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…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to first April office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his first April office hour for residents of the 110th district. Markkanen will be joined by special guest, former Senator Tom Casperson. Additional April office hours will be announced in the near future. “I am honored to be joined by former Senator Casperson to discuss issues impacting the 110th…

U.P. lawmakers condemn attorney general’s misguided ruling on Line 5 tunnel

Reps. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain and Greg Markkanen of Hancock today released the following statements after Michigan’s attorney general issued an opinion declaring the newly created Line 5 Tunnel Authority unconstitutional: Rep. LaFave said: “It’s abhorrent how the governor and attorney general have shown a complete disregard for people in our state’s rural areas….

Iron County awarded grant money for transportation economic development

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today that Bates Township will receive $198,500 to reconstruct Larson Road. Currently, Larson Road is a gravel roadway with seasonal weight restrictions. The roadway is a hub for major businesses in the area such as Willis Lumber Co. and Willis Family Maple Farm. “These companies are an excellent…

Rep. Markkanen announces school safety grant

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock, announced today that West Iron County Schools will receive over $46,000 and Baraga Area Schools will receive over $96,000 to bolster safety in each school. “The greatest resources we have are our children and young people,” Markkanen said.  “As a former school teacher, keeping our youth safe in their…

Rep. Markkanen’s plan helps foster care students pursuing the skilled trades

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today introduced a plan to expand scholarship opportunities for students in foster care who participate in skilled trades training programs. Currently, Michigan students must attend a university, four-year college or a community college at least half the time to be eligible for the Fostering Futures Scholarship. Markannen’s plan would add students…

Rep. Markkanen’s resolution honors Michigan snowplow drivers

State Rep. Greg Markkanen this week introduced a resolution declaring March 20, 2019 as Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day in Michigan. Markkanen said this resolution is to show appreciation for the hard work, time, and service performed by snowplow drivers. “In the U.P and across the state, we depend on snowplow drivers to make our roadways…

Rep. Markkanen’s plan helps county road commissions

Measure improves facilities for road improvements State Rep. Greg Markkanen this week testified before the House Transportation Committee in support of a plan to help county road commissions to improve their facilities and fix Michigan roads. Under current Michigan law, county roads commission have only up to 15 years to make payments when purchasing property…