Rep. Frederick: Plan finalized to end budget impasse, reverse governor’s cuts

State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to reverse the governor’s cuts to initiatives helping the state’s most vulnerable residents – ending a budget impasse. Frederick, of Owosso, joined the Legislature in restoring funding to public safety, education, veterans’ services and several other programs. Two measures sponsored by Frederick – restoring $100,000 for the Autism Train…

House panel approves Rep. Frederick’s plan to protect residents, curb governor’s abuse of power

The House Government Operations Committee today approved a common-sense solution put forward by state Rep. Ben Frederick to address Michigan’s ongoing budget standoff. Frederick, of Owosso, said the plan relates to the State Administrative Board, which Gov. Whitmer recently used to unilaterally shift $625 million in taxpayer money without oversight or accountability. His proposal would…

Landmark plan introduced to protect Michigan residents, curb governor’s abuse of power

House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez and Rep. Ben Frederick today offered a pair of common-sense solutions to Michigan’s ongoing budget standoff, preserving some State Administrative Board powers while preventing gubernatorial abuse of the system. The plan relates to the board Gov. Whitmer recently used to unilaterally shift $625 million in taxpayer money without oversight or…

Rep. Frederick’s legislation improves access to student education advancement opportunities

State Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to improve dual enrollment access for students seeking summer education opportunities was unanimously approved by the Michigan House. Under current law, Michigan high school students are able to take approved postsecondary classes and are eligible for tuition reimbursement; however, students taking classes in the summer months are limited in reimbursement…

Rep. Frederick supports plan ensuring counselors may continue to practice

Earlier this month, state Rep. Ben Frederick joined House colleagues in approving a plan to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law, today the legislation was approved by the Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk to be considered for state law. The law has not been updated since it was enacted in…

COLUMN: We must work together to reverse governor’s cuts to autism services

The following column, by State Reps. Ben Frederick and Julie Calley, first appeared in Bridge Magazine on Oct. 16: Over the next year, thousands of Michigan families will have their lives forever changed by an autism diagnosis. As parents of special needs children, both of us remember the fear and uncertainty we felt when our…

Rep. Frederick hosts agriculture listening tour

Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso recently hosted an agriculture listening event at the farm of Don and Jamie Somers, of Henderson. Rep. Luke Meerman, vice-chair of the House Agriculture Committee, spoke at the event, along with Janna Fritz of the Michigan Soybean Association and Ryan Findlay of the American Soybean Association. The speakers covered topics…

Rep. Frederick supports record funding for mid-Michigan students

School budget gets bipartisan support in House, headed to governor State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to approve the Legislature’s bipartisan 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…

Rep. Frederick to host roundtable discussion with area farmers, experts

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today invited all farmers in the 85th House District to attend an interactive discussion with legislators and experts engaged in the top issues facing Michigan’s agriculture industry. The 85th House District includes all of Shiawassee County as well as Brady, Brant, Chapin, Chesaning, Fremont, Jonesfield, Lakefield, Maple Grove, Marion…

Rep. Frederick: Budget should not be held hostage by push for tax increase

State Rep. Ben Frederick today urged a quick resolution to budget negotiations with a looming Oct. 1 constitutional deadline, stressing that funding for schools, public safety and other essential services must not be held up due to Governor Whitmer’s continued insistence on a large fuel tax hike which has failed to gain support from nearly…

Rep. Frederick supports plan to help farmers devastated by record rain

State Rep. Ben Frederick and the Michigan House today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “The loan program will serve as a lifeline for…

Rep. Frederick applauds Michigan House support for Shiawassee County following tornadoes

State Rep. Ben Frederick today led the Michigan House in approving financial relief to help Shiawassee County law enforcement agencies pay needed expenses following mid-March tornadoes that stressed public safety budgets. The House approved $163,000 in documented expenses to help first responders bridge the gap for extra costs. The money will be distributed to 13…