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In the minority

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Outmans prepare for next terms in office, now under Democratic majority 

As election results poured in late the night of Nov. 8, two Michigan legislators who were able to celebrate comfortable victories resided here in Montcalm County — Sen. Rick Outman, Six Lakes, and Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes. 

The father (Rick) and son (Pat) won re-election to their positions in the Michigan Legislature with comfortable margins over their Democratic challengers — 66% and 68%, respectively. 

Rick Outman re-elected to second term in Michigan Senate

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Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, was successfully re-elected to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday to represent the newly redrawn 33rd District. 

With 54% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Outman led with 37,716 votes (64%) against Democratic challenger Mark Bignell, who had 19,546 votes (33%) and Libertarian candidate Jay Gillotte (2%). 

Outmans discuss supplemental budget, battery manufacturer

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Local legislators return to monthly update session

With the monthly Montcalm County legislative update session having returned Monday for the first time since May, local legislators Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, and his father, Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, had more than enough material to update their constituents on. 

However, while both legislators are up for re-election on Nov. 8, both Pat and Rick placed the majority of their focus on the future of the state, hoping to move past “election season.” 

GENERAL ELECTION PREVIEW: Bignell takes on Outman for a second time for 33rd District senate

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Two familiar foes and one newcomer will be going head-to-head-to-head in the race for the newly redrawn 33rd Senate District in Michigan — Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, Democratic challenger Mark Bignell of Greenville and Libertarian Joseph Gillotte of Lyons. 

Crystal Township, Sheridan hospital to benefit from new state budget

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A local township and a rural hospital will both benefit from the state of Michigan’s fiscal year 2023 budget which was approved by the state Senate last Friday.

The budget, which now heads to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected approval, calls for $6.6 million for Sheridan Community Hospital, as well as $300,000 for a park project in Crystal Township.

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. 

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.

GUEST VIEW: Improving options for those who need help

With the onset of the pandemic and related stresses — and even prior to the pandemic — mental health has risen to be a top priority for many.

There’s been a number of discussions surrounding the criminal justice system’s response to those who are struggling with mental illness. Michigan joined this conversation early on and just recently took a major step toward adopting modern, more effective solutions to address mental health issues in the state — specifically within the criminal justice system.