News From Rep. Dianda

Thursday, April 14, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Bill 5575 today that would prohibit the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate from entering into contracts similar to the one the Senate entered when it signed a contract to move Senate offices into the Capitol View building in downtown Lansing. Dianda’s bill has co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

“The Senate is moving out of a building that is bought and paid...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) officially requested today that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette investigate the Senate’s rental of lavish new offices in the Capitol View office building, which is home to registered lobbyists and is owned by a political contributor to the Republican Party. The Senate sold the Billie S. Farnum Building that had been home to senators’ offices and that the Senate owned.

“Like my constituents in the U.P., I am...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) announced that the House of Representatives has approved House Bill 5377, which funds Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects across the state, including three in Dianda’s district: enhancements to Donald McKenzie Memorial Park in Marenisco Township, the Whitefish Trail restoration project in Watersmeet Township, and the Douglass Houghton Waterfall acquisition in Houghton County.  

“The Upper Peninsula is known for its trails and waterfalls, and these three projects...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) said today that Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of  Marcus Abood to the Michigan Tax Tribunal will continue to make it virtually impossible for local governments fighting big box stores over property tax reductions that hurt their ability to fund services such as law enforcement, libraries and local road maintenance.

“The Tax Tribunal has ruled for big box stores and against local governments in the past when these stores...

Friday, February 19, 2016

“The audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans released yesterday shows that veterans are still suffering from sub-standard care, and that is wrong and needs to change immediately. I am glad to see that Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes has resigned. I hope that new interim Director James Redford will move quickly to make changes at the home to ensure that our veterans are receiving proper care and are treated with the...

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