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My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A bill that would provide college credit to those who served their country in the military is on its way to Michigan’s Senate.

House Bill 4060 would require state public universities to inform veteran applicants about college credits for their past military service.  The bill would also require universities review a veteran’s Joint Services Transcript. 

The bi-partisan legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague.

“When you serve our country in the military, your experience and hard work should be recognized when you transition back into civilian life,” said Hughes. “Our veterans shouldn’t be taken advantage of by charging them twice and forcing them to take classes over again. In states that have implemented similar legislation, veterans have seen significant savings, sometimes upwards of $30,000 and a year’s worth of college courses.”

The bill passed 110-0 in the State House Friday.

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

Hansen Elected Assistant Senate Majority Leader

Hansen Elected Assistant Senate Majority Leader

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Hansen elected Assistant Senate Majority Leader

 

LANSING—Sen. Goeff Hansen was unanimously elected by the Senate Republican caucus on Thursday to be the next Michigan Assistant Senate Majority Leader.

 

“I am happy to have the support of my caucus members and look forward to serving in this leadership role on behalf of the hard-working lakeshore residents I represent,” said Hansen, R-Hart.

 

Hansen was elected last week to a second term as state senator for the 34th Senate District. He currently serves as Assistant President Pro-Tempore of the Senate and will begin his tenure as Assistant Senate Majority Leader when the next Legislature takes office in January.

 

Prior to becoming a senator, Hansen served six years in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 100th District from 2005-2010.

 

Seven of Twenty-Two Candidates Running for Office Receive 5 - Star Business Friendly Ratings

Seven of Twenty-Two Candidates Running for Office Receive 5 - Star Business Friendly Ratings

Seven of Twenty-Two Candidates Running for Office 

Receive 5 - Star Business Friendly Ratings

 

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce representatives interviewed candidates running for state and county offices on business development and job creation. Seven candidates received the highest "5" star rating.  These candidates understand the economic issues facing the Muskegon Lakeshore community and will stand up for programs and services that create jobs and prosperity in Muskegon County. 

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.