Bill introduced to dedicate nearly $800m to road repairs without raising taxes

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today lent his support to a new package of bills that would help fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges without a 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase. The bipartisan reform is included in House Bills 5582-5587, which were introduced Wednesday. The bills would eliminate the sales tax on fuel…

Common ground found on restrictions to regional transit authority

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today announced a new plan to restrict the existing regional transit authority (RTA) and allow southeast Michigan voters to choose for themselves whether to participate in the system. The new bill is House Bill 5550, introduced by state Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica. The bill places several key safeguards…

Speaker Chatfield on the governor’s budget proposal

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement on Gov. Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal: “I look forward to talking with Gov. Whitmer about the priorities her team laid out this morning. There are some areas where we will have to improve upon her agenda, where she continued to pick winners…

Bipartisan task force on criminal justice reform finalizes its recommendations

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement after the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration finalized its recommendations and prepared a report to the Legislature on their findings: “The state Legislature made criminal justice reforms a priority in 2019 and delivered several important changes to make Michigan a safer…

Rep. Chatfield sets local winter office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of January and February. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Friday, January 10, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce 124 N Main St. Cheboygan, MI 49721 Friday, February 21, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. McKinley Township…

Speaker Chatfield on welfare work requirements

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey today released the following statement on the governor’s request to suspend the state’s work requirements for Medicaid benefits:   “Able-bodied adults who want cash assistance and subsidized healthcare coverage should obviously be expected to either work part time or at least prepare for…

Rep. Chatfield sets local fall/winter office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of September and October. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Friday, November 1st, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Sault Area Chamber of Commerce 2581 Interstate 75 Business Spur Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 Friday, December 13, 10:00 – 11:00…

Michigan House finalizes the 2019-2020 state budget plan

The Michigan Legislature today finalized the state budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, of Levering, voted in favor of the plan. “The people of Michigan deserve a state government that reflects their priorities and protects their household budgets,” said Chatfield. “And our community deserves a budget that focuses on northern…

Rep. Chatfield sets local fall office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of September and October. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, September 16, 10:00–11:00 a.m. McKinley Township Hall 1820 N. U.S. Highway 31 Pellston, MI 49769 Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.–Noon St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce…

Rep. Chatfield sets local summer office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of July and August. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, July 15, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum W11660 US-2 Naubinway, MI 49762 Monday, August 12, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Indian River Chamber of Commerce…

Michigan House passes its 2019-2020 state budget plan

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.  Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, of Levering, voted in favor of the plan.   “This is the right plan to increase funding for our top priorities without raising taxes on hard-working Michigan families. Everyone at the state capitol has been…

Cheboygan receives state support for downtown redevelopment

The State of Michigan this week announced several new programs to receive state support and incentives for local development. One project, supported by Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, is located in Cheboygan.   Cheboygan Main Street plans to develop an empty building on Main St. in downtown Cheboygan into several new apartments with commercial…