Pagel supports savings made to state’s corrections budget

House approves $2 billion to maintain public safety State Rep. Dave Pagel, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, today supported a state corrections budget that requires Michigan’s Department of Corrections to close two prison facilities for an estimated savings of $38.1 million. “Michigan spends approximately $2 billion on housing or other oversight of…

Rep. Pagel issues statement after prevailing wage vote in House

State Rep. Dave Pagel of Oronoko Township issued the following statement after the House approved repeal of prevailing wage: “While I believe that construction workers from the various trades should receive fair and competitive wages, I do not believe that state government should artificially inflate those wages over free-market forces. These workers are the backbone…

Rep. Pagel welcomes Blossomtime court to state Capitol

Photo Information: State Reps Dave Pagel, Aaron Miller, and Kim LaSata welcome the Blossomtime Kings & Queens of Southwest Michigan to the House floor. They were in town on Tuesday, April 24 to visit the state Capitol. This week State Rep. Dave Pagel welcomed the Blossomtime Kings & Queens of Southwest Michigan to the state…

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…