Defending School Safety

By State Rep. Beth Griffin On Sept. 30, Gov. Whitmer slashed millions of dollars from critical government services in an attempt to chastise the Legislature for refusing to include her unrealistic 45-cent gas tax increase in the budget. Instead, she’s hurt some of our most vulnerable citizens with her vindictive actions. One of her cuts…

Rep. Griffin sets in-district office hours for October

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during scheduled office hours across her district. “We have passed a budget focused on priorities that are important to you,” Griffin said. “If you have questions about the budget process or whether something was included, I encourage you to stop by and…

Rep. Griffin plan would restore vetoed funding for school safety grants

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, has sponsored a plan to restore funding for school safety grants vetoed by Gov. Whitmer along with several other critical funding cuts on Oct. 1. Griffin, a former school teacher, said the need for improved safety measures is greater than ever. School safety grants can be used for panic…

Rep. Griffin issues statement on governor slashing millions in essential programs

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of particular items in the state budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year:   “Gov. Whitmer is completely contradictory when it comes to the resources needed to educate our children. First she labeled the Legislature-approved, bipartisan school aid…

Rep. Griffin details budget vetoes affecting Southwest Michigan

“This morning, after vetoing 147 lines of the state budget, the Governor further took it upon herself to move $624.65 million of legislatively appropriated funds, disregarding input from legislators of both parties duly elected to represent their constituents. One of these changes was the transfer of $25 million for local bridges to public transit systems….

State budget respects taxpayers, reflects community priorities

By state Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan             The state budget recently approved by the Michigan Legislature underscores the importance of bringing the contributions of our hard-working taxpayers back home to benefit the entire community. Every day, families across Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties have to spend within their means and budget responsibly. All we’re…

Rep. Griffin: Legislature approves record investment in K-12 students and schools

Rep. Beth Griffin voted today in support of the House and Senate’s plan to help students succeed with the largest schools investment in Michigan history. The plan provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Per-pupil funding would increase for every student in Michigan by $120 to $240 – a total increase of more…

Rep. Griffin sets in-district office hours for September

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during scheduled office hours across her district. “I’m working diligently with my colleagues to pass a fiscally responsible budget, investing in priorities like education and roads,” Griffin said. “If you have questions regarding the budget process or anything else that may be…

Rep. Griffin honored as Legislator of the Year by Michigan Manufacturers Association

PICTURED FROM LEFT: Delaney McKinley, MMA Senior Director of Government Affairs & Membership; Representative Beth Griffin; Chuck Hadden, MMA President & CEO; Brianna Mills, MMA Director of Political & Strategic Partnerships State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, was recently honored as the 2019 Michigan Manufacturers Association’s (MMA) Legislator of the Year for working to pass…

Rep. Griffin welcomes guests for the 9/11 Ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today hosted Undersheriff Kevin Conklin from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department and Dawn Hinz from the South Haven Area Emergency Services Authority (SHAES) as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of…

Griffin: Governor wrong to blame Legislature for holding up the budget

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s comments on the progress of ongoing budget negotiations: “Despite summer-long negotiations between the House, Senate, and the governor, the governor has refused to budge on her 45-cent gas tax increase and consider funding options from the budget approved…