Senator Dave Hildenbrand E-Newsletter

JUNE 2017

Community investment bills sent to Governor Snyder

Many communities across Michigan - in urban, suburban and rural areas - are looking to revitalize blighted, abandoned sites that are too costly to clean up or redevelop. Senate legislation on its way to the governor will help transform these difficult-to-develop properties into large-scale developments that attract investment and jobs, and generate new economic activity.

Senate Bills 111-115 will allow "transformational brownfield plans" to keep part of the new tax revenue they create in order to make the projects fiscally feasible while the rest of the revenue goes to local governments and the state. The legislation requires significant minimum private investment and mandates that projects provide a net fiscal benefit to the state. In addition, the bills cap the amount of the incentives and the overall number of projects to control annual costs.

To ensure the program's benefits are spread throughout the state and not solely in large, urban areas, the legislation sets a target that 35 percent of approved plans be located in communities with less than 100,000 people. By encouraging economic development where it wouldn't otherwise happen, communities can create new opportunities for dynamic growth and new tax revenue. The bills sunset in five years.

April jobless rate drops

Michigan's unemployment rate fell for the second consecutive month to 4.7 percent in April. Manufacturing led the April job gains with other increases in leisure and hospitality services, professional and business services and other services. Total employment in Michigan has risen every month in 2017 with an average gain of 17,000 per month. The numbers show continued positive momentum as the average monthly total employment increase in 2016 was just over 8,000 per month.

Lowell Red Arrow Wrestling Team

Senator Hildenbrand welcomes Lowell Red Arrow Wrestling Team to the Capitol

On Tuesday, May 16th, Senator Hildenbrand was honored to pay tribute to the 2016-17 Lowell Red Arrow Wrestling Team at the Capitol in Lansing.

The team, including Coach R.J. Boudro, was recognized for their outstanding season in which they claimed their fourth consecutive Division II State Championship.

New tip line for reporting fraud

A new toll-free telephone tip line is now available to report scams or fraudulent activity involving Michigan Department of State programs or documents, including those related to Michigan vehicles, identification, or elections. Anyone with knowledge of potential fraud is encouraged to call 1-844-372-8356 to report suspected violations.

Free Fishing Weekend

Michigan's Summer Free Fishing Weekend is right around the corner

Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world! Why not enjoy this great pastime during the state's Summer Free Fishing Weekend, June 10-11?

Anglers, both residents and nonresidents alike, can fish without a license on these two days, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Entry into state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas is free of charge. Visit for more information, including details on sponsored and state park events.

In addition, the June 10-11 date marks one of the summer's Free ORV Weekends, a time off-road enthusiasts can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without buying an ORV license or trail permit. Find out more at

Senate approves legislation on specialty license plates

Many Michigan motorists purchase fundraising license plates to support their favorite organization or a worthy cause. A recent law caps the number of plates available at any one time to 20, excluding Michigan university plates. Currently there are 14 specialty plates.

Senator Hildenbrand recently supported legislation to add other options:

Senate Bill 163 would require the secretary of state to develop and issue a “Choose Life” license plate. Revenue from sales of the plate would be provided to nonprofit organizations that promote alternatives to abortion, life-affirming services and media campaigns to promote adoption and suicide prevention. The “Choose Life” plate has raised more than $21 million nationwide for the cause of life in states where the plate is available.

Senate Bill 178 would authorize the secretary of state to design and issue a license plate recognizing four professional Michigan sports teams — the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers — and the Michigan International Speedway. Funds from sales of the plates would be distributed to the organizations’ foundations or official charities that have been established to help strengthen the community, encourage leadership and athleticism among young people and promote health.

As with all specialty plates, the initial purchase requires a $25 donation and $10 service fee in addition to the regular cost of the license plate. Renewals require a $10 donation in addition to the standard cost.

Hunters: Apply for elk and bear licenses

The 2017 bear and elk hunting application period is open through June 1. A total of 200 elk and 7,140 bear licenses will be available for the 2017 hunting seasons.

Hunters can apply online at, at any authorized license agent or at a DNR Customer Service Center. See the 2017 Elk Digest and the 2017 Black Bear Digest for more details about the application processes. Find the publications at

Drawing results will be posted online at or starting June 26.

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.

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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The purpose of this E-Newsletter is to provide a timely update of Senator Hildenbrand's activity at the State Capitol to the residents and organizations of the 29th Senate District. Electronic newsletters will only be sent out on a monthly basis. You will not be inundated with e-mails.