Frankenmuth bearing brunt of governor’s hurtful budget cuts during peak season

By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman As the peak holiday season rapidly approaches, Michigan’s tourism communities like Frankenmuth are still reeling from the political vetoes used by the governor when she slashed nearly $1 billion from the state budget. Through ultimatums, a record 147 line-item vetoes and an unconventional, unilateral power grab to transfer funds through…

Rep. Wakeman: MCCA savings direct results of car insurance reforms

Saginaw County drivers to see significant, guaranteed rate relief State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today said the fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is proof Michigan drivers will save substantial money through the state’s recent car insurance reforms. The MCCA announced it will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for…

Rep. Wakeman schedules local office hours

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours in November to meet with local residents of the 94th District. “Meeting with constituents is my favorite part of the job,” Rep. Wakeman said. “I welcome all to attend to for a legislative update, and discuss their priorities.” Office hours are scheduled for the…

Wakeman plan provides proper, timely burials for unclaimed decedents

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his plan ensuring funeral directors have the necessary authorization to provide timely and respectful dispositions for unclaimed decedents. “We’re trying to correct a misinterpretation within the formal process that determines who has the legal right to make funeral…

Wakeman backs plan protecting Saginaw County families, curtailing governor’s power grab

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman today expressed his support for a pair of common-sense solutions to Michigan’s ongoing state budget standoff, preserving some State Administrative Board powers while preventing executive abuse of the system. The plan relates to the board Gov. Whitmer recently used to unilaterally shift around $625 million in taxpayer money without legislative oversight…

Rep. Wakeman schedules local office hours

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours in October to meet with local residents of the 94th District. “A lot has happened in Lansing over the past month,” Rep. Wakeman said. “I welcome all to attend to discuss the state budget, the impact the Governor’s vetoes will have on our community,…

Wakeman plan would restore funding to public charter schools

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today introduced a plan to restore crucial funding that provides charter schools with an additional $240 per-pupil increase for the nearly 150,000 charter school students across Michigan, money previously stripped out of the state budget through a line-item veto by Gov. Whitmer. When signing budget bills for the…

Using our road funding dollars more effectively at the local level

By State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township   Whether it be walking the dog, driving the kids to school, running errands or biking to the local ice cream shop, it’s very likely road quality will be brought up as a discussion topic. We all assess the condition of the roads we use and these…

Rep. Wakeman: State spending plan uses taxpayer dollars effectively, responsibly

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in roads and bridges, public health and safety, and strengthening communities – without raising taxes. The approval votes are the latest in the Legislature’s work to have a state budget for the fiscal year starting Oct….

Rep. Wakeman supports record funding for Saginaw County students

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today voted in support of the Legislature’s school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history. The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the plan, per-pupil funding would increase for every student in Michigan by $120…

House panel hears Wakeman plan offering more flexibility for road repairs locally

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman today testified before the House Transportation Committee in support of his bipartisan plan giving local governments more flexibility to fund necessary road repairs. The plan, which is separate from ongoing budget negotiations, maintains a commitment to repair Michigan’s infrastructure and would give communities a better opportunity to work on roads that…

Rep. Wakeman plan stresses flexibility for local road repairs

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township introduced legislation today as part of a wide-ranging series of proposals giving local governments more flexibility to fund necessary road repairs. The package of bills, which are separate from ongoing budget negotiations, maintain a commitment to repair Michigan’s infrastructure and will alter state regulations in key areas to…