Rep. Cole announces 2017 Year-in-Review Presentations

State Rep. Triston Cole invites residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Montmorency, Oscoda and Otsego counties to attend his 2017 year-in-review presentations. “One of my priorities while in office is to be transparent,” Rep. Cole said. “The year-in-review presentations I have prepared will provide an overview of what has been accomplished in 2017, and what I plan…

Rep. Cole announces recreational grant recommendations for area

Money comes from continued oil extraction royalties   State Rep. Triston Cole today announced six recreational projects have been recommended for Charlevoix, Antrim, Montmorency and Otsego counties totaling $2,160,300. The Natural Resources Trust Fund annually recommends projects to acquire land or improve recreational facilities across the state. Projects in communities served by Rep. Cole are:…

Rep. Cole: Reforms needed to protect retiree benefits for police, firefighters in Michigan

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today voted in favor of legislation to safeguard the retirement benefits of police and firefighters. The bills approved by the Michigan House will help identify local governments most at risk of bankruptcy or severe financial hardship due to underfunded retirement plans. The legislation is designed to help local governments…

Rep. Cole supports bill utilizing public-private partnerships for Michigan

Legislation enhances alternative to building better infrastructure State Rep. Triston Cole, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, held a vote today and voted to approve a bill to regulate and oversee public-private partnerships in Michigan. The bill provides for the state of Michigan to more effectively utilize public-private partnerships (P3s) for large transportation…

Rep. Cole: fight to lower auto insurance rates isn’t over

State Rep. Triston Cole said he would continue the fight to lower auto insurance rates for all Michigan drivers. Cole voted in favor of House Bill 5013, which would guarantee lower rates for all drivers in Michigan – the state with the highest car insurance rates in the nation. The bill would have offered personal…

Rep. Cole: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Legislator votes for elimination by October 2018   State Rep. Triston Cole today said he is proud to have voted on sweeping bipartisan legislation to end driver responsibility fees in October 2018. Cole, of Mancelona, said the fees – which were contrived by a previous administration in desperation to fill a budget hole – served…

House approves Rep. Cole bill to revise semi-trailer axle length requirements

Legislation increases safety for Michigan drivers The Michigan House this week unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole revising semi-trailer axle length requirements to increase safety for Michigan drivers. The change allows drivers flexibility to adjust the rear axle and tandem assembly safely and legally within existing weight limits. The bill eliminates the…

Committee approves Rep. Cole bill to increase safety for Michigan drivers

Bill revises semi-trailer axle length requirements The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Triston Cole to revise semi-trailer axle length requirements increasing safety for Michigan drivers. The bill eliminates the limited maximum length of 41 feet between the sliding tandem rear axles and the connection point on a semi-tractor….

Rep. Cole recognizes budget efforts made at Vanderbilt schools

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, honored the efforts Vanderbilt Area Schools to help the district nearly erase its budget deficit over the past two years. “Vanderbilt now has the smallest budget shortfall of the 10 Michigan school districts to reduce their deficit within 24 months, that’s something to be proud of,” said Cole. “To…

Rep. Cole joined by Ag Committee chair for local farm tour

Farmers discuss concerns about proposed bicycle path State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona recently welcomed state Rep. Tom Barrett, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, to northern Michigan for a tour of local farms. The representatives toured farms along M-31 between Acme and Elk Rapids, where farmers have expressed apprehension about a proposed bicycle trail….