Rep. Graves votes for budget that increases public safety

State Rep. Joseph Graves today joined his House colleagues in approving a state budget that increases funding for public safety, helping protect families throughout neighborhoods in Michigan. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the budget provides added money for both state and local law enforcement. “We are providing funds to train 150 new Michigan State Police…

Rep. Graves votes ‘yes’ on opioid protection package

Bipartisan bill package approved by state House State Rep. Joe Graves, of Linden, today voted in support of a bipartisan bill package to help reduce instances of opioid overdose, which has become one of the fastest growing public health concerns. The bill package combats the state’s growing opioid and prescription drug abuse and addiction epidemic…

Graves’ legislation allows Legislature to hold local governments accountable

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Joe Graves to increase the Legislature’s oversight of local governments was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. The bills allow the House and Senate oversight committees to subpoena records and files in an effort to hold local governments accountable. “The legislation ultimately aims to prevent bankruptcy of fiscally…

Rep. Graves invites residents to Groveland Township office hours

State Rep. Joseph Graves of Argentine Township today announced he will host office hours on Monday, June 5 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Groveland Township Hall located at 4695 Grange Hall Road in Holly. Sen. Dave Robertson will also appear as a special guest. “Hosting office hours is one of the most important…

Rep. Graves casts yes vote for more government transparency

State Rep. Joseph Graves today praised his colleagues for taking another step forward in making state government transparent as the House passed landmark legislation on a strong bipartisan vote. Rep. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure…

Rep. Graves: Action Plan offers tax cut, skilled trades guidelines

State Rep. Joseph Graves, of Argentine Township, today said the new House Republican Action Plan sets forth achievable goals that focus on cutting Michigan families’ tax burden and boosting skilled-trades education. Graves said the main emphasis should be on reducing and eventually eliminating Michigan’s income tax, which is the target of legislation in both the…

Rep. Graves encourages people to fish free this weekend

Ice likely not an option because of warm temperatures   State Rep. Joseph Graves today urged people to take advantage of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend this Saturday and Sunday by casting a line into a local lake or river. Graves, of Argentine Township, said he is looking forward to fishing during the weekend, and urges…

Rep. Graves works to find answers for jobless agency mistakes

Representative assembles bipartisan work group   State Rep. Joseph Graves, chair of the House Oversight Committee, today said the Office of the Auditor General, which identified serious failures within the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, will testify before the panel on February 16 to explain the OAG’s responsibilities and roles when it comes to audits and…

Rep. Graves invites people to in-district office hours

State Rep. Joseph Graves will host office hours in Fenton in February, and will be joined by Genesee County Commissioner Drew Shapiro. Graves, of Argentine Township, said he looks forward to giving a legislative update and listening to the concerns and suggestions of people during the meeting, which will take place on Friday, Feb. 24…

Graves introduces bill to repeal tax on pensions

Representative: Retirees penalized by changing rules   State Rep. Joseph Graves introduced legislation to end the tax on all pensions, fulfilling a promise he made to repeal the levy imposed on retirees in 2011. Graves, of Argentine Township, said people who had carefully planned for their retirements were blindsided when the governor called for removing…

Graves applauds bills to make government more accountable

People deserve to know how taxes are used   State Rep. Joseph Graves today joined a bipartisan group of state representatives in calling for a more open government, co-sponsoring legislation that would subject the Legislature and governor’s office to more public scrutiny. Graves, of Argentine Township, said he fully supports the 11-bill package that will…