Rep. Markkanen: Enbridge awards community safety grants to local police, fire agencies

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said a round of community safety grants awarded by Enbridge will provide a welcome boost for several local public safety agencies. Enbridge recently awarded $7,500 grants to the Michigan State Police Wakefield Post, Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Iron County Emergency Management and 911, and Wakefield Fire Department. Enbridge Safe Community…

Rep. Markkanen: Long-overdue car insurance rate relief has arrived for Michigan drivers

Rollout of state’s new insurance reforms a major milestone State Rep. Greg Markkanen said Michigan drivers will finally begin to see the benefits of the state’s car insurance reforms after the new law takes effect today. The new law guarantees lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging…

Time to update costly, inefficient regulations that hurt U.P. job providers

Imagine working in an industry where the rules that dictate how you do your job haven’t been updated in more than 40 years. Might be time to re-evaluate some things, right? Unfortunately, that is the reality for the many Upper Peninsula businesses that work on projects regulated by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). These…

Rep. Markkanen: State must end delay tactics, issue timely permits for Line 5 tunnel project

Resolution sponsored by U.P. representative approved by Michigan House State Rep. Greg Markkanen today urged state and federal authorities not to delay issuing the permits needed to proceed with the construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel Project. Markkanen, of Hancock, introduced a resolution voicing support for the project and the job opportunities it will provide…

Rep. Markkanen announces plan to give local schools more flexibility when learning resumes

‘Return to Learn’ plan includes distance learning options, safety measures State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock today announced details of the Michigan Legislature’s plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The Return to Learn plan, unveiled this morning during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and…

Rep. Markkanen fights to expand access to clean, affordable energy

Bipartisan proposal would bring energy freedom to U.P. residents, businesses State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Energy Committee in support of his plan to make it easier for people in the Upper Peninsula to utilize clean and affordable energy resources. Markkanen, of Hancock, said he regularly hears from residents and business owners…

Rep. Markkanen announces grant to expand broadband internet service in Keweenaw County

Baraga Telephone Company awarded Connecting Michigan Communities grant State Rep. Greg Markkanen today announced Baraga Telephone Company has been selected as a finalist for a state grant to expand broadband to unserved areas of Keweenaw County. Markkanen, of Hancock, said the proposed project would expand service to areas of Lake Medora, Lac La Belle, Bete…

Rep. Markkanen named MEECA’s ‘Public Official of the Year’

Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association recognizes legislator’s work State Rep. Greg Markkanen today was named 2020 Public Official of the Year by the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA). Markkanen, of Hancock, serves on the House’s Energy Committee. He was recognized, in part, for introducing a plan that would “lift the cap” on solar –…

Expanding telemedicine will improve access to health care in COVID-19 era

Access to health services is one challenge families in the Upper Peninsula are all too familiar with. Even in normal times, providers in rural communities are few and far between – and if you need to see a specialist you’re likely in for an hours-long drive. The problem has grown even worse in the COVID-19…

Rep. Markkanen: Upper Peninsula retail shops, bars, restaurants allowed to reopen Friday

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said retail shops, restaurants and bars in the Upper Peninsula are ready to begin reopening to customers this week. Markkanen, of Hancock, said many small bars and restaurants are struggling to remain open after being restricted to take-out only service by the governor’s executive orders since March 16. Retail shops…

Rep. Markkanen: Gov. Whitmer moves in right direction with revised stay-at-home order

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said he is pleased the governor decided to heed the recommendations of legislators who have implored her to allow certain workers to return to their jobs and loosen restrictions on the sale of goods and services, outdoor activities like golf and motorboating, and the freedom to travel between residences. The…