Rep. Markkanen supports plan streamlining broadband expansion for rural areas

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today voted to streamline efforts to expand access to high-speed broadband service in the Upper Peninsula and other rural areas of the state. Markkanen, of Hancock, said the plan will help families, businesses and schools across the U.P. gain access to faster, more reliable internet connections. “Families and businesses across the…

Reps. LaFave, Markkanen team up to limit taxes, protect disabled veterans

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today unanimously approved a plan giving 100-percent disabled military veterans greater access to Michigan’s state parks and license plate options. Currently, 100-percent disabled veterans are only able to receive a Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate with no registration cost. Under the plan sponsored by state Rep. Beau…

Rep. Markkanen plan allows vets to consult on use of CBD, marijuana products for pets

Marquette veterinarian testifies in support of legislation State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Agriculture Committee in support of a plan he introduced to solve a problem brought to light by an Upper Peninsula veterinarian. Markkanen, of Houghton, said Dr. Kellie Holmstrom has run into problems because clients have questions about the use…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to first office hours of 2020

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his upcoming office hours for residents of the 110th District. The office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, Jan. 31 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST at Powell Township Hall, 101 Bensinger St. in Big Bay; and 2 to 3 p.m. EST at Ishpeming Township Hall, 1575 Highway US-41…

Rep. Markkanen continues fight to help local road commission following governor’s veto

U.P. legislator reintroduces plan to assist Keweenaw County State Rep. Greg Markkanen has reintroduced a plan to ease a burdensome and unnecessary regulation that has prevented the Keweenaw County Road Commission from replacing its outdated maintenance facility. Markkanen, of Hancock, said he remains committed to working with the governor to find a solution after she…

Rep. Markkanen named to House Local Government Committee

State Rep. Greg Markkanen has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve on the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee in 2020. The committee typically handles municipal government issues related to budgeting, financial liabilities, zoning, local authority, public safety and planning. Markkanen, of Hancock, said his previous experience serving on the Hancock City…

Rep. Markkanen: U.P. projects in line to receive outdoor recreation funding

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said projects in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton and Ontonagon counties are included in a proposed plan to improve outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. The projects are included in recent recommendations from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The recommendations are made to the Legislature, which will soon be working to finalize…

COLUMN: Reviewing my first year serving in the Michigan House

As we near the end of 2019, I want to share some highlights of my first year representing the western Upper Peninsula in the Michigan House. Serving our communities has truly been a rewarding experience. I have learned a lot just from listening to the thoughts and ideas of people I meet at local events…

Governor reverses course, sheds Markkanen plan with veto

Bill would have allowed road commission to replace outdated facility State Reps. Greg Markkanen and Beau LaFave today criticized another attempt by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shortchange rural areas with her veto of a proposal – which she originally supported – creating flexibility for critical building updates. Legislation from Markkanen and co-sponsored by LaFave, House…

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: Wednesday, Dec. 18 10 to 11 a.m. CST at Contrast Coffee, 108 E Aurora St. in Ironwood. 2 to 3 p.m. CST at the Iron River City Hall, 106 W Genesee St….

Rep. Markkanen: Plan finalized to end budget impasse, reverse governor’s cuts

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today voted to reverse the governor’s cuts to initiatives helping the state’s most vulnerable residents – ending a budget impasse. Markkanen, of Hancock, joined the Legislature in restoring funding to public safety, education, veterans’ services and several other programs. A measure sponsored by Markkanen – restoring $34.3 million in essential funding…