Senator Dave Hildenbrand E-Newsletter

MAY 2017

Website allows taxpayers to check on tax refund

Taxpayers can check on the status of their state income tax refund by going to E-filers can check the website two weeks after filing, while paper-filers can check four to six weeks after postmarking.

To ensure privacy and security, taxpayers will need to provide their social security number, tax year, filing status and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Total Household Resources (THR). The AGI is located on line 10 of the MI-1040; THR is found on line 33 of the MI-1040CR.

The Department of Treasury reports that in 2016, 3.7 million individual tax returns provided more than $1.8 billion in refunds.

Senate bills accelerate "sales tax on the difference"

Buying a vehicle is a major investment for most people so saving money where possible helps make the purchase more affordable. In 2013, state law allowed consumers to claim a portion of the value of their trade in against the sales tax paid on the price of a new or used vehicle. Under this bill, consumers could claim a portion of the agreed upon trade-in value against the sales tax owed, and that amount slowly increased until consumers would be able to claim the whole amount of any vehicle in 2039.

I recently sponsored legislation to speed up the phase-in of this relief when consumers trade in a vehicle to buy a new or used replacement. Under Senate Bills 94 and 95, the amount consumers can claim will increase faster—with consumers being able to claim $4,000 of trade-in value in 2018 and increasing by $1,000 each year. This would fully phase in sales tax on the difference by 2028.

These bills improve the 2013 state law by making tax savings more substantial for car buyers and providing a quicker boost to the state economy. Both bills have been referred to the House Committee on Tax Policy.

MAPSA honors West Michigan Aviation Academy Dean of Aviation

MAPSA honors West Michigan Aviation Academy Dean of Aviation

Last month, I was honored to join the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) in congratulating George Pavey as a Top 5 Teacher of the Year Finalist.

Mr. Pavey, a retired Marine Corps Officer and Naval Aviator, serves as the Dean of Aviation for the West Michigan Aviation Academy.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness

May is Michigan Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

On behalf of the citizens of Michigan, Governor Snyder has proclaimed the month of May 2017 as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” to remind motorists that motorcycle enthusiasts will soon be returning to Michigan’s highways. This is also supported through Senate Resolution 27. The campaign is being promoted by state departments, traffic safety agencies and rider groups, all of whom are concerned with highway safety.

For more information on Michigan Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, including highway safety tips, riding techniques, Governor Snyder’s Certificate of Proclamation, and Senate Resolution No. 27, please click here.

Drive with care in work zones

As the road construction season starts, it’s a good time to focus on work zone safety. Last year in Michigan, there were more than 4,900 work zone crashes and 17 fatalities. Most of those crashes were preventable.

When driving in a work zone, keep these tips by the Federal Highway Administration in mind:

• Stay alert and minimize distractions
• Pay attention to the road and traffic around you
• Don’t tailgate
• Obey the posted speed limit
• Expect the unexpected.

Motorists can check current and future road construction sites, active incidents, and more on state highways at

Renew your boat registration online


With spring on its way, it’s never been easier to renew your watercraft registration! All watercraft, unless exempt, must be registered with the Michigan Secretary of State. Visit to renew online, or renew by mail or at a Secretary of State branch office. Registrations are issued for three years and expire on March 31 of the third year.

Money from boat registration fees helps fund Michigan’s 82 public harbors and more than 1,300 public boat launches. Michigan is the third largest marine market in the country with more than 900,000 registered watercraft.

Be prepared for severe weather

Severe Weather Awareness

A Michigan spring can bring fast-changing weather conditions, including thunderstorms and threat of tornadoes.

Severe Weather Awareness Week, held April 16-22 this year, encourages Michigan residents to prepare for any weather-related emergency. Visit to find an information packet on tornado and thunderstorm safety, lightning safety, flood preparation and planning, and even disaster preparedness for pets. The site also includes checklists for home and auto emergency preparedness.

MDOT 2017 construction map now available

The 2017 Paving the Way state construction map is now available online at The map details the major road repairs scheduled this season on state highways and trunklines, along with the construction dates.

State construction information and up-to-date traffic information is also available on the Mi Drive website at, as well as the Mi Drive mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play.

Senator Hildenbrand supports bill to eliminate tax penalty for family inheriting property

When a homeowner dies, it can take some time for the estate to move through probate, and for the house to be sold. Meanwhile, the property becomes subject to the 18-mill school operating tax after the end of the year in which the owner dies.

I recently supported Senate legislation that allows a family member, such as a child, sibling or spouse, who inherits a home to retain the Principal Residence Exemption for up to two years. During this time, the property is required to be for sale and can’t be occupied, leased or used for business purposes.

SB 78 provides fairness at a time when a greater tax burden would add more distress to grieving relatives.

Order your free Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide

Travel Guide

The Pure Michigan Travel Guide highlights fascinating sights to see, intriguing places to go and great activities to participate in throughout Michigan.

To order a printed version or view the digital edition of the 2017 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide please visit

2017-2018 A Citizen’s Guide to State Government

Gitizen’s Guide

The Citizen’s Guide serves as a useful reference tool in assisting constituents stay in touch with their elected officials. Specific information is provided on the geographic location of both congressional and state districts as well as state legislative committee assignments.

To view an online version of A Citizens Guide to State Government please visit, or contact my office either by email or by phone (866) 305-2129 and I will be happy to mail you a 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

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