Michigan House approves Rep. Afendoulis plan to continue key job training programs

The Michigan House today approved a plan from state Rep. Chris Afendoulis to provide quality jobs across the state by preserving an important skills training partnership. Afendoulis’ plan will continue to power key partnerships between employers and community colleges by extending a key funding mechanism for the Michigan New Jobs Training Program through 2023. “Through…

Rep. Afendoulis approves state community college budget

House votes for $408 million for state’s two-year institutions State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges, today voted in support of expanding local education and workforce training programs as part of the approved community college budget for the upcoming budget year. The subcommittee previously approved $408 million in late…

Afendoulis votes to approve budget plan focused on education, job training

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis this week voted in favor of a Michigan House budget plan focused on increased funding for education and road repairs. Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, joined the House Appropriations Committee in approving the bill that drives down overall spending while increasing investments in top priorities. “I believe the state budget should…

Rep. Afendoulis invites residents to April office hours

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis announced his upcoming office hours for the month of April. “I always look forward to meeting with my constituents, updating them on what is going on in Lansing, and answering any questions they have regarding state government,” Afendoulis said. “I invite all residents to join me for office hours.” Rep. Afendoulis…

Reps. Albert and Afendoulis to host senior seminar

State Reps. Thomas Albert and Chris Afendoulis will host a seminar for senior citizens in Kent County. The senior seminar will focus on consumer protection and information to defend against identity theft. Reps. Albert and Afendoulis will be joined by Harry Werkema from the attorney general’s office. “It is important to keep the community informed…

DEQ approves Afendoulis and MacGregor request for $750,000 grant for PFAS filter

The State Administrative Board today approved a grant of up to $750,000 to Plainfield Charter Township to help fund a pilot study of the proposed granular activated carbon (GAC) filter for Plainfield’s water treatment plant, which is expected to remove trace levels of PFAS from the municipal water system. The grant is the ultimate result…

Afendoulis supports more than $6 million in funding for Kent County roads

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis today voted in favor of a funding package which would send over $6 million to pay for roads and bridges in Kent County. The funding for Kent County is part of House Bill 4321, a broader supplemental appropriation bill which allocates $175 million toward transportation needs across the state. “When I…

Afendoulis calls for increased funding to fight water contamination

Rep. Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Township) today called for more funding and resources in the ongoing water contamination crisis in his district. Afendoulis’ statement came in response to Governor Rick Snyder’s budget recommendation, which the Governor presented to a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees this morning. The Governor proposed $8 million…

Afendoulis supports resolutions to ramp up efforts in battle against water contamination

Rep. Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Township) today voted for two resolutions which address water contamination concerns in Kent County and around the state. House Resolution No. 228 and House Concurrent Resolution No. 18 both passed the House today by a unanimous vote. “We are continuing to make strides in addressing water contamination issues in Kent…

Rep. Afendoulis invites residents to upcoming office hours

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis announced his upcoming office hours for the months of February and March. “It is important for me to meet with my constituents to hear the questions and concerns they may have regarding state government,” Afendoulis said. “I invite all residents to join me for office hours.” Rep. Afendoulis will be available…

Raising the Age’ Saves Taxpayers Dollars, Provides Better Outcomes for Youth

by State Representatives Tommy Brann and Chris Afendoulis Last year, West Michigan led the nation in job growth. That’s no surprise. Grand Rapids is an innovative, hard-working community with a talent for converting barriers into opportunities. True to that spirit, we sponsored House Bills 4664 and 4969. These bills are part of an 18-bill “Youth in…