It has been great meeting with you all throughout the summer! For those I have not had a chance to speak with, I would like to highlight some of my recent work, as well as issues affecting the 32nd District and Michigan as a whole.
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 Binsfeld Office Building.
32nd District Office hours TODAY
Since being elected to represent the 32nd District in the state Senate, I’ve worked to maintain regular office hours in communities throughout the district.
My office hours for the month of July will take place later today from 11 a.m.until 1 p.m. at the following location: Saginaw Township Hall
4980 Shattuck Road Saginaw Township
I look forward to meeting with folks from the Saginaw area and hearing concerns that any residents of the district may have. Please feel free to drop in. No appointment is necessary. July is National Blueberry Month!
The state of Michigan is nationally known as an agricultural hub. We are famously branded as the cherry capital of the world, but are also known for our potatoes, cheese, apples, Christmas trees and sugar production in the Thumb.
Michigan is also third in the nation for cultivated blueberry production — and we owe that to the many family farms across our state.
Blueberry production alone injects nearly $122 million into the state’s economy — a figure that does not include money generated from tourists coming to Michigan for the many blueberry festivals across the state.
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. For a list of area farms that allow you to pick your own blueberries, please visit http://www.pickyourown.org/MIeastcentral.htm
I also encourage you to come join me at the Montrose Blueberry Festival, which runs from Friday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 19. More information can be found at: https://www.montroseblueberryfestival.net/
. Horn ‘skilled trades funding’ bill signed into law
I have been advocating for skilled trades training since first becoming a state legislator. In my years in the House and now as chair of the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee, I’ve heard from countless employers who are struggling to find qualified workers to fill such positions.
It’s been an ongoing issue and I am glad to see additional steps being taken to keep these careers alive here in Michigan.
Michigan has had a skilled trades training program in place since 2014, and while the program has been very effective at creating jobs, it had no statutory authority and relied on annual approval in the state budget. Senate Bill 946
, which was recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and is now Public Act 260 of 2018, codifies the program in state statute.
The purpose of the Going Pro Talent Program is to ultimately close the “talent gap” and strengthen Michigan’s workforce. The program does this by providing competitive awards, which are similar to grants, to qualified, in-state employers that are used for workforce training like talent enhancement and skill development, increasing worker productivity, management training and worker retention.
The fund, in its various forms, has provided $72.9 million in competitive awards to more than 2,000 companies for training and apprenticeships since its beginning.
It has proven to be a highly successful program that gives workers additional skills to advance their careers. My colleagues and I are working hard to bring Michigan back. We’ve reached record low unemployment and families are starting to return to our state. This is one more step in the right direction and one more step toward getting Michiganders back to work.
Our state is rooted in manufacturing and skilled trades, and programs like this are working to put Michigan back on the map. We need to once again teach our youngsters the importance of knowing how to work with their hands. 2018 Saginaw County Fair
We are quickly approaching one of the premier summer events Saginaw County has to offer. On Tuesday, July 31, the sights and sounds of the summer fair will again return to the Saginaw County Fairgrounds as the 105th Saginaw County Fair kicks off its events.
The fair will feature fantastic food, motocross races, a dog show, a demolition derby, rides, animals and loads of other fun activities for the family.
My staff and I will also have a booth there should any residents have any concerns they would like to discuss. I encourage folks to come out to enjoy the atmosphere and see what Saginaw County has to offer. More information can be found here
. Horn supports budget funds to build police memorial
We owe so much to the police officers who put their lives on the line to serve and protect our neighborhoods and communities.
The Legislature recently allotted $1.2 million in the state budget to help build a memorial to those who have died in the line of duty. The Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument will pay tribute to the fallen and honor their courage, dedication and commitment to keeping Michigan safe.
The monument will be located near the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Memorial adjacent to the Hall of Justice in Lansing. More information is available at www.michigan.gov/mleom
. New law to create fundraising plates for sports teams’ charities
Michigan motorists will have a new way to show their support for their favorite home state professional sports team!
Senate legislation recently signed into law directs the secretary of state’s office to develop and issue fundraising license plates recognizing the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers. Revenues from the sales of the plates will be distributed to the charitable foundations associated with the teams. The charities support various youth, educational, and healthy living causes.
The secretary of state must establish the new license plates and have them available to be issued by Aug. 1, 2019. Hunters: Apply for fall turkey hunting and antlerless deer licenses
While spring is the traditional time to hunt wild turkey, some areas in Michigan are open to fall turkey hunting. The fall turkey license application period runs until Aug. 1. Find more information and buy an application online at www.michigan.gov/turkey
In addition, the antlerless deer license application period runs from July 15 to Aug. 15. For more details and to buy an application online, visit www.michigan.gov/deer
. Protect families and pets from rabies
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reports there has been an increase in the number of bats testing positive for rabies compared to the same time last year.
The following precautions are recommended to help protect your family and pets from rabies:
- Avoid contact with wild animals;
- If bitten or scratched by an animal, seek immediate medical attention and alert the local health department;
- If you find a bat in your home, safely confine or collect it and contact your local health department to see if it should be tested for rabies, or hire a bat/wildlife removal service;
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies; and
- If your animal is bitten or scratched by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian.
In 2017, there were 38 cases of rabies in animals in Michigan, including 35 bats, two skunks and one cat.