COLUMN: Time to move forward with government transparency reforms

Everyone agrees that we’re badly in need of more government accountability. Michigan’s government transparency laws rank dead last in nationwide studies. The biggest problem is that our open records laws do not apply to the governor’s office or the Legislature. Right now, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows people to review or obtain copies…

Join Rep. Bellino at his April coffee hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe invites residents of Monroe and Wayne counties to join him for his monthly coffee hours on Monday, April 29. “Talking with members of our community is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job as state representative,” Rep. Bellino said. “With upcoming budget discussions and other issues facing…

Rep. Bellino applauds school safety grants awarded in Monroe and Wayne Counties

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe this week praised the announcement of over $100,000 in state grants to school districts in Monroe and Wayne Counties to improve safety of school buildings. “Absolutely nothing is more important than the safety and protection of our kids,” Rep. Bellino said. “These grants will help schools make their buildings…

Rep. Bellino applauds Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant investment

Recently, Ford Motor Company announced its plans to expand production at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which will add 900 jobs and investing $900 million at the location. State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe commended the investment and expressed his optimism for the community following the announcement. “The past few months for auto workers in…

Rep. Bellino votes to make state government more transparent

Plan extends open record requirements to governor, Legislature State Rep. Joe Bellino this week voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Bellino, of Monroe, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal. “Residents have a right to know what the government is doing and how…

Bellino: Michigan should consider ‘repeal and replace’ of car insurance reform

Lawmaker sponsors plan to scrap state’s no-fault law In the latest attempt to bring significant relief to drivers paying the most expensive car insurance premiums in the nation, state Rep. Joe Bellino this week joined House colleagues in introducing wide-ranging legislation repealing Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system. The eight-bill package eliminates the no-fault system and…

Join Rep. Bellino at his March coffee hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe invites residents of Monroe and Wayne counties to join him for his monthly coffee hours on Monday, March 18. “Some of the best ideas are generated from the members in our community,” Rep. Bellino said. “I welcome anyone with concerns, ideas or issues to join me.” Rep. Bellino will…

Rep. Bellino announces state grant for Monroe County Conservation District

State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced the awarding of a $400,000 Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery grant to Monroe Conservation District. This grant will assist with meeting the goals of the Michigan Domestic Action Plan to reduce total phosphorus and soluble reactive phosphorus through nutrient management and best management practices focusing on sustainable…

Rep. Bellino talks about pension tax repeal, governor’s gas tax proposal

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget proposal: “There’s a lot in the governor’s budget proposal that concerns me, but I’m a positive guy and I’m starting with the good news. I am glad to see the governor working toward fulfilling her campaign…

Rep. Bellino’s proposal to repeal pension tax advanced by Michigan House committee

State Rep. Joe Bellino’s proposal to repeal Michigan’s pension tax was approved today by a House committee, a key step toward eliminating a financial hardship on seniors adopted in 2011. “It’s the right time to do the right thing for our senior citizens,” said Bellino, of Monroe, after the House Tax Policy Committee advanced his…