Senate OKs Jones bill to help bring jobs to Shiawassee County

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Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to help a trucking company bring hundreds of jobs to Shiawassee County.

“This bill is about fighting for new business investment and well-paying jobs for Shiawassee County families,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “The Senate unanimously approved my bill to help a local job provider invest and create 300 jobs here in Michigan.”

Wheeler Trucking wants to build a new truck center in New Lothrop. The investment would result in 300 new trucking jobs.

Jones is working with the company to address a problem it has in Michigan delivering new semitrucks across the country.

Senate Bill 274 would make Michigan’s artificially short length on truck hauling more in line with federal regulations.

Years ago, Michigan artificially changed its length requirement for truck hauling, making it shorter than the requirement for hauling cars. Wheeler Trucking has said their truckers get tickets for being over the limit, and without a change, they might have to move their operations to another state.

The Michigan State Police and Department of Transportation support the legislation, which now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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