Friday, May 10, 2013
House Bills 4465-4466 were approved in Lansing on Tuesday and await a full House vote.
Two house bills that would eliminate the foreign language requirement for high school students were approved in Lansing on Tuesday in the House Education Committee. Currently, students must take a foreign language in grades 9-12 to graduate and in Brighton Area Schools, the addition of Zero Hour was implemented to help fulfill the requirement. "The purpose is to give students the chance to make up a lost credit, get a required class out of the way, or take a required class to allow more flexibility in the regular six hour schedule," according to a previous post regarding Zero Hour. Co-sponsored by State Reps. Cindy Denby, R-Handy Township, and Bill Rogers, R-Genoa Township, House Bills 4465-4466 would also modify required credits in …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Elected in 2007, the 6-year Brighton city council member, Claudia Roblee announced that she will not run for re-election.
Thursday, May 9
Claudia Roblee, 6-year Brighton city council member announced that she will not run for reelection. Roblee was appointed to fill the seat of Cathy Jones in February of 2007. She then ran and won the seat in November of 2007 and again in 2011. When asked why she is not running again Roblee answered, “I have many new opportunities in my personal life that I want to develop and need the time to be able to do so.I have learned a tremendous amount from my time of service and am grateful that I was able to have the opportunity to work for the taxpayers of Brighton. "I also believe that the same people on Council or any level of government year after year often leads to stale thinking. No matter how satisfying my experience has been, making …
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved this week in the U.S. Senate, and is headed to the Republican-controlled U.S. House for consideration. Both Michigan's senators voted for the bill, which would require merchants to collect state taxes on internet
Michigan's U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, voted in support of a bill that requires merchants to collect state sales taxes for online purchases. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Supporters say the bill would level the paying field for traditional local retailers and collect much needed tax revenue for state. Opponents, including anti-tax activists and retailers, say it will be overly burdensome on small businesses and would effectively result in a tax increase. Neither Levin nor Stabenow issued public statements after Monday's vote explaining their support of the…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
FBI Agents Association recommended U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers for the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
On Monday, a group representing more than 12,000 FBI agents recommended that President Barack Obama nominate U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, as new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rogers, a former FBI agent, was endorsed by the FBI Agents Association, according to a report from MLive, who released a statement in support of Rogers and urged President Obama to nominate Rogers for the post when current Director Robert S. Mueller III’s term expires in September. The Press and Argus reports that Rogers hadn’t anticipated the announcement and that he couldn’t say whether he would consider the position if nominated. According to the report, Rogers is also considering running for Sen. Carl Levin’s Senate seat, which will be …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Council members discussed eliminating the Downtown Development Authority director and the DDA clerk during Thursday's City Council meeting.
During Thursday’s Brighton City Council meeting, council members discussed the possibility of eliminating two positions connected with the Downtown Development Authority. Councilman Jim Bohn requested that the city eliminate the Downtown Development Authority director and the DDA clerk instead of not filling two Department of Public Services positions, according to a report from the Press & Argus. Many councilmembers, including Shawn Pipoly were opposed to the suggestion, according to the report, saying that the DDA director and clerk “secured several million dollars’ worth of grants, and the money was used to make significant improvements to the downtown.” The budget of the DDA and the Principal Shopping Development was brought up in a …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Six authors from around Michigan will discuss their work Sunday, May 5 from 1:30-4 pm.
The Brighton District Library will host a Local Author Showcase, Sunday, May 5 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. The event will feature six authors from around Michigan who will briefly discuss their work. Following the presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to visits author tables to meet and talk with them and purchase books. Local Author Showcase is a three-times-a-year event sponsored by the library in support of local authors, their efforts, literacy, and lifelong learning. The library is fortunate to be approached each year by authors who would like to share their work with the community through presentations and signing events. Local Author Showcase includes the following: Jody Lamb author of Easter Ann Peters: Operation Cool Easter…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
House Bills 4228 and 4338, the Fiscal Year 2014 House Budget, was supported by both Republicans and Independent lawmakers.
Thursday, April 25
State Representatives Bill Rogers and Cindy Denby today voted to cut government waste and prioritize state funding for schools, roads and public safety. House Bills 4228 and 4338, the Fiscal Year 2014 House Budget, was supported by both Republicans and Independent lawmakers. "Our responsible budgeting over the past two years has delivered positive results across the state," said Denby, R-Fowlerville. "Every dollar we spend comes from the pockets of Michigan taxpayers, so it is our responsibility to spend it wisely. We have been able to deliver tax cuts, increased school funding, a healthier economy and an improved credit rating. Our long term plan is working and we must continue with it to keep Michigan's comeback on course." The House …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Lana Theis will run to become Michigan's 42nd District representative.
Brighton Township Treasurer Lana Theis has announced that she will be running for a seat in Michigan's House of Representatives in 2014. She will be seeking the seat for the 42nd District, currently held by Bill Rogers of Genoa Township. Rogers cannot run again due to term limits. In additon to her current role as treasurer, Theis also serves on the boards of the Brighton Area Fire Authority, the Livingston County Treasurer’s Association, Livingston County’s Meals on Wheels, and the Livingston County Republican Party. “I’ve been working to make my community better as a mom and as a local elected official. My focus has been on affecting legislation for the people of this community for a very long time. Whether it is affecting a local …
Brighton...Naturally, an environmental initiative, spotlights three new programs.
The Brighton District Library has launched Brighton...Naturally, an environmental initiative to connect children, families, and individuals to the natural world. Brighton…Naturally will offer unique programs, from nature exploration and viewing the night skywith the StarLab planetarium to discovering the fascinating creatures of the night. Three free, open-to-the-public programs will kick off Brighton…Naturally beginning April 29, May 3, and May 4. Celebrate Springtime, April 29 from 10:30am – 11:15am, for kids 2-5. Families are invited to go on a nature exploration and discover what’s emerging from its outdoor dormant state, hear stories, songs and make a spring themed craft. Call 810-229-6571 ext 223 to reserve your spot. Lost in Space, …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Items on the April 18 agenda include a transfer of liquor license and fireworks’ ordinance amendments.
The Brighton City Council will meet on Thusday at 7 p.m. The agenda for the April 18 meeting includes a transfer of liquor license and fireworks’ ordinance amendments. The meeting will be held at Brighton City Hall, located in the municipal complex in downtown Brighton at 200 North First St.