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City clerk urges college bound students & firsttime voters to verify their voter registration status

City clerk urges college bound students & firsttime voters to verify their voter registration status

News Release:

Unbeknownst to many people, there is a Michigan Election Law that could potentially

hinder first time voters from voting with an absentee ballot. For example, if a high school

senior registered to vote during a voter registration drive and then attempted to obtain an

absentee ballot while away at school, the absentee ballot would be denied in accordance

with the Michigan Election Law.

 

Grand Rapids City Clerk Lauri Parks recalled, “In 2008, I received numerous calls

from parents trying to assist their out of town college student in obtaining an absentee ballot

as a first-time voter.

Governor Rick Snyder holding Mobile Office Hours

Governor Rick Snyder holding Mobile Office Hours

News Release:

 

Governor Rick Snyder’s Mobile Office Hours

 

Monday, June 18th

 

Holland, MI

7am – 9am

Lemonjello

61 East 9th Street

 

Muskegon, MI

10am- 12pm

Ryke’s Bakery

 

Grand Rapids, MI

1pm – 3pm

City Hall – Conference Center

 

Ionia

4pm- 6pm

Bluewater Cafe

 

Governor Snyder’s staff will be on hand to discuss issues and will have information on the budget, ways to get more involved in state government, and the ongoing reinvention of Michigan.

 Please visit our website : reinventingmichigan.blogspot.com

 

Seniors Stand in Support of Citizens for our “Community College”

Seniors Stand in Support of Citizens for our “Community College”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Senior citizens and middle-aged workers all around Kent County are coming together in support of the GRCC Yes Campaign for “our community college”. Senior citizens and middle-aged workers join local elected officials, labor organizations, public safety officials, Republicans, and Democrats in the large and growing list of individuals and organizations urging Kent County residents to vote yes on this important proposal. 

The 20-year bond will levy 0.35 mills that would cost the average home owner just $26 per year or about $2 per month to provide essential warm, safe and dry infrastructure improvements.   Capital improvements that will bring the college 21st century learning and teaching environments.

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

The Presidential Primary Election was held throughout Michigan on Tuesday. In the 3rd Congressional District (includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Ionia, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, and Walker among others), the majority of voters supported Rick Santorum.

The top three candidates were Rick Santorum with 31,990 votes, Mitt Romney with 30,876 votes, and Ron Paul with 7,792 votes.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.

Warm, Safe and Dry

Warm, Safe and Dry

By Rachel Melville

Protesters appear at farmers market: Whose labor dispute?

Protesters appear at farmers market: Whose labor dispute?

by Emma Higgins

Wednesday morning, at least thirty protesters carrying placards took to the street outside Fulton Street Farmers Market and marched. This is not the first time they have marched. This time they were silent, with placards that read:

"Ritsema does not pay area standard wages and benefits."

Protesters declined to explain their stance, instead directing questions to a phone number provided on available literature. When called, this phone number had no answering machine message implicating any organization or specific persons, nor have they responded to messages left requesting comment.

Grand Rapids Taxpayers: Do you know how your money is being spent?

Grand Rapids Taxpayers: Do you know how your money is being spent?

In May 2010, Grand Rapids Voters bailed out City Hall by approving a city income tax increase of $7.5 million per year for 5 years. Voters were told by city officials that the money was needed to prevent fire and police layoffs and to give the City Manager time to “turn the ship around.”

City leaders are currently diverting over $5 million a year of this money to a “transformation” fund that pays the health care claims of public employees who retire before age 65. Why? Because the City provided a rich benefit that it failed to fund. These retiree health care claims cost the City $10,979,788 in 2010 and $9,400,197 as of November 7, 2010. (Source: Scott Buhrer, City CFO, November 7, 2010)

The unfunded liability for early retiree health care is $222 million that will likely cause the City serious financial difficulty for the next 35-40 years.