Foster named to job development board

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, has been appointed to serve on the Michigan Talent Investment Board by House Speaker Jase Bolger for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. The 47-member board advises and assists Gov. Rick Snyder with oversight and recommendations regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Investment Act and overall talent development in the…

McMillin bill allows opt-out of smart meters

Lawmaker: Measure focuses on privacy, health issues State Rep. Tom McMillin today introduced a bill that enables residents to opt out of installation of so-called “smart meters” from their homes if they believe installation will threaten their privacy or health. The bill follows a Monday opinion by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette that DTE customers…

McMillin disappointed Taylor officials declined invitation to address committee

Lawmaker wants to hear benefits of 10-year plan State Rep. Tom McMillin, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said today he is disappointed that Taylor School District officials declined an invitation to appear before the committee to testify about the benefits of a 10-year union security plan with school employees. McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, invited school…

Free tax guide available for residents

Michigan taxpayers who live in the 78th House District can prepare their 2012 returns with help from a free guide from state Rep. Dave Pagel. “This guide is easy to use and has clear and concise information to make tax time a little easier,” said Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. “All of the recent changes in tax…

Pscholka statement on Wayne State University union agreement

State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, today made the following statement regarding Wayne State University’s new union agreement that conflicts with state law: “This agreement is a slap in the face to hard-working students and families trying to attend college at Wayne State University. It appears to…

Rep. Potvin to hold district office hours

State Rep. Phil Potvin today announced that he will sponsor four separate sessions of district hours in the month of March.  The representative is encouraging all local residents who are interested in discussing state and local issues to come meet with him. The dates and locations of Potvin’s office hours are as follows: -Monday, March…

Muxlow announces March office hours

State Rep. Paul Muxlow will host in-district office hours in Brown City and Port Sanilac during March. Muxlow, R-Brown City, will meet with residents to discuss issues involving state and local government on the following occasions: Friday, March 15 at Muxlow’s district office, 4256 Main St., Brown City  from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from…

Rep. Walsh to read in schools for March is Reading Month

State Rep. John Walsh will celebrate March is Reading Month by visiting Livonia elementary schools and encouraging students to read. “Reading is a vital tool for a child’s development and academic success–something I have witnessed firsthand as a father,” said Walsh, R-Livonia.  “I enjoy having the opportunity to visit these classrooms and to encourage young…

Rep. Leonard appoints to Law Revision Commission

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger today announced his appointment of Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, to the Michigan Law Revision Commission. Bolger said that Leonard, a former prosecutor and assistant attorney general, is well-qualified to serve on the commission, which is responsible for examining common law, statutes and current judicial decisions to look for…

Rep. Somerville invites residents to property tax town hall and office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville, R-New Boston, today announced a property tax workshop for residents needing assistance with appealing their property tax assessment. The workshop is on Monday, March, 4, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Brownstown Community Center, Hall F, 21311 Telegraph Road. “These workshops are designed to help residents navigate the appeals process…