The Michigan Association of Timbermen is a non-profit trade association,
representing the forest products industry of Michigan. Founded in 1972, MAT has
provided effective representation of Michigan's forestry community, including those
who grow, harvest and process forest products.
This week Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, announced the introduction of a constitutional amendment that would make it easier to fire state government workers. The resolution, set to be introduced today, would make it easier for department directors to fire employees when their conduct “directly and negatively impacts the department’s ability to accomplish its statutory duties in a fair, timely, equitable and transparent view”. Governor Rick Snyder was not able to fire certain people at the DEQ following the Flint water crisis because of Civil Service, so Cotter is trying to change the situation from happening again.
This week a Senate committee approved the sale of beer and wine for gas stations. Gas stations around the state would be able to sell beer and wine under legislation reported Wednesday from the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee.