Rep. Cole: Local K-12 schools will see additional funds this year

Legislator says record amount in school budget   State Rep. Triston Cole today said when classrooms resume for the new school year, state funding for K-12 education will be in line to reach its greatest level in Michigan’s history. Cole, of Mancelona, said the House passed a school budget in the spring that set the…

Rep. Cole reminds communities of Mackinac Bridge Walk road closures along I-75

State Rep. Triston Cole today reminds residents of the multiple road closures on I-75 during the Mackinac Bridge Walk on Monday, Sep. 4. For safety and security, the bridge will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to noon. “ There will be an increase in volume of travelers,” said Rep. Cole, of Mancelona. “Communities need to…

Rep. Cole visits autonomous vehicle facility to discuss revolutionary technology

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, Tuesday visited the autonomous vehicle facility at Mcity in Ann Arbor with the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to discuss the new technology for drivers. Huei Peng and Carrie Morton of Mcity discussed research and outlined the vision of how autonomous vehicles will revolutionize transportation. Laurel Champion, COO…

Rep. Cole commends MDOT involvement to reduce vehicle crashes

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today commended the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for taking part in the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) campaign to improve traffic safety and reduce crashes on Michigan highways. “Each year, more than 35,000 people lose their lives on U.S highways,” said Rep. Cole. “In 2016, there were 1,064 deaths…

Rep. Cole: Gaylord project shows commitment to transportation system

Roads, bridges, underground water pipes are a priority   State Rep. Triston Cole today said a Michigan Department of Transportation project to resurface parts of M-32 and I-75 business loop in Gaylord began this week. Cole, of Mancelona, who serves as chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the $826,000 project will resurface…

House approves Rep. Cole bill for overweight vehicle transport permits

The Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation today authored by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow applicants to obtain an annual oversized vehicle transport permit. “Traditionally the driver would have to permit the trailer and every piece of equipment individually that it hauls each time it travels,” said Rep. Cole, of Mancelona.  “This bill simplifies…

Rep. Cole recognizes Mio Dam for Hall of Fame induction

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today recognized the Mio Dam for its induction into the Hydro Hall of Fame. The Consumers Energy facility on the Au Sable River received the honor last week during a ceremony in Denver, Colorado. The Hydro Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary achievements with an emphasis on long-lasting facilities. The…

Rep. Cole reacts to pipeline options study

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today reacted to a state-commissioned report regarding possible options for Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. “As a conservationist and an advocate for a strong economy, my top priorities are keeping oil transport safe and keeping energy affordable for Michigan residents and businesses,” Cole said….

Rep. Cole: 7 projects set for N. Mich. will enhance recreation

More than $9 million in development, land acquisitions   State Rep. Triston Cole recently joined his House colleagues in voting for legislation to develop access to natural resources and purchase land. Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and purchases in Otsego. Charlevoix, Antrim, Montmorency and Oscoda counties total more than $9.9 million. Cole of Mancelona, said…

House committee approves Rep. Cole’s electric transmission bill

State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation allowing more competition for electricity transmission line projects was approved this week by a Michigan House committee. Cole’s bills would expand the number of companies that could be granted authority to build new, large transmission line projects in Michigan. Authority to build the major projects could be expanded to companies…

Rep. Cole lauds budget focus on fixing roads and bridges

State Rep. Triston Cole today applauded his House colleagues in joining him to vote for a balanced budget that allocates a record amount for fixing and maintaining roads and bridges throughout the state. Cole, of Mancelona, said the fiscal year 2017-18 budget approved by the House includes strategic state government downsizing to put more funds…