Marleau: Fish for free Feb. 14-15

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LANSING—Michiganders and out-of-state visitors can enjoy two days of free fishing this weekend, Feb. 14 and 15, said state Sen. Jim Marleau. The twice-per-year event, put on by the state Department of Natural Resources, […]

Marleau announces $6 million in road repair projects

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LANSING—State Sen. Jim Marleau announced that $6 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will fund several road repair projects in Oakland County.

The projects include $4 million for repairs to University Drive over I-75, $1 million for work on M-150 from M-59 to Clinton River, $600,000 to fix M-24 from Harriet Street to Davison Lake Road and $400,000 for repairs to M-150 from Tienken Road to Paint Creek.

“This is fantastic news for residents and businesses in the area,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “We all know that our roads throughout the state need work. These grants are just another step in the process of fixing them. I remain committed to finding a permanent solution to maintaining a sound infrastructure.”

The grants are part of MDOT’s Priority Road Investment Program. The total amount allocated for the program is $114,942,610. Marleau said that many of the projects would otherwise not be funded if not for the supplemental amount.

The approximately $115 million for road projects is part of more than $700 million extra general fund dollars allocated to Michigan roads.

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Marleau bill would enable Michigan to opt out of Obamacare, protect health care

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LANSING—State Sen. Jim Marleau introduced legislation on Thursday that would help protect the state’s high-quality health care system by enabling Michigan, not the federal government, to control how the state spends money on health care.

Senate Bill 993 would allow Michigan to enter into an interstate Health Care Compact (HCC), which would return control of health care to the states in the compact.

“Michigan must manage its own health care dollars. We lead the nation with access to high-quality health care providers and value-driven health insurance,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “By rejecting the ‘one size fits all’ approach for federal health care reform and letting states decide how to best serve their residents, the compact will allow for a more efficient and effective system.”

The HCC would be an agreement between two or more member states to restore to those states the responsibility and authority over their health care programs. The compact, which would require U.S. congressional approval, would allow a member state to suspend operation of any federal laws, rules and regulations that are inconsistent with the laws and regulations of that state.

Marleau said his measure would not include health care programs for veterans and Native Americans, which would remain with the federal government.

SB 993 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance.

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Sen. Marleau and guest honor Michigan’s fallen soldiers

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LANSING—State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, stands in the Senate chamber Thursday with Pat Quinn, right, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam.

Quinn was Marleau’s guest for the Michigan Senate’s 20th Annual Memorial Day Service.

Michigan’s military heroes who defended freedom and sacrificed their lives in the past year were honored during the special ceremony.

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Sen. Marleau attends Shine the Light on Human Trafficking Day reception

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LANSING—State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, stands with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, (left) and Michigan native and human trafficking survivor and expert Theresa Flores at a special breakfast to support Flores and organizations assisting survivors. The reception was part of the Shine the Light on Human Trafficking Day at the Capitol, hosted by Emmons.

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