Rep. Markkanen invites residents to May office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his May office hour for residents of the 110th district. “We have been working on a lot of important things in Lansing,” Markkanen said. “I look forward to discussing the issues on the minds of fellow Yoopers and answering any questions they might have.” The office hours schedule is…

Rep. Markkanen: Foster care students pursuing skilled trades to receive help

Legislator testifies in support of plan State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of his plan to expand scholarship opportunities for students who have been in foster care.  Markannen’s plan would add students attending a skilled trades institution to the list of those eligible for the…

Rep. Markkanen votes to lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today voted to approve a landmark plan to fix Michigan’s broken car insurance system and reduce rates for drivers all across the state. Markkanen said the plan offers drivers personal injury coverage options, reins in medical costs and fights fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state…

Plan from U.P. legislators cuts red tape, allows for residents to enjoy greater personal freedom

Legislation sponsored by U.P. state Reps. Beau LaFave and Greg Markkanen protecting Michiganders’ private property rights from government overreach was advanced on Tuesday in bipartisan fashion by the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee. The measure, House Bill 4331, allows individuals to transport uncased, loaded long-barreled firearms on private land using any kind of…

House approves Rep. Markkanen plan to give financial flexibility to county road commissions

Measure improves facilities for road improvements The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Greg Markkanen to help county road commissions improve their facilities and fix Michigan roads. Under current Michigan law, county roads commissions have only up to 15 years to make payments when purchasing property for public use. Markkanen’s plan…

Rep. Markkanen extends nomination deadline for Outstanding Educator Award

Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, recently launched the Outstanding Educator Award program. Students, parents, and school faculty of the 110th district in the Upper Peninsula are encouraged to nominate local educators who have made a meaningful impact on their community.  Markkanen will select three educators from the district and nominations for the 2018-2019 school year…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to additional April office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced additional April office hour for residents of the 110th district. The office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, April 26 3 to 4 p.m. EDT at Keweenaw Coffee Works, 113 5th in Calumet. All times are listed in local time. Residents also may contact Rep. Markkanen at his Lansing…

LaFave, Markkanen voice support for mining advisory committee

House Committee approves plan to bolster mining industry State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, and State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today voiced their support for a plan that would create an advisory committee to study the future of minerals mining in Michigan. “Mining is one of our core industries here in the U.P….

Rep. Markkanen announces grant to eliminate blight

State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, announced today the Village of Ontonagon, Bessemer, Houghton County Land Bank, Ironwood, and Ontonagon Township will receive funds to fight blight. “I am thrilled to see more investments flooding into our communities,” Markkanen said.  “These investments not only clean up blighted structures but also bring new job opportunities to…

Houghton County to receive funds to improve infrastructure

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock, announced today that Portage Charter Township will receive a $960,000 loan and a $2,040,000 grant to construct a sewer collection system to repair vital infrastructure. The money is part of a $7.7 million investment by United States Department of Agriculture to rebuild and construct rural water infrastructure in Michigan….

Rep. Markkanen welcomes President’s call to fund vital Great Lakes program

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today welcomed President Donald Trump’s recently stated financial support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program of vital importance to the Upper Peninsula. During a rally in Grand Rapids last week, President Trump pledged to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million in the federal Fiscal Year…