Rep. Howell: Tax cuts approved by Legislature are a ‘good start’

Representative Gary Howell of North Branch this week voted to approve lower income taxes for Michigan residents. The legislation, a $176 million tax cut which is now headed to the governor for consideration, preserves and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents. “This measure helps everyone from retirees to farmers to factory workers…

Rep. Howell, Michigan House vote to bring tax relief to families and seniors

Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch once again voted this week to lower taxes for Michigan families and seniors. The legislation, approved by the Michigan House, increases the personal exemption amounts for state taxpayers and their dependents, while providing additional relief for seniors. “This tax relief is long overdue,” Howell said. “We’re lowering taxes without compromising…

Howell: Veto override helps Michigan auto industry, vehicle buyers

State Rep. Gary Howell has voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan car buyers, joining his House colleagues in overriding a gubernatorial veto. 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 sales and use tax deductions on purchases…

Two local communities awarded DEQ water management grants

State Rep. Gary Howell today announced that the village of North Branch and Elba Township have each been awarded grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to improve wastewater and storm water management. Howell, of North Branch, said that the DEQ provides funds to local communities to assist in the planning, design and testing…

Rep. Howell announces MDOT grant for Lapeer road improvements

State Rep. Gary Howell today announced a grant totaling $375,000 from the Michigan Department of Transportation to increase safety and improve road conditions for drivers on Davison Road in Lapeer. Howell said Lapeer will resurface more than one mile of Davison Road from east of the roundabout at Lake Nepessing Road to west of Millville…

Rep. Howell concludes second straight year with perfect voting record

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch concluded the year with another 100-percent voting record, taking part in every roll call vote during the 2017 legislative session. “When it comes to representing our community in Lansing, it is important that their voice be heard on each and every issue,” Howell said. “I was elected to…

Rep. Howell announces January office hours

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch has announced his local office hours for Monday, Jan. 8 at the following times and locations: 9:30 to 11 a.m. at John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City; and 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hungry Dan’s Restaurant, 195 W. Genesee St. in Lapeer. “I am…

Rep. Howell helps pass legislation expanding career opportunities

State Rep. Gary Howell voted last week for legislation to enhance skilled trades education in Michigan’s public schools. “We must give all students, especially in high school, better choices and options that affect their future,” said Howell, R-North Branch. “Our local school districts will be able to have more vocational education courses and hire more…

Rep. Howell introduces bill as part of wider local government retirement benefit reforms

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch on Thursday introduced legislation as part of a multi-bill reform plan aimed at protecting essential public services as well as the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan. The landmark plan follows a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year….

Rep. Howell votes to bring end to driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan legislation also forgives outstanding debt   State Rep. Gary Howell recently voted for an eight-bill legislative package to end driver responsibility fees, saying the punitive charges should never have been imposed on people in the first place. Howell, of North Branch, said the costly driver responsibility fees – which are tacked on top of…