Rep. Alexander votes to ensure counselors may continue to practice

State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, on Tuesday joined House colleagues in approving a plan to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law. The law has not been updated since it was enacted in 1988. Alexander said updates are needed because the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has proposed striking the…

Rep. Alexander statement on Michigan state budget

Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover today issued the following statement after the governor vetoed $375 million in funding to fix roads and bridges: “The governor campaigned on fixing Michigan’s roads and bridges, yet inexplicably she’s rejecting $375 million that would boost repairs without raising taxes or cutting essential services. It doesn’t make any sense. “The…

Rep. Alexander champions record funding for Jackson students

State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, today voted in support of the Legislature’s school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history. The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the plan, per-pupil funding would increase for every student in Jackson County to $240…

Rep. Alexander plan focuses on practical updates to Michigan infrastructure

Proposal part of wide-ranging road innovation bill package A plan introduced today by state Rep. Julie Alexander encourages collaboration among state and local road agencies to ensure certain infrastructural projects are tailored to what communities need. House Bill 4971 tasks the existing Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) with evaluating roads throughout the state for “right-sizing”…

Alexander leads House Committee in approving measure to protect Michigan cherry producers

The Michigan House Agriculture Committee, chaired by Rep. Julie Alexander, today approved a resolution supporting a petition before the U.S. International Trade Commission to protect Michigan’s domestic cherry industry. Michigan growers supply roughly 75 percent of the nation’s total domestic tart cherry production. “Michigan’s cherry growers are asking for a rational solution in their petition…

Rep. Alexander announces local office hours

     State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover has scheduled office hours to meet with residents of the 64th District.      “Accessibility to my constituents has been a top priority of mine,” Rep. Alexander said. “With the legislative recess coming to an end, we have many issues to tackle here in Lansing. I look…

Farmers, stakeholders discuss challenges facing agriculture at special hearing

Members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees today met for a special joint hearing at Michigan State University to address the pressures squeezing the state’s agriculture industry in a difficult year. “I am grateful to our farmers and other key stakeholders for coming forward to share their stories and help build a prosperous future…

Rep. Alexander announces experts, stakeholders set to testify next week

State Rep. Julie Alexander today announced a list of witnesses scheduled to speak at next week’s joint Agriculture Committee meeting. Alexander, chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Sen. Kevin Daley, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, plan to host a joint hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Michigan State University. “The objective…

Michigan House, Senate agriculture committees to hold special joint hearing at MSU: ‘Ag challenges of today – How they affect you tomorrow’

Rep. Julie Alexander, chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Sen. Kevin Daley, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, will host a joint hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Michigan State University to listen to the concerns of farmers and agricultural stakeholders as the industry navigates a difficult time. Michigan’s current growing season…

No-fault reforms accomplished: What Jackson County drivers can expect

The most common topic Jackson-area residents share with me is the skyrocketing cost of car insurance and how it negatively affects them. The people of Michigan aren’t interested in talk, they’re interest in results. I listened to everyone’s concerns and worked diligently to fix the broken system that generates the most expensive car insurance rates…