News From Rep. Kivela

Thursday, December 17, 2015

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela  (D-Marquette) recently introduced House Bill 5146 to increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan from another state that is known to have deer with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

"Right now, the Upper Peninsula has not had a problem with deer showing Chronic Wasting Disease, and we want to keep it that way,” said Kivela. “But the disease has shown up in a deer in an...

Friday, November 6, 2015

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said today that he’s pleased that the Michigan House of Representatives has approved his resolution, House Resolution 154,  supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers request for funding for a study crucial to moving forward on construction of a second large lock at the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Only one of the four Soo Locks is large enough to accommodate the modern vessels that commonly...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) and state Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) appeared before the House Tax Policy Committee today as the committee discussed the issue of dark stores and their impact on local government budgets. The committee discussed the issue to educate members on the issue’s critical impact, but did not yet formally take up any of the dark store legislation. 

“Big-box stores move into communities with jobs and products to sell, but...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said today that House approval of his resolution demanding an end to foreign steel dumping puts foreign companies on notice that they can’t keep stealing American and Michigan jobs. House Resolution 87 calls on President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to take action to halt the illegal dumping of steel into our markets.

“We’ve seen foreign firms selling their products far cheaper than domestically produced steel. That’s...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) and state Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) introduced House and Senate bills today to help local governments that are losing money when big box stores successfully argue to the Michigan Tax Tribunal that their taxes should be drastically reduced. 

“Large national retailers have used what’s known as the ‘dark store’ argument to win huge tax refunds that will permanently decrease the property tax base in Michigan and are devastating...

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