Rep. Markkanen supports record funding for Michigan students

School budget gets bipartisan support in House, headed to governor State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today voted to approve the Legislature’s bipartisan school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history. The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the plan, per-pupil funding…

Rep. Markkanen: Wolves no longer deserve endangered species status in Michigan

U.P. legislator sponsors resolution calling for predator’s removal from list State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of his resolution urging the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered and threatened species list in Michigan. Markkanen, of Hancock, said gray wolves…

Rep. Markkanen: Governor’s vaping ban lacks transparency

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today expressed disappointment in the governor’s decision to circumvent the democratic process and issue an emergency order banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products in Michigan. Markkanen, of Hancock, said Gov. Whitmer issued the ban through an emergency order, without any input from the Legislature or the public. “We can…

Rep. Markkanen announces summer photo contest winners

State Rep. Greg Markkanen recently announced the winners of his summer photo contest. Residents from throughout the 110th District submitted photos for consideration. The winning photos were submitted by Ann Pihlija, Mary Kaminski, and Gary Wadaga. The three winning photos will hang in Rep. Markkanen’s Lansing office. An official unveiling will be held, where the…

COLUMN: Legislature has plans to increase – not cut – school funding

We all want a brighter future for our children and grandchildren, and the keys to their success often depend on the decisions made in Lansing. As a longtime teacher who now serves in the Michigan House, supporting education is always going to be one of my top priorities. With my first budget cycle as your…

Rep. Markkanen supports record-high investment as kids head back to school

State Rep. Greg Markkanen said today he continues to fight to increase the record amount of state funding for K-12 education. Under the House-approved proposal, every school district in the state would receive an additional $90 to $180 per student for a total foundation allowance of $8,056 to $8,529 per student in the state budget…

COLUMN: Upper Peninsula will benefit from new USMCA trade deal

In the 25 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, trade with foreign markets has become a huge economic driver for job providers all across the Upper Peninsula. It should come as no surprise that our biggest trading partners are our neighbors, Canada and Mexico. Combined, the two countries bought…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to upcoming office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his August office hour for residents of the 110th district. “Office hours have been going great this summer,” Markkanen said. “I encourage everyone to stop by and share what’s on your mind.” The office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, August 16 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the…

COLUMN: Time to stop playing politics with Line 5

The attorney general’s quest to shut down Line 5 before a plan is in place to meet the propane needs of Upper Peninsula families is alarming, to say the least. Approximately 65 percent of the propane that heats homes and businesses in the U.P. is delivered through Line 5. Shutting it down before building a…

Upper Peninsula legislators unite behind pro-fishing, pro-family plan

Upper Peninsula lawmakers in the Michigan Legislature are uniting behind a plan to support commercial fishing and the region’s time-honored way of life. The bipartisan plan would modernize Michigan’s commercial fishing regulations while allowing more diversification of the commercial fish catch. A version of the plan supported by lawmakers from the U.P. was recently introduced…

COLUMN: Car insurance rate relief is on the way

When I first started representing the interests of the western Upper Peninsula at the state Capitol in January, the top complaint I got from residents was about our high car insurance rates. I listened to everyone’s concerns and vowed to fix the broken system that results in our highest-in-the-nation rates – and that goal was…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to meet and greets

            Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced he will be hosting four meet and greets for residents in the 110th district on Sunday, June 30 and will be joined by State Sen. Ed McBroom and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman. “I am excited to have the Senator and Congressman in our district,” Markkanen said. “These legislators…