House mental health task force reschedules Harrison meeting

Organizers of the Michigan House’s mental health task force today announced plans to reschedule its meeting in Harrison. The meeting will be postponed until a later date. It was originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21, but a number of experts were unavailable to serve as panelists that day. “I apologize for any inconvenience this change…

House mental health task force to meet in Harrison

The Michigan House’s mental health task force will meet Monday, Aug. 21, at Mid-Michigan Community College, state Rep. Jason Wentworth announced today. Wentworth, of Clare, is a member of the bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. task force, comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to…

Rep. Wentworth discusses criminal charges resulting from investigation at GRHV

Chair: ‘MVAA has made significant improvements’ State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today issued a statement regarding the criminal charges coming out of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into alleged mistreatment of patients at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV). Eleven former caregivers at the GRHV were charged Monday by Schuette for intentional inclusion…

Extra school funding a hard-fought battle

Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed the state budget, which includes increased funding for rural schools. The budget the Michigan House approved earlier this year – which I voted against – did not include that increase, referred to as “2X funding.” But I and a group of dedicated legislators worked hard to see additional money was…

Rep. Wentworth appointed to House C.A.R.E.S. panel to address veterans’ mental health

State Rep. Jason Wentworth has been named to the bipartisan House Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety (C.A.R.E.S.) task force to explore ways to enable Michigan veterans facing mental health challenges to live happier and healthier lives, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today. The task force aims to enhance coordination of veteran services to decrease veterans’…

Rep. Wentworth promotes June 27 as PTSI awareness day

State Rep. Jason Wentworth is encouraging residents to take a step back and acknowledge June 27 as Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. Every year, 10,000 Michigan veterans return to the state after spending significant time in combat environments and exposed to traumatic, life-threatening events. Wentworth, of Clare, co-sponsored…

Rep. Wentworth announces June office hours

State Rep. Jason Wentworth of the 97th District has announced he will sponsor June office hours for the residents of Arenac, Gladwin, Clare, and Osceola counties. “I have held office hours every month since taking office,” Rep. Wentworth said. “Listening to people is my top priority, and I encourage everyone to attend and voice their…

Rep. Wentworth lauds budget changes that aid smaller schools

Legislator fought for funding equity, at-risk money  State Rep. Jason Wentworth today said he will vote for the state’s school budget after a House-Senate conference committee restored additional funding for small, rural school districts and equalized the formula to help at-risk students. Wentworth, of Clare, recently voted against passage of the House budget because it…

Wentworth invites resident to testify before Military and Veterans Affairs Committee

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jason Wentworth, chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, welcomes Mark Wilson, Public Works Director for the City of Evart, to testify on the significance of World War I in his community. The committee approved Senate Bill 248, which creates the WWI Centennial Commission today. The commission will help coordinate WWI…

Rep. Wentworth: Can’t support school budget’s funding gap

Legislator says rural schools are being short-changed   State Rep. Jason Wentworth on Tuesday voted against the House version of the state school budget, saying funding for smaller rural school districts is not on par with wealthier schools. Wentworth, of Clare, drafted an amendment to increase funding for rural schools, but it did not gain…

Rep. Wentworth hosts district office hours

        State Representative Jason Wentworth of the 97th District will host office hours in Clare the fourth Monday of every month.         “To best serve the people, I have scheduled office hours at different locations within the community based on feedback received during my first 100 days in office,” Rep. Wentworth said. “Meeting people is…

Wentworth urges Congress to eliminate widows’ tax

A resolution introduced by state Rep. Jason Wentworth today urges U.S. Congress to eliminate a federal tax on surviving spouses of retired U.S. military service members. Retired military service members may participate in the Survivor Benefit Program, an optional annuity designed to provide a lifetime of monthly benefits to the surviving spouse of a military…