Rep. Lightner: Lack of oversight in state’s procurement process is ‘concerning’

State Rep. Sarah Lightner, of Springport, today testified before the House Oversight Committee in support of her plan holding state government accountable by providing more transparency and oversight to the procurement process. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) is responsible for contracts and purchasing decisions for all of the agencies under the…

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport has scheduled office hours for the month of November to meet with residents of the 65th District. “We’ve had a productive month is Lansing,” Rep. Lightner said. “I look forward to sharing legislative updates, and I welcome all to attend and share their priorities with me.” Office hours are…

COLUMN: Programs vetoed by governor are too important to ignore

Typically, the state budget process is completed once the governor signs the plan approved by the Legislature. This year, things are playing out a little differently – the budget is signed and completed, but the governor vetoed funding for several critical programs. To be exact, there were 147 vetoes in all. The governor has transparently…

Rep. Lightner introduces plan to restore governor’s funding cuts to local communities

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport today introduced legislation to restore important funding to local communities in the wake of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes. Lightner’s proposal deals with what’s known as “payment in lieu of taxes” from the state to local communities. These payments replace revenue lost on tax-exempt land owned by the state,…

COLUMN: Reforms needed to rein in state’s IT costs

The amount of money Michigan spends on information technology projects has spiraled out of control. Far too often, state departments start IT projects that cost more and perform worse than expected, with lax oversight. The list of state government’s IT failures is long and inexcusable. For example, a Department of Health and Human Services system…

Rep. Lightner supports budget plan investing more in Michigan students than ever before

Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport today supported a plan investing more than ever in Michigan’s K-12 students – without any tax increases. Lightner, as a member of the House Appropriation Committee, helped shape the budget plan approved by the Michigan House. The schools budget plan will soon be headed to Gov. Whitmer for consideration. The…

Rep. Lightner announces senior town hall

     State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport will host a town hall on Monday, Oct. 7 to meet with senior citizens from the 65th District. Rep. Lightner will be joined by representatives from the Michigan Attorney General’s office to discuss steps we can take to combat scams over the internet, phone, and email.  …

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

     State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport has scheduled office hours to meet with residents of the 65th District.      “Meeting with my constituents keeps me up to date on the issues they care about most,” Rep. Lightner said. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, budget negotiations have been a top…

Rep. Lightner plan would name green darner dragonfly as state insect. Will it fly?

After getting some help from the Springport 4-H Club, state Rep. Sarah Lightner recently introduced a plan to designate the green darner dragonfly as Michigan’s official insect. Lightner, of Springport, said members of the 4-H group approached her after realizing Michigan does not have a state insect. She worked with the kids to come up…

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

State Rep. Sarah Lightner has scheduled her July office hours to meet with local residents of the 65th District. “Office hours are a great way to talk about the issues affecting our local communities,” Rep. Lightner said. “I hope you’ll take the opportunity to join me and share what’s on your mind.” Office hours are…