Senator Ken Horn
 
 
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Senator Ken Horn's Legislative Update
 
 
 
Dear Friends,

Below you will find the latest edition of my monthly legislative update. I hope you find it informative and helpful. As we continue into the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, I believe it is important to keep the citizens of the 32nd Senate District informed on my work in Lansing.

I am proud to represent you in the Michigan Senate and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov or toll-free at 855-347-8032. Or if you are in Lansing, please feel free to stop by my office, room 7200 in the Binsfield Office Building.

Sincerely,

Ken Horn
State Senator
32nd District
 
 
 
 
Join me for a Vietnam veterans pinning ceremony

My office will be joining the Frankenmuth Military and Space Museum to host a pinning ceremony for local Vietnam veterans on Saturday, August 5.

The event serves as a way for the community to formally give thanks to those who fought for our country in the Vietnam War. I will be joined by community leaders from the 32nd District to present official Vietnam veteran lapel pins to those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975.

Speakers include SPC. Michael D. Cox, U.S. Army, of Saginaw and Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson, U.S. Army, who currently serves as the director of the United States of American Vietnam War Commemoration.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to thank each veteran for their service, thank their families for their sacrifice, and to give those who served the warm welcome home that many unfortunately never received.
 
I strongly encourage any Vietnam War era veterans to attend and receive their pin. 

The event will be held at the following date and time and location:

Saturday, Aug. 5
Social Hour: 9 a.m.
Ceremony: 10 a.m.

Michigan’s Military and Space Heroes Museum
1250 Weiss St.
Frankenmuth

Please park at Sullivan’s Black Forest – 281 Heinlein Strasse, Frankenmuth. A free shuttle will take you to the museum. Shuttles will run from 8:30 a.m. – noon.


If you, or a family member are interested in attending, please RSVP to my office via email senkhorn@senate.michigan.gov or call toll-free at 855-347-8032. This will ensure sufficient pins are available at the ceremony.

The event is outdoors under a tent so please dress comfortably. All family members are invited to join and the ceremony is open to the public. I hope to see you there!

Michigan’s state budget — it’s a wrap!

For the seventh year in a row, the Legislature delivered a responsible and balanced budget, several months ahead of the fiscal year deadline.

Our plan focuses on issues important to Michigan families, such as jobs, schools and public safety. Top priorities include:
•    An increase in the School Aid budget by more than $415 million over last year;
•    An investment of more than $12 million to hire 150 new State Police Troopers;
•    Added funds for more staff and training to ensure veterans receive proper care;
•    Increased support for skilled trades training to prepare workers for in-demand jobs; and
•    An increase in transportation funding by more than $231 million.
The budget also strengthens the state’s finances by paying $1.3 billion toward schools’ retirement debt and adding to the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Senate passes bill to fight credit card fraud

Criminals find any number of ways to steal personal information from consumers.

One method is electronic skimming devices installed on gas pumps. Scammers are able to install skimmers, which copy credit and debit card information and can be sold or used to make counterfeit cards. In fact, nearly 70 credit card skimmers have been found and removed from gas pumps across Michigan since 2015.

I recently voted in support of Senate Bill 415, which would require greater security measures at the pump to restrict unauthorized access of customer payment card information and prevent the use of skimmers. While many gas stations already have security measures in place, the legislation would ensure all stations provide this consumer protection.

July is National Blueberry Month!

Michigan is the nation’s leading producer of cultivated blueberries. In fact, there are more than 600 family-owned farms that contribute to the roughly 100 million pounds of blueberries produced in our state each year.

In honor of National Blueberry Month, I encourage residents to purchase berries from a local farmer, a store that sells local produce, or a bakery that uses blueberries from nearby farms. Several farms also let you head out on your own for a pick-your-own experience that allows you to wander through the rows and hand-pick your own basket, giving consumers a true, fresh-from-the-vine product.

I had the opportunity to venture out to the many rows of blueberries myself during my previous Hometown Job at Montrose Orchards. Click here to watch the video from my visit.

For a list of farms that allow you to pick your own blueberries, visit www.pickyourown.org/MI.htm.

Good Jobs legislation signed by governor

The Michigan Senate has worked diligently in recent years to help the state attract new and expanded business investments that result in the creation of high-wage Michigan jobs. Gov. Snyder recently signed a package of bills that will bring us closer than ever to accomplishing that goal.

Senate Bills 242-244 would create a transparent and capped incentive program aimed at attracting large-scale projects that would provide a significant number of new high-wage jobs.

Under the legislation, business expansions or new locations creating at least 500 qualified new jobs that pay the prosperity region average wage or higher would be eligible to receive up to a five-year, 50 percent abatement on the personal income tax withholdings of the new employees. Companies creating at least 250 qualified new jobs paying wages at 125 percent or more of the prosperity region average wage would be eligible to receive up to a 10-year, 100 percent abatement.

The incentive program would be limited to 15 new projects per year, with a maximum value for all outstanding projects at any time capped at $250 million.

This legislation is performance-based, and is designed to create jobs, however it also includes numerous safeguards to protect taxpayers and our local communities. A business will not get the incentive unless it creates new jobs with certain high-wage requirements, and those numbers will be verified each year.

I think this legislation, combined with the recently approved MiThrive package will do wonders for attracting game-changing investments to our state.

MSP adds new canine teams

Some of this summer’s recent graduates go by the names of Rocko, Starsky and Boomer!

They are members of 12 new canine teams, as well as one replacement team, that graduated from the Michigan State Police (MSP) 2017 Basic Canine School. As part of the program, the canine teams covered more than 100 miles on foot and received training in areas including tracking, narcotics detection, building search, property search, obedience and aggression.

The MSP now has 43 canine teams working throughout Michigan. The canine unit handles more than 6,000 requests for service each year, making it one of the largest and busiest in the country.

Jobless rate drops again

Michigan's unemployment rate declined to 3.8 percent in June, the lowest rate since August 2000!

Statewide unemployment was once again below the national average and a full percentage point below Michigan's June 2016 rate. Job gains were posted in the professional and business services; trade, transportation and utilities; and financial sectors.
 
 
 
 
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Senator Ken Horn

201 Townsend Street
Suite #7200
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-1760

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