Rep. Wentworth supports educator tax deductions at state, federal levels

State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare today said he supports income tax deductions at both the federal and state levels to help teachers who buy their own classroom supplies. Wentworth said he favors a U.S. Senate provision that would increase the educator expense taxable income deduction from the current $250 to $500. Wentworth opposes a…

Rep. Wentworth announces November, December office hours

State Rep. Jason Wentworth of the 97th District will host office hours in November and December for residents of Arenac, Gladwin, Clare and Osceola counties. “Having office hours has been a very important aspect of serving the people,” Rep. Wentworth said. “I look forward to ending the year as strongly as I started it by…

Rep. Wentworth bill offers clarity, protection in veterans benefit service process

The Michigan House today advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, that establishes disclosure requirements for certain veterans’ benefit services. Under current law, independent agencies that wish to provide benefit services to veterans do not have to identify themselves or their company as being unaffiliated with veterans benefit service providers. Some…

Rep. Wentworth invites chaplain to state Capitol

PHOTO: State Rep. Jason Wentworth of the 97th District, welcomed the Rev. William Dyke, chaplain for the Clare County Sheriff Department, to the state Capitol today to give the invocation for the House of Representatives. They were joined by Speaker Tom Leonard on the rostrum.

Rep. Wentworth votes yes on reform guaranteeing lower auto insurance rates

State Rep. Jason Wentworth today joined the House Insurance Committee in approving legislation that reforms Michigan’s rigged auto no-fault insurance system and guarantees lower rates for all drivers. Current state law requires Michigan drivers to buy unlimited lifetime health benefits through their auto insurance – even if they don’t want it and are unlikely to…

House approves Rep. Wentworth bill reducing red tape for marine fuel users

The state House today approved Rep. Jason Wentworth’s bill eliminating a costly administrative burden for marine fuel users in Michigan. Wentworth’s bill would simplify the process for exempting marine fuel users from Michigan’s motor fuel tax. “We’re saving time for taxpayers and reducing bureaucracy by switching to a method that is easier for everyone involved,”…

Rep. Wentworth votes to end driver responsibility fees

Committee approves eliminating fees, forgiving debt   State Rep. Jason Wentworth today voted for bipartisan legislation in the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee that eliminates driver responsibility fees by October 2018, provides alternative methods by which to pay fees until then and forgives debt after elimination. Wentworth, of Clare, said he supports bringing to an end…

Rep. Wentworth hosts House mental health task force in Clare County

State representatives will use feedback to help improve services The House’s bipartisan mental health task force met with local officials in Harrison today to gather input and ideas for improving mental health services in Michigan. “The information and ideas we heard today were extremely beneficial,” said Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, a member of the…

Rep. Wentworth fighting to lower Michigan auto insurance rates

State Rep. Jason Wentworth today announced he is part of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers. Wentworth supports soon-to-be-introduced legislation that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering motorists…

Rep. Wentworth invites residents to September office hours

State Rep. Jason Wentworth of the 97th District will sponsor September office hours for residents of Arenac, Gladwin, Clare and Osceola counties. “In an effort to be even more available to constituents, I have changed my office hours schedule,” Rep. Wentworth said. “Local office hours is one of my top priorities, and I invite everyone…

Michigan House task force bringing mental health discussion to Harrison

A bipartisan group of state representatives tasked with examining and improving mental health services in Michigan will meet Friday, Sept. 29, at Mid-Michigan Community College, state Rep. Jason Wentworth announced today. The first-term representative from Clare is a member of the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, named for the key elements the House hopes to address…

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…