Rep. Lower, wife Kristen welcome birth of third child

State Rep. James Lower of Greenville and his wife Kristen welcomed their third child to the family today. Weston David Lower was born at 10:30 a.m. on May 27, weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces. “Everyone is happy and healthy. We are extremely thankful for this new blessing,” Rep. Lower said. “We can’t wait to introduce…

Rep. Lower: More work needed to get more people back to work in Michigan

Legislator demands common-sense, regional-based approach to further re-opening State Rep. James Lower, of Greenville, today reacted to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extension of a ‘stay home’ order through May 15 in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, saying while progress is being made, more must be done to ensure livelihoods are kept intact. Some suspended activities…

Rep. Lower: Governor’s overreach big on power, small on practicality

State’s stay-at-home directive extended through end of April State Rep. James Lower, of Greenville, today announced his strong opposition to a decision by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to extend Michigan’s stay-at-home order through April 30. Lower said he understands the need to flatten the state’s curve as it relates to the number of coronavirus cases, but…

Rep. Lower: Governor’s orders unnecessarily hurt lawn care businesses, nurseries

State Rep. Jim Lower today urged the governor to adjust her executive orders, saying many of the businesses forced to close by the orders do not make sense. Lower, of Greenville, today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is being overly restrictive on many small businesses, particularly landscaping and lawn care operations. “Doing yard work is perfectly…

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…