Rep. Bellino introduces plan to reverse governor’s cuts to program fighting opioid abuse

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe this week introduced legislation to restore an important program fighting opioid abuse among high school students – resources cut by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reckless budget vetoes. Bellino’s plan would restore a grant program for Michigan ‘recovery’ high schools to provide substance use disorder counselors, therapeutic staff, and recovery coaching…

Fall in Michigan uncovers governor’s true colors

By state Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe The leaves are changing colors as we head into the peak of fall, but many people are seeing red after learning about the governor’s vetoes and the sheer amount of funding she is raking away from people throughout southeastern Michigan and across the state. Her vindictive, line-item vetoes…

Rep. Joe Bellino responds to governor’s budget vetoes

Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Whitmer’s budget vetoes: “The governor showed her true colors with her budget vetoes – she’s saying ‘give me a 45-cent per gallon tax increase, or don’t give me anything at all.’ She wants the tax hike so badly, she’s rejecting $375…

Join Rep. Bellino at his September coffee hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe invites residents of Monroe and Wayne counties to join him for his monthly coffee hours on Friday, Sept. 27. “Remaining accessible is my top priority, whether I run into you while grocery shopping or you contact my office about a question or concern you may have,” Rep. Bellino said….

Rep. Bellino hosts Monroe County first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe hosted Maj. Troy Goodnough (left) and Sgt. Dan Zdybek (right) from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday for the Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the State Capitol. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and military members who died in the line of duty during the past year.

COLUMN: Back-to-school season comes with record financial commitment

The work as a state representative never stops. Even when I’m not in Lansing, I spend most of my time out in the community talking to people about their concerns with state government. During the summer I hear from parents as they prepare to send their kids back to school. It is not uncommon for…

Rep. Bellino announces tele-town hall on auto insurance

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe invites residents of Monroe and Wayne counties to join him for a tele-town hall meeting on Tuesday, August 20 to discuss the upcoming changes with Michigan’s car insurance system. Rep. Bellino will be joined by Rep. Jason Wentworth, who serves as chair of the House Select Committee on Reducing…

Bellino: Replacing Line 5 with underground tunnel is Michigan’s best option

By state Rep. Joe Bellino   It’s a 300-plus mile drive from Monroe to the Straits of Mackinac. But the two locations are directly linked in lots of ways, environmentally and economically.   An oil spill in the Straits would affect the entire Great Lakes system. That’s one of the biggest reasons I support replacing…

Join Rep. Bellino at his July 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, July 29. “Input from neighbors and members of our community is important as I make sure we have a voice in Lansing,” Rep. Bellino said. “Please stop by to chat or ask…

Rep. Bellino: Program to help farmers devastated by record rain signed into law

Rep. Joe Bellino today said a plan to help farmers whose crops were delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain has been signed into law. The plan provides $15 million to help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or…

Rep. Bellino, Michigan House approve plan to help farmers impacted by record rain

The Michigan House and Rep. Joe Bellino today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “Our state is one that is known for its agriculture…