Rep. Whiteford: DEQ budget funds lead paint, water cleanup efforts

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Environmental Quality, today announced the subcommittee has advanced a fiscally responsible budget that prioritizes funding to clean lead paint and groundwater contamination. The budget creates a $3.9 million grant program to clean and redevelop sites contaminated by lead paint, prioritizing sites affecting families and…

Whiteford votes to expand, improve access to local veteran services

State Rep. Mary Whiteford joined the Michigan House of Representatives Wednesday in approving legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under the legislation Whiteford is helping sponsor, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based…

Rep. Whiteford testifies on bill to create stillborn tax exemption in Michigan

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today testified on her bill to assist parents of a stillborn baby through an additional Michigan income tax personal exemption. “There is no way this assistance will take away the pain and grief over a lost baby,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township, after testifying before the Michigan House Tax Policy Committee….

Rep. Whiteford to host local office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced plans to meet with residents of Allegan County during her scheduled office hours. Office hours will take place on Friday, March 16 at the Allegan District Library, 331 Hubbard St. in Allegan from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “I look forward to talking with residents of Allegan County about…

Rep. Whiteford sends state flag to overseas troops

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford sent a State of Michigan flag to Allegan County resident, 1st Lt. Auston Marineau.  Lt. Marineau is pictured with other Michiganders who currently serve in Operation Inherent Resolve, fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  

Rep. Whiteford approves solution to help Michigan road repairs

Plan helps Allegan county and entire state State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township this week voted in favor of a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as soon as possible. “Providing an additional $175 million for road and bridge repairs will help our local communities,” Rep. Whiteford said. …

Rep. Whiteford presents Eagle Scout tribute

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford presents a tribute to Bryan Adams of Hopkins at his Eagle Scout court of honor. Brian’s Eagle Scout project was the renovation of The Allegan Band Booth at the Allegan County Fair. ###

Rep. Whiteford applauds end to driver responsibility fees

Legislation also forgives outstanding debt   State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted to end punitive driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1 and forgive outstanding debt associated with the fees. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the fees were enacted in 2003 to fill a hole in the budget, and have posed a financial hardship for families…

Rep. Whiteford welcomes ‘Rep for a Day’ guests to state Capitol

State Rep. Mary Whiteford welcomed three students and their families to the Capitol as junior representatives for a day, to experience the life of a Michigan state legislator. Throughout their day in Lansing, the students held a mock committee hearing, toured the Capitol, and were introduced during House session.  Students entered the contest by turning…

House approves Rep. Whiteford resolution outlining priorities for PFAS cleanup funds

The Michigan House today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford ensuring effective use of state funds provided to address an emerging water contaminant. In December, the Legislature agreed to allocate $23.2 million to provide testing, monitoring and technical assistance at more than a dozen sites across Michigan where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances…

Rep. Whiteford presents tribute to retiring circuit court judge

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford (right) presents a tribute to retiring Circuit Court Judge Kevin Cronin.  Judge Cronin served as the Allegan County 48th circuit judge since 2008.  Judge Cronin was joined by his wife Eileen at the tribute presentation. ###