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.

Republican Bob Young Jr. withdraws from U.S. Senate Race

Republican Bob Young Jr. Announces Withdrawal from U.S. Senate Race. 

Urges GOP to unite early behind consensus conservative candidate

2018/01/03, LANSING, MI:  Republican Bob Young, former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, announced today his withdrawal from the campaign to defeat Democrat US Senator Debbie Stabenow.

“After careful consideration, and heartfelt discussions with my family and closest friends and supporters, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy today for the United States Senate.

“I have had a remarkable time in this race, and have been truly humbled and blessed by the amazing support I have received along the campaign trail. After having won every straw poll of Republican grassroots supporters and leading in the latest GOP Primary Election polling, I understand that I’m departing from this contest while considered to be the frontrunner.

“However, my team and I have come to the conclusion that the only way to successfully retire Debbie Stabenow is through the early selection of a consensus conservative candidate who will remain true to conservative values and the rule of law, and who can focus the Party’s resources on winning in November.

“I want to thank the donors, volunteers and Party leaders who have backed my campaign, and I urge you to join me in continuing the important work of retiring Debbie Stabenow in 2018.”

2018 $1,000 College Scholarship for Lapeer County High School graduating seniors.

2018 $1,000 College Scholarship Information

The Lapeer County Republican Party is proud to announce they are offering a $1,000 college scholarship to graduating seniors residing in Lapeer County. The recipient of the scholarship will be determined by a written essay. The topic of the essay is on the application. The essay and a completed application form must be turned in by Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

Applicants should plan on attending the Lincoln Dinner, held at the Lapeer Country Club on March 10th 2018, for recognition and also attend the Lapeer County Republican Party Executive Meeting on March 15th 2018 at the Mayfield Township Hall for the presentation of the award.

The essay and application forms are available at Lapeer County’s local high school counseling offices and also available here on our GOP web site: Click HERE to go to a printable 2018 Scholarship application.

For more information or a copy of the application contact the Lapeer GOP Vice-Chair Christina Russell, at 810-667-6959, or email: russellinelba@aol.com

2017 Annual Fall Event – Murder Mystery Dinner

2017/11/11, LAPEER, MI – Our fall event held on November 11, 2018 was a roaring success and it appeared all who joined us had a great time.  Who would have guessed that the “Pastor” ended up being the murderer!!

Thanks to all who attended along with all the volunteers who played our cast of suspects.  Special thanks to Cecilia Bouchard, author of the mystery story, and Jim Novak and the Bells Event Center in Almont for the wonderful setting, it was a great night and your facility is top notch.

A final thank you goes out to Christina Russell and the entire fall event committee for all the time and effort put into the event to make it such a fun evening!

You can view and enjoy some pictures from the event below.

Republican Leadership Initiative

Sharing this info from the Michigan Republican Party

Friends,

I’ve got exciting news!

The Republican Leadership Initiative (RLI) has opened up its application process for the fall class.

We are ready to train Michigan’s conservative leaders to help us spread the word. If you are ready to take action, apply today. 

RLI is a national training program to equip grassroots leaders with the skills they need to work as professional field organizers.

It begins with our National Day of Training on Saturday, November 4th. We will be holding trainings in several locations across Michigan including Kent, Isabella, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, and Marquette Counties.

Winning campaigns has always been about empowering our local activists and giving them the tools to make a difference in their communities.

Space is limited so apply today to secure your spot as a 2018 difference maker. www.migop.org/RLI

We’re going all in. I hope we can count on you to join us!

Thank you,

Chairman Ron Weiser

2017 Fall Event – Murder Mystery Dinner

Join us on Saturday November 11th at the Bells Event Center in Almont for a delicious buffet dinner along with a few hours of mystery, intrigue, and murder! Just beware, the killer is hiding somewhere in the room and you may find yourself as a prime suspect! This is an event people will be “dying” to experience!

Purchase your tickets today before they are gone!