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Kentwood Public Schools Proposal I & II

Kentwood Public Schools Proposal I & II

The Kentwood Public Schools Proposal I- Bonding Proposal failed with 24 of 24 Precincts reporting: 4054 - Yes, 4407 – No. 

The Kentwood Public Schools Proposal II - Millage Renewal Proposal, Building and Site Fund Tax Levy passed with 24 of 24 Precincts reporting: 4974 – Yes, 3253 - No

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

My Town Kentwood: Committee to grill Commissioner at Large finalists March 3

My Town Kentwood: Committee to grill Commissioner at Large finalists March 3

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In a Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on Feb. 23, the Kentwood City Commission named three finalists who emerged from 20- first round applicants to fulfill the remainder of the Commissioner-at Large term expiring this November.

Ed Kape Jr. of 2576 Mapleview, Steve Redmond of 5949 Wind Brook, and Ronald Woods of 5396 Discovery will be interviewed in a Committee of the Whole Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 3.  The vacant seat was previously held by Sharon Brinks who took an Attorney Magistrate position with the City.  The City Commission will likely install a finalist from this process at its regular 7:00 p.m. March 17 City Commission Meeting.

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town Kentwood: Lawmaker joins road crews to fill potholes

My Town Kentwood: Lawmaker joins road crews to fill potholes

KENTWOOD, Mich.— State Rep. Ken Yonker traded in his suit for an orange vest and jeans Tuesday, to help Kent County Road Commission crews repair potholes.

“We would all like to have pothole free roads to drive on but we don’t often think about the process to fixing the roads,” said Yonker (R-Caledonia). “I appreciated the opportunity to join the road commission to gain a hands-on experience in what it takes to fix a pothole.” 

Yonker’s hands-on approach was inspired by a state supplemental budget approved by lawmakers last month, to help repair roads hit hard by the harsh winter.  The additional funding includes $215 million for roads, with $115 million for priority projects and $100 million for maintenance.

Yonker represents District 72, which is comprised of Kentwood, Gaines Township, Wayland, Wayland Township, Leighton Township and Dorr Township.