Rep. Afendoulis: The Issue of Life

By Rep. Lynn Afendoulis I was blessed to become a mother in two ways: by giving birth to a daughter and by adopting a son, thanks to a woman who chose to give him life. The beauty of their lives is front and center for me when I hear people advocating for abortion. Last year,…

Rep. Afendoulis: Social anarchy can’t be tolerated in Michigan

            In an effort to keep Michigan families safe and to protect communities from looting and destruction, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis today introduced a plan establishing harsher penalties for the crime of “social anarchy.”             The Afendoulis plan serves as a response to recent rioting and looting across Michigan. Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, said…

Rep. Afendoulis fights to end governor’s flawed COVID-19 nursing home policy

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, supported a House resolution Thursday opposing Gov. Whitmer’s order requiring long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, to accept COVID-positive patients, putting the lives of Michigan seniors in danger. Rep. Afendoulis spoke on the floor about her experience with her 84-year-old mother who has dementia and is living…

Rep. Afendoulis joins in calling for improvements to unemployment system

Incensed that lottery offices are open, but unemployment offices are not State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids, today joined her colleagues at the state Capitol to call on Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) to improve its fumbled response to the coronavirus pandemic for individuals and families desperate for income. “Michigan families are hurting, and…

Legislators: Governor’s reopening plan is based on guesswork

Governor Whitmer’s press conference Wednesday left some Republican lawmakers frustrated at the lack of a solid plan for opening the state. “When asked for her data formula to advance to the next stage of reopening, she couldn’t provide it,” said Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, R—Grand Rapids Twp. “Her only answer was ‘it depends, it depends.’ It…

Rep. Afendoulis: It’s a start, but governor’s revised ‘stay home’ order doesn’t go far enough; too many businesses and families will continue to suffer

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township today issued a statement following the governor’s revised ‘stay home’ order and the Michigan Legislature’s establishment of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic: “While the governor’s revised ‘stay home’ order shows that she at least listened to some of the Legislature’s recommendations, she does not…

Rep. Afendoulis: Governor must move quickly to adopt region-based response to COVID-19, allowing more of Michigan to get back to work

Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township today issued a statement on the House Republican strategy that would allow a region-by-region, rolling restart of Michigan’s economy based on risk and prevalence of COVID-19 within particular areas: “This region-based plan would allow many parts of Michigan to take a huge, important step toward normalcy sooner rather…

Rep. Afendoulis: Unemployment system failures must be resolved immediately

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis today called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to provide necessary resources for the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency, urging her to take action promptly to address wait times and other problems. “I can’t understand how our governor, who should be making the people of Michigan her top priority, has time to go on…

Rep. Afendoulis: Michigan’s income tax filing deadline extended to July 15

Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township – chair of the House Tax Policy Committee – issued the following statement after Gov. Whitmer declared Michigan’s income tax filing deadline will be extended until July 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak: “Extending the deadline to file income taxes in Michigan to July 15th was the right…