(Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Franklin Ramos / 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs / Released)
In this issue:
Veterans Day - Give ThanksMonday, November 11th is Veterans Day, a national holiday set aside to honor the men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces.
I have included a video by Military.com for this day that I hope you will find both inspiring and encouraging.
More than 650,000 veterans call the great state of Michigan home. They are our family, neighbors, coworkers and friends. We owe our very freedom and way of life to these brave individuals who answered our nation's call to duty during peacetime and war.
Please take a moment this Veterans Day to thank and honor the veterans in your life for their service and sacrifice.
Working for veteransAs your state senator, I have introduced or supported legislative reforms beneficial to veterans and their families. You can find out more about the most recent changes in my latest Veterans Newsletter.
This past week, Sen. John Moolenaar and I sponsored Senate Bills 671 and 672 to waive occupational license fees for veterans.
Transitioning from military life into a civilian career following years of service or even a deployment can be very difficult. Thousands of men and women each year are confronted with the unique challenges of this process.
Not only is it appropriate that we waive these fees for veterans in gratitude for their service, it just makes good economic sense! Veterans have received some of the best occupational and leadership training available. They also offer employers a dedication and work ethic unmatched by most.
Keeping them in our state is great for Michigan!
Sales tax "on the difference" eliminatedFor most families, buying a car is one of the biggest purchases they make.
Under current Michigan law, the state sales tax is applied to the full sales price of a motor vehicle or watercraft regardless of the value of any related trade-in. Senate Bill 89, which I co-sponsored, and House Bill 4234 have been signed into law to gradually eliminate this tax on the trade-in value of used cars and boats when applied to the purchase of a new or used car or boat.
Michigan is the only Great Lakes state and one of only six states nationwide that taxes the value of trade-in purchases. This "sales tax on the difference" reform will provide welcome savings for Michigan consumers and help our local dealers better compete with out-of-state businesses.
Senate bill adds protections against credit fraudChances are your ten-year-old child doesn't own a home or have a wallet full of credit cards.
Yet, children are increasingly victims of identity theft. In fact, a recent study found that children are 51 times more likely to become victims of identity fraud than their parents. Even though kids aren't financially active, the damage to their credit history can be enduring and isn't often discovered until years later.
I recently voted for Senate Bill 174 to allow Michigan residents to place a security freeze on their credit information and that of their children. The legislation also allows consumers to use a secure pin number to place or to lift a freeze on their account through the credit reporting bureaus. The freeze can be lifted when the consumer applies for credit and provides identification.
Michigan is one of only two states that don't have a security freeze law in place. The bill is currently being considered in the House.
Federal balanced budget petition clears state Senate!By a vote of 26-12, the Michigan Senate on Thursday approved my resolution officially calling for a federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.
Nineteen states have already approved the resolution. Once adopted by fifteen more, it becomes binding on Congress to call a convention of the states for proposing such an amendment, which would still have to be ratified by three- fourths of the states before taking effect.
A federal balanced budget amendment would simply require that Congress adopt an annual budget in which spending does not exceed revenues, except during a national emergency.
The measure now moves to the state House.
November office hours in MungerDistrict office hours provide residents with the opportunity to meet with me and my staff to address issues related to state government.
The next scheduled hours will be held on Tuesday, November 26, from 11 am until 1 pm at the Merritt Township Hall, 48 East Munger Road in Munger. No appointment is necessary.
As always, should you have questions or concerns related to state government, please feel free to contact me at any time by visiting www.statesenatormikegreen.com or calling toll-free 1-866-305-2131.
At your service,
Working for Veterans
As your state senator, I have introduced or supported legislative reforms beneficial to veterans and their families. You can find out more about the most recent changes in my latest Veterans Newsletter.