Rep. Hornberger: I am disgusted by governor’s betrayal of Michigan students

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, chair of the House Education Committee and former public school teacher, issued the following statement after the governor’s veto of several line items within the Legislature-approved state budget: “I am disgusted Gov. Whitmer has chosen to use Michigan public-charter students as pawns in her political game. She vetoed $240 in increased…

Rep. Reilly welcomes metro Detroit religious leader to lead House invocation

State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township welcomed Father Stephen Pullis (center) to the state Capitol to lead Thursday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Pullis is the director of Evangelization Catechesis and Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Joining them at the rostrum is Associate Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Lilly.

Rep. Markkanen: Gov. Whitmer shifts funding away from Gogebic County

Grant to cover Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium’s pension debt among governor’s many budget cuts State Rep. Greg Markkanen today expressed frustration in the governor’s decision to use the administrative board to de-fund the grant awarded to Gogebic County to cover retirement legacy costs left over from the Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium. The Western…

Rep. Sheppard announces October district hours

State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents to meet with him at his upcoming October district hours. Rep. Sheppard will meet with residents at the following times and locations: Monday, Oct. 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S. Dixie Hwy. in Monroe; Monday, Oct. 14 from 8:30 to 9:30…

Rep. Filler announces October coffee hours

State Rep. Graham Filler has announced his next set of local coffee hours will be held Friday, Oct. 11 at the following times and locations: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Big Boy, 1408 Old U.S. 27 in St. Johns; and 10 to 11 a.m. at Hearthstone Oven Bakery and Café, 126 S. Pine River St….

Montague National Champion joins Rep. VanWoerkom at state Capitol

  PHOTO INFORMATION: Allison Tate, of Montague, joined Rep. VanWoerkom at the state Capitol for Wednesday’s House session. Tate, a student at Whitehall High School, received first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit at the 45th annual National History Day Contest. Her project, A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Dr. Kelsey’s Triumph Hides an American Tragedy,…

House approves Rep. Mueller’s plan increasing penalties for police disarmament

Legislation calls for harsher penalties for disarming an officer State Rep. Mike Mueller’s bipartisan plan to increase penalties for criminals who disarm – or attempt to disarm – a police officer was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. Mueller’s legislation was inspired by the tragic death of Oak Park Police Officer Mason Samborski,…

House Tourism Committee chair disappointed by governor’s veto of Pure Michigan funding

Rep. Marino: Our tourism industry relies heavily on Pure Michigan State Rep. Steve Marino, chair of the House Commerce and Tourism Committee, today said he is disappointed in the governor’s shocking decision to veto funding for meaningful Michigan programs within the state budget for Fiscal Year 2020. The governor eliminated $37 million in funding for…

O’Malley reacts to vetoes: Eliminating Pure Michigan ‘a dumb move’

Following the release of details of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 147 line-item vetoes, state Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, released the following statement: “The number one complaint from Gov. Whitmer and her allies was that the Legislature’s budget would ‘only pave 39 miles of freeway,’ but we’ve got to remember there’s a lot more to…