Statement from Rep. VerHeulen on opposition of HB 5013

Representative Rob VerHeulen (R-Walker) released the following statement regarding his “no” vote on House Bill 5013, which failed to pass the Michigan House. House Bill 5013 seeks to amend Michigan’s auto no-fault system. “It is long past time for Michigan’s drivers to get a break on their auto insurance rates. I remain committed to finding…

Snyder signs Rep. VerHeulen’s bill banning local taxes on food

Prohibition good for families, businesses   A bill introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen to ban local governments from imposing a tax on all food and beverages was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder. VerHeulen, of Walker, said House Bill 4999 – now Public Act 135 of 2017 – is a victory for…

House approves Rep. VerHeulen bill banning local food taxes

Measure heads to Senate for consideration   The Michigan House today gave strong bipartisan approval to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on manufacture, distribution and sales of food and beverages. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, is a preemptive move to prevent local units of government from taxing food sales. VerHeulen, of…

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,…