Highway Cleanup – 04/14/2018


Lapeer, MI., 2018/03/17:  The Lapeer County Republican Party has participated in the “Adopt a Highway” program with the Michigan Department of Transportation for over ten years.  We keep the trash picked up on the section of M24 directly south of the I 69 expressway.  This is a great way to participate with the local and state governments to help keep costs down and keep our county LOOKING GOOD!

Our first cleanup day of the year is Saturday April 14th, 2018.   We will be meeting at the Lapeer County Republican Office at 9:00 AM for coffee and doughnuts first (it’s important to keep our strength up) and then we will proceed to work on M24.  We break up into groups for short sections of the highway.  It generally takes a couple of hours to get the work done with lots of political conversation on the walk.

Come join us for a couple of hours.

If you have any questions call Roger Harris at 810-845-7644.

2018 Lincoln Day Dinner Photo Gallary

Rep. Howell welcomes local official, radio host for State of the State

2018/01/23 LANSING, MI:  State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch, right, today welcomed WMPC radio host Greg Bullen and Lapeer Deputy City Clerk Renee Wilson to the state Capitol for the governor’s annual State of the State address. Howell invited Bullen and Wilson to join him in the House chamber while Gov. Rick Snyder laid out his agenda for the year. Howell’s wife, Cheryl, also joined them for the Speaker’s reception.

Left to Right: WMPC radio Host Greg Bullen, Lapeer Deputy City Clerk Renee Wilson, Cheryl Howell, and State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch.

Sen. Green welcomes Dr. Thomas Blossom to state Capitol to give Senate invocation

2018/01/23 LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville in Lapeer County, welcomed Dr. Thomas Blossom of Vassar to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Blossom serves as a missionary with Daystar Baptist Missions and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with Dr. Thomas Blossom (center) and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (left) at the rostrum after Blossom delivered the Senate invocation on Tuesday.

Editor’s note: A print-quality version of the above photo is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com

Michigan Energy Bills to Fall Due to GOP Tax Cut

Sharing the following information from the Michigan Republican Party.

2018/01/23 – On Tuesday, DTE Energy announced it will be reducing prices by 3% as a result of the Tax Reform package passed by Republicans at the end of 2017. The 3.5 million Michiganders currently serviced by DTE will save nearly $190 million in 2018. In response to the DTE announcement Consumers Energy, the state’s largest energy utility serving 6.7 million residents, said that they are also planning to cut rates. If approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, Consumers Energy customers in Michigan would see $200 million in yearly rate savings.

Whether you are seeing a reduction in your energy bill or you are one of the 2 million Americans getting a Tax Reform bonus, it’s clear that the Republican Tax cut is working for Michigan families, even before the new rates go into effect in February.

Tax Cuts are one of the many ways Republican policies are making our Nation and State stronger.  Below is video outlining eight of our greatest accomplishments here in Michigan over the past eight years.


2018/01/17 – News from State Rep. Gary Howell’s office

Howell: Veto override helps Michigan auto industry, vehicle buyers

Legislation accelerates sales tax trade-in reforms

2018/01/17:  State Rep. Gary Howell has voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan car buyers, joining his House colleagues in overriding a gubernatorial veto.

The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.

“Michigan’s auto industry leads the nation. It’s critical to our economy,” said Howell, of North Branch, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto by Gov. Rick Snyder. “We must do all we can to keep the auto industry strong, and this measure will help boost sales in Michigan.”

The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.

“There are times when I have to disagree with a governor from my own party, and this is one of those times,” Howell said.

The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in.

2018 Carol Little Award Nominations Form

Lapeer County Republican Party 2018 Annual Republican of the Year Award

Carol Little Award Nomination FormSubmit by Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018-01-14, Lapeer, MI:  Each year the Lapeer County Republican Party honors an outstanding Republican as part of the Annual Lincoln Day Dinner by awarding the “Carol Little Award “. The purpose of the award is to recognize someone who displays Republican ideals and goes the extra mile to help the Lapeer County Republican Party reach its goal of informing the public and helping to elect Republican candidates.

This person has displayed integrity in all of his/her endeavors while giving to the community both as a citizen and a Republican. Each year it is a pleasure to recognize someone who stands out among the many fine Republican volunteers.

Please note, any Lapeer County Republican can be nominated for this award.

Please submit your nomination to Walt Bargen via email at WBargen@lakestonebank.com or mail to 485 W. First Street, Imlay City, MI 48444

To review or print the nomination form please click on the following link:

2018 Carol Little Award Nomination Form – PDF Document

News from the office of State Rep Gary Howell

Two local Lapeer County communities awarded DEQ water management grants

2018/01/12:  State Rep. Gary Howell today announced that the village of North Branch and Elba Township have each been awarded grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to improve wastewater and storm water management.

Howell, of North Branch, said that the DEQ provides funds to local communities to assist in the planning, design and testing of storm water and wastewater facilities. Ordinarily, a local 10 percent match is required for the first $1 million in project costs.

“Among the many obligations local governments have to families in their communities is ensuring that they have clean and safe water,” Howell said. “These grants will enable the village of North Branch and Elba Township to be better stewards of the environment and maintain the public health and well-being of people in their communities.”

The $425,500 grant to North Branch will be used to develop both a wastewater and a storm water asset management plan. The DEQ has identified North Branch as a community that will not be required to provide the 10 percent local match.

Elba Township will use the funding to develop a wastewater asset management plan. Grant activities will focus on the Potters Lake Sanitary Drainage District. Development of the asset management plan will allow the township to move from reactive – to predictive – maintenance and minimize the risk of failure of critical components.

Collectively, the statewide grant awards total $64 million for 80 communities.