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Daily News presented with special legislative tribute

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FREE Legislators recognize DN as the state’s best small daily newspaper for seven consecutive years 

The Daily News was commemorated last week with a special tribute from the Michigan Legislature for being recognized as the state’s best small daily newspaper for the seventh consecutive year. 

On May 23, Sen. Rick Outman and Rep. Pat Outman visited the Daily News office in downtown Greenville to present the special tribute to members of the newspaper staff in person. 

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. 

Rep. Pat Outman announces candidacy for re-election


Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, who currently represents Michigan’s 70th District, has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in the new 91st District.

GUEST VIEW: Parents are more concerned than ever about their kids’ schools

I read the April 12 Guest View in the Daily News (“Michigan schools aren’t failing our kids, but divisive politicians are” by Forest Hills Public Schools parent Becky Olson) blaming politicians for getting too involved in Michigan’s education system, and I felt like I should weigh in. Hundreds of local parents have reached out to my office with concerns, questions, and suggestions, and we have learned a lot about what needs to be done.

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.

‘Time to move on’?

House speaker ends effort to fix home health care outcome of insurance reform

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted to approve a resolution in support of urging state legislators to fix a troubling consequence of Michigan’s No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform Act of 2019.

Melissa Springsteen of Gowen clapped her hands and expressed heartfelt thankfulness for the vote.

Gowen woman, state rep voice concern about Michigan’s No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform Act

Melissa Springsteen was involved in a car accident nearly three decades ago.

While a sophomore at Greenville High School, she was left a paraplegic after an accident on Feb. 21, 1993, on M-57 between Old 14 Mile Road and Morgan Mills Road.

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.

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.

Rep. Outman working on legislation regarding wind turbine depreciation

As Montcalm County townships decide how to write wind energy zoning ordinances, a local state representative is working on legislation to address wind turbine depreciation disputes in neighboring counties.

Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, attended the July 19 meeting of the Pine Township Planning Commission where that township is just beginning to work on updating its wind ordinance.