Kurtz: DHS report on lottery winners receiving welfare truly eye-opening

A total of 14 percent of state individuals winning more than $1,000 in the lottery either receive or live in the same household as individuals receiving federal or state assistance, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS).  The amount of money won by the individuals in these situations was more than $24 million…

Lori: MDOT grant will grow Sturgis factory, add 27 jobs

Lawmaker points to expansion as another sign of recovery State Rep. Matt Lori today applauded a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) grant to Summit Polymers, which will enable the automobile parts supplier to expand its Sturgis operations and hire 27 more workers. Lori, R-Constantine, said the manufacturer had considered sites in Kentucky and China, but…

Rep. Muxlow sponsors bills creating Animal Cruelty Registry for offenders

State Rep. Paul Muxlow has introduced legislation that would help create a registry for offenders of Michigan’s animal cruelty laws and prevent individuals on that registry from adopting animals from animal shelters. Muxlow, R-Brown City, is sponsoring House Bill 4534 which would require animal shelters to check the animal cruelty offender registry before allowing individuals…

Rep. Potvin and Sen. Booher to host senior town hall

            State Rep. Phil Potvin and State Sen. Darwin Booher are inviting senior citizens to attend a town hall meeting on Friday, April 19 to discuss state issues important to them. Seniors are invited to bring any topic they would like to discuss to the town hall, such as health care,…

Rep. Potvin hosting local office hour

State Rep. Phil Potvin is sponsoring three days of district office hours during April to allow residents of the 102nd District to meet with him to discuss state and local issues. “Helping local residents with their issues and concerns is an important part of my job as a state representative,” said Potvin, R-Cadillac.  “Please don’t…

Shirkey: Home Help Care recipients should have gotten their money back

State Rep. Mike Shirkey today expressed disappointment with the decision that $34 million in inappropriately taken “public union dues” would not be given back to disabled people and their families, despite the fact that the dues have been stopped and the recipients were never actually government employees. The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) ruled on…

Rep. Forlini meets with residents during April 15 office hours

Lawmaker: No appointment necessary to attend State Rep. Anthony Forlini invites residents to join him for office hours on Monday, April 15. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, will host office hours at the following times and locations: Biggby Coffee, 18309 Hall Road in Clinton Township from 8 to 9 a.m.; and McDonald’s, 25900 Crocker Blvd., in Harrison…

Victory announces local office hours for April

State Rep. Roger Victory today announced he is sponsoring office hours in his district on April 19 and 20. The first session on Friday April 19 will include Rep. Joe Haveman, chair of the House Appropriations Committee and will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Mr. Burger, located at 5835 Balsam Drive.  The…

Walsh invites residents to in-district office hours

State Rep. John Walsh is sponsoring office hours in Livonia to allow residents the chance to meet with him locally to discuss state and local issues. Walsh will be available on Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Livonia Senior Center, located at 15218 Farmington Road in Livonia. “I look forward to…

Outman bill exempts some heavy equipment from regulations

Lawmaker: Common-sense solution to business barriers State Rep. Rick Outman has introduced legislation that exempts two pieces of heavy construction equipment from unnecessary state regulations. House Bill 4547 frees portable conveyors from the requirement that they be equipped with brakes, and adds portable conveyors and generator trailers to the definition of special mobile equipment for…

Appropriations panel OKs responsible LARA budget

Forlini rejected millions in economic adjustments The House Appropriations Committee today approved a 5-percent budget reduction for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), due, in part, to an improved economy in Michigan. Included in the LARA budget is a 13-percent budget reduction for the Unemployment Insurance Agency, because the number of people…