Rep. Cole votes to provide $125M more for Michigan’s coronavirus response

Rep. Triston Cole this week voted in favor of a new emergency budget plan adding another $125 million to help the state of Michigan and local communities respond to coronavirus. The measure brings the total state funding approved to $150 million, including the $25 million approved by the Legislature last week. The plan will provide…

Rep. Cole plan increasing opportunities for rural broadband expansion signed by governor

Proposals from state Rep. Triston Cole working to expand effective broadband services to more Michigan residents have been signed into law by the governor. The measures will make it easier for electric cooperatives to use their existing infrastructure to get needed services such as high-speed internet to unserved areas – similar to cooperatives making electricity…

Rep. Cole: Line 5 construction is the best plan for protecting Great Lakes

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, today announced his support of Enbridge hiring two companies to begin construction for the Line 5 tunnel, and said it’s ridiculous environmental extremists continue disrupting the critical process. “There is no logical reason to stop this process, yet extremists like Attorney General Dana Nessel continue to spread misinformation and…

Rep. Cole issues statement following governor’s State of the Union response

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today issued the following statement following Gov. Whitmer’s response to the State of the Union: “Gov. Whitmer’s response to the State of the Union did nothing more than widen the partisan political divide that frustrates people in Michigan and all throughout our country. She painted an unrealistic picture in…

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…