Senator Dave Hildenbrand E-Newsletter
 

DECEMBER 2016

98th Legislative Session drawing to an end

Over the next few weeks the current legislative session will draw to an end. As many of you know, the Michigan Legislature convenes for a two-year session that concurs with the term of office for members in the Michigan House of Representatives. In addition to the Presidential election this year, all 110 members of Michigan's House were also up for election.

There are many important issues still being debated and I have heard from a good number of individuals in our community regarding many of them. Energy reform, pension and retiree benefit reform and many other issues are still before the Legislature. I always appreciate the feedback and comments that are shared regarding the important proposals before us and welcome any new thoughts or ideas you may have.

The 99th Legislature will convene on January 11, 2017 at Noon as we continue our work to build a better Michigan.

MiABLE disability savings program now available

A new tool will help disabled individuals in Michigan better lead independent lives.

The Michigan Achieving a Better Life Experience (MiABLE) account offers investment and tax incentives for families who want to save and provide financial stability for individuals with disabilities.

The savings account can be used for qualified disability expenses, including care, education, housing, and employment training and support without jeopardizing the individual’s ability to qualify for necessary assistance programs. Find more information or register an account at www.miable.org or call 844-656-7225.

Michigan now joins four other states in providing a disability savings program.

Senator Hildenbrand welcomes Catholic Bishop David Walkowiak to the Capitol

Bishop David Walkowiak

Tuesday, November 29th, I was honored to welcome Catholic Bishop David Walkowiak of the Grand Rapids Diocese to the Capitol as my guest for Senate Invocation.

The Grand Rapids Diocese comprises 11 counties of Western Michigan: Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newago, Oceana, Osceala, and Ottawa.

2016 fuelwood permits available

Looking for an economical way to heat your home or cabin? State forest fuelwood permits are still available from the DNR for the 2016 season, which runs through Dec. 31.

Permits cost $20 and are for use on designated state forest land in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula. A permit allows the collection of up to five standard cords of wood per household. For information on how and where to buy the personal-use fuelwood permit, visit www.michigan.gov/fuelwood.

Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide now available

ure Michigan Winter Travel Guide

Plan your winter getaway now with the new 2016 Winter Travel Guide. The 2016 guide highlights fascinating sights to see, intriguing places to go and great activities to participate in all across Michigan. Features include topics related to snow sports, great Michigan food legacies, family fun, and popular winter festivals.

If you would like a copy of this year’s Michigan Winter Travel Guide please contact my office at (866) 305-2129 or by email at sendhildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov and we will be happy to mail you a copy.

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology Recognized as One of Country’s Top Creative Youth Development Programs

Congratulations to the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) on being selected as the 2016 recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

WMCAT was chosen from a pool of 251 nominations and 50 finalists for their commitment to improving literacy and language abilities, communications and performance skills, and cultural awareness.

An after school program for urban teens, WMCAT offers practical application of the design thinking process in audio and video production, photography, fashion design, and ceramics, among other things.

http://www.wmcat.org 

 

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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