House approves bills to reform filing deadlines

Measures coordinate dates for various ballot initiatives The House today approved a package of bills to coordinate the filing deadlines for local ballot questions, simplifying the task of putting such issues before voters. The House unanimously approved House Bills 4393 and 4395-4397 to coordinate the filing deadlines for school boards, municipal boards, governing bodies of…

House approves bills to reform filing deadlines

Measures coordinate dates for various ballot initiatives The House today approved a package of bills to coordinate the filing deadlines for local ballot questions, simplifying the task of putting such issues before voters. The House unanimously approved House Bills 4393 and 4395-4397 to coordinate the filing deadlines for school boards, municipal boards, governing bodies of…

House approves fiscally responsible budget plan

MacMaster pleased with corrections department improvements Schools, roads and public safety are the top spending priorities in the Michigan House’s 2014 state budget proposal approved by lawmakers this week in a continuing effort toward fiscal responsibility and economic growth, state Rep. Greg MacMaster said today. MacMaster, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Corrections, voted…

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…