Legislative Update

Outmans talk Health and Human Services budget, infrastructure 

As the chairman of the Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has spent the majority of his time this year with a focus placed on the proposed budget of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

As the DHHS budget serves as the largest portion of the entire state budget, Rick said he again placed a high priority in voting on a budget that he felt would best serve the people of Michigan. 

VA Hospital, federal funds discussed at Ionia Chamber legislative update

A possible future move of the VA Hospital from Battle Creek to Wyoming and Kalamazoo was among the topics of conversation at the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce legislative update Monday morning at Keller Williams Rivertown Hoppough in Ionia.

Jennifer Ungrey from Rep. Peter Meijer’s office told attendees Meijer was surprised by the VA’s recent announcement. She said Meijer’s staff toured the facility last fall.

Outmans frustrated by debate over which tax to suspend to provide relief from high gas prices

In gauging the economic climate of the state, one thing Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, said he is currently more conscious of than any other issue is the pain consumers are feeling daily, especially at the gas pump.

During Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus hosted by the Montcalm Human Services Coalition, Rick, along with his son, Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, said they are both frustrated not only by high gasoline prices but the stalled efforts legislatively to provide some relief at the pumps.

Montcalm County hears from local legislators

Topics range from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to redistricting, to tax reductions

From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, statewide redistricting and efforts to reduce Michigan’s income tax rate, topics ranged across the board as local legislators provided news from Lansing and Washington, D.C., during Monday’s monthly Legislative Update session.

Held at Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus by the Montcalm Human Services Coalition, this month’s session began with a somber message from U.S. Congressman John Moolenaar, R-Midland, who opened his remarks speaking via Zoom with his thoughts focused on the people of Ukraine in Eastern Europe.

Internet access tops Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce legislative discussion

Broadband was high on the list of topics discussed at the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update on Monday morning.

Ionia City Manager Precia Garland reported that the city signed a unilateral METRO (Metropolitan Extension Telecommunication Rights-of-Way Oversight Authority) permit for installation of broadband fiber in Ionia right-of-ways, to begin in the spring. Garland said she was told by Point Broadband, the telecommunications company managing the installation, that it intends to invest $17 million in Ionia County for its fiber build-out.

Sen. Outman hopes new incentive programs will retain, bringing new business to Michigan

Reflecting on a previous tour of a manufacturing plant in October, Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, received a wake-up call regarding the importance of the automotive industry in Michigan. 

Having walked through the floors of Greenville Tool & Die, Outman marveled at the output local workers were assembling, the majority of which was related directly to vehicle parts. 

Moolenaar, Outman criticize federal spending at Montcalm County legislative update

Speaking via Zoom while driving his car to catch a flight, U.S. Congressman John Moolenaar, R-Midland, could have been excused Monday if his mind wasn’t squarely on providing an update on the happenings of Washington, D.C.

However, despite the multitasking effort needed to communicate virtually, Moolenaar was straight and to the point in expressing his frustration with recent and pending legislation involving trillions in spending of federal dollars. He shared his thoughts during Monday’s Legislative Update held at Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus.

Infrastructure bill, ‘Small Biz Saturday’ are focus at Ionia County legislative update

It was primarily local news that was shared at the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce’s legislative update Monday morning, as there was just one representative present from state and national legislators’ offices.

Outmans share optimism on state budget while expressing concerns over federal aid dollars 

Buoyed for a second consecutive year by billions in federal dollars, Michigan’s state budget for fiscal year 2022 will see its largest influx of revenue in history.

Proposed with a budget of approximately $70 billion, this year’s budget outpaces 2021 by about $7 billion in additional expenditures, largely due to federal COVID funding and state tax revenues having exceeded initial projections.

Ionia sees return of legislative update, speakers discuss state budget, unemployment

Following an approximate 18-month-long hiatus brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, local legislators gathered in Ionia on Monday morning to discuss a variety of topics.

Meeting at the Ionia Armory Community Center, the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the legislative update to provide constituents a chance to hear what their elected representatives are working on and what may be coming down the pike in the near future.