Rep. Frederick seeks input from community members

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today invited local residents to meet with him during office hours this month in Owosso and Merrill. “I want to hear about what matters most to people in our community because my job, first and foremost, is to be their voice at the Capitol,” Frederick said. “The more input…

Rep. Chatfield announces February office hours

State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of February. “It’s important for me to meet with concerned individuals in person to really discover their needs and find ways to better serve them in Lansing,” said Chatfield. “My staff and I have…

Miller holds first meeting as chair of Elections and Ethics Committee

State Rep. Aaron Miller, following his first meeting as chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said he’s looking forward to working on policy over the next two years that brings even more integrity and efficiency to Michigan’s election system. “Elections play a critically important role in ensuring our government is chosen by the…

Rep. VanSingel emphasizes roads, education following budget report

State Rep. Scott VanSingel, of Grant, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017-18 budget presentation today in Lansing: “We need to strengthen our state’s foundation, which includes education and our roads, bridges and water and sewer systems. The governor’s recommendations included dedicating more funding towards improving our infrastructure and education-based programs.” “I agree…

Rep. Kelly appreciates call for more educational funding

A significant increase in state funding toward key education programs was exactly what Rep. Tim Kelly wanted to hear during Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017-18 budget proposal today. “The governor wants us to set the bar higher for education – both in terms of classroom results and funding – and I agree with him,” said Kelly,…

Rep. Iden: Help create Michigan jobs by improving business climate

Michigan can continue its economic comeback with a renewed push to reduce the regulatory burden on business, Rep. Brandt Iden said today. Iden, after his first meeting as chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, said the panel will have a sharp focus on continued job growth during the 2017-18 session of the Michigan Legislature….

Rep. Afendoulis likes budget emphasis on training, education

Rep. Chris Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township found many positives from Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017-18 budget presentation today before a joint session of the House and Senate Appropriations committees. “I believe it’s crucial that we continue to look for ways to make state government more effective, efficient, and accountable for Michigan taxpayers,” said Afendoulis, a…

Rep. Howell’s bills repeal, revise pension tax

State Rep. Gary Howell today introduced bills to completely repeal the tax on retirement income, or in the alternative, standardize the allowable tax exemptions for retirees so as to eliminate the current discrimination as to age. Howell, of North Branch, said applying the tax on retirement income has caused financial difficulties for people who had…

Rep. Brann: Budget will foster a better business environment

Experience had state Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming focusing on several aspects of Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017-18 budget presentation today. “We need to continue to foster a great environment for businesses to start and grow here,” Brann said. “Making an ideal business climate involves improved training programs and a fair tax structure. That’s what has…

LaSata issues statement following governor’s budget proposals

State Rep. Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his proposed budget to a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee: “I appreciate all the hard work Gov. Snyder has put into his proposed budget and look forward to working…

Miller issues statement on governor’s budget announcement

State Rep. Aaron Miller, who serves as the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State Police, today made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his budget plan to the House and Senate: “I appreciate the governor’s input and look forward to working with him and the Senate to craft an efficient and…

Rep. Lauwers’ statement on governor’s budget plan

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, of Brockway Township, made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his budget plan to the joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee: “I appreciate Gov. Snyder getting the budget process started and his efforts to maintain a focus on growing Michigan’s economy,” said Lauwers, who serves as House Majority Floor…