Rep. Frederick supports money saving measures for Michigan families

Bills provide tax relief, end driver responsibility fees State Rep. Ben Frederick this week supported two bipartisan measures that aim to ease burdens on Michigan families. The first would end driver responsibility fees effective Oct. 1 and forgive outstanding debt associated with the fees. Frederick said the fees, which were enacted by a previous administration…

Rep. Frederick backs plan to invest more in local veterans services

Grant program will help build, maintain county veterans service offices State Rep. Ben Frederick co-sponsored legislation introduced recently providing financial incentive to encourage Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices. Frederick, who represents a portion of Saginaw and Shiawassee counties in the Michigan House, said Saginaw County is one of 11 counties in…

Rep. Frederick announces February office hours

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso has set his in-district office hours for Monday, Feb. 12 at the following times and locations: 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Rauchholz Memorial Library, 1140 N. Hemlock Road, in Hemlock; and 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Corunna Library, 210 E. Corunna Ave., in Corunna. “I look forward to…

Rep. Frederick statement on governor’s 2018 State of the State address

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address: “Gov. Snyder did a tremendous job highlighting just how far Michigan’s economy has come in the past eight years. We’ve added 540,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010, more than any other state in the Great…

Frederick lauds veto override bringing vehicle sales tax relief to Michigan families

Legislation accelerates trade-in reforms adopted in 2013 State Rep. Ben Frederick voted Wednesday to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues. The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing…

COLUMN: Attention to workforce development critical as economy continues to grow

My first year representing our community in the Michigan House has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Michigan’s economy continued to grow and prosper in 2017, which only reinforces the importance of the challenge I’ve been working hard to address as chairman of the House’s Workforce and Talent Development Committee – building a robust talent pool…

Rep. Frederick supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, today voted in the state House for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade education in Michigan’s public schools. “This legislation gives more opportunity to Michigan children,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “There was a lot of input from educators, business owners…

Rep. Frederick’s plan lifts financial burdens facing local communities and counties

The House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness advanced a bill this week proposed by state Rep. Ben Frederick opening a new avenue to help rebuild lost revenue sharing state communities have experienced over the last 15 years. Frederick’s bill reforms how personal property tax funds are distributed. The proposal will implement a consistent, annual plan for…

Rep. Frederick votes for student loan transparency

State Rep. Ben Frederick voted for legislation to improve financial reporting to college students on their current federal student loan status, calling growing school debts “a state and national crisis.” “We have students facing decisions which can mean tremendous risk and financial strain upon graduation,” said Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development…

Rep. Frederick honors MAT2 program graduates

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, honored 46 students of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program during a graduation ceremony on Nov. 17. Gov. Rick Snyder and Wanda Stokes, director of the Talent Investment Agency, also spoke to graduates during the Lansing event. “This is a fantastic…

Rep. Frederick joins effort to revive historic preservation tax credit

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso has introduced legislation to support an effort aimed at restoring the Michigan Historic Preservation Tax Credit. “This credit was a proven economic development and preservation tool in the past, and it would be beneficial for Michigan’s future,” Frederick said. “I am honored to join with a coalition to bring…

Rep. Frederick introduces resolution declaring Nov. 13-19 as Apprenticeship Week

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso recently introduced House Resolution 202 declaring Nov. 13-19 as Apprenticeship Week in the state of Michigan. As chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, Frederick highlighted Michigan as a nationwide leader in the number of apprenticeship programs available. Also pictured is Rep. Leslie Love, a vice chair…