Foster: Low water qualifies as emergency

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources would get $30 million from the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund (MBSF) to help pay for harbor dredging this boating season under legislation introduced today by Rep. Frank Foster.Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are expected to reach record low water levels this summer, compounding years of receding shorelines and dried…

Rep. Pagel named House assistant whip

            State Rep. Dave Pagel has been selected as an assistant whip for the 2013-2014 Michigan House legislative session. “I’m thrilled to have a leadership opportunity in the House,” said Pagel, R-Oronoko Township.  “I am committed to moving Michigan forward through policies that improve the economic health of our state. In…

Outman joins secretary of state in calling for initiatives to aid veterans

Driver’s license designation among proposed changes State Rep. Rick Outman joined Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, fellow lawmakers and veterans in a news conference at the Capitol today to unveil several initiatives to assist Michigan veterans. Among the initiatives is a proposal to put a veteran designation on driver’s licenses and state identification cards to…

Pscholka introduces bill to improve local harbors

State Rep. Al Pscholka today introduced legislation to cut red tape and help local governments fund needed harbor improvements.  House Bill 4179 would add dredging to the list of acceptable infrastructure improvements for Tax Increment Finance Authorities (TIFAs). “Outdated government regulations are costing our community jobs and making life more difficult for the people of…

McCready named Michigan House assistant whip

State Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, today was appointed to serve as an assistant whip for the 2013-2014 legislative session. “Open lines of communication are essential to the success of our caucus and I’m ready to help keep our caucus organized so we can continue to make our economy healthier,” McCready said. “Working together and…

Bumstead named Michigan House assistant whip

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, today was appointed to serve as an assistant whip for the 2013-2014 legislative session. “Much of our success of the past two years has been due to open lines of communication and working together to benefit our residents,” Bumstead said. “As an assistant whip, I’m ready to help keep our…

Jenkins named Michigan House assistant whip

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton, today was appointed to serve as an assistant whip for the 2013-2014 legislative session. “Knowing how lawmakers stand on legislation being considered in the House helps save time and makes the chamber run efficiently and I’m pleased to help with these important duties,” Jenkins said. “This is the second term…

O’Brien honored for work to support affordable homeownership

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien was honored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo (HBAGK) for her work to support the housing industry. O’Brien sponsored several pieces of legislation during the last legislative session to promote homeownership and make housing more affordable. “Serving families as they buy or sell homes is a passion of mine,”…

Kesto named Michigan House assistant whip

Lawmaker eager to serve in leadership role State Rep. Klint Kesto today was selected as a House assistant whip for the 2013-14 legislative session. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, will be responsible for coordinating communication with House Republicans on key issues being discussed by the Legislature. He was named to the post by state Rep. Pete Lund,…

Rep. Lauwers named Michigan House assistant whip

State Rep. Dan Lauwers has been selected as an assistant whip for the 2013-2014 Michigan House legislative session. “I’m delighted with this assignment because it gives me the opportunity to take a leadership role in the Michigan House,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway.  “My first priority is to help guide legislation that encourages economic development and improves…

Allegan fairgrounds awarded improvement grant

The Allegan County Agricultural Society will receive a $20,000 state grant to help pay for its campground improvement project as part of a new statewide agricultural grant program, state Rep. Bob Genetski announced today. The County Fairs Capital Improvement Program will provide the money for the northwest campground’s electrical and water services, an estimated total…

Rep. Kelly named Michigan House assistant whip

State Rep. Tim Kelly has been selected as an assistant whip for the 2013-2014 Michigan House legislative session. “I am proud to have been given a leadership role in the House as we begin our work to encourage economic growth and fight for hard-working taxpayers,” said Kelly, R-Saginaw Township.  “Communication certainly will be key as…