Rep. Markkanen: More forced layoffs not the answer to Michigan’s problems

Common-sense adjustments would allow people to stay at work safely State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said the governor moved in the wrong direction when she put even more restrictions on Michigan workers while extending her stay-at-home order until through April 30. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered that stores no longer sell what she considers non-essential items…

Rep. Markkanen calls on governor to fix broken unemployment system

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to take aggressive actions to address wait times and other problems with the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Markkanen, of Hancock, said the Whitmer administration’s failure to address the UIA’s inability to keep up with new filings is hurting Michigan families – and the problem is getting…

Rep. Markkanen: Houghton disaster relief funding measure sent to governor

Supplemental budget also includes funds for Gogebic County, job training State Rep. Greg Markkanen today announced a supplemental budget plan approved by the Legislature this week includes disaster relief funding for Houghton County. Markkanen, of Hancock, said the plan includes $1.4 million to help the Houghton County Road Commission repair roads that were damaged during…

Rep. Markkanen: House passes budget supplemental with funding for Gogebic County

Legislator continues fight to fix county’s pension liability issue State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said long-awaited funding to help Gogebic County resolve a pension liability issue is included in a budget supplemental plan approved today by the Michigan House. Markkanen, of Hancock, said the plan sets aside $971,000 to cover the shortfalls in pension costs…

Rep. Markkanen announces Community Development grant for Ironwood

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today the city of Ironwood will receive over $1.4 million for a downtown community activity space. The city will be making a minimum anticipated contribution of over $200,000 for the project. “I applaud the city of Ironwood for seeking out grant opportunities like this,” Markkanen said.  “This project…