COVID-19 pandemic underscores need to expand internet access

By state Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan Two months have passed since schools, businesses and non-emergency health clinics across Michigan shut their doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As educators, employers and physicians were forced to adapt to virtual settings to practice social distancing, it became abundantly clear how crucial internet access is….

Rep. Griffin announces $10.7 million broadband service grant awarded to Southwest Michigan

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced Southwest Michigan Communications Inc. will receive $10.7 million in a loan/grant combination to deploy Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband services to Van Buren and Allegan counties. The initiative is part of the USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program. USDA Rural Development provides integral resources to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in…

Rep. Griffin: Start transitioning our thinking to what is safe and unsafe

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today said the governor moved the state in the wrong direction and put even greater restrictions on Southwest Michigan families when she expanded and extended her stay-at-home order through April 30. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Thursday afternoon that stores no longer sell what she considers non-essential items and block…

Rep. Griffin provides details on latest efforts to slow spread of COVID-19

State Rep. Beth Griffin today advised Kalamazoo and Van Buren families to follow the stay-at-home order issued by the governor to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. Executive Order 2020-21 directs Michigan residents to stay in their homes unless they’re working a job in a critical service industry, engaging in outdoor activities, or…

Rep. Griffin delivers emergency coronavirus response plan featuring additional $125M

Legislator: Measures are rapid mobilization for public safety State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, this week voted to proactively address the spread of coronavirus in Michigan – joining her colleagues in unanimously approving a new emergency budget plan adding another $125 million to assist the state and local communities. “It was essential to provide our…

Rep. Griffin: House advances emergency budget plan benefiting Southwest Michigan communities

State Rep. Beth Griffin this week voted in favor of an emergency budget plan to restore support for tourism, job growth across the state and provide special funding to various programs benefiting Southwest Michigan families. The emergency budget measures overwhelmingly approved by the House partially restore funding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed for Pure Michigan and…

Rep. Griffin announces March office hours

Rep. Beth Griffin has set the times and locations for her monthly office hours in March. “I am committed to representing Southwest Michigan and hearing about the issues the members of our community care about most,” Griffin said. “My office hours provide a great opportunity for me to hear directly from the people. I look…