News From Rep. Kivela

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) and state Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) appeared before the House Tax Policy Committee today as the committee discussed the issue of dark stores and their impact on local government budgets. The committee discussed the issue to educate members on the issue’s critical impact, but did not yet formally take up any of the dark store legislation. 

“Big-box stores move into communities with jobs and products to sell, but...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said today that House approval of his resolution demanding an end to foreign steel dumping puts foreign companies on notice that they can’t keep stealing American and Michigan jobs. House Resolution 87 calls on President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to take action to halt the illegal dumping of steel into our markets.

“We’ve seen foreign firms selling their products far cheaper than domestically produced steel. That’s...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) and state Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) introduced House and Senate bills today to help local governments that are losing money when big box stores successfully argue to the Michigan Tax Tribunal that their taxes should be drastically reduced. 

“Large national retailers have used what’s known as the ‘dark store’ argument to win huge tax refunds that will permanently decrease the property tax base in Michigan and are devastating...

Friday, September 11, 2015

 LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) was proud to stand with two first responders from the Upper Peninsula at the House of Representative’s Sept. 11 memorial ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 10. Representatives commemorated those lost in the 2001 attacks and recognized first responders serving in Michigan communities today.

“It was an honor to be with these first responders at our Sept. 11 ceremony, where we reflect on the sacrifice that so many first responders...

State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) stands in the Capitol Rotunda with Upper Peninsula first responders who joined him for the House of Representatives' Sept. 11 memorial ceremony.
Monday, August 17, 2015

MARQUETTE – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) joined Gov. Rick Snyder and DeMarse family members at the Marquette Branch Prison on Thursday, Aug. 13, for the official renaming of the section of U.S. 41 in front of the prison as the Earl DeMarse Memorial Highway. Kivela sponsored the highway renaming bill, House Bill 5447, last session. The bill was signed into law in January. Officer DeMarse was the first Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) guard...

State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette), third from right, with family members of Officer Earl DeMarse and Gov. Rick Snyder, far left, and next to him, state Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba), at the ceremony renaming U.S. 41 the Officer Earl DeMarse Memorial Highway on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in front of the Marquette Branch Prison.