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Tax fairness helps Main Street job providers and businesses

The Michigan Legislature voted this week to continue Michigan’s economic recovery by passing legislation that puts local businesses on the same playing field as national online retailers. The biggest myth about Main Street Fairness legislation is that it creates a new tax. This is absolutely not true. Those of us who purchase goods online from out-of-state retailers…

Measures protecting patients head to gov

All Michigan patients should be able to trust their physician, so the Michigan Legislature passed bills protecting patients from doctors’ illegal actions. In October, the House passed a four-bill package to better protect patients being treated by physicians who are acting illegally. This week, the Senate passed the package and the bills now head to the governor’s desk….

A permanent solution for Michigan roads

Over the past four years, House Republicans have worked to make road funding a priority, and today we are paving the way for a permanent, long-lasting bipartisan solution. Both parties from the House and Senate worked together with the governor to come up with a plan that, when approved, provides $1.2 billion annually for maintaining and improving our roads, while also allowing the…

Michigan’s unemployment rate at lowest level in eight years

Our state’s unemployment rate has declined for the fourth consecutive month, and is at its lowest level since April 2006. Michigan’s unemployment rate has decreased for the fourth consecutive month. The November 2014 statewide unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent down to 6.7 percent, putting Michigan’s unemployment rate at pre-recessionary levels. In fact, our…


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Bumstead appreciates natural resources grants awarded locally

Funds assist Oceana County access, recreation improvement efforts State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, today applauded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for awarding two grants to Oceana County that will help fund conservation efforts, assist outdoor recreation projects and improve public access to natural resources. “It’s wonderful to see the DNR confirm what we…

Cotter-sponsored bill increases competitive bidding for townships

As part of the road funding bill package that moved through the state Legislature today, the Michigan House approved a bill to encourage competitive bidding on local road improvement projects. “This bill is about making sure future road projects are more efficient and more transparent with our taxpayer dollars,” said state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt….

Bills are a hole-in-one for local communities

The Michigan Legislature today approved a package of bills which would give municipalities the option to allow licensed drivers to legally use golf carts on some local streets, announced state Rep. Kevin Cotter. House Bill 5045 allows local governments with populations less than 30,000 to authorize the use of golf carts on local streets. House…

Zorn’s neighborhood rehabilitation bill heads to governor

Exempts nonprofit housing organizations from property taxes A bill passed this week by the Michigan Legislature eases property taxes for charities such as Habitat for Humanity when building and rehabilitating homes thanks to legislation authored by state Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida. For up to five years or until the property is occupied, House Bill 5182…

Cotter: Legislation creating Foster Parents Bill of Rights heads to governor’s desk

The Michigan House today approved legislation to create a Foster Parents Bill of Rights, ensuring the protection of basic rights for foster parents and their families, state Rep. Kevin Cotter announced. The package makes certain foster families are included as important members of the foster care team caring for children in Michigan’s foster care system,…

Stamas: Legislation creates license plate honoring Michigan’s veterans

The House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Stamas that will allow the Secretary of State to issue a fundraising license plate recognizing and helping Michigan’s veterans. “Michigan’s veterans have earned, and deserve, recognition for their service and sacrifice,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The fundraising license plate gives Michiganders the opportunity to honor those who…

Zorn bill prioritizing weatherization heads to governor

Measure helps low-income Michiganders with heating needs The Michigan Legislature this week approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, which requires the timely allocation of federal funding to housing weatherization programs for low-income Michigan residents. “Agencies rely on federal dollars to help protect the well-being of low-income Michigan families,” Zorn said. “Knowing…