The 2014 winter is off to a cold start, but action in the legislature is heating back up. As always, I am focused on keeping Michigan families safe and prosperous. Here are some important updates on my work in Lansing.
Preventing Asian Carp from entering our Great LakesIn January, the US Army Corps of Engineers released a full report outlining eight strategies to deal with the threat of Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species. The Senate and House Natural Resources and Tourism Committees held a joint hearing on the report last month.
The Army Corps is holding a public comment period until March 31st. I encourage you to look at the options and make your thoughts known to the Corps.
You can read the full report at http://glmris.anl.gov/ and make comments here: http://1.usa.gov/MggGQA.
Natural Resources Committee to hold hearing in LexingtonOn March 24, the Senate Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing at the Lexington Community Center (6964 Huron Ave. Lexington) at 2:00 p.m. We will take testimony on a package of bills, one of which I sponsored, on invasive species.
The bills, SBs 795-802, will increase the penalties for people caught bringing invasive species into Michigan. With the passage of these bills, we hope to curb the threat from invasive species in one way.
You can follow the progress of the bills here: http://1.usa.gov/1dvV1yK.
Pure Michigan Hunt winner from St. Clair CountyThe annual Pure Michigan Hunt is a favorite among Michigan hunters. Algonac resident Frank Zrepskey (pictured here with DNR Director Keith Creagh) drew a lucky ticket this year, winning the licenses package and over $4000 in hunting gear.
Annually, the DNR raffles off a package of multi-species hunting licenses to three lucky sportsmen. The proceeds go directly to wildlife-habitat management and restoration. To date, the PMH has raised over $350,000, all of which has gone to help preserving Michigan's rich hunting tradition. The DNR is accepting entries for next year's raffle until December 31st 2014. Enter here: http://1.usa.gov/1cy173D!
Congratulations, Mr. Zrepskey, and happy hunting!
March is Reading MonthLearning to read, and reading well, is the foundation for success in school. Reading to your child and encouraging your child to read to you helps prepare him or her for a successful future. It's as easy as opening a book!
This March, I am visiting area schools to read to students and answer their questions about state government. As Chair of the Senate Education Committee, I hear a lot from school board members, administrators and teachers. I'm excited to get in the classroom and spend some time with students.
I have special bookmarks available to encourage the reading habit. Please let me know if you would like some for your family.
Visit my website at www.SenatorPhilPavlov.com
Michigan Taxpayer's Guide 2014: a reference for tax year 2013
This booklet contains information for the 2013 tax year on Michigan property taxes, homestead property tax credits, farmland and open space tax relief, the home heating credit program, and individual income taxes. The information contained in this booklet may ease the burden of filling out state tax forms and may even save some taxpayers money. However, this booklet is not designed to provide line-by-line instructions for filling out state income tax forms. That information is provided by the Michigan Department of Treasury in the income tax instruction booklets that include tax forms.
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