News From Rep. Dianda

Friday, September 9, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) hosted Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal President Chris Swartz and honored two fallen firefighters from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Beartown Firefighters, at the Michigan House of Representatives' Sept. 11 recognition ceremony today. Alan J. Swartz and James Shelifoe Jr. were traveling with their fellow firefighters to Utah to help fight the Box Canyon Fire when they died as a result of an automobile accident. 

"Firefighters never hesitate....

State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and Chris Swartz, tribal president of the Keewenaw Bay Indian Community, stand together in the Capitol Rotunda in Lansing. Swartz was the guest of Rep. Dianda for the Michigan House of Representatives' Sept. 11 memorial ceremony where Dianda recognized Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Beartown Firefighters Alan Swartz and James Shelifoe Jr., who died in an auto accident on their way to Utah to help fight the Box Canyon Fire.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

“I am shocked that the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has decided to close the White Pine Electric Power Plant, thereby putting Western U.P. families at risk for power outages. The White Pine plant currently provides reliable service, especially in situations when power can be interrupted due to ice storms and other natural disasters, and serves as a backup when other plants are down for planned maintenance. To take this plant off line now puts...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) introduced legislation today to create the Michigan Secure Retirement Savings Program for private-sector workers whose employer does not offer a retirement savings plan.

"Small employers frequently do not offer retirement savings plans to their workers, and yet everyone should be saving money for retirement,” said Dianda. “We’re introducing this plan to create a savings program for the many private sector employees in Michigan...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

 

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) said today that House approval of House Bill 5578, sponsored by Rep. Dave Maturen (R-Vicksburg), aims to bring fairness to the process used when the Michigan Tax Tribunal determines the true cash value of a commercial property in a property tax dispute. HB 5578 would require the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make its own independent determination when issuing a decision in a property tax dispute based on...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Bill 5721 today to restore Michigan’s unemployment benefits to 26 weeks. Unemployment benefits were slashed to 20 weeks by legislative Republicans in 2011.

“Unemployment insurance helps workers who are trying to get back on their feet and find a job to let them support themselves and their families, but 20 weeks is a pitifully short time to find or retrain for a job,” said Dianda. “We...

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