Lori announces grant for historic preservation in Dowagiac

Funds will rehabilitate downtown building State Rep. Matt Lori today announced a grant to eliminate blight in downtown Dowagiac by funding rehabilitation of a historic building into a movie theater and residential units. Lori, R-Constantine, said the Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved the $171,005 Community Development Block Grant enabling a local firm to rehabilitate the…

Outman, Ag Chair Daley to speak at Breakfast on the Farm

Event educates public about modern farming State Rep. Rick Outman and House Agriculture Chair Kevin Daley will be featured speakers at Breakfast on the Farm on Sept. 7, an event at Black Locust Farms in Stanton to help people learn about modern farming. Outman, R- Six Lakes, and Daley, R-Lum, will be on hand to…

Rep. Leonard announces September office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard today announced he will host a pair of office hour events during September. Local residents of the 93rd House District can meet with the lawmaker at the following locations: In St. Johns on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. In Ithaca…

Speaker Bolger appoints Marquette resident to Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today appointed Jack Hubbard of Marquette to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. The Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board advises the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on policies, plans and programs concerning the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. It supports…

Pscholka: Michigan ranked as a top state at controlling tuition costs

State Rep. Al Pscholka, chair of the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that Michigan ranks as one of the best states in controlling the rising cost of tuition. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, and the Michigan Legislature have worked with universities over the last few years to secure funding for them in an effort to curb high…

Rep. Daley excited about Vlasic pickle plant expansion and new jobs in Imlay City

Lawmaker believes it is sign of Michigan’s turnaround Rep. Kevin Daley joined Gov. Rick Snyder and officials from Pinnacle Foods at a ribbon cutting ceremony announcing the expansion of Pinnacle and their new 5,000-square-foot Vlasic facility that adds 29 new jobs to Imlay City. “It is great to see a company like Pinnacle expanding right…

Speaker Bolger’s statement on Senate passage of Medicaid reform

Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement after the state Senate approved House Bill 4714 (Medicaid reform): “I applaud the Senate for working diligently on this issue throughout the summer and finding a solution in time for us to approve it on our next session day, Sept. 3. Lack of insurance is a very…

Rep. Kesto, committee chair host health town hall

Large audience hears legislative update on key issues State Rep. Klint Kesto, joined by House Health Policy Committee Chair Gail Haines, on Monday gave an audience of nearly 100 people an update on accomplishments made by the committee and plans for future legislation. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, serves on the committee, and asked Haines, R-Lake Angelus,…

DEQ director, Rep. Outman tour St. Louis paint facility

Officials applaud firm’s efforts to improve environment             State Rep. Rick Outman and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant recently toured a St. Louis automotive parts paint facility that has reduced its environmental footprint. Wyant, Outman and state Sen. Judy Emmons toured Plasti-Paint, a facility that paints plastic…

Mental health courts prove successful after extensive study

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien today applauded the findings of an extensive study showing that mental health courts have significantly helped participants and Michigan’s judicial system, and said legislation she has introduced will help take the effective program statewide. Mental health courts significantly lowered recidivism levels of participants compared to offenders who did not participate in…

Mental health courts help participants lead improved, productive lives

State Rep. Kevin Cotter today said the findings of a survey of participants in 10 mental health court programs in Michigan show how effective the programs are and how much they can help improve the lives of their participants. The survey supports a package of legislation Cotter is helping to sponsor that is up for…

Google recognizes Walled Lake with 2013 eCity of America Award

Lawmaker hails business community for achievement Walled Lake was named the strongest online business community in the state and received the Google eCity Award for Michigan, state Rep. Hugh Crawford announced today. Google and independent research firm Ipsos MORI analyzed the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all 50 states. The city…