Rep. Markkanen, a U.S. Army veteran and teacher, talks about the commitment of U.P. schools to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans on Veterans Day.
Rep. Markkanen talks about his tour through Copper Country over the weekend with House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Jack O’Malley to examine damage from the 2018 Father’s Day Storm. Rep. Markkanen says a year-and-a-half after the storm, repairs continue and additional resources are necessary.
Rep. Markkanen says residents in his district wouldn’t support the idea of an 80-cent-a-gallon gas tax, as recently floated by the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Rep. Markkanen speaks on the floor of the Michigan House Wednesday, prior to adoption of his House Resolution 87, which calls on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Michigan gray wolf from the federal endangered and threatened species list.
Rep. Markkanen says it’s people who will be hurt by the Governor’s line item vetoes in the state’s 2020 budget.
Rep. Markkanen talks about final passage of the state’s 2020 fiscal year budget on Tuesday, saying U.P. residents will see more funding for schools and roads without paying additional taxes.
Rep. Markkanen says he is fighting against a state shut down next week, noting his area is home to many state employees who would be adversely affected if a budget is not in place when the 2020 fiscal year starts October 1.
Rep. Markkanen talks about passage this week by the House Ways and Means committee of his HB 4406, which expands the state’s Fostering Futures program to include scholarship opportunities for foster care students attending a skilled trades institution. Currently, Michigan students must attend a university, four-year college or a community college at least half the…
Rep. Markkanen says that, contrary to statements made by the Governor, the Michigan House has approved a 2020 public education budget that increases funding for every student in the state, adding he is troubled the administration would leverage school kids to push a for 45-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase.
Rep. Markkanen talks about the debate over the state’s 2020 budget in Lansing, schools and the Governor’s proposed 45-cent-a-gallon income tax increase.
Rep. Markkanen talks about House passage of his amendment to the state’s 2020 Department of Corrections budget that includes funding to study potential locations for a training academy for corrections officers. The Markkanen amendment adds the former Ojibway Correctional Facility to existing budget language.
Rep. Markkanen says reforming auto insurance rates is a huge issue for people in his part of the Upper Peninsula, calling it a topic of conversation wherever he goes.