In this issue:

  • "You are not forgotten"
  • Sept. 22nd town hall in Sebewaing to focus on proposed Canadian nuclear waste dump
  • New statistics show Michigan is growing stronger
  • A leader in digital government
  • Senate passes legislation allowing access to experimental medicine
  • Home heating credit deadline nears
  • Update: Citizen initiative passes Legislature, National Guard tuition assistance 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“You are not forgotten”

Today is National POW MIA Recognition Day.

The somber event honors the servicemen and women who remain missing from past wars and conflicts and those whose remains have not been recovered. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, more than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. Find more information at www.dtic.mil/dpmo/.

Michigan and the entire nation are strong because of the sacrifice of blood, sweat and tears of so many men and women in our armed services. Let’s never forget these brave souls and all who have served or are serving today.

 
 
 

Sept. 22nd town hall in Sebewaing to focus on proposed Canadian nuclear waste dump

Michigan’s abundance of natural resources, especially the Great Lakes, is a source of strength for our economy, ecosystem and way of life.

The Great Lakes constitute the largest fresh water system in the world, topped only by the polar ice caps, and their importance cannot be understated. That’s why as I previously reported Michigan is leading U.S. opposition to a proposed underground nuclear waste repository in Kincardine, Ontario, less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron and directly across from Michigan lakeshore residents.

Sen. Phil Pavlov and I have sponsored legislation (SR 150SR 151SCR 16SCR 17SB 948) to secure action on the project by the International Joint Commission and the Great Lakes Commission, and to strengthen Michigan’s own ban on the importation of radioactive waste.

Please join us for a Town Hall on Protecting Our Great Lakes on Monday, September 22, from 6:30p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sebewaing Township Hall, 14 East Sharpsteen Street, Sebewaing 48759. The town hall is a continuation of very successful series of events we have hosted around the state and will provide details on the project, efforts to relocate it and steps the public can take to get involved.

The event is open to the public and no RSVP is required. For more information, please feel free to contact my office at (517) 373-1777.

 
 
 

New statistics show Michigan is growing stronger

Recently released economic statistics prove that Michigan is growing stronger and moving forward!

Economic Growth: According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Michigan outpaced the U.S. and the Great Lakes region in economic growth last year. Michigan’s gross domestic product grew 2 percent, while the U.S. as a whole and Great Lakes region grew 1.8 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.

Income: During 2013, Michigan household incomes rose by nearly 2% and the number of children in poverty declined according to U.S. Census data.

Unemployment: August unemployment declined 0.3 percentage points to 7.4 percent as the number of employed grew.

College Graduates: Michigan showed the best college graduation rate for the past few years at a rate of 26.9 percent, up from 26 percent which researchers consider statistically significant.

Although we still have a lot of work to do, these positive signs should give us confidence that we are on the right path.

 
 
 

A leader in digital government

The Center for Digital Government recently awarded Michigan an “A” grade in the Digital States Survey, a biannual survey looking at each state government’s ability to better serve citizens. Michigan is one of only two states to earn the top mark in three consecutive surveys.

The state scored high marks in technology modernization and a commitment to transparency through the online dashboard. Michigan’s dashboards measure our state’s performance and progress in areas such as economic strength, health and education, value for money, quality of life and public safety.

Go to www.michigan.gov/midashboard to check the state’s progress.

 
 
 

Senate passes legislation allowing access to experimental medicine

Transparency, efficiency and innovation in government are important to keeping Michigan moving forward, as government bureaucracy often stands in the way of progress.

That’s why I recently voted for legislation to allow patients with an advanced illness access to experimental drugs yet to receive final approval from the federal government.

Senate Bill 991 creates the “Right to Try Act,” which would let patients use investigational drugs, biological products or devices that have not yet been approved for general use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To be eligible for new treatments and medicine, a patient must have:

  • An advanced illness attested to by the treating physician;
  • Considered all other available treatment options;
  • Received a recommendation from their physician to try an investigational drug, biological product or device;
  •  Given written informed consent; and
  • Documentation from their physician that the patient meets all the requirements.

The legislation has been referred to the House Health Policy Committee.

 
 
 

Home heating credit deadline nears

The Sept. 30 deadline to apply for the federally funded Michigan Home Heating Credit in 2014 (for tax year 2013) is right around the corner.

The credit assists qualifying senior citizens and low-income customers with their winter energy bills. Eligible customers must have their homestead in Michigan, own or rent the home in which they live and meet income requirements. Form MI-1040CR-7 is available at the Department of Treasury’s website: www.Michigan.gov/taxes or by calling 517-636-4486. It is not necessary to file a Michigan tax return to apply for the home heating credit.

 
 
 

Update: Citizen initiative passes Legislature, National Guard tuition assistance

In my last e-newsletter, I reported on the progress of two issues: the citizen’s initiative Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (SFWCA) and a new law providing tuition assistance to members of the Michigan’s National Guard.

I am pleased to report that the SFWCA received final approval by the Legislature with its recent passage in the House and will go into effect early next year. A citizen’s initiative is not presented to the governor for signature.

The tuition assistance website for members of Michigan’s National Guard is now operational. Visit www.michigan.gov/mingstap for more details, including contact information, an application and frequently asked questions.

At your service,


Mike Green
State Senator

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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