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JANUARY 2016

Senate bills aim to capture emerging industry

The Senate recently took action to broaden the state's economy by passing legislation that would promote job growth and attract new investments in a growing, 21st century industry.

Senate Bills 616 and 617 would establish sales and use tax exemptions for the data center industry. The legislation is a pivotal piece of a plan to build the largest data center in the eastern United States by Switch, a Nevada-based company and industry giant. The tax reform would also apply to all existing data centers and those looking to locate in Michigan. The bills have multiple safeguards in place that would stop the exemptions if job thresholds are not met over the course of the next 10 years.

This legislation presents a unique opportunity to make Michigan a strong competitor in attracting high-tech companies and talented professionals.

The Governor signed the bills back in late December.

Bill to expand property tax relief for disabled veterans clears Senate

Many veterans have made great sacrifices in their service to our country.

Senator Hildenbrand’s Senate Bill 6 modifies and improves the already existing disabled veteran property tax exemption. Since passage of the original bill in 2013, a number of suggestions surfaced to improve the processing and granting of the tax benefit. These changes are incorporated into Senate Bill 6 that recently passed the Michigan Senate.

The bill is now in the House of Representatives for further consideration and debate.

Making Michigan a top 10 education state

Making MIchigan a top 10 eduction state

The Michigan Department of Education recently announced a new set of goals to help continue Michigan’s growth by reshaping and improving the education system in our state.

The Board of Education’s overall goal is to make Michigan a top 10 education state in the next 10 years. We have been hearing from educators and parents with suggestions on how to improve Michigan’s education system to benefit our future leaders, and we are using that feedback to create a stronger learning experience for students.

The 7 goals range from reducing the impact of high-risk factors that students face to creating a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality workforce.

Education should be focused on the individual needs of the student with their future in mind. By focusing on these goals to reshape Michigan’s current education system, we can make sure that students have the resources they need to meet their highest potential.

Senate legislation to support in-home caregivers

In home caregivers

Following a hospitalization, many injured or chronically ill patients continue their recovery at home.

The Senate recently approved legislation that would help train and support in-home caregivers to help loved ones after they leave the hospital. Under Senate Bill 352, hospitals would work with patients to develop a discharge plan that includes the training of a caregiver for assistance with the basic activities of daily living as well as instruction for any medical tasks, like administering wound care and medication injections.

Family caregiving is increasing in Michigan as spouses, children and others provide countless hours of care to loved ones. In fact, it is estimated Michigan has more than 2 million caregivers at any given time during the year.

Bills help provide best placement for foster kids

Approximately 13,000 Michigan children are in foster care at any given time.

The Senate recently approved legislation that would help keep family units together as much as possible. Senate Bills 482 and 483 would require a reasonable effort to place siblings together or provide for frequent sibling visitation. Senate Bill 485 would require frequent visitations between non-custodial, biological parents and their children unless it would be harmful to the child.

Foster homes provide a safe, supportive environment for children until they can be returned to their family. Spending time together can help preserve their family bond.

Stay informed on winter road conditions

Stay informed on winter road conditions

Michigan weather can change in a minute — especially in winter! So take a few moments to be prepared before heading out on the road.

Motorists can check the Michigan State Police Winter Travel Advisory website for information on road conditions for the state’s freeways and trunk lines, which are the first to be cleared during winter weather. The site is updated twice a day or as information concerning travel conditions is received. Visit www.michigan.gov/roadconditions or call the hotline at 1-800-381-8477. Also keep in mind that if weather conditions appear to be too severe to travel, they most likely are.

Snowmobile Update

Snowmobile Update

If you love the outdoors, Michigan offers spectacular winter fun. Besides being a great outdoor activity, the sport is an economic force in Michigan.

Before you head for the trails, I want to send along some news, including information on a grant program, trail signage, safety tips, frosty events, and more. Have a safe and fun snowmobile season!

Happy New Year

Now that 2015 has officially drawn to a close, we’re starting 2016 fresh with new goals to continue Michigan’s growth.

The Governor’s State of the State Address will be on January 19 at 7:00 p.m. and budget discussions will follow soon after. As always, the Legislature will focus on education improvements, economic growth, promoting job creation, and a sound, balanced budget for our state.

I welcome your feedback as we work through the issues facing Michigan and the Grand Rapids community.

 

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.
 

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Senator Dave Hildenbrand
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Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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