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My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

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.

City commissioner kicks off campaign for eighth term

City commissioner kicks off campaign for eighth term

A day after primaries for many West Michigan communities, a Kalamazoo city commissioner is kicking off his campaign for re-election.

Don Cooney is seeking an eighth term as a city commissioner.           

 “This is a challenging time especially for Michigan cities.  I have learned a lot through my many years on the city commission.  I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to help our City meet the challenges and continue on its path to excellence,” Cooney said earlier.

Cooney is social work professor at Western Michigan University and the associate director of the Lewis Walker Institute for Race and Ethnic Relations. He’ll formally kick-off his campaign at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Michigan Republican Party opens 10 new regional offices

Michigan Republican Party opens 10 new regional offices

The Michigan Republican Party is opening 10 new regional offices Monday, July 8.

Party Chairman Bobby Schostak says the new officers are part of the party’s new political strategy, establishing stronger relationships with neighbors and peers.  The new West Michigan officers are located at 725 Lake Michigan Drive NW in My Town Grand Rapids West, 513 E. 8th Street in My Town Holland and 6784B S. Westnedge Avenue in My Town Kalamazoo.

In addition to the new offices, the Michigan Republican Party hired 10 new regional field directors, four regional press secretaries and a statewide college campus coordinator.

Pothole Pocketbook Contest Names First Winner

Pothole Pocketbook Contest Names First Winner

 

First winner of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest receives $500 for pothole-related repairs

 

LANSING, Mich. – Nicole VanPutten of Kalamazoo is the first winner of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest and will receive $500 for pothole-related repairs to her vehicle, the Michigan Transportation Team (MTT) announced today. VanPutten submitted her $700 repair bill after her husband hit an unavoidable pothole on his way to work.

 

“My husband drives from Kalamazoo to East Lansing every day because he works at Michigan State University,” VanPutten said in her entry. “He [had] been avoiding the same hole, but it [had] been getting larger and larger. Finally, it was just too big and he hit it. It caused $700 in damage to our VW. The entire wheel had to be replaced ... and they had to keep our car for four days.”

 

Kzoo RESA Receives School Consolidation Grants from State

Kzoo RESA Receives School Consolidation Grants from State

 

 

School Consolidation Grants to Support

Efforts of Efficiency and Impact

                         

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has awarded $10 million in state grants to local and intermediate school districts to help support the costs of district consolidations or a consolidation of services among school districts.

 

“To help develop more efficient operations of school districts, either entire district consolidations or a consolidation of their services is being recognized as a very effective strategy,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan.