Rep. VerHeulen bill bans local tax on food production and sales

New excise levy would hurt families, farmers   State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today introduced legislation that prohibits local units of government from imposing an excise tax on the production, distribution and sale of food. VerHeulen, of Walker, said the ban guarantees that families, farmers and small businesses are protected from aggressive local taxes that have…

Rep. VerHeulen joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony

                PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, of Walker, on Thursday hosted Sparta Fire Chief Jerold Bolen and Walker Fire Chief Robert Walker as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military…

Committee approves VerHeulen bill to keep kids in alternative school programs

The House Education Reform Committee today unanimously approved legislation by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, which will allow parents of a student enrolled in a strict discipline academy (SDA) the option to keep that student enrolled in said system. “If a student has been enrolled and benefitted from a non-traditional education setting, then why not allow…

Rep. VerHeulen hails signing of fiscally conservative budget

Appropriations vice chair takes part in ceremony State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today took part in a ceremony at the Kent Intermediate School District Career Technical Center in Grand Rapids where a responsible, fiscally conservative budget for the coming fiscal year was signed into law. VerHeulen, of Walker, said…

Rep. VerHeulen announces local park, trail developments

Legislator votes to approve list of state projects State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today announced that two resource protection and public recreation projects in Kent County have been approved by the Michigan House. VerHeulen, of Walker, said the local projects will use $489,400 in a combination of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and matching local money….

House OKs bills allowing courts to continue to impose costs and fees

Rep. VerHeulen: Measure helps keep courtrooms functioning   The Michigan House today advanced legislation introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen which ensures courtrooms across the state will continue to function, enabling judges to continue imposing certain fees and costs on someone found guilty of a crime. VerHeulen, of Walker, said his bills are needed because…

Rep. VerHeulen bills allow courts to continue to impose costs, fees

The House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen enabling courts to continue imposing certain fees and costs on someone found guilty of a crime. VerHeulen, of Walker, said his bills are necessary because courts incur various costs while trying a case, including paying a court-appointed attorney, and often add court…

Rep. VerHeulen, House panel approve plan to help Michigan communities

Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker and the Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved a budget plan to help local communities across the state pay for public safety, road repairs and other vital services. The plan advanced by the House Appropriations Committee boosts revenue sharing for local communities by 5 percent, a $12.4 million increase compared…

Rep. VerHeulen criticizes decision to award tax incentives to AK Steel

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker today criticized a decision by the Michigan Strategic Fund Board allowing a steelmaker to inherit a tax credit previously awarded to another company. The board awarded AK Steel a transfer of a tax credit originally awarded to Severstal Dearborn more than a decade ago. AK Steel, based in Ohio,…

VerHeulen working to address funding issue for courts

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today announced he is leading efforts to address a funding shortfall for Michigan courts created by a Michigan Supreme Court decision. In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in People v. Cunningham that courts could not levy certain costs on defendants, which created a funding shortfall projected to reach as much as…

Rep. VerHeulen: Budget panel votes to boost funding for veterans courts

More funding will be available for veterans courts under a budget approved today by a Michigan House subcommittee, state Rep. Rob VerHeulen announced. The judiciary budget bill includes an additional $436,000 for specialty courts aimed at treating military veterans and active-duty personnel, bringing total funding to $936,000. “Members of the military put themselves in harm’s…

Rep. VerHeulen: Budget panel votes to boost revenue sharing

Communities all across Michigan would get more money to support public safety, road repairs and other local projects through a spending bill approved today by a Michigan House subcommittee. The budget panel led by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker approved increasing revenue sharing payments by 5 percent. Local governments use the money to pay…