Rep. Lower: All Michigan voters deserve voice in petition initiative process

Bills bring transparency, accountability to petition drives State Rep. Jim Lower’s plan to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency was approved today by the Michigan House. Lower, R-Cedar Lake, said his plan – along with other bills sponsored by House Democrats – ensures the important process remains…

Rep. Lower: Line 5 tunnel best option for Michigan families, job providers

Representative supports plan forming tunnel to protect our Great Lakes Rep. Jim Lower today hailed a bipartisan plan approved by the state House as a key step toward energy security for Michigan residents and the creation of thousands of jobs for Michigan workers. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a…

Rep. Lower plan brings transparency, accountability to petition initiative process

State Rep. Jim Lower today introduced a plan to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said Michigan is among a minority of states that allows petition initiatives on statewide issues. His plan ensures the important process remains in place, with significant improvements. “We…

Rep. Lower: Collaborative effort leads to broad support of property tax assessment reforms

Rep. Jim Lower’s plan to improve the property tax assessment process for homeowners and other land owners across Michigan was unanimously approved today by the state House. The proposal is designed to improve the consistency and quality of assessments. The plan outlines minimum quality standards each assessing government must meet, either on its own or…

Rep. Lower participates in bill-signing ceremony for his plan to end unfair tax levying

Photo Information: State Rep. James Lower (left), of Cedar Lake, joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday for the ceremonial signing of his plan formally known as House Bill 5902, which removes an unfair tax from certain businesses. The law exempts self-insurer groups that operate under Workers Disability Compensation Act agreements from Corporate Income Tax to…

Rep. Lower sets local office hours

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake announced his next scheduled in-district office hours. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, July 30 9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 1596 Wright Ave. in Alma. Monday, Aug. 6 9 to 10 a.m. at Margo’s, 215 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville; and…

Rep. Lower votes for budget with focus on education, environment

Spending blueprint also addresses need for better roads   State Rep. James Lower this week added his vote in favor of a state budget that reins in government spending and directs funding where it is needed. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said the budget addresses many vital programs and projects to improve the quality of life…

Rep. Lower’s occupational licensing proposal advances in House vote

Legislator: Michigan’s licensed professionals are one step closer to less burdensome regulation A plan from state Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, removing duplicative regulation relating to occupational licensing today was advanced in a vote by the Michigan House. House Bill 5955 creates the Local Government Occupational Licensing Act and disallows local governments in Michigan…

Rep. Lower spearheads reduced occupational licensing proposal

Legislator: Plan helps residents seeking jobs in certain fields, eliminates red tape keeping them from doing so A plan from state Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, reducing the burden on employees and businesses through reduced occupational licensing parameters today was advanced in a vote by the House Local Government Committee. House Bill 5955 creates…

Rep. Lower bills eliminate bureaucracy

The House Oversight Committee today heard testimony and voted to approve plans sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake eliminating the Michigan Capitol Committee. The Michigan Capitol Committee was established in 1986 with the responsibility of making recommendations regarding any physical changes to the Capitol building or the surrounding grounds. More recently in…