Representative Tom McMillin announces candidacy for Michigan State Senate

Today, State Representative Tom McMillin announced his candidacy for Michigan’s 13th State Senate District via YouTube video. To watch, click here. “Over the years, I have been out front in the fight against President Obama and Former Governor Granholm’s failed spend-and-tax policies that were wrong for Michigan families” said Tom McMillin, a Certified Public Accountant and third term State Representative serving Rochester, Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township. “As a career CPA and … [Read more...]

Oakland County Commissioner Beth Nuccio Seeks a Citizen to Serve on the Oakland County Senior Advisory Council

Oakland County Commissioner Beth Nuccio seeks one senior citizen or a resident interested in senior issues to serve on the Oakland County Senior Advisory Council. The Senior Advisory Council focuses on issues specific to senior citizens in Oakland County. The Oakland County Senior Advisory Council’s primary purpose is to advise the County Executive on the needs and services required by the elderly and to point out gaps in the elderly network. The Council meets on the third Monday of each month. … [Read more...]

Fringe Benefits For Road Commissioners?

Just when you think you’ve figured everything out, you find an old practice that’s never mentioned. County Commissioners are required by law to appoint 3 members to the Road Commission for Oakland County and set their compensation.  The Road Commission for Oakland County is not a part of county government and their salary has been set at $10,000 a year for their services.  Not bad.  Their salary hasn’t changed in 21 years but I  thought it was pretty generous and no one ever suggested that we … [Read more...]

Know the Michigan Open Meetings Act and Keep Government Open and Honest

Over the years, I’ve received several questions on the Open Meetings Act (OMA).  OMA sets rules to keep government open and honest.  Taxpayers ought to see the full process leading up to decisions that affect how their tax dollars are spent.  The courts have said that interpretations of OMA should be broad to protect the public’s right to know.  It takes a 2/3 vote for a public body to go into ‘closed’ or ‘executive’ session and the purpose for the closed session must be stated.  Permitted … [Read more...]