Rep. Pagel: More money for road improvements headed to Berrien, Cass counties

Road repair crews in Berrien and Cass counties will have more money than previously expected this construction season, state Rep. Dave Pagel of Oronoko Township announced today. A $175 million transportation project funding bill newly signed into law includes additional money headed directly to counties, cities and villages for road improvements. The money is already…

Michigan House approves plan to care for medically frail prisoners

The Michigan House today approved legislation allowing certain extremely frail and sick prisoners to be relocated to specialized medical facilities, a plan designed to save taxpayer money while providing quality health care and protecting public safety. The legislation does not allow early release of inmates, but permits some inmates with severe and chronic physical or…

House committee approves plan to care for medically frail prisoners

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation allowing certain medically frail prisoners to be relocated to medical facilities, a move that will provide quality care while saving taxpayer money. The legislative plan – led by state Rep. Dave Pagel – does not allow early release of inmates, but permits some inmates with severe and…

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…