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…

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…

Broadband service grant awarded to Southwest Michigan following letter of support from Rep. Whiteford

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced Southwest Michigan Communications Inc. will receive $10.7 million in a loan/grant combination to deploy Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service to Van Buren and Allegan counties. The initiative is part of the USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs…

Budget chairmen call on Whitmer to issue new FY21 budget plan, expedite discussions balancing budget deficit

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Shane Hernandez on Friday called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to issue a new executive budget recommendation for fiscal year 2021 and to sit down with legislative leaders to begin state spending reductions immediately to balance the current state budget. “The combination of coronavirus and…

Glenn backs House-passed telemedicine legislation

Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, this week voted in favor of a bipartisan package of telemedicine legislation that passed the state House of Representatives in an effort to improve access to health care for Michigan patients. Under current law, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must be done in real time and only from…

Rep. Calley working for accountability, transparency as UIA deals with backlog of claims

Legislator, bipartisan select committee meet with program’s director State Rep. Julie Calley, of Portland, this week joined her colleagues in asking pivotal questions for concerned out-of-work Michigan residents who have been unable to access unemployment benefits. In an effort to further transparency and accountability, the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic will focus on…

Whiteford plan improving access to telehealth unanimously approved by Michigan House

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients in COVID-19 era A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to improve access to health care for Michigan patients via telehealth was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives. Under current law, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must…

Rep. Frederick supports plan improving access to telehealth

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients in COVID-19 era State Rep. Ben Frederick has voted in support of a plan to improve access to health care for Michigan patients via telehealth. Under current law, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must be done in real time….

Despite ‘overwhelming’ amount of claims, Rep. O’Malley calls on Michigan’s UIA to streamline improved procedures for those out of work

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, called on Michigan’s Unemployment Agency to ratchet up services for tens of thousands of people who are out of work and unable to access needed benefits following testimony Wednesday by the agency’s director before a new bipartisan select committee. The Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, which…

LaFave resolution reaffirms the sovereignty of tribal nations

Lawmaker condemns AG’s threats against the Hannahville Indian Community State Rep. Beau LaFave today introduced a resolution reaffirming the sovereignty of tribal nations and encouraging Michigan’s attorney general to not infringe on the constitutional rights of a U.P. indigenous community. The Hannahville Indian Community, a federally recognized Potawatomi tribe residing in the Upper Peninsula, operates…

Rep. Wozniak spearheads plan to protect vulnerable people, families from fraud

Bills improve procedures for powers of attorney, help ensure they’re accepted State Rep. Doug Wozniak today announced a plan to better protect seniors, vulnerable residents and their families by minimizing the potential to use powers of attorney as a tool for exploitation in Michigan. Wozniak, an elder law attorney, said the measures also would improve…

Rep. Hauck behind plan offering fairness for those considering property tax appeals during COVID-19 shutdown

Legislation modeled after state and federal income tax extensions State Rep. Roger Hauck today testified on his proposal granting additional time to those wishing to file residential and business property tax appeals. Hauck, of Union Township, pointed out in comments before the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee that some Michigan property owners have…