Rep. Markkanen looks ahead to Wednesday’s State of the State Address, saying he hopes the Governor will bring forward plans for all of Michigan, and talks about his guest for the evening, Dr. Glen Archer, from Michigan Tech.
Rep. Markkanen talks about how his HB 5314 has started to work its way through the legislative process at the Capitol after having been passed out of the House Transportation Committee. The legislation is a reintroduction of a similar bill vetoed by the Governor in 2019 that would give country road commissions the authority to…
Rep. Markkanen looks back on his first year in the state House, saying auto insurance reform was a key achievement, and discusses working on better curriculum options for schools in the western U.P. in 2020.
Rep. Markkanen talks about the cuts restored to the 2020 state budget by the Michigan House this week, saying he is glad Michigan residents will be able to rely again on public safety line items like secondary road patrols and access to rural hospitals.
Rep. Markkanen says he’s pleased to see that funding will be restored for Michigan’s critical access health care and notes that his northern Michigan district, along with much of rural Michigan, will benefit by seeing the cuts reversed.
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.