents is one of the most important jobs…

Rep. Outman, committee chair tour local providers

Lawmakers discuss energy, technology needs State Rep. Rick Outman and House Energy and Technology Committee Chair Aric Nesbitt spent a day in the 70th House District recently, touring energy and Internet provider workplaces to better understand the needs of residents in the communities. Outman, R-Six Lakes, who serves on the Energy and Technology Committee, said…

Kesto hosts Health Policy town hall meeting Aug. 26

Committee chair joins lawmaker at event State Rep. Klint Kesto today announced Rep. Gail Haines, chair of the House Health Policy Committee, will visit Commerce Township on Monday, Aug. 26 for a public town hall meeting to discuss health care in Michigan. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the…

Rep. Kowall schedules trio of office hour events for September

State Rep. Eileen Kowall today announced she will host local office hours in Highland, White Lake and Milford during September. Kowall encourages residents of the 44th House District to meet with her to discuss state and local issues at the following times and locations: Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Colasanti’s Market,…

Rep. Somerville to host public town hall on jobs and the economy

Lawmaker bringing House committee chair to event           State Rep. Patrick Somerville today announced Rep. Mike Shirkey, chair of the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee, will visit Trenton on Friday, Aug. 23 for a public town hall meeting to discuss Michigan’s competitive climate when it comes to jobs, the economy and quality of life. “As Michigan’s…

Jacobsen announces September office hours

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen today announced he will host office hours for September in Addison Township. Jacobsen invites residents to meet with him on Friday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Addison Senior Center located at 117 N. Steer St., Addison. “Meeting with constituents and discussing the issues that matter most…

Rep. Foster announces local office hours for residents

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, will be available for office hours Aug. 26-30 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 or viewpoint.  No appointment is necessary.”…

Genetski announces August office hours

Allegan County residents will have two opportunities in August 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 Plainwell and Hamilton on Aug. 27. “No appointment is necessary and I welcome everyone to come in for a talk,” said Genetski, R-Saugatuck….

Rep. Potvin schedules office hours in Chippewa Lake, Rodney on Aug. 22

State Rep. Phil Potvin today announced he has scheduled a pair of office hours in Mecosta County on Thursday, Aug. 22. Potvin will be at Autumn’s Restaurant, located at 10630 Dwight St. in Chippewa Lake, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The lawmaker will also be at the Martiny Township Hall, located at 15051 110th Ave. in Rodney,…

Franz thanks ‘Pure Michigan’ voice, Tim Allen

When comedian and actor Tim Allen recently performed a show in Manistee, state Rep. Ray Franz took the opportunity to deliver thanks from the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder for Allen’s help to make the Pure Michigan advertising campaign successful. “Those of us who live and play in Michigan know what a special place…