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…

Rep. Graves to chair House Oversight Committee

Also named to Military and Veterans Affairs, Health Policy panels   State Rep. Joseph Graves will serve as chair of the House Oversight Committee, which works to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent effectively and efficiently. Graves, of Argentine Township, also will serve as vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and…

Graves: House increases transparency by listing salaries

Representative: First step in more open government   State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced the House will make public the salaries of representatives and their staff members, a step he says will lead to a more transparent and accountable state government. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the people of Michigan deserve to know where their…

Graves bill gives vets hiring preference at veterans homes

Those who served will provide better care   State Rep. Joseph Graves has introduced a bill to give qualified military veterans preference for jobs at the two homes for veterans in Michigan. Graves, R-Argentine Township, is a U.S. Army veteran and said men and women who served in uniform will be better caretakers for their…

Rep. Graves takes oath of office, begins third term

State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, is joined by his wife Denise; daughter Kelly Slater; and son Mike as he is administered the ceremonial oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman. Graves now starts his third full term representing families in Genesee and Oakland county communities. The 99th Michigan Legislature began…