Nesbitt: State department overstepped bounds in school mascot issue

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today said the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) should rescind a federal complaint it filed with the U.S. Department of Education asking the federal agency to prohibit the use of American Indian mascots, nicknames and slogans in the state’s K-12 schools. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said the MDCR overstepped its authority by…

Price to hold office hours in Grand Haven

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Grand Haven on Friday, Feb. 15, to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at Coffee Grounds, located at 41 Washington Ave. from 9 to 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to stop by as their schedules allow during…

Rep. Yonker announces Feb. 15 office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker is sponsoring office hours to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at Daily Brews Coffee Cafe, located at 128 S. Main St. in Wayland, on Friday, Feb. 15 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the…

LSSU project included in Snyder’s budget

Lake Superior State University stands to receive support of almost $9 million for renovation and expansion of its School of Business building project that is included in Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2014 state budget recommendations. “This building project has been worked on for several years so it’s exciting to see it coming closer to reality,” said…

Pscholka presented with Leadership Award by United Against Nuclear Iran

State Rep. Al Pscholka on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 was presented with an award by United Against Nuclear Iran, for his leadership in passing Michigan’s Iran State Contracting legislation. Pscholka co-sponsored HB 5479 during last session, and that bill’s Senate counterpart, SB 1024, was signed by Gov. Snyder on Dec. 28, 2012. The bill prevents…

Bumstead seeking input on state roads and bridges

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today announced that he is seeking input from the residents of Lake, Oceana, and Newaygo counties, regarding Michigan’s road system and how to fix it. Bumstead has created a survey that is available on his website until Feb. 22.  He is hoping constituents take a few minutes to complete it and…

Rep. Rendon working on measure to constitutionally protect hunting, fishing

Hunting, fishing and trapping would be protected rights in the Michigan Constitution under House Joint Resolution K, introduced this week by Rep. Bruce Rendon. “Our outdoor heritage and traditions are deeply rooted into what Michigan is and who our people are, so it only stands to reason those protections be included in our state’s guiding…

Rep. Kesto happy with turnout for property tax forum

Lawmaker says property values on the rise About 60 people braved the snow and wind today to attend a property tax forum hosted by state Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township. The event was conducted at the Commerce Township Library. In addition to Kesto, speakers included Mark Avery, a property value assessment expert; Dave Hieber, manager…

Glardon helping sponsor legislation to assist farmers, residents who use renewable energy

Michigan residents with windmills on their property would no longer have to pay personal property taxes on the devices under legislation unveiled today by state Rep. Ben Glardon. Glardon, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, is working with the committee chair on the legislation, which exempts residential wind and solar conversion devices from the…

Glardon helping sponsor legisation to assist farmers, residents who use renewable energy

Michigan residents with windmills on their property would no longer have to pay personal property taxes on the devices under legislation unveiled today by state Rep. Ben Glardon. Glardon, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, is working with the committee chair on the legislation, which exempts residential wind and solar conversion devices from the…

Speaker Bolger has reappointed Rep. Wayne Schmidt to Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today said he has reappointed state Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission. MIPRC, formed in 2000, currently includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The commission brings leaders from across the region together to…

State Rep. Schmidt announces support Main Street Fairness bills

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today announced his support for the Main Street Fairness package, which requires out-of-state online retailers to collect Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax and direct it to the state, just as Michigan companies with brick-and-mortar establishments are required to do. “The Main Street Fairness bills will help level the playing field for…