Rep. Markkanen: Improper use of state forest fund hurts northern Michigan communities

House approves plan ensuring fund is used to support sound forest management The Michigan House today unanimously approved state Rep. Greg Markkanen’s plan to protect the state’s Forest Development Fund and ensure the money cannot be raided to pay for other state programs, like it was during the mid- to late-2000s. Markkanen, of Hancock, said…

Markkanen backs resolution reinforcing right to keep and bear arms in Michigan

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today voted to support a resolution adopted by the Michigan House to reaffirm the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms in Michigan. The right to use firearms for self-defense is ensured and protected by the constitutions of the United States and Michigan, and Markkanen said he took an…

Rep. Markkanen announces Community Development grant for Ironwood

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today the city of Ironwood will receive over $1.4 million for a downtown community activity space. The city will be making a minimum anticipated contribution of over $200,000 for the project. “I applaud the city of Ironwood for seeking out grant opportunities like this,” Markkanen said.  “This project…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to March office hours

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced upcoming office hours for residents of the 110th District. Markkanen will be joined by special guest Sen. Ed McBroom.             The office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, March 612 to 1 p.m. at Uptown Café, 518 E McLead Ave. in Ironwood; and4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Iron River…

Rep. Markkanen drives auto mechanic licensing update through House

Specialty licenses would not be required to work on pickup trucks under plan State Rep. Greg Markkanen’s proposal to update Michigan’s outdated licensing rules for auto mechanics was approved today by the House with unanimous bipartisan support. State law intends to require mechanics to have a special certification to work on larger commercial trucks because…

Rep. Markkanen hosts winter photo contest

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today he will host a photo contest for residents of the 110th District. The theme for the photo contest is surviving and thriving in the U.P. winter. The representative will select three winners. The winning photos will be displayed in Rep. Markkanen’s Lansing office and the photographers will…

Rep. Markkanen plan ensures proper use of state’s forest management fund

Plan requires fund be used as intended, to support sound forest management A plan introduced by state Rep. Greg Markkanen would protect the state’s Forest Development Fund and ensure the money cannot be raided to fund other state programs, like it was during the mid- to late-2000s. Markkanen, of Hancock, said revenue from the management…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to upcoming office hours

            Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his upcoming office hours for residents of the 110th District. The office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, Feb. 21 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. EST at Java by the Bay, 10 N Main St. in L’Anse. Saturday, Feb. 22 10 to 11 a.m. EST at Crystal Falls Library,…

Rep. Markkanen plan provides much-needed update to licensure rules for auto mechanics

Legislator: Specialty licenses should not be required to work on pickup trucks A plan introduced by state Rep. Greg Markkanen would update Michigan’s licensure rules for auto mechanics to more accurately reflect the larger size of modern pickup trucks. Markkanen, of Hancock, said mechanics are required to have a special certification to work on heavy-duty…

Bills restore Michigan Works! UPward Talent Agency funding for western U.P.

Legislation introduced in the state Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday would restore $971,000 in state resources to help cover a shortfall in retirement funding for the Michigan Works! Upward Talent Agency. Rep. Greg Markkanen and Sen. Ed McBroom introduced identical supplemental bills in the Senate and House. “Local officials have been working for…