Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Gretchen Driskell plans to keep campaign promise and restore education funding.
Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell is now the newly elected state representative for Michigan's 52nd District. With 124 of the 169 precincts counted, Driskell had 17,460 votes and Mark Ouimet had 17,207, according to unofficial results from Washtenaw County. Driskell ran against incumbent Republican Ouimet of Scio Township. Driskell, who has been Saline mayor since 1999, was critical of the Republicans' cuts to revenue sharing payments to municipalities since announcing her campaign in March. "I don't want to cut any more revenues," she said. She said she plans to have a more detailed plan by January but she said her focus will be restoring education funding, a major platform of her campaign. "What really resonated when I went door to door …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Both candidates agree, however, that higher education needs to be affordable to Michigan residents.
A disagreement over education funding is the latest topic pitting Democrat Gretchen Driskell verses Republican Mark Ouimet in the hotly contested race for the 52nd District Michigan House of Representatives. Driskell, the current mayor of Saline, held a press conference Tuesday to highlight the issue. “I want every child in Washtenaw County to get a great education, but that will only happen if we invest in our schools,” Driskell said. State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Saline schools employee Kimberly Van Hoek attended the conference to support Driskell. Irwin, Hoek and Driskell agree that companies that create high-paying jobs want to locate in places that they can find well-educated workers. Driskell demanded the restoration of …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Saline mayor says the legislative package will spark job creation and strengthen small businesses.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Gretchen Driskell, Democratic candidate for Michigan's 52nd District in the Michigan House of Representatives, is calling on the Legislature to approve proposals to increase access to capital for small businesses and start-up companies. House Bills 5183, 5168 through 5173 have been introduced in the Legislature, but have been largely ignored, Driskell said. “As mayor of Saline and as a commercial realtor, I know the importance of small businesses to our communities,” she said. “Small businesses create new jobs and support our communities through local purchasing and local employment. Access to capital is one of the major barriers for small businesses and we need to minimize the barriers and maximize the opportunities for businesses to grow…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Ouimet will provide an update on the latest news from Lansing at the Saline senior center
Michigan State Rep. Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Twp., will visit senior center in Saline Aug. 9 to update local residents on the latest news at the capitol. Ouimet will visit Saline Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple Road, on Thursday, from 9 to 10 a.m. "Local seniors are welcome to attend these informative sessions and learn about the newest developments at the state capitol," said Ouimet. "It's also a great opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns involving state government." For more information about the senior center visits, call Ouimet's office toll free at 855-627-5052 (855-MARK052) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Lawmakers continue to work together to help make government more accountable to constituents.
The Michigan House ended its spring session last week on a resounding note by approving landmark legislation to help direct more funding into public school classrooms and give all Michigan taxpayers needed tax relief. The measure to put more money into our classrooms reforms the Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System, which unfortunately has liabilities of more than $45 billion. Schools will ultimately have to pay for this enormous debt. Many people may not realize that our public schools currently pay 27 percent of their total payroll, on average, into the employee retirement system. These payments could increase as high as 35 percent if nothing is done to help schools. Under the House-approved plan, public school employees …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Rep. Mark Ouimet urged school officials to call Sen. Randy Richardville with their concerns about the stalled pension reform legislation.
At a special meeting Monday, Saline Area Schools officials queried State Rep. Mark Ouimet about pension reform legislation that stalled in the state senate last week. Last Thursday, the state senate adjourned without voting on legislation designed to reform the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. For Saline Area Schools, already dealing with a $1.7 million structural deficit, that’s $1 million in potential savings unaccounted for with the June 30 deadline for a new budget looming. The senate may take up the matter again when it returns to session July 18. At issue is the MSPERS retirement rate, the contribution rate that employers pay to the state retirement plan. This year, for every $1 school districts spend on salaries, …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The AG's office will advise on safeguarding seniors from fraud June 20 in Scio Township.
State Rep. Mark Ouimet is inviting Washtenaw County senior citizens to a special Senior Brigade event in Scio Township on June 20 to learn how to recognize and avoid identity theft. A representative from the attorney general's office who is an expert on senior fraud issues will present valuable information to help protect against identify theft and keep seniors safe online. "Identity theft is a serious concern for all of us, but senior citizens especially should learn how to avoid this malicious crime," said Ouimet, R-Scio Township. "Scam artists do target older people for financial gain, and the best line of defense is knowledge. I encourage all area seniors to attend this free and informative event." The Senior Brigade will include a …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Local students can become "lawmaker for a day."
With school officially out for the summer in most of Washtenaw County, state Rep. Mark Ouimet is reminding area students to participate in his second annual Summer Reading Contest. The contest officially starts this week. Students can submit the titles of their completed books and the pages read by email at email@example.com. Please put "Summer Reading Contest" in the subject line. "Our annual Summer Reading Contest is a great way for local students to have fun and keep academically sharp during their vacation," said Ouimet, R-Scio Township. "Reading can enrich all of our lives, and is especially beneficial for students to help them successfully transition into the next school year." Each student's submission is another entry in …
Friday, June 15, 2012
These national, statewide and local candidates have already drawn attention in races that affect Saline.
Saline Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about 2012 political races that touch our community. Here are the candidates to watch in races locals are already talking about: Brian Marl and Glenn Law are running for the office of mayor. Marl serves on City Council. Law was one of council's longest serving members before resigning last fall to take a teaching job up north. Incumbent city council members David Rhoads and Dean Girbach are seeking re-election. They are joined by Lee Bourgoin, who left the city after serving for years as city manager and then finance director. Mark Ouimet, the incumbent Republican from Scio Township faces a challenge from Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, Democratic candidate. Karen Delhey, …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Rep. Mark Ouimet said legislation passed Wednesday is designed to protect a woman's health, while Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell said the legislation takes health care decisions away from women and doctors.
The Michigan House, divided mostly along party lines, passed new regulations for abortion providers June 13. The legislation requires more malpractice insurance for any providers who've lost two lawsuits, regulates the disposal of fetal remains, requires that abortion clinics be licensed as surgical centers and prohibits doctors from prescribing the RU-486 abortion pill over the Internet. Rep. Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, voted for the legislation, saying it was a vote for women's health. "Far from being 'right-wing,' this legislation was approved by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including six Democrats. No matter where you stand on the abortion issue, you'd hope everyone could agree that women who do decide to have an abortion should …