State Rep. Scott VanSingel today was appointed by Speaker Jason Wentworth to chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.
VanSingel, who previously chaired the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education in the 2019-20 term, said he is honored by the opportunity to serve in his new role.
“Transportation is a key facet of Michigan’s economy and an essential industry, as we were reminded in 2020,” said VanSingel, of Grant. “I look forward to carefully evaluating and prioritizing funding for this important part of our state budget and ensuring rural districts like ours receive equitable funding.”
VanSingel also was appointed to serve as vice chair of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Appropriations Subcommittee and as a member of the Military and Veterans Affairs and State Police Subcommittee, the School Aid and Michigan Department of Education Subcommittee and the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee.
VanSingel is serving in his third term representing the people of Michigan’s 100th House District, which includes Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties.
Several reforms recommended by the bipartisan Michigan House School Safety Task Force were formally introduced today, including plans to create a special commission to improve the mental health of school-age students, hire additional staff who are dedicated to ensuring school safety, standardize statewide school safety definitions and provide guidance for building new school buildings to ensure security.
Rep. Van Singel, the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Michigan Department of Transportation, speaks on the House floor Thursday before passage of what he says is record funding for Michigan roads, including dollars for road maintenance and green infrastructure. The $6.7 billion plan will take effect October 1.