As families look forward to the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, Rep. VanderWall says schools in his northwestern Lower Peninsula district can be assured of more per-pupil funding, as well as increases for at-risk students, high school students and career technical education programs.
Rep. VanderWall, the Vice Chair of the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, says he’s working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources this summer on plans to get more Michiganders involved in hunting and fishing, saying the two long-time traditions have a significant impact on the state’s tourism economy. Rep. VanderWall has authored legislation…
Rep. VanderWall talks about passage this week of the state’s 2018 Fiscal Year public school budget, which he says provides record funding for public education in Michigan and additional dollars for every school system in his area, as well as Natural Resource Trust Fund revenues being directed toward three projects in his district.
Rep. VanderWall talks about House passage Tuesday of his HB 4562, which extends the state’s 2012 low-interest ag disaster loan program, which had been due to expire. Rep. VanderWall says conditions even this spring underscore the continuing need for the program.
Rep. VanderWall talks about how the House Agriculture Committee this Wednesday will take up his HB4562, which removes the September 30, 2017 expiration date of the state’s Agricultural Disaster Loan Program. Rep. VanderWall says frost damage just this week underscores the importance of the program. The Committee is expected to take testimony Wednesday and then vote the bill on…
Rep. VanderWall talks about legislation he is introducing this week that would give Michigan motorists more of a window for renewing their license plate tabs, and a two-bill package designed to bring more out-of-state hunters into Michigan.
Rep. VanderWall talks about House passage Thursday of a four-bill package, including legislation he sponsored, to provide more flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum to allow for more paths to career technical education programs. Currently, Michigan merit standards allow for one foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a career/technical education (CTE) or…
Rep. VanderWall talks about House passage Thursday of a multi-bill package of legislation, including a bill he authored, that opens the Michigan Legislature and the executive office to the new Legislative Open Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act.
Rep. VanderWall talks about his new legislation that gives high school students more flexibility in choosing or considering future careers. The Rep. VanderWall bill eliminates the expiration of a program that allows a foreign language requirement to be met by taking a career technical education class or a visual/performing arts course to graduate from high school.
Rep. VanderWall says he is pleased that the legislative agenda for 2017-2018 unveiled at the Capitol on Thursday has a strong emphasis on skilled trades training, saying employers in his district have jobs they need to fill.
Rep. VanderWall talks about the bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday that subjects the office of the Governor to the Freedom of Information Act while creating a new Legislative Open Records Act.
Rep. VanderWall talks about meeting with Governor Snyder and other northern Michigan representatives Thursday to discuss career technical education and community colleges. Rep. VanderWall says careers in skilled trades are available across his district and adds he wants to make sure community college credits transfer to four-year universities.