News From Rep. Dianda

Thursday, September 17, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Bill 4886 today that would require the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to do a life-cycle analysis of all road projects with a total material cost that exceeds $1 million.

“As we search for a road funding solution we also need to ensure that we always spend state funds in the most efficient way,” said Dianda. “My bill creates a process to make sure that we...

Friday, September 11, 2015

“Throughout this process, my main concern has been the need for an independent, impartial criminal investigation. I do not condone what Rep. Gamrat has done. Now, this report will go to the Michigan Attorney General and Michigan State Police and a criminal investigation will be done. For that reason, I voted yes to expel Rep. Gamrat. I was not sent here to play politics. I was sent here to push for a more accountable and...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

“I cannot vote to expel Rep. Courser or Rep. Gamrat because I do not feel that I have all the information to make the very important decision to expel two people from the House of Representatives. The select committee met, but Democratic members’ attempts to question witnesses were shut down, their request to subpoena former staffers to testify was rejected, and a request for an independent investigation was refused. Expelling representatives means that we are...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Resolution 133 today calling on Gov. Rick Snyder and the state Tax Commission to conduct a statewide impact study on the current and future effects of the “dark store” tax method. Big-box retailers have been able to convince the Michigan State Tax Tribunal to cut their property values and lower their taxes. Local governments are then forced to refund to these retailers their overpaid property taxes,...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

LANSING – State Representatives Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan), Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and Gary Glenn (R-Midland) today introduced a package of bills to remove barriers to renewable energy production for homeowners, businesses, farms, congregations and others. The Energy Freedom legislation would create sensible policies for net metering, fair value pricing and investment in community energy cooperatives by removing red tape to generating energy. The legislation blends pro-consumer reforms with a market-based approach, ensuring that energy producers...

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