Daley announces $479,500 grant to Imlay City to help improve streetlights and parking

State Rep. Kevin Daley today announced that Imlay City is the recipient of a $479,500 Michigan Strategic Fund grant through the Community Block Grant Development (CBGD) program. Daley, R-Luw, explained the grant received approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund to help nine Michigan communities with public infrastructure developments. “This grant will improve the quality of…

Somerville bill would prohibit some public employees from receiving severance for voluntary termination of employment

State Rep. Pat Somerville, R-New Boston, today made the following comments after an arbitrator yesterday awarded former Detroit Metropolitan Airport CEO Turkia Mullin $712,328 after it was determined that the Metro Airport Board improperly fired her: “The financial mismanagement by Wayne County officials is disappointing. The Mullin situation, and others that have recently come to…

Speaker Bolger supports President Obama’s proposal to sell long-time symbol of federal government competing with private industry

LANSING – Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today announced his support of President Barack Obama’s proposal to consider selling the federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority, saying the massive power company is hurting competitiveness in Michigan. The proposal, contained in President Obama’s 2014 budget plan, calls for a full review of the TVA, the nation’s largest public…

Rep. Zorn hosts winning students of local artwork challenge at state Capitol

  State Rep. Dale Zorn’s Capitol office is looking a little brighter today, thanks to new artwork that adorns the walls courtesy of two local high school students. Zorn, R-Ida, sponsored the 56th District 2013 Spring Art Challenge as a way to bring contributions from Monroe County into his Lansing office, as well as to…

Price to host district office hours in Hudsonville

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will hold open office hours for local residents to discuss questions or concerns they have with state government and receive updates about what’s happening in Lansing. Office hours are regularly scheduled throughout the district at various locations. On Monday, May 6, Price will be at the Blendon Twp. Hall…

Somerville bill would eliminate public employees from receiving severance for voluntary termination of employment

Legislation could have prevented Turkia Mullin situation State Rep. Pat Somerville, R-New Boston, today made the following comments after an arbitrator yesterday awarded former Detroit Metropolitan Airport CEO Turkia Mullin $712,328 after it was determined that the Metro Airport Board improperly fired her: “The financial mismanagement by Wayne County officials is disappointing. The Mullin situation,…

Muxlow to host transportation town hall

State Rep. Paul Muxlow today announced he will host a town hall to discuss transportation and funding issues on Monday, May 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lexington Community Center located at 6964 Huron St. in Lexington. Speaking at the town hall will be Michigan Department of Transportation Director of Governmental Affairs Kelly…

House approves Price bill to digitize court records

The state of Michigan and local governments could soon realize savings in administrative judicial costs, thanks to legislation authored by state Rep. Amanda Price. House Bill 4532, as passed by the state House today, permits the digitization of court records to better accommodate electronic filings within the judicial system. Price, R-Park Township, appeared alongside Kevin…

Jacobsen bill clarifies Michigan billboard regulations

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen today introduced legislation that will update the rules and regulations concerning House Bill 4629 puts Michigan in line with federal highway administration standards, which is necessary to avoid losing up to $100 million in federal funding. Rules surrounding billboards, their maintenance, and their surroundings have not been updated in nearly 15…

Price budget amendment approved by House

Ottawa County will receive new funding to evaluate water resource issues, thanks to a budget amendment authored by state Rep. Amanda Price. Price offered the amendment to the House budget for Fiscal Year 2014, to ensure the aquifer that runs underground through Ottawa County is equipped to handle declining groundwater levels.  The $100,000 amendment adopted…

Lawmakers express concern over pollution in Shelby Township

Two Macomb County lawmakers expressed concern over news today that there is more widespread groundwater contamination in Shelby Township. State Rep. Jeff Farrington is concerned for the safety of residents in the area near Mound and 23 Mile Road. “This is a very serious situation and I am very concerned for the safety of all…

Bridge Card fraud package approved by state House

Legislation that would penalize retailers for committing Bridge Card fraud was approved today by a bipartisan majority in the state House. House Bills 4360 and 4361, sponsored by state Reps. Roger Victory and Gail Haines, penalize retailers who abuse the state’s welfare system by allowing individuals to purchase liquor and lottery tickets with their Bridge…