Senator Mike Green
   
 

In this Issue:

  • State budget is balanced and responsible
  • Federal balanced budget amendment petition introduced
  • Traffic law modernization bill gains support
  • Summer youth camp scholarships available
  • Free-fishing weekend June 8-9
  • New state maps now available
  • June 24th Office Hours

State budget is balanced and responsible

The 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:
  • An investment of up to $350 million in new transportation funding to fix Michigan's crumbling roads and bridges without tax increases;
  • Increased fraud detection and prevention measures to hold government accountable for every tax dollar spent;
  • A stronger foundation for a sound financial future by adding $75 million to the state's rainy day savings account bringing it nearly $600 million;
  • Paying down billions in existing debt over future public employee retirement and healthcare costs;
  • Support for local police, fire and other services with $46 million more in revenue sharing to local governments;
  • A new state trooper school that puts 107 more state troopers on our highways and in crime-ridden cities;
  • More corrections department dollars directed towards keeping violent offenders safely behind bars by privatizing prison food services;
  • $490 million more than last year in our state's public schools, community colleges and universities, including a 3.2 percent increase in K-12 education that will result in a higher per pupil allowance for every school district; and
  • Continuation of major reforms to ensure that more of these school dollars go directly to the classroom and not into education bureaucracy.
The approved budgets were encompassed in House Bills 4228 and 4328.

Federal balanced budget amendment petition introduced

Article 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 support

Legislation 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 available

Thanks 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:
  • Have very limited or no experience in hunting and the outdoors;
  • Unable to afford the cost to attend a program of this nature;
  • Lack an active mentor to expose them to outdoor activities; and
  • Have not yet completed a Michigan Hunter Safety Certificate program.
There are currently two available camps at the Riley Wilderness Junior Overnight Camp on July 21-26 for ages 9-11 and July 28- August 2 for ages 12-14. Interested individuals may apply at www.scinovi.com no later than June 18.

Free-fishing weekend June 8-9

The 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 available

The 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 Hours

As 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.

Sincerely,

Mike Green
State Senator


 

2013 Boating and Fishing Update

 In 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.



Contact Information

Senator Mike Green
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll Free: (866) 305-2131 or (517) 373-1777

www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com

Email: senmgreen@senate.michigan.gov
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