Just one of many pictures from Waterford Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards dinner. Such a great Chamber & so many wonderful, impressive people!
State Representative serving Michigan's 44th District Highland, Milford, Springfield, White Lake, and Southwest Waterford
Just one of many pictures from Waterford Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards dinner. Such a great Chamber & so many wonderful, impressive people!
"Providing fairer taxes for all ages — regardless if the income is from a 401k or a government pension — means a brighter future for all of Michigan’s retirees."
For many years, income in Michigan was taxed differently for different age groups and different sources. Starting in 2011, that all changed when fairness was brought to the state’s income tax code and all senior citizens were treated equally, regardless of their source of income. It’s all laid out v…
This is now the 4th year in a row that the state has had a budget completed MONTHS ahead of the deadline. I am proud to have served on Appropriations and helped Michigan have a brighter future!
It’s October 1. That’s the first day of the new fiscal year in Michigan. That means the state budget year for 2014-15 is now underway, and no one seems to have noticed. The media isn’t inundating its readers, listeners and viewers with stories about the state budget, negotiations, partisan divides o…
Michigan's future is intrinsically tied to Detroit's recovery. Today marks the first step towards a new era of fiscal responsibility for the city. If you'd like some more information on this package of bills, please check out the resources at: http://gophouse.org/q-and-a-detroit-bankruptcy/
This fact-based Q&A has been put together in response to questions and concerns lawmakers have received from residents statewide with regard to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement. This is a compilation of answers from various representatives. It is not a comprehensive list but addresses the most freq…
Earlier this afternoon I had the privilege of introducing WWII veterans from Oakland County. Thank you for your service!
Proof that Michigan is the comeback kid, especially in Oakland County!
For the first time in more than a decade, Oakland County's unemployment rate will fall below the national average, according to two University of Michigan economists.
It's a pleasure to be able to support the Huron Valley Patriots baseball team. This wonderful group of kids and adults dedicated a portion of their proceeds to fallen and wounded soldiers. Senator Mike Kowall and I had a great time!
A big thank you to Kari and Molly for representing Team Kowall in the 2014 Legislative Polar Plunge!
Real time testing of Michigan's lakes is a big step towards "Pure Michigan." With this technology, beachgoers will immediately know if the water they are enjoying is contaminated. No lawmaker is looking to fund their ‘pet projects’ through the DEQ’s budget. Rather, our concern is to keep our beaches safe – whether those beaches are in southeast Michigan or Traverse City, Marquette or Holland. By protecting these beautiful beaches and ensuring they are clean and safe, we can showcase ‘Pure Michigan’ to everyone who visits them.
A new quicker way to test the purity of water at Michigan's beaches is causing controversy because most of the state money for local testing is going to finance a pilot project in Macomb County.
I'm pleased to announce that earlier this afternoon the House passed Safe Harbor legislation 109-0! We are one step closer to giving victims of human trafficking the means to restoring their lives.
Unable to catch session? Here are some of my thoughts on this legislation: http://gophouse.org/rep-eileen-kowall-r-white-lake-township-audio-on-passage-of-safe-harbor-legislation/
Yesterday was a big day for Michigan's human trafficking victims. These bills are a small, but important step in giving victims the tools they need to rebuild their lives-there's still a lot more work to do!
Big progress toward accomplishing the victim-centered objectives in the Human Trafficking Report unveiled last week. Kudos to House Criminal Justice Committee for passing Safe Harbor legislation to ensure young survivors of human trafficking are treated as victims, not criminals. Read more about this bipartisan effort: http://bit.ly/1j7pdPP
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The Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force unveiled its final report this morning. I am honored to have been able to address this issue with such a dedicated group of individuals.
Copies of the report can be found at www.michigan.gov/ag/ or http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ag/2013_Human_Trafficking_Annual_Report_439271_7.pdf
Last night, I hosted a Veterans Town Hall at VFW Post #4156. It was a great night dedicated to discussing local veteran issues and current legislation impacting veterans.
Thank you to everyone who came out. I hope you found it informative and helpful. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office!
In the picture, from left to right:
Row 1: Amy Alexander, Pam Young (5th District Commander), Dawn Lantz, Senator Mike Kowall, Kathy Hubbard, Representative Eileen Kowall, and Greg & Dianne Domanowski.
Row 2: Linda & Scott Gloger (Post Commander 4156), John Bond, James Hubbard, Glen Warner, and Jason Allen (Senior Deputy Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs).
House bill would allow pot in food and lotions
The old joke about marijuana brownies was no laughing matter to Michigan's medical-marijuana users after the state Court of Appeals ruled as illegal virtually any medical means of using the drug other than smoking it. A new bill in the state Legislature would address the problem.
Ghostly greetings! I'm witching everyone a wonderful, safe, and fun Halloween! I've got quite a few events coming up in the district, and I would love if you stopped by for a spell.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, I’ll be holding office hours at Colasanti's Market, 468 S. Milford Rd in Highland, from 10 to 11 am.
I’ll also be holding office hours on Monday, Nov. 4 at Dave & Amy's Restaurant, 9595 Highland Rd in White Lake, from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Later that same day, I’ll also be at Bakers of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road in Milford, from noon to 1 p.m.
For all veterans, I’ll also be hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the VFW Post #4156, 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake. Specials guests Senator Mike Kowall and Jason Allen of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will join me to discuss benefits available to veterans, concerns about benefit coverage and the transition from military to civilian life.
As always, there is no need to RSVP to any of these events. Please contact my Lansing office if you have any questions! I hope to see you at any – or all – of these events!
I was privileged to honor Heavner Canoe Rental with Senator Mike Kowall. Thanks for 60 years!
Senator Mike Kowall from the 15th district and Representative Eileen Kowall from the 44th district presented Alan and Stella Heavner a State of Michigan 'Special Tribute' in Highland, celebrating Heavner Canoe Rental being in business for 60
I'm looking forward to meeting with all concerned constituents about what's been going on in Lansing during my September district office hours.
Here's a list of the dates and locations:
Saturday, September 7: 9 to 10 am
Colasanti's Market, 468 S. Milford Road, Highland
Monday, September 9: 10 to 11 am
Leo's Coney Island, White Lake
Monday, September 9: Noon to 1 pm
Baker's of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road, Milford
See you there!
Through my work on the House Appropriations Committee and on the bill package protecting your tax dollars funding the DIA and Zoo, I am honored to be recognized by MLive as one of the most productive lawmakers in Michigan this session.
You deserve to have legislators that work all year for you, and I'm happy to drive to Lansing every week to represent you on the issues.
State Rep. Ken Kurtz and Sen. Darwin Booher have sponsored more bills that have become laws this year than any of their peers, according to an analysis of public acts by MLive Media Group.
A reminder: I will be holding July Local Office Hours at their typical first Monday and first Saturday times.
Monday, July 1: 8 to 9 a.m.
Dave & Amy’s, 9595 Highland Road, White Lake
Monday, July 1: Noon to 1 p.m.
Bakers of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road, Milford
Saturday, July 6: 9 to 10 a.m.
Colasanti’s Market, 468 S. Milford Road, Highland
Looking forward to having the opportunity to meet with all concerned constituents about what's been going on in Lansing.
I'm happy to let you all know that the legislature recently approved a bill package I spearheaded that ensures the Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Zoo will receive 100 percent of their millage funding paid by taxpayers.
House Bills 4458-4464 protect revenues that are derived from voter-approved millages in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to fund the Detroit Zoo and Detroit Institute of Arts. The seven-bill package was passed by both the Senate and the House with strong bipartisan support. I introduced the legislation in response to the discovery that some local tax capture authorities are capturing a percentage of the tri-county zoo and museum millage revenues voters recently approved for their own purposes.
At the end of the day, hard-working taxpayers in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties voted to fund the Detroit Zoo and Detroit Institute of Arts, and they deserve to have that request honored. These bills will hold local municipalities accountable and make sure that the millages are used for their intended purpose.
They have been whisked to the Governor for his signature. Thank you all for your support in this fight!
This week I was named House Advocate of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturers Association! I'm proud to have worked with stakeholders to create more jobs and a more vibrant economy.
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We need to take a good look at how Michigan's restricted funds are being used so we can manage our state's resources and infrastructure effectively.
Can Michigan protect its harbors from low lake levels in an ever- tightening budget with competing interests? Clearly, the state will have to figure how to keep a leash on entitlements and other spending, but in the meantime, it also needs to be smarter about revenue sources — and the temptation to…
Have you ever tried ice fishing? Mark your calendars because Feb. 16 and 17 is Free Fishing weekend, a chance for anglers to try out ice fishing without paying for a fishing license. During this weekend, fishing licenses will be waived for local residents and out-of-state guests. All other fishing regulations still apply.
Michigan has more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes, more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. Free Fishing weekend provides a great opportunity to try out ice fishing and explore some great fishing spots in Pure Michigan. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.
More jobs and better careers remain our number one priority. Here is the 2013-14 House Republican Action Plan:
Here is a look at all the great things we've accomplished in the last session:
"Oakland and Macomb County are remitting all this money to the zoo. Why isn't it happening in Wayne County?" Kowall asked.
A state lawmaker from Oakland County said she plans to introduce legislation that would force all communities in southeast Michigan to render to the Detroit Zoo all taxes that's collected under its millage.
20 titles selected as 2013 Michigan Notable Books
What's worth reading? The Library of Michigan offers a starting point this week with the 2013 Michigan Notable Books -- 20 titles, culled from 200 nominees, that spotlight stories from the Great Lakes state or were written by Michigan-connected authors.
The will of the voters must be protected and the zoo, the DIA, and any other approved millage recipient should get the dollars the voters intended to send to them.
Detroit — The city of Trenton said Wednesday it will return more than $8,000 from a regional zoo levy captured by its tax increment finance authority, the first community to agree to return the money to Wayne County.
I recently read that some DDAs in Wayne County are capturing some of the millage money meant for the Detroit Zoo for their own purposes. The voters approved this money for the zoo and that is where every penny collected should go. I'm concerned these DDAs will do the same with the recently approved DIA millage.
I am currently working on legislation that would prevent these voter-approved millage dollars from being captured by local communities, requiring that every dollar collected be sent straight to the voter-approved recipient. I hope we can put an end to this shameful practice very soon.
During the past five years, the counties of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb have supported the Detroit Zoo with millions of tax dollars from a millage approved by voters in 2008. At the same time, many Wayne County communities have withheld more than $756,000 of the zoo's revenues to spend on their down...
I think that this is proof positive that our reinventing Michigan policies are working and working well!
Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan -
Last night I attended Gov. Snyder's third State of the State address with Timothy Meyer, Chancellor of Oakland Community College. We had a great time and I was very impressed with the governor's speech. Below are my thoughts on the speech:
"There has been quite a turnaround in our state over the past two years. Tonight, the governor stressed that although things have improved, we still need to find ways to help make our economy healthy so that Michigan can be a better place to live and work. I remain committed to creating an effective, accountable and transparent government, while looking for long-term solutions to our problems.
"Thanks to our reform efforts, our state has already become more competitive. While things are looking up, there are many more challenges to address and I am prepared to look at all possible solutions and opinions to help Michigan reach its full potential. Reform will never be easy, but we need to do everything we can to grow our economy and keep our children and grandchildren here in Michigan."
To all White Lake Residents:
White Lake Township has opened up an online survey for Parks and Recreation in White Lake Township. This data is going to be used to help update the 5-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the Township. This survey is being done along with the public visioning session being hosted on Wednesday, January 16th at the Dublin Senior Center from 7PM to 9PM.
Please take your time to fill out this short survey to share your thoughts on how White Lake should improve its parks and recreation offerings!
Today I was sworn in for my third term as state representative for 44th House District by Lt. Gov Brian Calley. I was joined by my husband Sen. Mike Kowall and am looking forward to continuing our efforts to get Michigan back on track!
I co-authored an editorial with Rep. Jim Ananich in support of our Mainstreet Fairness legislation that we hope to see movement on during lame duck. Check it out below:
During this holiday season, no one would imagine sneaking into their neighbors' home and stealing presents, but that is essentially what these online sites are doing.
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