Representative Greg Markkanen

LANSING, MI--   Upper Peninsula lawmakers on Monday expressed displeasure with a recent Michigan administrative law judge decision to overturn a previously approved wetlands permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine in Menominee County, which is set to mine gold, zinc, and copper.

LANSING, MI--   State Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Waucedah Township, and Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock, issued the following statement on Tuesday, blasting a restraining order filed against Calumet-based Café Rosetta in an Ingham County court:

“Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Director Robert Gordon, and their department bureaucrats in their crackdown against hardworking Upper Peninsula residents and property owners. 

LANSING, MI--   Michigan is close to clarifying that veterinarians can consult with pet owners on the use of products derived from marijuana or hemp to help animals’ health.

The state Senate gave final, unanimous approval to authorizing legislation Thursday. Supporters say the bill would let veterinarians become a trusted source of information regarding a marketplace with competing and confusing claims.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the legislation.

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from Senator Ed McBroom and Representative Greg Markkanen:

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday finalized a bipartisan fiscal year 2021 budget that is balanced, on time, and increases investments to important priorities like job training, K-12 education, and public safety without raising taxes.   

LANSING, MI--   State Senator Ed McBroom and Representative Greg Markkanen have introduced bills that would allow the state to sell the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County.

The prison was closed by the Department of Corrections in 2018. McBroom says the closure meant lost jobs and diminished economic activity in the area and it’s time for the state to sell the property to a private company that would work to rebuild, repurpose and reemploy residents.

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan House Republican Policy Office:

State Reps. Beau LaFave (Iron Mountain) and Greg Markkanen (Hancock) and Sen. Ed McBroom (Waucadeh Township) today expressed deep disappointment and frustration that not a single Upper Peninsula resident was selected to serve on the state’s first Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which will redraw the boundaries of Michigan’s state and Congressional election districts.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Ironwood man is running as a Democrat for Michigan’s 110th legislative district.

Lawrence Dale is a businessman and Vietnam veteran. He says if elected, he would put the interests of the district’s constituents first.

Dale intends to run against current Republican Representative Greg Markkanen for the seat.

And a Negaunee man is running for the First District congressional seat currently held by Republican Jack Bergman.

Democrat Dana Ferguson says he’ll work to improve access to reliable rural healthcare.

LANSING, MI--   Upper Peninsula lawmakers are criticizing the Department of Natural Resources after the DNR requested records from Enbridge dating back to 1953.  

Officials say they want to review Enbridge’s compliance with terms of an agreement that allowed Line 5 to be placed in the Straits of Mackinac.

Representative Sara Cambensy says she’s disappointed by the letter. The Democrat says she’s not sure why the administration is bombarding Enbridge with tedious information requests that have already been vetted by past and current state legal teams.

LANSING, MI-- The following press release is from Senator Ed McBroom's office:

Sen. Ed McBroom and Rep. Greg Markkanen on Friday expressed disappointment in recent action by the state Department of Corrections (MDOC) to remove the sewer system from the site of the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marinesco.

Local and state officials have been exploring options for alternative uses for the facility, which the department shuttered in 2018.

LANSING, MI--   Four Upper Peninsula lawmakers have sent Governor Gretchen Whitmer a letter urging her to support the city of Escanaba in its “dark store” case. 

The city filed a lawsuit against the practice of allowing stores to be valued as if they were vacant in local tax assessments. The litigation is currently before the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The letter asks the governor to increase the $250,000 cap on state support to help Escanaba fight the dark store practice in court.