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Rep. McCann Announces March Office Hours

News release:

KALAMAZOO – State Representative Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) will host March office hours at the 60th District Services Office (DSO) located at 315 N. Burdick Ave. in Kalamazoo for members of the community on the following Fridays; March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 11 A.M. to noon. Residents are invited to stop by to talk with Rep. McCann, ask questions and discuss issues.

As a reminder, the DSO is open Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. to handle any resident inquiries or concerns. Rep. McCann can also be reached toll-free at (888) 833-6636, or by email at SeanMcCann@house.mi.gov.

O’Brien transportation town hall meeting and debate a success

O’Brien transportation town hall meeting and debate a success


State Rep. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, on Monday hosted a town hall meeting to discuss legislation and options for repairing Michigan’s roads.

"We are always working to find a balance between our state’s priorities and the limited funds we have to work with," O’Brien said. "Monday’s town hall meeting was a great opportunity to hear some different options we have for funding road repairs and I was very happy with the turnout we had."

Approximately 50 residents attended the meeting.

Kalamazoo County Presidential Primary Election Results

Kalamazoo County Presidential Primary Election Results

The Presidential Primary Election was held throughout Michigan on Tuesday. In Kalamazoo County, the majority of voters supported Mitt Romney.

The top three candidates were Mitt Romney with 9,671 votes, Rick Santorum with 9,008 votes, and Ron Paul with 2,495 votes.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.

Chamber Applauds Increase In K-12 Education Funding

Chamber Applauds Increase In K-12 Education Funding

Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steward Sandstrom released the following statement today regarding Governor Snyder’s decision to increase K-12 education funding:

“The Chamber applauds the increase in K-12 education funding announced today by Governor Rick Snyder. 2011 was a transformational year and all indicators show that our economy is headed in the right direction. This increase in revenue, coupled with the efficiencies and cost savings measures we lobbied so hard for – successfully – is good news for the talent pool we’ll be able to offer employers in the future.”

The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to help members grow and prosper. With nearly 1,100 members that employ more than 70,000 people, it is the largest private, voluntary business association in southwest Michigan

Amtrak gets OK for 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to northwest Indiana

Amtrak trains will reach 110 mph starting Feb. 15 between Kalamazoo and Porter, Ind., the Michigan Department of Transportation and Amtrak said today.

That’s 15 mph faster than trains are allowed to travel now on that stretch of tracks, MDOT and the rail carrier said in a joint news release. The higher speeds are expected to shave 10 minutes off the trip between Detroit or Port Huron and Chicago on Amtrak’s Wolverine and Blue Water trains, which pass through Battle Creek.

“This is the first expansion of regional high speed rail outside the Amtrak-owned Northeast Corridor,” Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman said in the news release. “With our partners in Michigan, we will extend this 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to the state’s central and eastern regions...

Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce - Business Personal Property Tax

By Steward Sandstrom, CCE, president and CEO

The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce and our members took bold steps in 2011 to eliminate the onerous Michigan Business Tax and related surcharge. In 2012, there is another important step that we need to take as well. Eliminating the Personal Property Tax (PPT) would continue to improve Kalamazoo's economic climate and truly declare to the world that Michigan is once again open for business.

O'Brien to hold coffee hours in Portage, Kalamazoo

Rep. Margaret O'Brien today invited residents to two upcoming constituent meetings in Portage and Kalamazoo.

The first opportunity to meet with O'Brien will be a coffee hour held Jan. 30 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Chocola-Tea, located at 7642 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage.

Residents will have a second opportunity on Feb. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Asiago’s Bakery & Deli, located at 6997 West Q. Ave. in Kalamazoo.

O'Brien hopes residents will take the opportunity to meet with her in order to provide feedback on recent developments in state government.

"Past coffee hours were a great success and residents have expressed continued interest," said O'Brien, R-Portage. "This is sure to be a busy year, and I hope to get as much input as possible from my constituents."