Pagel praises DOC efforts to aid workers affected by prison closure

State Rep. Dave Pagel, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, is pleased the Michigan Department of Corrections is working to help families affected by the closure of West Shoreline Correctional facility, located in Muskegon County. West Shoreline, which employed 166 workers and housed 1,269 male inmates on the correctional facility’s grounds as of…

Rep. Pagel casts vote providing state tax relief for Michigan residents

State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Oronoko Township, recently joined his colleagues in the Michigan House to overwhelmingly approve legislation giving Michigan residents broader income tax relief and allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money. The proposal, in response to federal tax reforms signed into law last month, continues and increases the personal exemption…

Rep. Pagel joins call for better state mental health services

State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Oronoko Township, today joined his fellow legislators in supporting the findings of the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report to improve specialized mental health, veteran and substance abuse services across Michigan. “This is an opportunity to address an issue that touches virtually every person across our state,” said Pagel, who served…

Pagel announces DNR grant funding to benefit Chikaming Township

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced Harbert Park in Chikaming Township has been selected as the recipient of a Recreation Passport grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Funding in the amount of $56,200 will be used in the development of a parking lot expansion, creation of concrete walkways, and to build a fishing/viewing…

Rep. Pagel: Grant recommendations will fund three local recreation projects

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced three grant recommendations from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to purchase land and develop parks and trails in Berrien County. Pagel, of Oronoko Township, said the grants will expand recreational opportunities for families in Southwest Michigan. Funding for the projects is comprised of revenue from the lease of…

Governor signs Pagel bill to expand job option for former inmates

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation into law recently, allowing former inmates to be hired by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Dave Pagel, requires that the MDOC director have final hiring approval as part of a multi-level vetting process for non-violent offenders. “The Department of Corrections seeks to hire…

Rep. Pagel hosts local office hours

State Rep. Dave Pagel will hold office hours on Friday, Dec. 8 to meet with local residents and talk about any thoughts or concerns they may have about state government. The office hours will be at the Niles District Library, 620 E. Main St. from 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Talking with residents during office hours…

Rep. Pagel welcomes State Fair Scholarship winner to Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Dave Pagel greeted Brianna Stockwell of Dowagiac as his guest on the House floor.  Brianna was awarded a scholarship at the Michigan State Fair, which celebrates the positive aspects of rural and urban agriculture, business and industry in Michigan.

Michigan Senate approves plan to close tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners

The Michigan Senate today approved legislation to prevent out-of-state residents from improperly claiming property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan. Sponsored by state Reps. Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township and Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs, the bills address a key issue in the southwest part of the state near Lake Michigan. The…

Rep. Pagel, task force proceeding to reform mental health

State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Oronoko Township, has been impressed by the information being shared with the bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force as it moves forward to reform mental health services in Michigan. “This is an opportunity to address an issue that touches virtually every person across our state,” said Pagel. “Anyone with mental health…