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Budget bills go to governor for consideration

State Rep. Aaron Miller this week applauded passage of state budget plans by the Legislature, encouraged that the fiscal blueprint makes investments in areas important to Michiganders. Miller voted in favor of both the General Fund and School Aid Fund budgets. The bills now go to the governor for consideration. He said an important aspect of the School Aid Fund …

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Miller votes against repealing insurance company tax credit

State Rep. Aaron Miller has called on the Legislature to put the brakes on repealing an $80 million car-insurance-industry tax credit until reform takes place to lower insurance rates. Miller last week voted against House Bills 5457 and 5458, which repeal an inadvertent tax credit given to insurance companies in legislation signed into law in 2012. Miller said he wants …

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House approves Detroit school reforms

State Rep. Aaron Miller issued a statement after the House last week approved reforms for Detroit Public Schools: Miller said Detroit finally provided solid figures on what was needed to reform the failing school district. Miller said legislators allocated exactly what was needed to provide start-up funding for the new district and make emergency repairs on school buildings. Inaction would …

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Obama to make another visit to Indiana’s Elkhart County

President Barack Obama has scheduled another visit to Elkhart. During the June 1 visit, the president will participate in a town hall meeting to discuss the economic progress Elkhart and the nation have made, the remaining economic challenges and decisions that must be made, the White House said in a statement Tuesday. It will be Obama’s third trip to Elkhart …

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Miller announces in district office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced the date, times and locations of in-district office hours. Miller will be on hand Monday to meet with constituents 6:30 to 8 a.m. at Dawn and Phil’s Café in Colon, and 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Yoder’s Country Market in Centreville. Miller said listening to the concerns and ideas of people in the district …

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VE Day remembered

Klinger Lake resident Paul Watters, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, joined state Rep. Aaron Miller on the House floor Tuesday to mark the 71st anniversary of the allied victory in Europe over the Axis forces. VE Day occurred May 8, 1945, when Germany surrendered. Watters served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during the war and was …

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Several candidates seeking Commissioner seats

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners will see at least two new faces starting in 2017, as commissioners Robin Baker and Rick Shaffer have decided to not seek re-election. White Pigeon’s Dan Czajkowski, 60, is running unopposed and will replace Baker to the two-year term as District 4 representative. Four contestants are competing to replace Shaffer as commissioner of …

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Pay raise approved for Constantine president and trustees

Constantine municipal officials have approved a pay raise for elected leaders in office after the November election. Village manager Mark Honeysett said the raise for the village president and trustees is the first in 18 years. The president’s monthly pay was adjusted from $75 to $100, and per-meeting pay was raised from $100 to $125. Monthly salary for the village’s …

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State House approves Detroit school reforms

State Rep. Aaron Miller has voted for a legislative package to institute sweeping reforms for Detroit Public Schools. Miller, who serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, said without the changes, DPS could go bankrupt, leaving the state responsible for more than $3 billion in debt. He said the finances of the new Community District will be under strict state …

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It’s thumbs down for road commission millage

A request for 2.5 additional mills sought by the St. Joseph Road Commission was turned down by a margin of nearly 5-to-1 Tuesday. The unofficial tally shows 4,544 votes against the request and 961 in favor. The request for what would have amounted to about $5.4 million a year for a 10-year period was a fair question to let the …

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