Rep Greg Markkanen and Tom Casperson in Wakefield over the weekend
Written by Jesse Baroka on April 8, 2019
WAKEFIELD – State Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Houghton, and former state senator Tom Casperson were at the Wakefield VFW Post Saturday to address questions from those living on the Gogebic Range. Markkanen stated at the Saturday meeting that he put in an appropriation request for an economic development office in Gogebic County he added that one of his main concerns in 2019 will be to influence the next state budget which is due on Oct. 1. Both sides of the aisle are working on the next budget as Markkanen said both sides of the isle are trying to take a strong, bipartisan view of the budget. Markkanen said he is particularly concerned about taxation saying I don’t want to see small business paying more tax. The potential rise in the gas tax, along with high vehicle insurance rates, were all big concerns among those on the Gogebic Range expressed at Saturday’s event. Former state senator Tom Casperson also was in attendance Saturday. Casperson listened to several constituent concerns, including those of longtime dairy farmer Pat Kitzman of Matchwood, who was complaining about how taxes are calculated on agricultural land. Chris Hoff, social services designee for Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield, said she attended the event to promote the importance of retaining the Medicare and Medicaid system. Bob Jacquart, of Ironwood, spoke with both state representatives about his interest in the revival of Copper Peak. Casperson is now works as a top aide for Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan.