Rep. Paquette announces January office hours

State Rep. Brad Paquette announced today he will be available to hear from members of his district on Saturday, Jan. 25. “As we begin a new year and get back to session, it is important for me to hear from the residents in our community,” Rep. Paquette said. “I rely on their input to help…

Rep. Paquette encourages residents to take advantage of new SOS efficiency measures

State Rep. Brad Paquette announced Thursday that Berrien County residents will now be able to make appointments at all Secretary of State (SOS) offices, a move that he hopes will reduce wait times. In an email to state representatives Thursday, the Michigan Department of State said the measure is part of the greater effort to…

Paquette joins colleagues urging governor to declare emergency along the lakeshore

As water levels along the Lake Michigan shoreline continue to rise, state Rep. Brad Paquette this week joined a bipartisan group of Michigan legislators in sending a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking for a state of emergency declaration. The desired declaration would cover the entire shoreline of Lake Michigan in response to erosion from…

Paquette, House approve plan to restore critical funding vetoed by Whitmer

State Rep. Brad Paquette on Wednesday joined the state House in approving a plan to restore funding for vital government programs vetoed by Gov. Whitmer. The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the budget plan for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. The House plan approved today would restore…

Rep. Paquette issues statement on the lead action level exceedance in Eau Claire

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, issued the following statement regarding recent reports that Eau Claire has exceeded the state’s Lead Action Level. “Residents should never have to wonder if the water coming out of their tap is going to make them sick,” Paquette said. “I am working with state and local officials to…

Rep. Paquette leads bipartisan effort to support M.A.D. Teachers

State Rep. Brad Paquette today announced a bipartisan plan to bring more prestige to teachers that have made a difference in the lives of their students. Paquette’s proposal would create the Made a Difference Teacher Fund which Michigan taxpayers could voluntarily contribute to when filing their annual income tax returns. Residents would also be able…

Rep. Paquette welcomes local scholarship winner to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, welcomed Eau Claire native and graduate Olivia Jannert to the state Capitol Thursday. Jannert is a recipient of the 2019 Michigan State Fair Scholarship. She currently attends Southwest Michigan College where she is active in Collegiate Farm Bureau and desires to become a large animal veterinarian….

Rep. Paquette announces October office hours

State Rep. Brad Paquette announced an upcoming opportunity to meet with area residents during local office hours for the month of October. “Regular input from citizens in the community is the best way to identify reforms to simplify government,” Rep. Paquette said. “If you would like to brainstorm ideas on how our state government can…

Rep. Paquette hosts Gomez family at the Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brad Paquette welcomed Juan and Esther Gomez, along with their two children, Angely and Johnathan, to the state Capitol for Thursday’s House Session. The Gomez family, of Berrien Springs, wanted to become more engaged as citizens and to learn more about the Legislature. Their interest prompted Rep. Paquette to invite them…

Paquette: We must defend public safety

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, this week co-sponsored a plan restoring important funding to keep deputies patrolling Michigan roads – money previously stripped out of the state budget through a line-item veto by the governor. When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Gov. Whitmer cut $13 million from the secondary…

Rep. Paquette supports balanced budget

Fiscal Year 2020 budget moves to governor’s desk State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, voted yesterday in favor of a new Michigan state budget that invests more into repairing roads and bridges, protecting public health and safety, and strengthening communities – without raising taxes. Paquette’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on the…

Rep. Paquette hosts 6,000 in tele-town hall update

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, was joined by 6,011 residents on Wednesday night during his live tele-town hall update on recently passed auto insurance reforms. “Auto insurance reform has been the number one issue for my constituents and this tele-town hall was a great way to reach out and let them know we…