Rep. Wendzel welcomes Blossomtime Court to Capitol

State Representative Pauline Wendzel welcomed Miss Blossomtime and her court to the Michigan State Capitol. “At one hundred thirteen years old, the Blossomtime Festival is the oldest and largest multi-community festival in Michigan,” Wendzel said.  “Blossomtime is a time-honored tradition in our community and highlights some of the best attributes of Southwest Michigan including our…

Rep. Wendzel and House pass no-fault reform

State Representative Pauline Wendzel and her colleagues successfully passed a bipartisan auto-insurance reform package that will provide consumer options and deliver rate relief for all Michigan drivers. “For decades, the Legislature has tried and failed to reform our broken auto-insurance system. Tonight, we have succeeded where so many previous attempts have failed,” Wendzel said. The…

Rep. Wendzel nets Steelheaders support for bill

State Representative Pauline Wendzel has joined with Representatives Jim Lilly and Jack O’Malley to introduce legislation to modernize commercial fishing regulations in Michigan. “Sportfishing produces an economic output of over $3.7 billion and supports nearly 28,000 jobs across our state,” Wendzel said.  “Michigan has some of the most precious natural resources in the world, and…

Rep. Wendzel to host local 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 Monday, April 29th at the Early Bird Eatery, 9735 Red Arrow Hwy in Bridgman from 10 to 11 a.m. “Last months ‘Pints with Pauline’ was a big hit,” Wendzel said. …

House approves plan to combat psych worker shortage

The Michigan House today approved a plan to combat the ongoing shortage of psychiatry workers in Berrien County and across Michigan. Representative Wendzel voted in favor of the bill after speaking to representatives of the Berrien County Health Department on their recent trip to Lansing. “Having a shortage of mental health professionals in our area…

Rep. Wendzel attends senior legislative forum

State Representative Pauline Wendzel today attended the 12th annual Area Agency on Aging’s Legislative Forum.  Rep. Wendzel participated in a panel discussion with her colleagues and engaged local seniors and caregivers about topics such as making Michigan a no-wait state, increasing options for home and community-based long-term care, preventing elder abuse and addressing direct care…

Rep. Wendzel votes for more government accountability

Plan extends open record requirements to governor, Legislature State Rep. Pauline Wendzel today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved today would…

Rep. Wendzel to host ‘Pints with Pauline’

State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during a special evening office hour. The office hour will take place on Monday, March 18th at Arclight Brewing Company, 544 N. Main St. in Watervliet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. “I want to have the opportunity to meet with as many members…

Rep. Wendzel: Governor’s gas tax hike compounds auto insurance woes

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel released the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed budget: “I was looking forward to hearing the Governor’s responsible budget proposal.  I’m still waiting,” Wendzel said.  “After two years of rhetoric about ‘Fixing the Damn Roads,’ I was incredibly disappointed to see the “plan” that the Governor put forward. If her…

Wendzel welcomes JMG students to Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel welcomed Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates students from Benton Harbor High School to the State Capitol. Rep. Wendzel spoke to the students about career and educational pathways as they prepare for life after graduation.  The students talked about the positive impact the program has had on their lives by helping…

Rep. Wendzel commends new agriculture education book

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel and fellow members of the House Agriculture committee were presented copies of Right This Very Minute, a new educational children’s book published in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Rep. Wendzel commended the book, written by Lisl H. Detlefsen and illustrated by Renée Kurilla, as a…

Rep. Wendzel on State of the State: Firm plan on roads will drive Michigan’s success

State Representative Pauline Wendzel said that Michiganders deserve a firm plan to fix our state’s roadways and to bring down the astronomical cost of car insurance rates. “For far too long, our highways, roads, and bridges have been neglected,” Wendzel said.  “Our roads lay the groundwork for a vibrant economy, and delaying the necessary work…