Rep. Griffin encourages support of local businesses during Buy Michigan Week

State Rep. Beth Griffin today encouraged residents in Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties to participate in Buy Michigan Week by considering locally made products and services. Purchasing goods and services locally has a positive impact on our communities, encouraging small business growth and increasing job opportunities while strengthening Michigan’s economy. “Residents with businesses in Southwest…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during regularly scheduled local office hours. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state government,” Griffin said.  “Hosting office hours throughout the community helps me better represent our community and assist them with any questions that…

Good Government is Transparent and Accountable

A column by state Rep. Beth Griffin As your State Representative, I value transparency in state government, and I’m dedicated to holding state agencies and departments accountable. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Michigan residents have a right to know what goes on in their government. Under a plan introduced earlier this year, state…

Griffin: South Haven receives $184,850 grant for downtown development

Funding will benefit small businesses, tourism State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced a $184,850 community development grant awarded to the city of South Haven by the Michigan Strategic Fund. The grants will fund two downtown façade projects to historically renovate the South Haven Masonic Temple (321 Center St.) and D&S Real Estate Management LLC (413…

COLUMN: Adding skills to our classrooms will build Michigan’s future

By State Rep. Beth Griffin As a teacher, I’m aware of the unique day-to-day challenges we face in our classrooms. Regardless of subject, our instructors have to focus on specific content while also seeking to cover as much subject matter as possible to help students grow and prepare for their next educational step. Current curriculum…

Rep. Griffin measure eliminates an outdated, irrelevant law

A plan removing an obsolete section of Michigan law proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, has been signed into law by the governor. Griffin’s new law removes a 1931 act that references the criminal sentencing guidelines in regard to ship officers making a false protest about a ship or its cargo with intent…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during regularly scheduled local office hours this June. “Engaging with residents in a casual setting is a great way to foster dialog and share ideas,” Griffin said. “I look forward to having discussions with people in the community and sharing with…

Rep. Griffin: New state budget supports job training, school safety, families

Rep. Beth Griffin today voted in favor of a new state budget aimed at improving schools, workforce preparation programs and services to support southwest Michigan families. “Bright futures begin with a quality education and the training needed to get better jobs,” said Griffin, of Mattawan, after the bills were given final legislative approval. “We are…

Griffin plan to improve student protection approved by House

Multi-bill package to protect Michigan’s children advances today Legislation to increase the number of authority figures who must report evidence of abuse was approved with unanimous bipartisan support today in the state House, Rep. Beth Griffin announced. Her plan mandates athletic trainers and physical therapists working with K-12 school sports and college athletic activities to…