News From Rep. Dianda

Thursday, March 7, 2013

State Representatives Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and John Kivela (D-Marquette) voted today in favor of SB 48, which would amend the Large Carnivore Act so that a business could be exempt from the act even though it allowed a patron to have direct or close contact with a bear that is less than 36 weeks old or weighs no more than 90 pounds. The bill passed 56-52.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) was in his district Monday to listen to how middle-class families have been impacted by Republican tax increases and education cuts in Michigan. The event, held at Finlandia University’s Jutila Center in Hancock, is one of the House Democrats’ Listening Tour stops, in a series across the state. Joining Dianda at the event was House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills).

“What the families and seniors...

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...