COLUMN: Michigan must learn from Nassar case

Last year, people across the country watched as dozens of brave young women gave powerful testimony against disgraced Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar. As a parent, former gymnast, and coach, the experiences the survivors shared really hit home. While no one can fix the awful things that happened to these young women, we…

Rep. Griffin sets July in-district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during office hours across her district. “I look forward to these face-to-face meetings with residents,” Rep. Griffin said. “Please stop by one of the locations and let me know what I can do to make state government work better for you.” Rep….

Rep. Griffin announces program to help farmers hurt by record rain signed into law

Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan announced a plan to help farmers whose crops were devastated by this spring’s record-setting rain has been signed into law. The plan provides $15 million to help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or liability…

Rep. Griffin: Fixing our roads and supporting our schools

A column by state Rep. Beth Griffin   My job representing you in the Michigan House is all about listening and leading.   I’ve listened to countless concerns about the poor condition of our roads. I’ve also heard your concerns about the governor’s idea to pay for improving them, and the vast majority of Van…

Rep. Griffin introduces proposal to bolster state’s PFAS response team

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, introduced a plan that would make the state’s PFAS action response team a permanent agency within state government. Griffin’s plan is part of a larger reform package addressing the safety and security of Michigan’s drinking water supply. “From day one we have worked swiftly to detect, contain and respond…

Rep. Griffin, Michigan House approve plan to help farmers devastated by record rain

The Michigan House and Rep. Griffin 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. “Michigan’s record rainfall has devastated farmers and agribusinesses this year,” said…

Rep. Griffin sets June in-district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during office hours across her district. “I truly value this time and these conversations with those I represent,” Rep. Griffin said. “Local input is invaluable as I work to represent my district in Lansing.” Rep. Griffin will be available Friday, June 21…

Rep. Griffin applauds recent TEDF grant awarded to Village of Lawrence

            State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, announced the Village of Lawrence will be receiving a Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grant to help with the completion of road construction projects for the 2020 fiscal year. The Village of Lawrence was recently awarded a TEDF matching fund grant of $94,500 to help cover the costs…

Rep. Griffin: Money-saving car insurance reforms signed into Michigan law

State Rep. Beth Griffin today noted that historic car insurance reforms have been signed into Michigan law, guaranteeing lower rates for drivers in Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties. The reforms – approved earlier by Griffin and the Legislature – give drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, combat fraudulent claims and take steps to…

Rep. Griffin’s plan to save taxpayer money on prison health care signed into law

State Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to reduce the amount of public tax dollars spent on prison health care while continuing to protect public safety has been signed into law by the governor. Griffin, of Mattawan, said chronically ill and aging prisoners often have health care costs several times higher than the average inmate. It’s a…