Monday, January 14, 2013
According to Detroiter Magazine, White Lake's Mike Kowall is one of the few legislators named to the 2013 Legislators to Watch list.
Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) has been named one of the 2013 Legislators to Watch by Detroiter Magazine. According to the article, it's Kowall's knack for economic development policy that's earned him the distinction. The article states: "...Kowall has shown a knack for economic development policy, evident by his role as chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee. He also serves as vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and has been a key proponent for the establishment of a Regional Transit Authority." Kowall also represents Highland Township. Other legislators on the list include:
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Sen. Mike Kowall was given the award by AT&T/Michigan Association for Computer Users In Learning.
Tuesday, January 8
The following is a press release from AT&T/Michigan Association for Computers In Learning. Michigan State Senator Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, serving the 15th Senate District, received the “Excellence in Education” award from AT&T and the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) at the 12th annual AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase on Nov. 28 at the State Capitol Building in Lansing. On hand for the presentation were Rev. Dr. Richard Zeile, member of the Michigan State Board of Education; Bruce Umpstead, director of technology, Michigan Department of Education; Steve Schiller, MACUL board president; and Greg Clark, AT&T director of external affairs. The annual award is given to legislators who have proven their …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Both White Lake-Highland area legislators supported bills that make theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling the products a felony.
Thursday, January 3
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation establishing the Organized Retail Crime Act to protect consumers by cracking down on the increasing prevalence of retail fraud. Both State Rep. Eileen Kowall and Sen. Mike Kowall, who represent White Lake and Highland, voted in favor of House Bills 5843 and 5902, sponsored by state Dist. 51 State Rep. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Township), which would make it a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment if a person is found guilty of knowingly committing organized retail crime. This includes the theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling, distributing, or transferring the stolen retail merchandise to another retail merchant or to any other person personally, through the …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Rep. Eileen Kowall and Sen. Mike Kowall did not miss one of their respective legislative votes in 2012, according to a nonpartisan vote-tracking website.
State Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-White Lake) and Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) can add perfect attendance to their 2012 accomplishments — or, at least, a perfect voting record. The nonpartisan vote-tracking website michiganvotes.org — which compiles the voting histories of lawmakers in the Michigan House and Senate — noted that Eileen Kowall did not miss one of the House's 904 votes in 2012; and Mike Kowall voted in all of the Senate's 1082 votes. Eileen Kowall represents Michigan’s 44th District, which includes White Lake and Highland. State representatives are elected for two-year terms and are limited to three terms. Mike Kowall represents Michigan's 15th District, which includes both White Lake and Highland. State senators are elected for…
Thursday, January 19, 2012
White Lake Republican will continue to serve his four-year term in the Michigan Senate.
In a surprise announcement that took place during Gov. Rick Snyder's State of the State address Wednesday night in Lansing, state Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) said he would immediately cease his campaign for Congress. Kowall wrote, via e-mail: "During the past year, Michigan Republicans have shown what’s possible with principled, conservative leadership. "We’ve eliminated Michigan’s structural budget deficit. We’ve replaced the Michigan Business Tax. We’ve eliminated job-killing regulations and streamlined state government. "Our economy is responding. Unemployment is down. Job creation is up. And our families are beginning to have hope in the future again. "In one year, Michigan Republicans have accomplished a lot to turn our state …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) and supported by other local politicians, the subsidy provides for $50 million to benefit the Ford Wixom plant.
State Reps. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) and Gail Haines (R-Waterford) were part of a majority House vote Thursday in support of a Senate bill to provide a $50 million subsidy to benefit the Ford Motors Wixom plant. Senate bill 855, introduced by State Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) was passed 82-24 in the House. A revised bill with amendments was passed 35-3 that same day. The subsidy to Maryland-based investment firm Townsend Ventures will go to outfitting the closed facility with systems necessary to produce electric car batteries. The subsidy will create 875 direct jobs by 2016, according to materials supplied to the Senate Committee for Economic Development. Those workers will create power stations that can charge electric vehicles…
Monday, July 11, 2011
Kowall says he's forming a committee, will seek Thaddeus McCotter's 11th Congressional seat.
The Oakland Press is reporting that state Senator Mike Kowall from Whilte Lake will be running for Congress in 2012. According to the report, Kowall, a Republican, is forming a committee and plans to run for the seat vacated by Thaddeus McCotter's (R-Livonia) presidential run. Kowall just recently won his state Senate seat in November, vacating his former position as White Lake Township Supervisor. His election win prompted controversy as the township board appointed a new supervisor, Greg Baroni, after weeks of debate. The state Senate term is a 4-year term. According to the Oakland Press article, Kowall won't have to give up his seat in order to run and he said he plans to run the campaign and continue with all of his state Senate duties…
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Shoppers appreciate store's attempts to go green, while township supervisor likes parking lot's approach to handling storm runoff.
Kohl's department store in White Lake isn't just a hub for great deals, fashionable clothes and accessories and functional knick-knacks. It is also one of the 538 Kohl's stores around the country that is proclaimed to be Energy Star-rated, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To receive the Energy Star label, a store must perform in the top 25 percent of most energy efficient stores in the country. This number is indicated by the amount of energy used and carbon dioxide generated. To maintain an Energy Star rating, that specific store on average is creating one-third less carbon dioxide and using 35 percent less energy than retail buildings of similar size and function. There are many ways Kohl's has been proactive about…