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.
Rep. Markkanen talks about House passage Thursday of his HB 4120, which extends from 15 to 30 years the time in which road commissions in Michigan can complete purchases. The idea for the legislation came from residents in Keweenaw County in Rep. Markkanen’s district.
Rep. Markkanen talks about the signing of legislation by the Governor Thursday that will retain the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County, a move that in turn will retain the current level of access to the court systems in Iron and Dickinson Counties. In the absence of the new law, the 95-A judgeship…
Rep. Markkanen looks ahead to next Tuesday’s State of the State Address. A former teacher, Rep. Markkanen says he hopes to hear the Governor talk about career technical education and better preparation of students for professional trades.