Upon the passing of last week’s Workplace Fairness and Equity Act, more commonly known as right-to-work, Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took time to discuss their thoughts on the passing of the bill at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon meeting at Montcalm Community College. “This was very controversial and there was a lot of demonstration at the Capitol,” Outman said. “It’s something that I’ve thought about for a long time, coming from the educational community.”
One of the consequences of the legislative “lame duck” session, which occurs whenever one legislative body meets after its successor is elected, but before the successor’s term begins, is that it is common for a plethora of bills and laws to make their way through the house and senate and onto Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk without much discussion. As Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, pointed out at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon meeting at Montcalm Community College, that was very much the case this year as nearly 190 bills were passed within a 24-hour period last week.
More than 60 percent of registered voters in Ionia and Montcalm counties exercised their right to vote Tuesday. Ionia County had 62 percent voter turnout, while Montcalm County had more than 61 percent voter turnout (down just a few percentage points from the 2008 presidential election).
Despite continued crime throughout Montcalm County, voters decided to turn down a proposal in support of local law enforcement millage. A 0.6 millage proposal to generate $971,830 per year for two years for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was shot down Tuesday by 11,647 “yes” votes (48 percent) compared to 12,735 “no” votes (52 percent).
AREA PROPOSALS IONIA COUNTY 911 OPERATING SURCHARGE PROPOSAL For the period beginning July 1, 2013 and continuing through the month of June in the year 2021, shall Ionia County be authorized to assess a monthly surcharge of up to Two Dollars and Forty Cents (not to exceed $2.40) on the monthly billings of landline, wireless [...]
SCHOOL BOARD RACES Belding Area Schools-Nonpartisan (2 positions) Cori Anderson Jennifer Boroff Thomas W. Cameron Robert Insley CC-Crystal Area Schools-Nonpartisan (1 position) Diane C. Demenov, Carson City 786 Randy L. Stearns, Riverdale 1,353 Montabella Community Schools-Nonpartisan (1 position) Bill Burggren, Edmore 857 Don Havlicek, Home Township 438 Scott R. Parks, Remus 879 [...]
IONIA COUNTY Sheriff Dale A. Miller, R Gordy Douglas, D MONTCALM COUNTY Drain Commissioner Shane Jacobs, D-Howard City 9,466 Sandra Raines, R-Sidney 13,884 Montcalm County Board of Commissioners District 1 Ronald C. Blanding, D-Greenville 1,084 Dale Reyburn, R-Greenville 857 District 5 Ronald Retzloff, R-Crystal 1,341 Jerome M. Duran, D-Edmore 1,049 District [...]
STATE OF MICHIGAN 70th District State Representative (38 of 39 precincts) Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes 17,104 Mike Huckleberry, D-Greenville 14,150 86th District State Representative (37 of 41 precincts) Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto 30,629 Brian Bosak, D-Caledonia 12,462 State Board of Education Todd A. Courser, R-Lapeer Melanie A. Kurdys, R-Portage Michelle Fecteau, D-Detroit Lupe [...]
UNITED STATES President 4,062 of 5,099 precincts – 80 percent Barack Obama, D-Ill. 1,963,038 – 53 percent Mitt Romney, R-Mass. 1,682,243 – 46 percent United States Senator 4,062 of 5,099 precincts – 80 percent Debbie Stabenow, D-East Lansing 2,096,750 – 58 percent Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland GOP 1,406,628 – 39 percent Representative in Congress 3rd District 209 of 311 [...]
KENT COUNTY Grattan Township Trustee (2 positions) Dennis Heffron, R-Belding 1,317 Paul Knoerl, R-Belding 1,169 Steve Hessler, Ind.-Belding 834 MONTCALM COUNTY Eureka Township Supervisor Les Lillie, R-Greenville 921 Laura E. Shears, R-Greenville 902 Trustee (4 positions) Jeremy Austin, R- Greenville 1,015 C. Brad Kelley, R-Greenville 1,038 Elaine Pendrick, R-Greenville 978 Rodney L. Roy, D-Greenville [...]