Rep. Whiteford wants ensured availability of psychiatric beds for those in need

State Rep. Mary Whiteford delivered testimony today before the House Health Policy Committee in support of a bill she introduced to ensure every person experiencing a mental health crisis has a place to go. Whiteford, who was a member of the House mental health task force, says this is a common-sense solution to a serious…

Rep. Whiteford resolution outlines priorities for addressing PFAS pollution

State Rep. Mary Whiteford testified today before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of her resolution that helps build a scientific based framework for addressing the emerging threat posed by a type of chemical contaminant recently discovered in groundwater in various locations throughout Michigan. In December, the Legislature agreed to allocate $23.2 million to…

Rep. Whiteford approves bills giving families and seniors tax relief

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township today approved legislation giving Michigan families and seniors broader income tax relief. The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens. “The recent federal tax overhaul inadvertently…

Rep. Whiteford attends governor’s State of the State address

PHOTO INFORMATION:  State Rep. Mary Whiteford, second from left, attends the governor’s State of the State address with her husband Kevin Whiteford, left. Also pictured are guests Whitney Draisma-Hirdes and Ryan Hirdes of Fillmore Township in Allegan. Rep. Whiteford, of Casco Township, represents the residents of the 80th District which includes the cities of Allegan,…

Rep. Whiteford joins colleagues to override veto for sales tax relief on vehicle purchases

Legislation will help Michigan families State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with her House colleagues. The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned…

Rep. Whiteford optimistic after positive economic forecast

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today said she is optimistic about Michigan’s economy continuing in a positive direction following this week’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first review of the upcoming economic forecast. Whiteford, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, said the report is presented to the House and Senate…

Improving safety for Michigan families in 2017

With a 100 percent attendance record in Lansing for 2017 in addition to attending more than 91 local events and meetings within the Michigan House’s 80th District, I focus on what matters for our community. Six of my bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder this year. As the chair of the House…

Rep. Whiteford says grants recommended to purchase marina, expand local beach

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended grants for two land purchases that will expand recreational opportunities in Allegan County. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the two grants will pay for purchase of the Point Pleasant Marina and expand the Laketown Beach. Funding is comprised of revenue from…

Rep. Whiteford votes for expanding skilled trade opportunities

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance career skills education in Michigan’s schools. “This legislation gives our local school districts more course flexibility, better access to experienced instructors and encourages our educators to work closely with local business owners,” Whiteford said. “That will ultimately help our state’s…

Rep. Whiteford announces December office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will host local office hours on Friday, Dec. 15. “Listening to the concerns of members of the community is a very important aspect of my job,” Whiteford said. “Local office hours are a great way for me to speak with my neighbors about how I can better serve…

Rep. Whiteford welcomes Kaylor family to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford presented a legislative tribute to the Kaylor family of Allegan County on behalf of their work in raising awareness for lung cancer. From left, Rep. Whiteford, Crissy, Debbi, Petra, and Cheryl.

Governor signs Whiteford bill to help special ed programs

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford on Wednesday, allowing intermediate school districts to hire the best teachers for specialized programs. “Experience, teaching ability and educational qualifications all count toward being a good teacher,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “We can all agree on that, but every special education child is…