Sen. MacGregor donates Michigan flag from state Capitol to Cedar Springs Library

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor recently donated a state of Michigan flag that was flown over the state Capitol in Lansing to the new Cedar Springs Library to commemorate the first year in their new building.

“This new library was built by local workers, with local products and materials and with donated funds,” said Sen. MacGregor, R-Rockford. “This project was a true testament to this community, and it is great to see how successful its first year has been.”

The new building features both indoor and outdoor spaces for community events, reading programs, computer terminals, tutoring rooms and several other amenities available to residents.

“It’s been a tremendous success,” Sen. MacGregor said. “More and more people are registering for library cards, and visitors have doubled and in some cases even tripled. I was happy to donate a Michigan flag from Lansing to help them continue their mission. I look forward to seeing the library continue to grow and benefit the residents of Cedar Springs.”

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Photo caption: State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, stands with Cedar Springs City Manager Mike Womack (left) and Librarian Donna Clark as the new state of Michigan flag is unveiled at the library.

Sen. MacGregor: Kent County road project gets funding through new budget

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor voted earlier this month to approve an additional $330 million in road funding as part of the state’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. It was the eighth year in a row the Republican-led Legislature passed a balanced budget ahead of schedule.

Among the many infrastructure projects included, the state will spend $1 million for a road project in Kent County to resurface a 1.8 mile stretch of Lamoreaux Drive between Alpine Avenue and West River Drive.

“I am pleased that we were able to secure this necessary funding to repair Lamoreaux Drive,” said Sen. MacGregor, R-Rockford. “It will help provide much-needed upgrades sooner, improve the driving experience and help keep motorists safe.”

The new state funding will enable officials to move the project schedule up, allowing for Alpine Township to complete a utility project replacing approximately 2,000 feet of existing sanitary sewer pipe along the road project route, which will prevent additional construction interruptions in the future.

Improving Michigan’s roads continues to be a top issue for residents. Sen. MacGregor said the additional road funding will bring the total added investment in roads to $2.4 billion since 2017.

A list of 2018 road projects can be found on the Michigan Department of Transportation website at Michigan.gov/Drive.

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MacGregor legislation makes repeal of prevailing wage a priority

Senator Peter MacGregor

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today announced legislation to repeal Michigan’s outdated prevailing wage law and save schools and communities money.

Meekhof will sponsor Senate Bill 1 to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Senate Bill 1 will be introduced at the next senate session on Tuesday, January 20th. Current law requires all construction firms deployed to a government worksite to pay employees union scale wages costing taxpayers, schools and local communities more money.

“Since my days as a township official, I have viewed prevailing wages laws as an unnecessary burden on our schools and local communities,” said Meekhof. “It does not make sense that our taxpayers should have to pay more for improvements to our school and municipal buildings. The extra cost of prevailing wage laws siphons money away from other community priorities.”

Legislation to repeal the prevailing wage law consists of Senate Bills 1, 2 and 3. Senators Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, and Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, sponsored the other bills in the package to complete the repeal of prevailing wage laws.

“Michigan was a very different state when prevailing wage laws took effect fifty years ago,” said MacGregor, sponsor of Senate Bill 2. “As we work to foster a modern, 21st Century economy that will help drive Michigan forward, we must repeal these outdated, burdensome, costly and unnecessary laws.”

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to come up with an agreeable solution and save taxpayer dollars,” said Robertson.

The House of Representatives also announced legislation today to repeal the current prevailing wage statute in Michigan.

“The senate has made commonsense legislation a priority. It simply does not make sense that state government requires taxpayer-funded building projects cost more than other construction. Repealing the prevailing wage law eliminates a burdensome requirement that has no place in a growing and competitive economy,” said Meekhof.