Rep. Markkanen votes to make state government transparent

Plan extends open record requirements to governor, Legislature State Rep. Greg Markkanen today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Markkanen, of Hancock, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal, which he co-sponsored. “A government cannot effectively serve its people unless it is transparent,”…

Rep. Markkanen discusses state resources with local county road commissioners

State Rep. Greg Markkanen recently met with local county road commissioners in the Western U.P. to discuss state resources that can help fix Michigan roads. Markkanen met with Kevin Harju of the Houghton County Road Commission and Gregg Patrick of the Keweenaw County Road Commission. The first-term legislator said both meetings were related to the…

Grant money awarded for historic renovation in Houghton

State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock announced today the city of Houghton will receive over $600,000 for architectural and engineering work for the Copper Range Depot. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a number of projects across Michigan that will spark economic development. “Like many U.P. communities, we have historic landmarks left standing from the mining…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to March office hours

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced his March office hours for residents of the 110th district. “I am looking forward to another month of office hours,” Rep. Markkanen said. “We have seen a great turnout so far and the office hours have been an excellent resource for both the attendees and myself.” The office hours…

Rep. Markkanen criticizes proposed gas tax increase

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget proposal: “If the governor’s misguided 45-cent gas tax increase proposal were to become a reality, Michigan drivers would be paying the highest gas taxes in the United States — by far. If that theme sounds familiar,…

Rep. Markkanen fights for U.P. values

By: State Rep. Greg Markkanen Fighting for the priorities that matter most to our families, friends and neighbors in the Western U.P. is what you sent me to Lansing to do in November. I will continue to work hard to defend our U.P. values. Top priorities that will improve our daily lives include reducing car…

Rep. Markkanen’s plan helps county road commission facilities

Measure helps fix Michigan’s infrastructure   State Rep. Greg Markkanen recently introduced a plan to give county road commissions additional flexibility to improve their facilities and help fix Michigan roads. Under current Michigan law, county road commissions have only up to 15 years to make payments when purchasing property for public use. Markkanen’s plan would…

Calumet receives grant money to improve infrastructure

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today that Calumet will receive over $1 million to enhance infrastructure in the township. A total of 11 cities, towns, and villages statewide were granted funds from the Community Development Block Grant Program. “Many communities in the U.P. have been effected by the crippling weather conditions that have…

Rep. Markkanen to serve on four key House committees

State Rep. Greg Markkanen has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve on four key Michigan House committees during the 2019-20 legislative session. Markkanen, of Hancock, will serve as the majority vice chair on Insurance. He was also appointed as a member of the Education; Energy; and Military, Veterans and Homeland Security committees. “My…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to additional January office hours

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his January office hours for residents of the 110th district. “I am honored to represent the people of the 110th district,” Rep. Markkanen said. “It is imperative I am accessible and know what is on the minds of people I represent.” The office hours schedule is as follows: Saturday,…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to first office hours of term

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his January office hours for residents of the 110th district. “I am honored to be the voice for the people of the 110th district in Lansing,” Rep. Markkanen said. “It is imperative I am accessible and know what is on the minds of people I represent.” The office hours…