As students across the district return to school and parents are scrambling to wrap up any last-minute needs of their children, I would like to highlight some of my recent work in the 32nd District.
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32nd District Horn ‘skilled trades funding’ bill signed into law
I recently had the pleasure of joining Gov. Rick Snyder, Department of Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis, Delaney McKinley with the Michigan Manufacturing Association, and skilled trades advocates for a bill signing ceremony for my bill, Senate Bill 946
The new law permanently places into statute the Going Pro Talent Program, which provides funding for skilled trades training. Michigan has had a version of the Skilled Trades Training Fund since 2014, but it was dependent on annual renewal by the Legislature. With this legislation, workers and employers in need of training opportunities are guaranteed the program is available.
Since 2014, the program has provided $72.9 million in competitive awards to more than 2,000 companies for training and apprenticeships.
The new law was formally signed in early July and is now Public Act 260 of 2018
. August Events in the 32nd District
Saginaw African Cultural Festival
Earlier this month, I attended the 50th annual Saginaw African Cultural Festival. Members of the Royal Court of Ghana were officially welcomed by the city of Saginaw at the beginning of the festival.
The annual summer event is one of the country’s longest celebrated events of its kind. I was happy to attend and enjoy a weekend of culture, music and fantastic food.
Over three days, the festival hosted several entertaining and educational opportunities for all ages. Eagle Scout Court of Honor
It was my honor to present Kane Kienitz with a special tribute from the Legislature for reaching the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
Kane’s project was a built-in fire pit at the Hemlock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The fire pit has been assigned the patriotic purpose of retiring tattered and torn American Flags.
Kane is a quiet, hardworking young man who is willing to work hard for his community and has shown his respect for our flag and our nation’s veterans.
Michigan will do just fine in his hands. Community Celebration for the Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Austin
My wife Veronica and I had the pleasure of attending the 92nd birthday celebration of the Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Austin Sr.
From the stage, Veronica shared some memories of her time working with Dr. Austin back when they worked for Congressman Bob Traxler.
Rep. Vanessa Guerra also shared a special tribute to Dr. Austin, signed by the both of us along with Gov. Rick Snyder.
It was a wonderful evening celebrating the life and accomplishments of a one-of-a-kind man. Sexual assault funding now available to Michigan colleges and universities
Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced $1 million in grant funding recently made available through the state of Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.
Michigan colleges and universities will be able to apply for funding to support new or ongoing efforts to reduce sexual assaults on campus. Applications will be accepted from public and non-public schools.
This is the fourth wave of grants aimed at ending sexual assault on Michigan’s college campuses since 2015 and is the largest investment in the program’s history. In 2015, the governor called for $500,000 from the fiscal year 2016 General Fund to support the grant program, which the Legislature subsequently approved. An additional $500,000 was authorized in 2017 and another $600,000 in 2018. Funding for the most recent grant comes from a bipartisan, $1 million appropriation from the fiscal year 2019 General Fund budget.
The application process opened on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and will run through Monday, Oct. 8. More information can be found on the Michigan State Police Website here
, or at www.endcampussexualassault.com
. Horn backs new law to improve veteran services
I recently supported legislation — now signed into law — to provide Michigan veterans with better access to services and benefits. Public Act 210
of 2018 creates a state fund to help counties establish and maintain veteran services offices. The fund will help ensure counties have the resources to provide support to our state’s veterans.
Over 600,000 veterans call Michigan home and many look to their local government for assistance in obtaining their veteran benefits. Electric customers to see savings from federal tax cut
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) recently approved nearly $270 million in savings for electric customers of Consumers Energy Co. and DTE Electric Co. from the new, lower federal corporate tax rate.
The move means rate reductions for Michigan customers of nine of the 10 rate-regulated utilities impacted by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Residential bills are projected to decline by an average of $1.95 a month. School safety grants
To help keep our children safe at school, the Michigan Legislature recently appropriated $25 million to the Michigan State Police for school safety grants. The grants are intended to improve the safety and security of school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment, as well as by conducting school building safety assessments. Applications for the fiscal year 2018 Competitive School Safety Grant Program are due by noon on Sept. 13. Find more information, including application and instructions, at this website