Rep. Johnson welcomes Clare Primary students to Capitol

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, welcomed students and parents from Clare Primary School to Lansing today for a tour of the state Capitol. Along with accompanying the group to see and hear the history, art and architecture of the building, Johnson also gave the students a special treat by bringing them on the House chamber…

Rep. Price to hold property tax assessment forum

State Rep. Amanda Price today announced that she will be hosting a forum for area residents on the property tax assessment and appeal process. Price will address constituents at the Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave. on Monday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.   Park Township Assessor Al Nykamp will join Price in answering…

Price to hold in-district office hours Feb. 18

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Park Township on Monday, Feb. 18 to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at the Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. Residents are welcome to stop by as their schedules…

Genetski: Federal complaint an overstep

A federal complaint filed by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights last week has prompted state Rep. Bob Genetski to pen a follow-up letter to request the department to withdraw its complaint so school districts can address possible issues with their mascot names or imagery locally first. The letter, addressed to MDCR Director Daniel Krichbaum,…

Franz: Free online business planning class available for area veterans

Michigan is experiencing some of the highest unemployment rates for returning military servicemen and women in the nation and one way to combat the problem is helping people start or improve their own business. Rep. Ray Franz is teaming up with Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Northwest Michigan Works and the Michigan Small Business &…

Speaker Bolger: EAA providing positive change for some Detroit students

DETROIT — House Speaker Jase Bolger on Monday joined Gov. Snyder and fellow lawmakers on a tour of two Education Achievement Authority schools in Detroit and learned firsthand about the positive changes being provided for Detroit students. The Education Achievement Authority is a new public system of schools that is helping children in struggling schools…

Speaker Bolger reappoints Bruce Rasher to Great Lakes Commission

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today reappointed Bruce Rasher, a former mayor of Marshall, to the Great Lakes Commission for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. The commission is a public agency established by the Great Lakes Basin Compact in 1955 to help member states and Canadian provinces speak with a unified voice on…

Nesbitt: State department overstepped bounds in school mascot issue

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today said the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) should rescind a federal complaint it filed with the U.S. Department of Education asking the federal agency to prohibit the use of American Indian mascots, nicknames and slogans in the state’s K-12 schools. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said the MDCR overstepped its authority by…

Price to hold office hours in Grand Haven

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Grand Haven on Friday, Feb. 15, to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at Coffee Grounds, located at 41 Washington Ave. from 9 to 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to stop by as their schedules allow during…

Rep. Yonker announces Feb. 15 office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker is sponsoring office hours to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at Daily Brews Coffee Cafe, located at 128 S. Main St. in Wayland, on Friday, Feb. 15 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the…

LSSU project included in Snyder’s budget

Lake Superior State University stands to receive support of almost $9 million for renovation and expansion of its School of Business building project that is included in Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2014 state budget recommendations. “This building project has been worked on for several years so it’s exciting to see it coming closer to reality,” said…