Rep. Markkanen, state House approve plan to restore funding vetoed by governor

Legislator continues fighting on behalf of critical access hospitals State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today joined the Michigan House of Representatives in the passage of a plan to restore budget funding vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year. The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the budget plan…

Markkanen’s plan to help Keweenaw Road Commission heads to governor

Legislation will allow road commission to replace outdated facility State Rep. Greg Markkanen’s plan to help the Keweenaw County Road Commission move forward with a proposal to replace its outdated maintenance facility has been sent to the governor for her consideration. Markkanen, of Hancock, said the local road commission has run into problems because of…

Rep. Markkanen: Rate reduction shows car insurance reforms are working

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said a fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is a positive indication that drivers across the Upper Peninsula will save money through the state’s recent car insurance reforms. The MCCA announced it will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for the year-long period beginning July 2, 2020….

Rep. Markkanen announces Wildlife Habitat Grant Program recipients

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today that Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon counties will receive grants from the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program through the Department of Natural Resources. Copper Country Chapter of American Woodcock Society will receive $16,400 to use in Keweenaw County and Sustainable Resources Institute will receive $138,600 to use in Baraga,…

Rep. Markkanen spearheads plan to expand access to clean, affordable energy

Bipartisan plan would bring energy freedom to U.P. residents, businesses State Rep. Greg Markkanen today announced the Powering Michigan Forward plan, a proposal to make it easier for families and business owners throughout the Upper Peninsula to utilize clean and affordable energy resources. Markkanen, of Hancock, said he regularly hears from residents and business owners…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to October office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his October office hour for residents of the 110th district. “We have been working on a number of important things in Lansing,” Markkanen said. “I look forward to being back in the district to provide an update and hear what is on the minds of locals.” The office hours…

COLUMN: Governor’s vetoes have real consequences for U.P. families

I have taken the last week to review the 147 line-item vetoes and nearly $1 billion in money the governor stripped away from programs funded by the Michigan Legislature, and my dismay has grown deeper and deeper with each passing day. Gov. Whitmer says she targeted political opponents with these cuts in an attempt to…

Rep. Markkanen introduces plan to restore funding for critical access hospitals

Representative: Governor’s cuts would devastate local hospitals State Rep. Greg Markkanen today introduced a plan to restore funding for critical access hospitals after Gov. Whitmer stripped funding for the hospitals using a line-item veto. Markkanen, of Hancock, said Michigan’s 35 critical access hospitals provide people vital access to quality health care services, but inadequate Medicaid…

Rep. Markkanen: Gov. Whitmer shifts funding away from Gogebic County

Grant to cover Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium’s pension debt among governor’s many budget cuts State Rep. Greg Markkanen today expressed frustration in the governor’s decision to use the administrative board to de-fund the grant awarded to Gogebic County to cover retirement legacy costs left over from the Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium. The Western…

Rep. Markkanen: Governor rejects critical funding for roads, K-12 schools

Rep. Greg Markkanen today said he is troubled by Gov. Whitmer’s decision to veto parts of the Legislature’s budget, including $375 million in additional funding for road repairs and $128 million in additional funding for Michigan students. “The governor campaigned on a promise to fix roads and help schools – and that’s what the people…

Rep. Markkanen secures funding to resolve Gogebic County pension liability issue

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today announced the budget approved by the Legislature this week includes funding to help Gogebic County cover retirement legacy costs left over from the Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium. The Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium was responsible for job training, employment and workforce development services in Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Iron…