Senator Dave Hildenbrand E-Newsletter
 

MAY 2016

Michigan recognized for spending transparency

Transparency

Taxpayers deserve to know how their tax dollars are spent.

Michigan's efforts to make its spending more transparent to taxpayers earned the state a top grade in the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's annual Following the Money 2016 report. In fact, Michigan was cited as the most improved state this year with a score of 100, up from a score of 87 in 2015. The state was one of only five states in the nation to receive a grade of A+.

Michigan Senate supports new law to raise awareness of human trafficking

Human trafficking, or forced prostitution or servitude, is often called the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world and it is more prevalent in Michigan than many people realize. In fact, there were 152 human trafficking cases reported in our state last year.

The Michigan Senate recently passed legislation—now law—to raise public awareness about this crime and help victims. Public Act 62 of 2016 requires the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (1-888-373-7888) to be posted at rest stops and welcome centers, bus and rail stations, airports and other places. More than 30 states now have a similar “poster” or “hotline” law on their books.

Michigan hunters practice safety first

Hunting safety

For the second season in a row, Michigan recorded no hunting fatalities.

There were 13 injury incidents reported for 2015, with 60 percent of those described as self-inflicted gunshot wounds. With nearly 651,600 base licenses sold during the 2015 season, Michigan’s hunting incident rate per license stands at .002 percent.

Since a record high 275 hunting-related injuries in 1974, injuries have steadily decreased most years. Law enforcement officials credit the state’s hunter education program as an important factor in this downward trend. The 2015 hunting incidents report is available at www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers under Law Enforcement Reports.

Bill to improve accessibility passes Michigan Senate

In order to live full and independent lives, it’s important for individuals with disabilities to have safe and accessible housing options.

The Michigan Senate passed legislation that would create a new income tax credit for building or modifying a home to improve accessibility. Under Senate Bill 395, the maximum credit could not exceed $5,000 and the renovations would have to be certified by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. In addition, the credit would only apply to principle residences; rental properties would be specifically excluded.

This program would make it more affordable for those with physical limitations to stay safely in their own homes. The bill has been sent to the House for consideration. To track the progress of this legislation, please visit the Michigan Legislature’s website at www.legislature.michigan.gov and type the bill number in the appropriate box.

License plate helps Michigan veterans

Veterans Licence Plate

May is Military Appreciation Month and a good time to remind motorists about the new Support Michigan Veterans specialty fundraising license plate.

Revenue from sales of the license plate will be distributed by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to support efforts that benefit Michigan veterans and their families, including funding for county and local veterans’ organizations and tuition support for Michigan National Guard members. Find more information at www.michigan.gov/sos.

Facebook Page resources

Each month, on my Facebook page, articles, notices and state resources are posted. Below is a sampling of information that has recently been posted. To receive more information like this, follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SenatorDaveHildenbrand29.

 Hunting for morels this spring?  Check out the Michigan Department of Natural Resources interactive “Mi-Morels” map! https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDNR/bulletins/144a900
Check out the MDNR’s live “Eagle Cam” at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery!  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDNR/bulletins/1442f77
In conjunction with “Money Smart Week”, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services is releasing a new video series, “My Money and Me”, part of the Securing MI Financial Future program. For more information on “Money Smart Week” and this series, see the news release below. http://www.michigan.gov/difs/0,5269,7-303-13222_13250-383118--,00.html
 

Pure Michigan Travel Guide now available

Pure MI Travel Guide

From waterfalls and sand dunes to museums and fine cuisine, Pure Michigan has it all!

The 2016 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide features fun in every corner of the state, including articles on national parks, food festivals, shoreline adventures, city life and more. Check out this great travel publication online at www.michigan.org or contact my office to receive a print copy.

 

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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