Rep. Lauwers remains committed to rejuvenated shipping industry in Michigan

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today vowed to continue fighting for a revival of Michigan’s shipping jobs after his plan to align state ballast water regulation with federal standards and nearby competitors was vetoed by the governor. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions have driven Michigan’s entire…

Rep. Lauwers bill pivotal in restoring Michigan’s shipping industry

The state Legislature today approved a plan from state Rep. Dan Lauwers to bring back shipping jobs to Michigan while maintaining robust standards that keep invasive species from the Great Lakes. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export business to surrounding Great…

Rep. Lauwers votes for state budget that focuses on fixing roads, funding classrooms

Spending blueprint also pays down debt   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted for a state budget that invests record amounts into K-12 education and road repair while paying down debt and shrinking government. Rep. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the budget for the coming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 spends fewer state taxpayer dollars…

Rep. Lauwers: DEQ rules-making process should be transparent

Votes to provide oversight, science-based criteria   When a local resident suggested that state Rep. Dan Lauwers run a study to determine which state department draws the most complaints, Rep. Lauwers said he didn’t need a study. He knew the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Treasury Department were hands down the winners in…

Rep. Lauwers votes for less government spending while providing record funding for K-12

Plan prioritizes issues important to families   State Rep. Dan Lauwers joined his House colleagues today in approving a state budget that reduces overall spending while still making record-high investments in schools and roads. “People in our communities want government to live within its means just like families are forced to do while making sure…

Rep. Lauwers encourages kids to explore reading during March

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today urged children to take advantage of March is Reading Month by opening a book and embarking on a journey. “Reading is a great opportunity to venture into a story and travel to faraway places, whether real or imaginary,” Lauwers said. “In today’s fast-paced world full of noise and distractions, sometimes…

Rep. Lauwers votes for additional road funding

Plan improves St. Clair County roads without increasing taxes   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues in approving a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as early as this summer. “This is an opportunity to make even more of an investment and…

Rep. Lauwers votes to eliminate driver responsibility fees

Measures also allow path to new driver’s license   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted to eliminate the punitive driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1, forgive outstanding debt and provide a money-saving grace period for those seek to have driving privileges restored. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the bipartisan package of bills also allow people…

Rep. Lauwers votes for tax relief in light of changes at federal level

Bills continuing, increasing personal exemptions head to governor State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted to support legislation providing broad income tax relief to Michigan families. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall. “My personal preference would be to…

Rep. Lauwers applauds House passage of tax relief legislation

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted in favor of legislation that will result in meaningful tax relief for Michiganders. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the legislation approved by a bipartisan majority in the House increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents and allows additional tax credits for people age 62 and older. “The…

Rep. Lauwers applauds work of House mental health task force

Legislator optimistic about changes on the horizon State Rep. Dan Lauwers, House Majority Leader, said today he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will come as a result of the House’s mental health task force report, which was unveiled Wednesday and included recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system….