Rep. Cole plan increasing opportunities for rural broadband expansion approved by House

Proposals from state Rep. Triston Cole working to expand effective broadband services to more Michigan residents were overwhelmingly advanced this week by the Michigan House. House Bill 4266 codifies legal protections for state electric cooperatives to build and expand broadband networks on existing infrastructure and within existing easements. Many cooperatives already have infrastructure in place…

Rep. Cole plan increases opportunities for rural broadband expansion

A plan from state Rep. Triston Cole that works to expand effective broadband services to more Michigan residents was unanimously advanced recently by the House Communications and Technology Committee. House Bill 4266 codifies legal protections for Michigan electric cooperatives to build and expand broadband networks on existing infrastructure and within existing easements. Many cooperatives already…

Rep. Cole votes for plan to end budget impasse, reverse governor’s cuts

State Rep. Triston Cole today voted to reverse the governor’s cuts to initiatives reinstating help to the state’s most vulnerable residents and important state-funded programs – ending a budget impasse. Majority Floor Leader Cole, of Mancelona, made the motion on the House floor for the vote to restore funding to local governments, public safety, education,…

Rep. Cole: Michigan’s car insurance reforms are working

State Rep. Triston Cole today said a fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is a positive indication that drivers in Northern Michigan will save money through the state’s recent car insurance reforms. The MCCA announced it will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for the year-long period beginning July 2, 2020. That…

Governor’s vetoes hit people in rural Northern Michigan the hardest

Last week, Gov. Whitmer used her veto power to cut roughly $1 billion in essential programs from the budget plan approved by the Legislature. Our governor admitted to reporters that she targeted her political opponents with these cuts in an attempt to get her gas tax increase approved. Bringing this attitude to the table is…

Rep. Cole supports record funding for Northern Michigan students

School budget gets bipartisan support in House, headed to governor State Rep. Triston Cole today voted to approve the Legislature’s bipartisan 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…

Open letter to DNR Director Eichinger

Dear Director Eichinger, I as a lifelong hunter and conservationist. I, alongside thousands of Michigan hunters, care about and work diligently to conserve, enhance and protect the environment. But as hunting season approaches, the pall of the Natural Resource Commission’s (NRC) overreaching baiting ban hangs heavy over our heads. Thousands weighed into a recent poll…

Rep. Cole issues statement on budget negotiations

Michigan House Majority Leader Triston Cole released the following statement on the progress of budget negotiations: “Gov. Whitmer has made clear she doesn’t want to spend any new money on roads in the budget, and that’s farcical. In 48 hours she swung from reaching into taxpayers’ wallets for $2.5 billion in new taxes to saying…

Rep. Cole: Working to reach a budget deal without the governor’s 45-cent gas tax hike

Rep. Triston Cole released a statement today stating that the Michigan House is prepared and working to address roads and infrastructure, along with the entire state budget, with real solutions including far better options than Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cent per gallon gas tax hike. “I have been part of the Republican leadership team working…

Rep. Cole announces new MDOT online process for vehicle permit

Drivers have option to obtain annual oversized vehicle transport permit State Rep. Triston Cole today announced the Michigan Department of Transportation has updated select vehicle permits online to help Michigan truck drivers and construction workers. Michigan drivers now have a new online option to obtain an annual single permit for the movement of select overwidth,…

Cole resolution declares July 2019 ‘Wildlife Conservation Month’

State Rep. Triston Cole sponsored a plan to declare this July “Wildlife Conservation Month” in Michigan. “As an avid and passionate outdoorsman, I value sharing our state’s wildlife and recreational opportunities with friends and family, and I want to encourage all Michiganders in the month of July to go out and enjoy our state’s natural…