Senator Ed McBroom

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Senate has approved two bills sponsored by Senator Ed McBroom.

The first would allow the state to sell the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County. The prison was shut down in December of 2018. McBroom says once the state sells the property a private company can repurpose the site and reemploy area residents.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Attorney General and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recently learned that Dean Foods, the largest dairy processor in the United States, sent notices to a handful of Michigan dairy farmers who direct-shipped their milk to a former Dean dairy plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

The notices demand the return of money paid to them by Dean in the months leading up to the company’s bankruptcy. The company filed for bankruptcy in November 2019.  

LANSING, MI--State Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Waucedah Township, issued the following statement on Monday upon the death of former Sen. Tom Casperson:

“Sen. Tom Casperson was a giant in the Upper Peninsula. His passing leaves an unfillable hole in the hearts of those who loved him and in the lives of the people he served for so many years.

LANSING, MI--   Sen. Ed McBroom on Monday issued a statement in response to a ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not have authority after April 30 to issue or renew any executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The recent ruling by the state Supreme Court underscores the important fact that this state’s government derives its power from the people, and that the people, through its elected Legislature, have a voice and it must be heard.

Michigan Senator Ed McBroom

LANSING, MI--   Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan testified before the state Senate Finance Committee Wednesday in support of Senator Ed McBroom’s bill to close the “dark store” tax loophole.

The legislation would revise the way property taxes are assessed on vacant “big box” stores. It would end the process of placing deed restrictions on closed stores – a move used to lower a building’s market value.

The bill remains before the committee for further consideration.

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--   Two Upper Peninsula lawmakers oppose Governor Whitmer’s reappointment of Victoria Enyart to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. 

Representative Sara Cambensy and Senator Ed McBroom say Enyart has been instrumental in holding up efforts to abolish the “dark store” tax loophole. It allows big-box retailers to say their stores can’t easily be resold, so they should be taxed as though they’re empty or dark. The lawmakers say that reduces the amount of revenue needed for public safety and education.

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.

LANSING, MI--   State Senator Ed McBroom has introduced a bill to allow shoreline property owners to perform certain work above the ordinary high-water mark without a permit. 

The Republican says shoreline erosion issues and concerns have risen along with water levels in recent months. The bill would amend the law to allow dredging, placing sand or soil, and constructing seawalls and other structures without a Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy permit if the work is above the ordinary high-water mark.