Budget amendment would require reporting of universities’ legal expenditures

House Judiciary chair urges transparency on legal expenses of Michigan’s public universities and community colleges   State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today presented to the House Clerk’s office an amendment to the School Aid Act requiring Michigan’s public universities and colleges to report their expenditures for legal fees…

Rep. Runestad votes to provide tax relief to Michigan families

State Rep. Jim Runestad today voted to approve a package of bills aimed at providing substantial income tax relief for families and seniors. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes. Runestad, of White Lake, voted for the three-bill package that will enable people to keep…

House Judiciary chair urges oversight of universities’ legal expenditures

Budget amendment requires reporting on legal expenses of Michigan’s public institutions   State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today announced he has requested an amendment to the state budget requiring Michigan’s public universities and colleges to report their expenditures for legal fees to the Legislature. Runestad, who testified before…

Rep. Runestad announces FIRST Robotics grants to Huron Valley Schools

State Rep. Jim Runestad today announced a combined grant award of $9,600 to FIRST Robotics programs in the Huron Valley school district from the Michigan Department of Education. The Heroes of Tomorrow team was awarded $2,500, with STEAM Works, The Bionic Warriors, The STEAM Singers, and VALLIBOTS securing $1,300 each and the Bionic Hawks and…

Runestad votes to override governor’s veto of tax relief

State Rep. Jim Runestad today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues. The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions…

Recognize Law Enforcement Every Day – Not Just January 9th

By state Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake        On Jan. 9, the legislature recognized National Law Enforcement Day as a day to give thanks to those who protect us. As a state legislator, I would like to extend my sincere respect and gratitude to all of those in law enforcement for their…

Rep. Runestad named a “Library Champion” by Library Association

  State Rep. Jim Runestad received the “Library Champion” award from the Michigan Library Association on Jan. 11. “It’s a great honor to receive this award from the Michigan Library Association,” Rep. Runestad said. “Libraries serve a vital role in our local communities and I will keep fighting for their continued support and funding.” The…

Rep. Runestad to host evening coffee hour in Milford

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host an evening coffee hour on Monday, Jan. 22 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Public Library located at 330 Family Drive in Milford. “This special evening coffee hour is a great alternative for residents who want to participate in my local office hours at…

Rep. Runestad posts perfect voting record for 2017

State Rep. Jim Runestad finished 2017 with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 511 roll call votes last year. “I was sent to Lansing to represent the good people of the 44th District,” Rep. Runestad said. “I’m immensely proud of my perfect voting record. My constituents expect no less.” Rep. Runestad is currently…

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Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on Jan. 12

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Jan. 12. “Hosting regular office hours is one of my top priorities,” Rep. Runestad said. “Connecting with community members and listening to their concerns is an important part of being a…

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Rep. Runestad announces grant opportunities for Oakland County Fair

Rep. Jim Runestad today announced two grant opportunities provided by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) for the improvement of fairground facilities and financial support for livestock expositions at the Oakland County Fair next summer. “These grants are a great opportunity to preserve and enhance such a cherished local tradition like the…

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…