State Rep. Potvin to hold office hours at local businesses in Mecosta & Osceola Co.

Local State House Representative Phil Potvin will be giving constituents an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns to him this week to take back to the state capitol. The Republican from Cadillac will be holding office hours on Thursday from 9:30 to 11am at Currie’s BP, in Big Rapids. From 4 to 5pm, he will be at Lakeside Pizza and Grinders, in Canadian Lakes. On July 2nd, from 1 to 2pm, Potvin will be at Pere Marquette in Reed City.

Rep. Potvin's "snow days" bill for schools signed by Gov. Snyder

Schools districts with too many snow days will not have to extend the school year under a bill signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder. The legislation Sponsored by House Republican Phil Potvin of Cadillac allows school districts that have exceeded their allotted six days of school closure to extend the length of remaining school days instead of adding days to the year in order to meet the required minimum 1,098 hours of instruction.

Reed City receives $370,000 for revitalization efforts

Sen. Darwin Booher and Rep. Phil Potvin announced today that Reed City along with 34 local government entities that have been awarded funding to help eliminate blight in their communities. “Michigan residents deserve to live in an area that has a vibrant economy and is a safe place to raise their families,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I was proud to be involved in the creation of the Blight Elimination Program, which will use foreclosure settlement dollars to help revitalize our communities and help clear the way for economic development and job creation.” Reed City will receive $370,000.

Stabenow defeats Hoekstra; Potvin beats Maturen

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has earned a third term, defeating former West Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra. After great expectations for a close, hard-fought race, that never materialized. That was due, in part, to Stabenow's big money advantage and big endorsements from conservative groups like the Michigan Farm Bureau, as well as Hoekstra's stumbles in the Republican primary.

Booher & Potvin to hold office hours today in Mecosta and Osceola Counties

State lawmakers are back in Lansing for three days this week. Legislative committees will consider bills that crack down on those who flee and elude police, and those who solicit sex from a minor. Also being considered in committee is a proposal to ask voters to repeal the 70 year age restriction on judges in Michigan. Meanwhile local lawmakers State Senator Darwin Booher and State House Rep. Phil Potvin will be conducting joint office hours today in Mecosta and Osceola Counties.

State House Rep. Potvin looks to eliminate 2-year foreign language requirement in High School

There may be some changes on the horizon for high school curriculum requirements in Michigan. State House Representative Phil Potvin says they are working on a bill that would eliminate the 2-year foreign language requirement and modify the Algebra 2 requirement. Potvin says, "So that we hand out more than just a piece of paper as a degree, but we hand out some skills that young people can take to the workplace. This is one thing that really is lacking. As I visited our local manufacturers they keep saying they wish the kids had some skills.

Potvin to hold office hours today

Local State House Rep. Phil Potvin will be holding office hours today in Mecosta County. Potvin will be available for local residents from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Wheatland Township Hall in Remus. Potvin says It is important to hear constituents thoughts and concerns, so he can take them back to the State Capitol and ensure he is aking the right decisions for them."

State House Rep. Potvin doing research on Personal Property Tax bill

If the State House decides to side with the State Senate and votes to repeal the personal property tax in Michigan, local governments and schools could potentially lose $470 Million the tax generates annually. State House Rep. Potvin says he supports the measure, only if the money is replaced. Potvin says, "Both the communities of Cadillac and Big Rapids have some big industrial dollars that come back to them because of the personal property tax. Until we can replace those dollars, we can't expect these cities to carry that burden alone.

Rep. Potvin kicks off March is Reading Month at Brookside Elementary; Holds office hours today

State House Representative Phil Potvin of Cadillac made a trip to Brookside Elementary this Morning to read a 3rd grade class a book for March is Reading Month. Potvin says "I've enjoyed the opportunity to visit classrooms in our communities before, and it has always been a great experience," said Potvin, R-Cadillac. "It is inspiring to see how much our young students enjoy their reading and how much they look forward to exploring new worlds and new ideas.

State House Rep. Potvin "excited" for what 2012 brings

Governor Rick Snyder delivered his second State of the State address Wednesday night before a joint session of the legislature in Lansing. Snyder spent much of his address highlighting some of last year's gains noting that unemployment had fallen to it's lowest level in three years at 9.3% and attributing some of economic growth to the sweeping changes in the state’s tax code, such as tax cuts to businesses and eliminating many tax exemptions, including the controversial tax on pensions.


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