Cash prize for college students to fix Michigan

 

LANSING — College students with ideas on how to help improve Michigan’s infrastructure should apply for a scholarship through the Students Reinventing Michigan Corporation, said state Sen. Mike Kowall.

“This is the perfect opportunity to engage our young people in public policy and investing in Michigan’s future,” said Kowall, R-White Lake, chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee. “I encourage college students across the 15th Senate District and the entire state of Michigan to submit a proposal.”

The annual competition gives students a chance to get involved with Michigan policy. The competition is open to all undergraduate students attending Michigan colleges, universities, or community colleges.

The goal of the competition is to engage students in finding solutions to contemporary issues in Michigan. The topic this year is how the Legislature can improve Michigan’s infrastructure with public support in these challenging times.

The competition is open to the public until Nov. 15, when proposals are due. Students must register and submit their proposals online at: www.studentsreinventingmichigan.com.

The awards will be announced on Jan. 15. Winners of the competition will receive cash prizes. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, second place is a $5,000 prize, and 10 third-place winners will receive $500.

Those who wish to participate for first- and second-place prizes must make a plan that contains recommendations to the governor and Legislature. The applicant whose plan is adopted (or largely adopted) by the Legislature will win the grand prize. Individuals whose plans are adopted to a lesser degree are eligible to be one of five second-place winners.

Applicants can win a third-place prize by creating public support for infrastructure funding by using the media. Students who create the 10 most influential communications will win the third-place prize.

The competition will be judged by a panel of government officials. Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Rep. Paul Opsommer, R-DeWitt, chair of the House Transportation Committee will appoint two members from their respective chambers, one Democrat and one Republican, to serve as judges for the competition.

For more information about the competition, visit: www.studentsreinventingmichigan.com.

Sen. Kowall welcomes Mrs. Michigan United States to Capitol

LANSING — Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, welcomed Annette Kelly, Mrs. Michigan United States 2011, to the state Capitol on June 23, 2011. She spoke before the Michigan Senate about the importance of autism research. Kelly will compete for the title of Mrs. United States in Las Vegas, July 31 through Aug. 4.

Editor’s note: The above photograph of Sen. Kowall and Mrs. Michigan United States 2011 Annette Kelly is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=15.  

Sen. Kowall releases agenda for Wednesday NITC hearing

WHO: Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee.

WHAT: Discussing legislation to allow the creation of a governmental authority for a New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Canada.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 22
 1:30 p.m. or immediately following session, whichever is later.

WHERE: Farnum Building
 Room 110
 125 W. Allegan
 Lansing, MI 48933

BRIEF: The agenda for the legislative hearing to discuss Senate Bills 410 and 411 is as follows:

  • Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor;
  • Sarah Hubbard and Brad Williams (representing NITC Coalition);
  • A Ford Motor Co. logistics manager;
  • General Motors Corp. Economist, Dr. Mustafa Mohatarem;
  • Representatives from Chrysler;
  • Wayne Wood of Farm Bureau; and
  • Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Cliff Taylor.

Sen. Kowall releases agenda for Thursday NITC hearing

 

WHO: Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee.

WHAT: Discussion of legislation to allow the creation of a governmental authority for a New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Canada.

WHEN: Thursday, June 16
 1:30 p.m., or immediately following session (whichever comes later).

WHERE: Senate Hearing Room
Boji Tower
124 W. Allegan
Lansing, MI 48933

BRIEF: The agenda for the legislative hearing to discuss Senate Bills 410 and 411 is as follows:

  • Testimony from opponents of SBs 410 and 411;
  • Testimony from Tom Shields and Sarah Hubbard; and
  • Public discussion among committee members regarding future hearing topics and timeline.
     

Sen. Kowall to begin NITC hearings

LANSING — State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, announced Friday that a senate panel will begin a series of hearings on Senate Bills 410 and 411, legislation to allow the creation of a governmental authority for a New International Trade Crossing (NITC) between Detroit and Windsor, Canada.
The bills were introduced earlier this week by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. The bills have been assigned to the Senate Economic Development Committee, which Kowall chairs.

“This is a complicated issue involving billions of dollars. It deserves a full, public and transparent airing of all viewpoints, and I intend on doing that,” Kowall said.

The Senate panel will conduct focused hearings. The initial hearing will be on Wednesday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m., and will be a discussion of organizing subsequent hearing topics.

Hearing topics may include: traffic projections and the rationale for the NITC; financial impact and costs; status of the Ambassador Bridge Gateway; geotechnical issues; Detroit River International Crossing Study & Gateway Project; stakeholder testimony; Canadian roadway issues; state role vs. federal role; community benefits concepts; details of Canada’s $550 million offer; and the Federal Highway Administration matching funds commitment and Ambassador Bridge matching funds offer. Committee members may also visit the proposed bridge site.

“I believe this approach is in the best interest of all stakeholders. As elected officials we are expected to do our due diligence, and it’s particularly important given a project of this size,” Kowall said.

HEARING LOCATION
Senate Hearing Room
Boji Tower
124 W. Allegan
Lansing, MI 48933
 

Sen. Kowall announces funds for college students to fix Michigan

 

LANSING — Is there anything more frustrating than a flat tire on the way to work from a pothole on I-696? Michigan is in need of a great deal of infrastructure improvement, but has a small amount of resources.

“State government officials are doing their best to meet the needs of residents, but we cannot magically fix Michigan overnight,” said Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee. “College students are an excellent resource, and as such, should be involved with contemporary policy issues.”

The Students Reinventing Michigan Corporation is sponsoring an annual competition to give students a chance to get involved with Michigan policy. The competition is open to all undergraduate students attending Michigan colleges, universities, or community colleges.

The goal of the competition is to engage students in finding solutions to contemporary issues in Michigan. The topic this year is how the Legislature can improve Michigan’s infrastructure with public support in these challenging times.

The competition, which began May 25, is open to the public until Nov. 15, when proposals are due. Students must register and submit their proposals online at: www.studentsreinventingmichigan.com.

The awards will be announced on Jan. 15. Winners of the competition will receive cash prizes. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, second place is a $5,000 prize, and 10 third-place winners will receive $500.

Those who wish to participate for first- and second-place prizes must make a plan that contains recommendations to the governor and Legislature. The applicant whose plan is adopted (or largely adopted) by the Legislature will win the grand prize. Individuals whose plans are adopted to a lesser degree are eligible to be one of up to five second-place winners.

Applicants can win a third-place prize by creating public support for infrastructure funding by using the media. Students who create the 10 most influential communications will win the third-place prize.

The competition will be judged by a panel of government officials. Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and Rep. Paul Opsommer, R-DeWitt, chair of the House Transportation Committee will appoint two members from their respective chambers, one Democrat and one Republican, to serve as judges for the competition.

For more information about the competition, visit: www.studentsreinventingmichigan.com.

“I encourage college students across the 15th Senate District and the entire state of Michigan to put a proposal together and submit it,” Kowall said. “Good Luck!”
 

Sen. Kowall appointed to regional committee

LANSING — State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, was recently appointed to the bipartisan Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC) Midwest—Canada Relations Committee, a regional panel of lawmakers tasked with examining key trade and border security issues.

“It’s truly an honor to be appointed to such a group,” Kowall said. “I look forward to working on these important issues facing our state, nation and our international neighbors.”

Kowall and other committee members will continue working to enhance the economic relationship between the Midwestern states and neighboring Canadian provinces, and to support efforts to ensure a safe and well-functioning border, according to the Council of State Governments (CSG).

The most recent economic data indicates that Canada is the largest trading partner for every Midwestern state. In Michigan alone, 237,000 jobs depend on trade with Canada and two-way trade is valued at $43.3 billion.

Kowall will work with leaders from 11 states and four Canadian provinces while serving on the committee. Each state and province in the region can appoint up to six legislators to serve on the MLC committee.

In addition to Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin are also members of the MLC. Canadian MLC affiliates include the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

MLC and its policy committees are provided support staff by CSG’s Midwestern office. According to its website, CSG is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.