Jenkins ready to get to work on state budget

Gov. Rick Snyder today presented his initial budget recommendations before a joint meeting of the House and Senate budget committees, the first of many steps in the construction of a state budget for the 2014 fiscal year. “We put a lot of effort into being fiscally responsible when finances were down, and will certainly continue…

Chairman Haveman’s Statement on Gov. Snyder’s Budget Recommendation

Our responsible budgeting over the last two years has delivered results. Michigan has a healthier economy, an improved credit rating outlook and a much more efficient state government. Going forward, we must stick to this long-term plan for success by continuing to prioritize programs that work. Every dollar we spend comes from the pocket of…

Rep. Johnson applauds initiatives for veterans

Plans from the Michigan Secretary of State to reach out to the state’s military veterans were unveiled this week at the Capitol and Rep. Joel Johnson said he is ready to work on those that require legislative action. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, state veterans advocates and lawmakers joined to unveil several initiatives to assist…

Rep. Johnson applauds initiatives for veterans

Plans from the Michigan Secretary of State to reach out to the state’s military veterans were unveiled this week at the Capitol and Rep. Joel Johnson said he is ready to work on those that require legislative action. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, state veterans advocates and lawmakers joined to unveil several initiatives to assist…

Rep. Price responds to Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Twp., today made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget presentation: “As part of the appropriations process, the governor proposes a budget and it is our role as legislators to take a careful and thoughtful look to ensure we have an effective and efficient spending plan for our state…

Heise invites residents to office hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise invites residents to meet with him locally during district office hours on Monday, Feb. 11 at locations in eastern Canton, Northville, and Plymouth at the following times and locations: 10 to 11 a.m., Parthenon Coney Island, 39910 Ford Road (east of I-275), Canton 12 to 1 p.m., Northville District Library, 212…

Rep. Forlini comments on Snyder budget plan

State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, made the following statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget presentation: “I have always been impressed with the governor’s leadership and his ability to blaze a trail no matter how tough the issue. Unlike his predecessors, who were paralyzed by indecision, Gov. Snyder presents leadership and a vision to move…

Rep. Lori comments on Snyder budget plan

State Rep. Matt Lori, R-Constantine, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, made the following statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget presentation: “I am looking forward to examining Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal in detail. Today he opened the door to discussion on how we spend the money that our hard-working taxpayers entrust to us, and…

Rep. McMillin hosts property tax town hall meetings in February

State Rep. Tom McMillin today announced he is sponsoring two property tax workshops for residents seeking assistance with appealing their property tax assessments. McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, will sponsor the workshops on the following dates: Monday, Feb. 18 at Rochester Hills City Hall, 1000 Rochester Hills Drive, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 27…

Rep. Pagel comments on Snyder budget plan

State Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, today made the following statement regarding Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposal: “We will give the governor’s proposal all the due diligence it deserves. He has opened the door to discussion on several issues, including more early childhood education funding, increasing aid for K-12 education, community colleges and universities, and…

Pscholka excited to chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education

State Rep. Al Pscholka, new chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, said the panel’s top priorities are to give Michigan families greater access to a college education, and to lower the cost of that education. The subcommittee on Tuesday had its first meeting. “I’m honored and excited to serve as chair of…