Rep. Cole congratulates Boyne City, selected as Great American Main Street semifinalist

State Rep. Triston Cole today congratulated Boyne City, which was named a semifinalist in the National Main Street Center’s Great American Main Street competition. The award recognizes exceptional Main Street communities. “This is an outstanding accomplishment for Boyne City,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “Boyne City is an excellent community where shops, restaurants and businesses are…

Rep. Cole welcomes local hero to the Capitol for 9/11 Memorial

  PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, welcomed Star Township Fire Chief Pete Hoogerhyde as his special guest on Thursday for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol.  The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the…

Rep. Cole: Record investment for Northern Michigan K-12 public schools

As students begin a new school year, state Rep. Triston Cole announced he has voted over the past two years to bring an additional $5.5 million to Northern Michigan public school districts. “This record investment will ensure teachers and students have the resources they need to succeed,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “More funding for the…

Rep. Cole: Hillman biomass facility is crucial to region

Plant transforms wood debris, tires to power for 18,000 homes and businesses State Rep. Triston Cole this week toured the Hillman Power Company facility in Montmorency County, emphasizing its importance to northeast Michigan as both a job creator and biomass-based producer of energy.  “The benefits of Hillman Power can be felt across the state, transforming…

Rep. Cole’s plan to prioritize asset management for roads signed into law

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to help determine how to best spend available money on roads, bridges and other parts of the transportation system has been signed into law. Cole’s plan calls for the Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) to be moved to the Michigan Infrastructure Council. The goal is to revitalize the…

Northern Michigan representatives unveil additional protections for Great Lakes

Plan improves pipeline safety, increases accountability Three northern Michigan representatives have introduced a plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. State Reps. Lee Chatfield, Sue Allor and Triston Cole said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to…

Cole votes for budget that pays down debt, controls spending

Fiscally conservative plan has record K-12 school funding State Rep. Triston Cole today joined a majority of his legislative colleagues to approve a state budget that keeps government spending in check while reducing the state’s debt. Cole, of Mancelona, said fewer state tax dollars are in this budget than in the previous budget cycle. The…

Impactful occupational licensing plan from Rep. Cole passes House vote

The Michigan House today advanced a package of proposals, including one sponsored by state Rep. Triston Cole, diminishing the burden on businesses, their employees and consumers. Within the multi-bill plan Cole has sponsored, local governments in Michigan will not be allowed to impose licenses on occupations that already are regulated at the state level. If…

Rep. Cole supports plan honoring former state Rep. Peter A. Pettalia

Legislation renames portion of U.S.23 in Presque Isle County State Rep. Triston Cole today voted with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to rename a portion of highway in Presque Isle County to honor former state Rep. Peter A. Pettalia. Highway U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway will be…

House approves Rep. Cole bill to allow snow plow drivers to continue using amber lights

The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to give snow plow drivers the flexibility to continue using flashing amber lights while actively plowing. Currently, the law requires private snow removal companies to install a flashing amber light for use during snow removal operations. The light must be turned off while…

Rep. Cole’s committee hears about underground corridor proposal connecting the Lower Peninsula to the U.P.

Michigan Technological University students explain senior design project State Rep. Triston Cole this week welcomed students from Michigan Technological University to discuss their senior project to design an underground utility corridor crossing the Straits of Mackinac. Students Michael Prast, Jeremy Dziewit, Gavin Bodnar, Aaron Crapsey and industry advisor James A. Morrison attended a joint House-Senate…