Rep. Bellino: Michigan House votes to restore funding for opioid recovery, autism intervention, school safety and several other programs

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe on Wednesday voted with the state House to reverse the governor’s budget cuts and restore funding for opioid recovery support, autism intervention, school safety and several other important programs helping Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. “The governor vetoed this funding in an attempt to strong arm the Legislature into approving…

Bellino plan to protect Michiganders from vaping related injuries

State Rep. Joe Bellino today testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his bipartisan plan protecting Michiganders from lung-related injuries associated with vapor products containing vitamin E acetate. The Monroe lawmaker said his legislation is in response to the recent spike in reported health injuries nationwide caused by e-cigarettes. “There is now…

Join Rep. Bellino at his October coffee hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino invites residents of Monroe and Wayne counties to join him for his monthly coffee hours on Monday, Oct. 28. “The Legislature carefully crafted a state budget that works for not only Monroe and Wayne counties, but everyone across Michigan despite the governor’s recent vetoes,” Rep. Bellino said. “I look forward to…

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…