Rep. Greg VanWoerkom tonight led legislative approval of a major infrastructure investment to help spur economic development and job creation in Ottawa and Muskegon counties.
VanWoerkom led House Appropriations Committee approval of a proposal to transfer $60 million from the state’s SOAR Fund to assist a wastewater treatment project in West Michigan. The investment will help build a pipeline allowing Coopersville to redirect wastewater north to the underutilized Muskegon County wastewater treatment plant – allowing several area businesses to expand and create jobs in the agricultural sector.
“This has been a top priority for West Michigan for a decade, but we have never been able to find the resources to do it. Now we have an opportunity to make these critical infrastructure improvements and make West Michigan a center for agribusiness,” said VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores. “This is a strategic investment in the future of our region and the entire state of Michigan. This is a key component to attracting the type of jobs we need to ensure our region remains competitive and moves forward.”
The transfer from the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve fund requires approval from both the Senate and House appropriations committees. Both panels have approved the transfer.
Rep. VanWoerkom voted against the state budget proposal brought forth by House Democrats Wednesday, which he said drains the state’s multibillion-dollar surplus, creates new, unnecessary programs, and neglects the most essential needs in Michigan communities.
A bill introduced by Rep. Greg VanWoerkom (R-Norton Shores) protecting victims who are providing their impact statements during the justice process, was approved today by the state House.
Presently, a victim that is physically or emotionally unable to make an impact statement may designate an adult to do so on their behalf, but the victim must still be present in the courtroom to make a personal statement. This can require victims to relive what is often a traumatic event in the presence of their abuser. By appearing remotely, a victim of domestic or sexual violence can share their impact statement from somewhere that is safe and away from their abuser.
Rep. Greg VanWoerkom’s plan to provide crucial tax cuts for small businesses throughout Michigan is now state law.
House Bill 4054, now Public Act 30 of 2023, amends the state tax code to clarify that equipment used for industrial processing to produce aggregate materials such as gravel, sand, recycled concrete and other critical construction materials is exempt from sales and use tax.