Rep. Lower applauds restored budget funding, amended budget processes

State Rep. James Lower, of Greenville, this week joined colleagues in the Michigan Legislature in giving final approval to a plan restoring budget funding vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year. Also approved were plans protecting residents in upcoming budget years through procedural changes to the State Administrative Board and a new established date…

Rep. Lower supports bipartisan plan preventing surprise medical bills

State Rep. Jim Lower today voted in support of legislation to protect Michigan residents from the practice of surprise medical billing. Surprise medical bills typically stem from a disagreement between a patient’s insurer and an out-of-network medical provider leaving the patient stuck with the bill. Patients often either do not have the choice or are…

Rep. Lower honored with public service award

State Rep. Jim Lower of Greenville (right) was recently presented with the Michigan Municipal Electric Association’s Public Service Award. Given to a legislator that displays hard work, leadership, and a commitment to public policy that benefits all Michigan electric consumers, past recipients have included State Sen. Mike Nofs, Congressman Bill Huizenga, Congressman John Dingell, and…

Rep. Lower: Budget vetoes impact county jails, Michigan communities

State Rep. James Lower, of Greenville, today expressed disappointment with a decision by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to veto sections of a Department of Corrections budget recently approved by the Michigan Legislature. The governor slashed nearly $15 million for a county jail reimbursement program compensating local jails for housing prisoners that would normally be in a…

Rep. Lower votes to approve budget with responsible state spending

State Rep. James Lower, of Greenville, on Tuesday voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in roads and bridges as well as vital health and safety public services – without raising taxes. The votes are the latest in the Legislature’s work to have a state budget for the fiscal year starting…

Rep. Lower plan prevents public schools from claiming sanctuary status

State Rep. Jim Lower today introduced a plan to ensure Michigan schools will no longer be allowed to enact or enforce any law, rule, ordinance or policy that limits school employees from communicating with federal officials about the immigration status of community members. The bill comes in the wake of the Detroit Public Schools Community…

Rep. Lower: Governor’s insistence on tax hike holds up state budget

Rep. Jim Lower today reiterated his support for a budget plan approved by the Michigan House that provides record road and school funding without tax increases. Lower, of Greenville, said it is incorrect for Gov. Whitmer to blame Republicans in the Michigan Legislature for a stalemate in state budget talks. “The governor is completely ignoring…

Rep. Lower: Giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants a dangerous idea

State Rep. Jim Lower today said he is strongly opposed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s radical proposal to issue Michigan driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Lower, of Greenville, said Michigan should focus on reforms that improve the lives of law-abiding citizens, rather than making life easier for individuals who willfully break the law by residing here…

Rep. Lower introduces proposal to protect water quality across Michigan

State Rep. Jim Lower of Greenville today introduced a plan to modify the state’s emergency manager law, replacing the single person emergency management structure with a three-person Financial Management Team. The plan is part of a larger reform package addressing the safety and security of Michigan’s drinking water supply. “This proposal to update the state’s…

Legislature files suit challenging AG’s opinion on petition initiative law

Rep. Lower: Nessel, Benson can’t pick and choose which laws to enforce State Rep. Jim Lower today announced the Michigan House and Senate have filed two lawsuits against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for refusing to follow the 2018 petition initiate law that the attorney general erroneously declared to be unconstitutional. Lower praised the decision…

Rep. Lower commends signature of plan to reform state’s broken car insurance system

A proposal to fix Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system, supported by state Rep. Jim Lower, today was signed into law. The new law will bring hundreds of dollars in savings to drivers in Gratiot and Montcalm counties through lower car insurance prices – offering personal injury coverage options, combating fraud and abuse, and addressing medical…