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DECEMBER 2015

New bills support West Michigan job creation and economic development

Grand Rapids may soon be home to a new $5 billion data center with the creation of hundreds of jobs and significant capital investment in the community. Nevada-based Switch data center is looking to open a new location in West Michigan.

To support this job creator and help our state remain competitive with other markets, new Senate bills will be considered this week to offer state tax exemptions to data centers. This investment in new, state-of-the-art technology could provide for a number of unique opportunities for Michigan to experience modern and diversified growth.

The data center would be located in the former Steelcase “Pyramid” building, which has been sitting vacant for many years.

Ignition lock legislation receives Senate approval

It’s important to do all we can to keep our families safe on the road.

The Senate recently approved legislation that would create oversight for manufacturers and servicers of breath alcohol interlock ignition devices (BAIID). These devices help prevent drinking and driving behind the wheel by measuring the blood alcohol content of the driver before the vehicle can be started. The car won’t start if the level is above the minimum threshold.

More than 8,000 devices have been installed in the past three years alone as part of court-ordered sentencing programs. The bills would help ensure the devices are properly installed and serviced so they can’t be manipulated or misused.

Senate Bills 175, 176 and 357 have been sent to the House for consideration.

Law promotes financial literacy for students

Learning how to budget and manage personal finances early in life can pay big dividends down the road.

A new law allows schools to include a financial literacy component as part of the semester of economics required to earn a high school diploma. Understanding the basic principles involved with earning, spending, saving, borrowing and investing will help students acquire the skills they need to make sound financial decisions later in life.

Schools will not have to spend money developing the material as model curriculum for youth financial education is already available from the state Department of Education.

Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide available

Pure MI Travel Guide

Michigan offers four full seasons of outdoor fun and adventure!

The Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide highlights great cold weather activities in our state, including skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, even luging, along with a look at special dining and cultural destinations. The publication also includes a guide to Michigan state parks and trails, and a winter events calendar. Access the digital edition at www.michigan.org/travel-guide/ or contact my office for a print copy.

Tips on wise charitable giving

Helping Citizens Give Wisely

During the holiday season, many Michigan residents give generously to help others in need.

Whether your donations help people in local communities or around the state, it’s important to know your contributions are safe and effective. The Michigan Attorney General’s office recently released a useful resource - Helping Michigan Citizens Give Wisely - to help donors make wise charitable gifts. The guide provides consumer tips and links to other resources. Find it at www.michigan.gov/ag; click on Consumer Protection and then Brochures on the left sidebar.

Happy Holidays from Senator Hildenbrand

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As 2015 draws to a close, I want to extend my warmest wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday season. This past year in the Michigan Senate has been a productive one and I am eager to begin 2016 on a strong note.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

School Tour Groups

School Groups
Almost every week, I have the privilege of welcoming students from the Grand Rapids area to the Michigan capitol building. During their visit, I always try to welcome them and take a quick photo. To see these pictures, please visit this page on my website.
 

Contact Senator Hildenbrand’s Office

Senator Dave Hildenbrand
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll-Free: (866) 305-2129 or (517) 373-1801

www.SenatorDaveHildenbrand.com

Email: SenDHildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov.  Please include name, address, and phone number.

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