State House approves bills to phase out costly Venture Michigan Fund

Legislation ends future commitments, saves taxpayer money Michigan will stop gambling taxpayer money on risky investments thanks to legislation approved today by the state House. House Bills 4195, 4196 and 4365— sponsored by state Reps. Al Pscholka, Mike McCready and Brandt Iden—fast-track the end of the Venture Michigan Fund, which was originally enacted to spur…

Rep. Iden resolution supports Junior Achievement, financial literacy

A House resolution introduced by state Rep. Brandt Iden to promote solid financial habits while recognizing the work of a southwest Michigan nonprofit was adopted by the Michigan House today. House Resolution 46 names April as Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Month in Michigan, recognizes the importance of Junior Achievement, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, and encourages…

Rep. Iden appointed to Talent Investment Board

State Rep. Brandt Iden has been appointed by Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter to serve on the Governor’s Talent Investment Board. “This is a great opportunity, and I thank Speaker Cotter for his confidence in my ability to serve on this board,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “The kind of workforce talent needed in Michigan is…

Rep. Iden visiting local schools to promote March is Reading Month

State Rep. Brandt Iden said today he will celebrate March is Reading Month by reading to elementary school students throughout Kalamazoo County. “Reading is foundational to life-long learning and success,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “Whether it’s reading a work of fiction, a textbook, or the newspaper, the written word is vital to communicating the ideas…

Rep. Iden to host coffee hours March 6

State Rep. Brandt Iden will host monthly coffee hours in Kalamazoo County on March 6. Rep. Iden’s first coffee hours are scheduled for Friday, March 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rykse’s, located at 5924 Stadium Drive in Oshtemo. “Staying connected and engaged with the community is incredibly important,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo….

KVCC boosting skilled trades training

Rep. Iden applauds $5 million for job programs Kalamazoo Valley Community College was one of 18 community colleges in Michigan to receive a grant for added equipment and training for technical education, State Rep. Brandt Iden announced. The grants come as the Michigan Legislature and governor are placing a renewed focus on filling jobs in…

Iden, colleagues reveal ‘Action Plan’ with focus on Michigan’s economy, job growth

State Rep. Brandt Iden joined his colleagues today in announcing key initiatives for the upcoming legislative session. House Republican lawmakers outlined their top priorities as the new legislative session gets under way. Iden said a continued focus on fostering job growth and creating a good environment for entrepreneurs will create a stronger economy for Michigan….

Iden receives committee assignments

State Rep. Brandt Iden has been named to four House committees for his first term. Iden will serve as the vice chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee, as well as serving on the Workforce and Talent Development, Tax Policy and Regulatory Reform committees. “I’m honored to have been appointed vice chair of a…

Iden sworn into office today in Lansing

State Rep. Brandt Iden was sworn into office at the Michigan Capitol today as the 98th Legislature convened its first session. Iden was joined by his parents, Ron and Bonnie, and sister, Ashlyn. “I’m very happy to have this opportunity to serve the residents of the 61st District, and I look forward to working to…