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ICYMI: Ann Arbor, East Lansing among best small cities for students

Ann Arbor and East Lansing are two of Michigan’s historic, ever-evolving college towns. The winner of tomorrow’s rivalry football game between the Spartans and Wolverines will proudly possess the Paul Bunyan trophy for another year. Whether you bleed green or blue is often determined from birth, but Pure Michigan is about more than football, and these two towns…

#TBT: Committee helps protect, utilize natural resources

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we highlight accomplishments of the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine.   The House Natural Resources Committee oversees issues involving the care of public lands; the regulation of hunting, fisheries and wildlife; management of parks, trails and outdoor tourism; and the protection of Michigan’s most valued natural resource, the Great…

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Hail to the inventors

The state that sparked a revolution by putting the world on wheels is at it again, with one university paving the way as an inventive leader. The University of Michigan set a record for new inventions in Fiscal Year 2014, recording 439 new inventions from the school’s Technology Transfer office. The office also reported records…

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Michigan’s turnaround by the numbers

Michigan’s recovery is becoming more obvious each day, and today is no different. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its September jobs report, and our state’s unemployment rate has decreased once again; this time to 7.2 percent. The new unemployment rate is the lowest Michigan has seen since March 2008. Michigan’s turnaround can be seen in…


Recent News:

Jenkins bill continues to stress local investment

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins is once again supporting local investment to further spur the Michigan economy and encourage local business owners. Jenkins sponsored House Bill 5922, which allows local municipalities to invest in small and local businesses provided the company’s principle office, or more than half of their assets or employees, are based in Michigan….

State Rep. Bruce Rendon and Marylou Olivarez Mason, HLCOM executive director.

Rendon receives Hispanic/Latino award

State Rep. Bruce Rendon has earned the 2014 Hispanic Legislator of the Year Award from the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM). “I am honored to receive this award,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “I am happy to help ensure that Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino population is recognized as an integral part of our state’s historic legacy….

Senate panel OKs Nesbitt bill to name highway after fallen trooper

The Senate Transportation Committee today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt to name a portion of Interstate 94 in Van Buren County in honor of Michigan State Police Trooper Rick L. Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty in 2000. House Bill 4923, introduced by Nesbitt, R-Lawton, names a portion…

Lori announces housing rehab grant for Three Rivers

State Rep. Matt Lori today announced that the city of Three Rivers has been awarded a Housing Resource Fund grant to rehabilitate downtown apartments. Lori, R-Constantine, said the $379,200 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will assist downtown property owners with the renovation of upstairs space that has been vacant…

Heise discusses legislative efforts to combat human trafficking at forum

State Rep. Kurt Heise spoke today about efforts to crack down on human trafficking in Michigan at the Delta Airlines Human Trafficking Summit held at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Marriott. The forum, hosted for the benefit of the airline’s nationwide staff and allied contractors, focused on what businesses can do to help in the fight…

Rep. Graves invites residents to October office hours

State Rep. Joseph Graves invites local residents to join him for his October office hours, taking place on Friday, Oct. 24 in Holly. Graves, R-Argentine Township, will be available to meet with constituents between 9 and 10:30 a.m. at The Villagers Family Restaurant (11121 N. Saginaw St. in Holly). Appointments are not necessary for office…

Governor signs Leonard legislation to better protect vulnerable victims

New law will update criminal sentencing guidelines Vulnerable victims will be better protected from exploitation thanks to updated criminal sentencing guidelines recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, announced state Rep. Tom Leonard. Public Act 350 of 2014, authored by Leonard, ensures offenders can be convicted for all attempts to engage in predatory conduct,…

Jenkins named Legislator of the Year by Michigan Municipal League

Lawmaker honored for her work helping local communities The Michigan Municipal League (MML) recently honored state Rep. Nancy Jenkins as one of its 2014 Legislators of the Year. The annual award recognizes lawmakers for their efforts in the passage of legislation that will benefit local governments and communities. Jenkins was selected for her work establishing…