Rep. Howell to host in-district office hours

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch has announced his local office hours for Monday, April 23 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. “Listening to…

Governor signs Rep. Howell bill offering Michigan kids more opportunities to hunt

Lapeer County boy inspired Howell to introduce legislation Legislation introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell after hearing from a Lapeer County boy who wanted more opportunities to hunt was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Howell said Lapeer County resident Nick Vanecek and his son Hayden, who was 7 at the time, approached…

Rep. Howell’s jobs training data bill signed into law

Legislator: We need to have job providers better partner with workforce education State Rep. Gary Howell’s legislation to improve job training programs by utilizing state unemployment data with Michigan Works! agencies, colleges and universities is now law. “We are going to better utilize the information we get on Michigan’s unemployment and job availability,” said Howell,…

Rep. Howell’s jobs training data bill approved by Senate, House

Legislation allows use of employment info to improve workforce education programs The Michigan House on Tuesday approved legislation by state Rep. Gary Howell to require the state government to share data with Michigan Works! agencies in addition to colleges and universities with job training programs. “Even with our state’s unemployment numbers heading lower, we have…

Rep. Howell backs legislation to end driver responsibility fees

Measures forgive fees, offers path for license renewal   State Rep. Gary Howell recently voted for sweeping legislation to bring an end to outrageous driver responsibility fees and lift families from debt associated with those fees. Howell, of North Branch, said the fees were originally enacted by the Granholm administration under the guise of improving…

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…