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Speaker Cotter announces new committee to address roads issue

Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, today announced the creation of a new committee to address Michigan’s infrastructure funding future.  The new committee will be called the Committee on Roads and Economic Development. “Finding a long-term plan for Michigan’s crumbling roads is one of our top priorities, and it is time the committee…

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House Speaker Kevin Cotter unveils key focus points for roads

House Speaker Kevin Cotter today announced key principles he said will build a good foundation for a permanent road-funding solution. Speaker Cotter talking to WJR about the future of road funding in Michigan. Speaker Cotter on WWJ discussing what happens next to fund road repairs. Speaker Cotter appearing on the Frank Beckmann show to lay out the…

Cotter outlines top priorities for a lasting reform for Detroit schools

House Speaker Kevin Cotter today announced his top priorities for building the future of the Detroit Public School system, including frameworks for both financial and educational reforms to the district’s current operations.   “I appreciate the governor’s willingness to tackle this tough issue and start the discussion on DPS,” said Speaker Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant.  “Now…

Speaker Cotter’s statement on irresponsible DFT protests

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the protest by the Detroit Federation of Teachers that shut down more than a dozen schools in Detroit: “Today’s careless political maneuvering by the Detroit Federation of Teachers is another example of the selfish attitude that has put the demands of adults above the…

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Statement on the passing of Justice Weaver

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the passing of former Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver: “Justice Weaver served the people on our highest court for 15 years, tackling Michigan’s toughest issues and safeguarding justice during a period of great change in our state.  We will always remember and appreciate her…

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Speaker Cotter announces new legislative director

House Speaker Kevin Cotter today announced the hire of Lindsay Vogelsberg as his new legislative director.  Vogelsberg will replace Jeremy Hendges, who is joining the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to work on coordinating new initiatives into the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED).  The new roles are effective on March 2, 2015. “Lindsay…

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Michigan House Republicans announce policy blueprint for 2015-2016 legislative term

Michigan House Republicans today released their plan for the next two years, with a focus on continued job growth, opening up new opportunities for young people and creating a better government for all. Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter and House Republicans unveiled the policy blueprint, titled “Focused on Michigan’s Future: Charting a Course for…

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Speaker Cotter announces new committee assignments

Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, today issued the following statement announcing new committee assignments for the House of Representatives: “Last week, all eleven Democrat members of the House Committee on Appropriations declined to serve as the minority vice chair.  Since having a minority vice chair is a crucial part of the budget…

House Committee Assignments

Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter today announced committee assignments for the House of Representatives for the 2015-2016 legislative term. “Finding the right mix of legislator interests, expertise and 110 complicated schedules is never easy, but it is incredibly important.  These committees give Michigan residents a voice to inform us of how proposed legislation would…

House Republicans deliver results

The House Republican Caucus once again met its goals and accomplished the tasks presented to the people of Michigan in the Action Plan they released in January 2013, Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter announced today. House Republicans first unveiled a public blueprint for reform and responsible leadership, called the Guiding Principles, shortly after being…

Cotter-sponsored bill increases competitive bidding for townships

As part of the road funding bill package that moved through the state Legislature today, the Michigan House approved a bill to encourage competitive bidding on local road improvement projects. “This bill is about making sure future road projects are more efficient and more transparent with our taxpayer dollars,” said state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt….

Bills are a hole-in-one for local communities

The Michigan Legislature today approved a package of bills which would give municipalities the option to allow licensed drivers to legally use golf carts on some local streets, announced state Rep. Kevin Cotter. House Bill 5045 allows local governments with populations less than 30,000 to authorize the use of golf carts on local streets. House…