Reservoir of patience on UIA has run dry

By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township Given the recent track record of Michigan’s heavily flawed Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), anyone who has never had an encounter with the agency should consider themselves very fortunate. Whether it is delayed payments, dropped phone calls or unpredictable errors in the agency’s filing system, hundreds of thousands…

Rep. Wakeman announces President’s approval of federal emergency declaration

Rep. Rodney Wakeman this week thanked the President for his approval of a federal emergency declaration in Midland and surrounding counties due to severe flooding. “Thousands of lives have been completely devastated after several area dams collapsed a couple months ago,” Wakeman said. “Residents have had to flee their homes and businesses because of this…

House approves Rep. Wakeman’s plan updating educational requirements for funeral directors

The Michigan House this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan that would update certain education requirements for Michigan funeral directors to keep pace with industry standards. Wakeman’s measure makes various changes to funeral service, including a new continuing education requirement. Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, said the legislation stems from research he conducted while…

Wakeman: Student safety top priority in Return to Learn plan

$1.3 billion plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today announced his support for a sensible and flexible plan to help ensure the safety of all Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The House-Senate plan, announced this morning during a Capitol press conference, requires local school…

Tax increases won’t solve upcoming budget dilemma

By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township As we approach the halfway point of 2020, it has become clear the response to the coronavirus pandemic has had more of an impact than many thought. The Legislature has already authorized $150 million in spending to address health care capacity, lab testing, monitoring, infection control, and…

Michigan House approves Rep. Wakeman’s plan providing flexibility for local road repairs

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan giving local governments more flexibility to fund necessary road repairs. Wakeman’s measure would alter the state’s current road funding formula to give communities a better opportunity to work on roadways in the worst shape, regardless of whether they are a primary or secondary road….

Rep. Wakeman’s plan updates educational standards for funeral directors

Lawmaker highlights active role of funeral industry during COVID-19 State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, this week testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his plan that would update education requirements for Michigan funeral directors to keep pace with changing times. Wakeman’s measure makes various changes to funeral service, including a…

House panel paves way for Rep. Wakeman’s plan providing flexibility for local road repairs

The House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday unanimously approved state Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan giving local governments more flexibility when it comes to funding necessary road repairs. The Saginaw Township lawmaker’s measure alters state regulations in key areas to give communities a better opportunity to work on roads in the most dire need of repair….