Southwest Michigan Talent Development Successes Honored by State Leaders, Workforce Experts

Southwest Michigan talent development and employment successes were among those celebrated by state leaders at the Michigan Works! Association Impact Awards this week. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, local lawmakers and statewide talent development officials gathered in Lansing on Wednesday, March 4 to recognize St. Joseph resident Nikolay Bagaev, Eagle Technologies, Lake Michigan College and Michigan…

Rep. Wendzel self-distribution package clears House

16-bill package aimed to help Michigan brewers overwhelmingly passes State Rep. Pauline Wendzel’s self-distribution package today passed out of the Michigan House of Representatives with overwhelming support. Initially unveiled at the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Conference and Trade Show in early January, the legislation gained the support of Michigan brewers across the state as well…

Wendzel statement on State of the State address

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel issued the following statements on Governor Whitmer’s second State of the State address. “Governor Whitmer just doesn’t get it.  Hyper-partisanship has plagued Washington D.C. and look where it’s gotten us. Instead of throwing bombs at Republicans, Governor Whitmer should quit kowtowing to Nancy Pelosi and D.C. Democrats and try leading our…

Rep. Wendzel to host coffee hour

State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during a morning coffee hour. The coffee hour will take place on Friday, January 31st at Water & Wheat Café, 6218 M-63 in Coloma from 11 a.m. to noon. “I look forward to talking with residents of Berrien County about their state…

Rep. Wendzel unveils self-distribution legislation

Legislation doubles brewers’ self-distribution limit KALAMAZOO- State Rep. Pauline Wendzel unveiled legislation at the 2020 Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Conference and Trade Show that will significantly increase the amount of product a micro-brewery may self-distribute in the State of Michigan. “Craft beer in Michigan is a booming, billion-dollar industry that supports nearly 10,000 jobs in…

Rep. Wendzel’s bipartisan criminal justice reform package passes House

Rep. Wendzel’s bipartisan legislation to make Michigan a national leader in expungement policy sailed out of the Michigan House of Representatives with overwhelming support. “Today was a huge win for the people of our State,” Rep. Wendzel said. “Expanding expungement eligibility is long overdue, and I’m glad to see Michigan finally take this next big…

Rep. Wendzel testifies before Judiciary Committee

Hearings Begin on Bipartisan Expungement Package  State Rep. Pauline Wendzel testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of her bill, House Bill 4981. Rep. Wendzel’s bill is part of a six bill package that is aimed at making Michigan a national leader in expungement policy.  “I’m incredibly proud of this bipartisan package…

Rep. Wendzel participates in roundtable with Vice President Pence

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel joined a select group of state leaders including Speaker Lee Chatfield, Speaker Pro Tempore Jason Wentworth, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and U.S. Senate Candidate John James for a private Community Leader Meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. “It was an honor and a privilege to attend this meeting with the…

Rep. Wendzel announces MSF grant

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel today announced a $1.5 million performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund has been awarded to Benton Harbor Flats LCC. The Benton Harbor Flats project will renovate a vacant, two-story building located on 0.24 acres into a mixed-use development in downtown Benton Harbor. The completed project is anticipated to include sixteen…

Rep. Wendzel announces fall photo contest

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel is asking the talented people of Michigan’s Great Southwest to help make her Lansing office feel more like home. Rep. Wendzel announced her fall photo contest asking residents of her district to send her their photographs illustrating the best parts of Southwest Michigan. Photos must be taken in the 79th District…

Rep. Wendzel to host evening office hour

State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during an evening office hour. The coffee hour will take place on Monday, September 23rd at The Upper Deck at Silver Beach Pizza, 410 Vine St. in St. Joseph from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. “I want to meet with as many members…