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Federal Disaster Assistance Approved

 

Snyder’s Request for Federal Disaster Assistance Approved

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

LANSING, MICH. Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved his request for a disaster declaration for Mecosta County, making low-interest disaster loans available to residents and businesses affected by severe flooding in late January and early February.

 

The declaration covers Mecosta County and the neighboring counties of Clare, Isabella, Lake, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola.

 

“I am pleased the Small Business Administration will provide financial assistance to individuals and businesses affected by the floods,” Snyder said. “The availability of these loans will bring some relief to those working to recover and rebuild.”

 

State Representative Lyons Hosts Fracking Town Hall

State Representative Lyons Hosts Fracking Town Hall

LYONS HOSTING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TOWN HALL IN ADA 

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons is hosting a town hall meeting on the concerns relating to hydraulic fracturing in Kent County on Monday, March 18.

The town hall meeting will take place at Ada Township Hall, located at 7330 Thornapple River Dr. at 6:30 p.m.

"Citizens in Ada Township have expressed concerns about hydraulic fracturing and the potential for it to occur in Ada," said Lyons, R-Alto. "I am hosting this town hall meeting to help everyone understand the process and why it is being discussed in our area."

Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality will provide a briefing on hydraulic fracturing, how it is regulated and land leasing laws.

Greenville Supt Discussion At Baldwin Heights Tonight

Greenville Supt Discussion At Baldwin Heights Tonight

Tonight, Wednesday, March 13, Superintendent Peter Haines will be at Baldwin Heights Elementary at 821 West Oak Street in Greenville to talk with parents regarding legislation that could effect students. Haines will come to Baldwin Heights at 6:00pm to cover public school legislation. Parents, teachers, and anyone from the community is welcome to join the discussion about the future of the public education system.

The gym will be open for kids to play during the meeting.

If you have any questions, please email baldwinheightspto@yahoo.com

 

Get Help To Pay Off Past Due Property Taxes in Montcalm County

Get Help To Pay Off Past Due Property Taxes in Montcalm County

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HELP TO PAY OFF PAST DUE PROPERTY TAXES

Stanton, Michigan -- From Montcalm County Treasurer, JoAnne Vukin

The Montcalm County Treasurer has signed a voluntary agreement with Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation, operating under MSHDA, to participate in the Help for Hardest Hit Program. This is part of a federally funded program designed to help eligible homeowners who are struggling to make mortgage or tax payments and stay in their homes.  Michigan received a total of $498.6 million in Emergency Stabilization Act funds back in 2010 to operate this program and still has about 90% of these funds available.

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

It was a cold February day when MI House Representative Lisa Poshumus Lyons took a flying leap into a freezing pool for charity. It was the Legislative Polar Plunge at the Capitol Building in Lansing for Special Olympics Michigan Athletes. About 20 Michigan Legislators, plus Lt. Governor Brian Calley lined up to show their support for Special Olympics Michigan. The second annual Legislative Polar Plunge raised more than $30,000 to benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This Polar Plunge was one of 28 Polar Plunges throughout Michigan from January through this month to benefit Special Olympics Michigan.

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Find the grades for legislators in your district through The Sierra Club's full scorecard.  

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Local protesters react to historic Michigan legislation

Local protesters react to historic Michigan legislation

By Elisabeth Waldon

LANSING — As Lynn Mason rallied at the state Capitol with fellow protesters earlier this month, she could feel the passion.

The Belding woman was one of many to protest what has become commonly known as right-to-work legislation. Contrary to its name, the legislation actually addresses the right for workers to choose whether they want to join a union or pay fees that amount to union dues. The legislation prohibits “closed shops,” where workers have no choice but to join a union or pay those fees. The legislation does not apply to law enforcement employees or firefighters, who are covered under binding arbitration.