Canfield: DHHS budget clears appropriations subcommittee

Funding increases for opioid research, physician access State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, has announced the committee has finalized its budget recommendations. Canfield said he’s especially pleased that the agreed upon budget proposal includes increased funding to enhance opioid testing. With Michigan’s steadily increasing…

Rep. Inman touts support for school budget bill

State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement today regarding his decision to support the education funding portion of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget: “I am voting in favor of Senate Bill 801 because of the increased funding for K-12, community colleges, and higher education. “I have worked tirelessly as a member of…

Rep. Inman issues statement on omnibus budget no-vote

State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement today regarding his decision to vote against the Fiscal Year 2017 General Fund budget (House Bill 5294) in light of the Michigan Department of Corrections’ decision to close Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley as a cost-cutting measure: “I just voted against this budget bill because…

Rep. Bizon amends budget to provide funding for firefighter cancer fund

Rep. Dr. John Bizon today introduced a budget amendment during the House Appropriations Committee to help firefighters in Michigan suffering from cancer. The amendment, which was approved, would secure $3 million annually for the state’s First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund. “Firefighters and emergency workers have a disproportionately high chance of developing cancer as a result…

Rep. Yonker invites Allegan, Kent county residents to budget town hall

WHAT:   Budget town hall meeting to inform local residents about the state budget and outline fiscal year appropriations.   WHO:     State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, and guest-speaker House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville.   WHERE:   Wayland Union High School, 870 E Superior St. in Wayland.   WHEN:     Thursday,…

Rep. Yonker invites area residents to budget town hall

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, invites local residents of Allegan and Kent counties to attend a budget town hall with guest-speaker House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Wayland Union High School from 6 to 8 p.m. “I want to share with people what is going on with our budget in…