Rep. VerHeulen announces March office hours

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, is sponsoring office hours in March to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. No appointment is necessary to talk with Rep. VerHeulen during this time. All are welcome to hear a legislative update and discuss topics of interest or concern. Upcoming office hours are…

Reps. Goike, LaFontaine to host community blood drive March 11

State Reps. Ken Goike and Andrea LaFontaine will host a community blood drive in collaboration with the Richmond EMS on Monday, March 11. The event will be open from 3 to 8:45 p.m., and donations will be taken on a walk-in basis, not by appointment.  The Richmond EMS is located at 34505 32 Mile Road…

Rep. Kelly: ‘Airport of the Year’ designation is great news for Great Lakes Bay Region

State Rep. Tim Kelly today commended the decision by the Michigan Department of Transportation to name MBS International Airport in Freeland as Michigan Airport of the Year, saying the designation will raise public awareness about the airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal. The award salutes the airport’s new $55 million terminal that opened in October 2012, nearly…

Rep. Kelly: ‘Airport of the Year’ designation is great news for Great Lakes Bay Region

State Rep. Tim Kelly today commended the decision by the Michigan Department of Transportation to name MBS International Airport in Freeland as Michigan Airport of the Year, saying the designation will raise public awareness about the airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal. The award salutes the airport’s new $55 million terminal that opened in October 2012, nearly…

Rep. Kelly plans to visit local classrooms in March

State Rep. Tim Kelly is encouraging parents and caregivers to read to their children in honor of March is Reading Month. “I look forward to reading to area students, and hope I can encourage them to develop a lifetime interest in books,” said Kelly, R-Saginaw Township.  “Reading is so important for cognitive development.  It can…

Foster named to job development board

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, has been appointed to serve on the Michigan Talent Investment Board by House Speaker Jase Bolger for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. The 47-member board advises and assists Gov. Rick Snyder with oversight and recommendations regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Investment Act and overall talent development in the…

McMillin bill allows opt-out of smart meters

Lawmaker: Measure focuses on privacy, health issues State Rep. Tom McMillin today introduced a bill that enables residents to opt out of installation of so-called “smart meters” from their homes if they believe installation will threaten their privacy or health. The bill follows a Monday opinion by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette that DTE customers…

McMillin disappointed Taylor officials declined invitation to address committee

Lawmaker wants to hear benefits of 10-year plan State Rep. Tom McMillin, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said today he is disappointed that Taylor School District officials declined an invitation to appear before the committee to testify about the benefits of a 10-year union security plan with school employees. McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, invited school…

Free tax guide available for residents

Michigan taxpayers who live in the 78th House District can prepare their 2012 returns with help from a free guide from state Rep. Dave Pagel. “This guide is easy to use and has clear and concise information to make tax time a little easier,” said Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. “All of the recent changes in tax…

Pscholka statement on Wayne State University union agreement

State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, today made the following statement regarding Wayne State University’s new union agreement that conflicts with state law: “This agreement is a slap in the face to hard-working students and families trying to attend college at Wayne State University. It appears to…

Rep. Potvin to hold district office hours

State Rep. Phil Potvin today announced that he will sponsor four separate sessions of district hours in the month of March.  The representative is encouraging all local residents who are interested in discussing state and local issues to come meet with him. The dates and locations of Potvin’s office hours are as follows: -Monday, March…

Muxlow announces March office hours

State Rep. Paul Muxlow will host in-district office hours in Brown City and Port Sanilac during March. Muxlow, R-Brown City, will meet with residents to discuss issues involving state and local government on the following occasions: Friday, March 15 at Muxlow’s district office, 4256 Main St., Brown City  from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from…