News From Rep. Dianda

Friday, February 22, 2013

State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) hosted four students from Michigan Technological University at the state Capitol on Tuesday as part of Graduate Education Week in Michigan.

“We are lucky in the 110th District to have one of the best engineering schools in the country in Michigan Tech,” said Dianda. “It was an honor to play host to these bright, young minds and talk to them about their research and the importance of a...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) today reminded Michigan’s low-income working families that the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can mean extra money back in their tax refund.

“Many families here in the Upper Peninsula still qualify for this valuable tax credit,” said Dianda. “Any little extra income helps and claiming the EITC, no matter how small the credit may be based on income, is something I want to encourage.”

To qualify for...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, voiced his disagreement today toward the governor’s proposed changes in the hunting and fishing license fee structure in Michigan.

“Once again, I believe the governor is overlooking the rural areas of our states when making policy changes,” Dianda said. “Hunting and fishing are traditions that bring us together in the U.P. There has to be a better way to get...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) urged redirecting $94.9 million in unspent General Fund dollars from 2012 into the state’s School Aid Fund to offset cuts to education funding. Over the past two years, almost $2 billion has been diverted from school funding to pay for massive tax breaks that were supposed to spur job creation but haven’t created any jobs.

“Right now, the Republicans in Lansing are using our public school funds to...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) co-sponsored legislation yesterday that would create a tax credit for Michigan teachers who use their own money to stock their classrooms with supplies. House Bill 4146 allows teachers to receive up to a $1,000 tax credit for a single return or $2,000 for a joint return on classroom supplies used specifically “for educational purposes that directly relate to the taxpayer’s classroom coursework.”

“Our schools have had to do...