Allegan ESA superintendent testifies for Rep. Whiteford bill

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford was joined by William Brown, superintendent of the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, in testifying before the House Education Reform Committee today. Whiteford, of Casco Township, and Brown spoke in support of legislation which will allow local school districts to find the best qualified teachers for special education programs…

Rep. Whiteford: People deserve more government accountability

State Rep. Mary Whiteford joined the House of Representatives today in upholding the bipartisan commitment to make government more accountable and accessible to the residents of Allegan County and Michigan. Whiteford, of Casco Township, voted on an 11-bill government transparency package to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act…

Whiteford bill improves DNR’s communication with local officials

Allegan County resident speaks before House panel in support of legislation State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today was joined by Anthony Garofalo, former deputy supervisor of Valley Township, to testify in support of a bill Whiteford introduced to ensure the Michigan Department of Natural Resources informs local township officials and 911 Dispatch before…

Rep. Whiteford kicks off March is Reading Month at local schools

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco will kick off March is Reading Month at Dawson Elementary School in Allegan on Friday, March 10. Whiteford plans to visit 10 schools in the area over the month of March. “As a mother and grandmother, one of my favorite activities is to read to my granddaughter and I…

Rep. Whiteford: families and future are priorities in House Action Plan

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, joined her colleagues today in unveiling the Michigan House Republican 2017-18 Action Plan. Whiteford stated that one of her major priorities this legislative term is increasing broadband internet access to families in rural areas throughout Michigan, including those in Allegan County. The Action Plan states that the House…

Rep. Whiteford seeks feedback from locals

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today announced that she will hold local office hours throughout Allegan County. “I want to hear feedback directly from the people I represent,” said Rep. Whiteford. “I’m able to represent our local communities best when I know what issues matter the most to our residents.” Rep. Whiteford will…

Bipartisan bills increase government transparency

Whiteford: We’re holding elected officials accountable State Rep. Mary Whiteford said today’s introduction of bipartisan legislation to make state government more transparent is another sign of the House’s commitment to be more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan. Whiteford, of Casco Township, joined her colleagues in announcing the reform plan to make the…

Rep. Whiteford will play key role in developing state budget

Legislator now leads Environmental Quality Subcommittee State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, was today named chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Environmental Quality Subcommittee by Speaker Tom Leonard. Whiteford was also appointed to serve as vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development as well as a member of the Licensing…

Rep. Whiteford tours local Allegan County manufacturers

Lawmaker seeks to learn what makes area manufacturers successful State Rep. Mary Whiteford visited five Allegan County manufacturers including Key Gas, Allegan Tubular, Ropes Courses Inc., B&G Custom Works and Wolverine Hardwoods on Wednesday. “I wanted to meet with Allegan County job creators to learn about their organizations and what it is that makes them…

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Rep. Whiteford elected to 2017-18 House leadership position

Allegan County lawmaker will serve as majority caucus vice chair  State Rep. Mary Whiteford has been elected by her peers to serve as majority caucus vice chair for the 2017-2018 legislative session of the Michigan House of Representatives. “I am humbled and honored to be selected by my colleagues to help lead the House next…

Rep. Whiteford celebrates her first bill signing the Allegan County way

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today celebrated the signing of her first bill Wednesday by bringing local treats to share with her colleague.10.16es in Lansing. It’s a tradition in the Michigan House of Representatives for a lawmaker to bring a gift from his or her district to celebrate the first time that the governor signs a…

Holland automotive safety manufacturer receives Michigan Business Development grant

Rep. Whiteford: “Job creation in our community is always good news.” Coastal Automotive, LLC, an automotive safety manufacturer based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, announced that it will establish a new facility in Holland, investing nearly $6.5 million and creating 110 jobs. As a result, the Michigan Business Development Program has awarded the project a $436,000…