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Hudsonville Schools Millage Renewal

Hudsonville Schools Millage Renewal

With 19 out of 19 Precincts reporting, Hudsonville Schools Millage Renewal resulted with Yes - 5,093 votes to No - 3,228 Votes.

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.”

My Town: Local lawmaker posts perfect voting record

My Town: Local lawmaker posts perfect voting record

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A state lawmaker from Hudsonville is celebrating a voting milestone.

State Rep. Roger Victory had a perfect voting record during the 2013-2014 legislative session.  The House took 1,345 roll call votes and Victory did not miss a single one of them.

“It’s absolutely necessary to ensure the thoughts, concerns and opinions of my constituents are heard on all issues up for a vote in the House of Representatives,” Victory said in a statement. “It is my duty to represent and serve the area every day.”

During the legislature’s last session, lawmakers approved a bill sponsored by Victory that would reduce welfare fraud.

Victory represents the 88th District, which includes Coopersville as well as Georgetown, Polkton and Allendale townships.  To contact his office, call 1-888-642-4088 or (517) 373-1830 or email RogerVictory@house.mi.gov.

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.

Rep. Roger Victory plans visit to Coopersville

Rep. Roger Victory plans visit to Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— State lawmaker Roger Victory will visit Coopersville later this month to hear from the people he represents.

The Hudsonville Republican will hold office hours Saturday, Dec. 21 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  at the New Beginnings Restaurant, located at 25 68th Ave. in Coopersville. He will also be available at Murphy’s Restaurant in Allendale on Friday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

"I greatly enjoy the opportunity to meet with residents in my district," Victory said. "It provides me the chance to bring the suggestions from residents with me to Lansing."

Those who cannot make it out are encouraged to contact Victory’s Lansing office at (517) 373-1830 or email RogerVictory@house.mi.gov.