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…

Join Rep. Bellino at his June 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, June 28. “With many important issues being tackled right now in Lansing, I want to hear from you and get your input,” Rep. Bellino said. “Please stop by to chat about the…

Government officials listen to deliver for Michigan drivers on car insurance reform

The people of Michigan aren’t interested in talk – they’re interested in results. For far too long, government officials have steered clear of delivering solutions and ignored the desires of those who entrusted them to represent them in Lansing. Forty years. That’s how long Monroe and Wayne county drivers have demanded car insurance reform. For…

Reps. Bellino, Sheppard: Long-awaited affordable car insurance now a reality

New law to save Southeast Michigan drivers hundreds of dollars per year Historic car insurance reform supported by state Reps. Joe Bellino and Jason Sheppard was signed into state law today, lowering costs for all Michigan drivers, including those in Monroe and Wayne counties. The reforms – approved by Bellino, Sheppard and the Legislature –…

Rep. Bellino, Michigan House approve plan benefiting Monroe County economy

Rep. Joe Bellino today voted in favor of legislation designed to help Tenneco preserve employment in Monroe County. The bipartisan plan approved by the House would allow Tenneco to keep Michigan Economic Growth Authority credits originally awarded to Federal-Mogul. Tenneco finalized a deal to acquire Federal-Mogul in 2018, and transferring the already approved credits will…