In this Issue:
State budget is balanced and responsibleThe Michigan Legislature recently completed work on the state budget that for the third year in a row is balanced, responsible and plans for the future. It's major highlights include:
Federal balanced budget amendment petition introducedArticle 5, section 8 of the Michigan Constitution requires the state budget to be balanced. This provision serves the people of Michigan well and would serve our nation just as well.
Currently, the national debt is just under $17 trillion. That's nearly $54,000 per person and just under $150,000 per taxpayer. By 2017, it is estimated the national debt will skyrocket to more than $22 trillion. By any measure, this path is unsustainable. It's a problem created by uncontrolled spending and trillion dollar deficits.
That's why I recently introduced Senate Joint Resolution V officially petitioning Congress to call a constitutional convention for the purposes of passing a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. The petition has already been adopted by at least 17 states and once adopted by 2/3 of the states becomes binding on Congress. The amendment would require that Congress adopt an annual budget in which spending does not exceed revenues, with the only exception being during national emergencies.
Common sense money management principles tell us to: Prioritize our needs. Live within our means. Plan ahead. Balance our budget.
It's that simple. And simple common sense is exactly what the federal government could use a whole lot more of right now.
You can watch Sen. Green’s floor statement on SJR V here.
Traffic law modernization bill gains supportLegislation I've introduced with a fellow senator that would allow Michigan motorists to use smartphones and other electronic devices to show their vehicle registration and proof of auto insurance when pulled over by law enforcement has gained the support of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.
Senate Bills 391 and 392 will modernize traffic law to reflect today's technology and allow drivers whose vehicles are properly registered and insured to avoid costly, unnecessary tickets. The bills would also allow Secretary of State offices to accept electronic proof of insurance when people renew their vehicle registrations.
The bills have been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.
Summer youth camp scholarships availableThanks to the generosity of the George F. Riley Foundation, Safari Club International (SCI) of Novi is providing 60 youth camp scholarships for kids who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a summer camp experience.
There are too many children in Michigan that aren't able to enjoy all the beautiful places this state has to offer. This scholarship program will be an amazing opportunity for some very deserving kids to learn hunting and fishing while having some great fun outdoors.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the youth must meet one or more of the following criteria:
Free-fishing weekend June 8-9The future of fishing in Michigan depends on the next generation of anglers. Introduce your kids to this great sport during Michigan's Summer Free Fishing Weekend. This year's event runs from June 8–9.
All fishing license fees are waived on these two days, though all other fishing regulations apply. Find more information, including a list of sponsored and state park events, at www.michigan.gov/freefishing.
New state maps now availableThe 2013 state transportation map is now available in digital and print format just in time for your summer road trip! Along with the standard transportation features, there is general information on Michigan traffic laws, state parks and Pure Michigan.
The print map features metro Detroit maps and 15 city maps; the Web version features metro Detroit plus 41 city maps. To access the online version or to request a free paper copy, visit www.michigan.gov/statemap or contact my office.
June 24th Office HoursAs always, I am here to serve you. My next scheduled district office hours will be on Monday, June 24 at the Pere Marquette Depot, 1904 Room, 1000 Adams Street, Bay City, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. District office hours provide residents with the opportunity to meet me or a member of my staff to address issues related to state government. No appointment is necessary and I look forward to seeing you there.
2013 Boating and Fishing UpdateIn Michigan, we are never more than six miles from a lake or stream, or a short drive from one of our magnificent Great Lakes. It's a great place to call home if you love to boat, fish or enjoy the outdoors in many other ways.
Information for boaters and anglers, related legislative news, and safety tips for enjoying Michigan's outdoors this summer are all included in my 2013 Boating and Fishing Update. Click on the newsletter icon to the right or visit my website to access this valuable resource guide.