Rep. Runestad announces local skilled-training grant

Rep. Jim Runestad today announced a grant award of $7,835 to a local Milford business. A.B. Heller was awarded funds from the 2018 GoingPRO-Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) for the development of a skilled-training program in their manufacturing company. “Michigan is suffering from a huge deficit in qualified, skilled trade workers and I am pleased…

Michigan House approves legislation creating ‘Foster Children’s Bill of Rights’

Runestad: Legislation empowers kids going through traumatic times Legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad as part of a bipartisan package offering Michigan foster children some much-needed stability was overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. The legislation creates the Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy, which spells out the rights all…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on Dec. 8

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Dec. 8. “I always value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Runestad said. “As a legislator, my primary focus is being accessible and accountable to…

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Rep. Runestad to host local coffee hours

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Nov. 10. “I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing matters of state government,” Rep. Runestad said. “Listening to the concerns of community members is one of my top priorities…

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Legislators meet church leaders; declare October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day

The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Klint Kesto declaring October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day in the state of Michigan on Wednesday. The resolution was prepared in coordination with the American Middle East Christian Congress which hosted a luncheon and presentation for members of…

Rep. Runestad recognizes local scholarship semifinalists

Rep. Jim Runestad today congratulated two local National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, Jack Lewis from Milford High School and Matthew Person from Lakeland High School. “I’m honored to represent such talented and dedicated young individuals in my district,” Rep. Runestad said. “Jack and Matthew should be very proud of this impressive achievement. They definitely have bright…

House committee debates oversight of free speech on Michigan’s public campuses

            The House Oversight Committee today heard testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to clarify the Legislature’s ability to provide by law for the protection of free speech at Michigan’s public higher education institutions.             The amendment would clarify that public university autonomy does not preclude the Legislature from…

House approves legislation to curb fraud in public administrator system

Runestad, Ellison bills ensure heirs of estates are not robbed of assets Legislation introduced by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Jim Ellison to prevent fraud in Michigan’s public administrator system received unanimous bipartisan support today in the Michigan House of Representatives. The public administrator system is in place to provide representation for estates where a…

Rep. Runestad to host local coffee hours

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Oct. 13. “I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing important issues,” Rep. Runestad said. “Listening to community members is one of my top priorities as a legislator.” Coffee hours…

Reps. Reilly, Runestad: Public deserves more information about MEGA credits

State Reps. John Reilly and Jim Runestad of Oakland County today introduced legislation that would open Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credits to more public scrutiny. Reilly’s bill would permit certain disclosures of MEGA tax credits through Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act. Runestad’s bill would require the governor’s annual budget message to the Legislature to…

Rep. Runestad recognizes Michigan State Fair scholarship winner

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake today welcomed a recipient of the Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship at the House of Representatives. Clarkston resident Allie Purves was among the 60 scholarship winners that were recognized on the House floor. “It was wonderful to meet Allie and welcome these incredible students to the…

State House declares Oct. 1-7 Free Speech Week

The House of Representatives today approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Rep. Jim Runestad to declare Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 to be Free Speech Week in the state of Michigan. The resolution states the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and assembly as an inalienable right, and that public institutions have an obligation…