LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, issued the following statement on Tuesday, in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fiscal year 2020 budget presentation:
“The governor’s budget proposal addressed many priorities shared by Michigan residents. I was happy to see her discuss investing in our schools and infrastructure. These are things we can all get behind, but fixing our roads and bridges needs to be done the right way.
“We can all agree that our roads need improvement. That’s why the Legislature voted in 2015 to increase road funding over a period of years. These efforts are slated to continue to increase funding over the next few years. Before we put this proposed tax burden on our families and businesses, we need to let the previous road funding take full effect.
“I also appreciate the fact that the governor is living up to our shared commitment to invest in the skilled trades and workforce training that we need right here in mid-Michigan.
“I hope to continue to see greater investment into programs that teach kids how to work with their hands. For years we’ve ignored the need for skilled trades programs, and I am looking forward to changing that.
“As a husband, father, and grandfather, I want to make sure we leave things better off than how we found them. That’s why I’m committed to making sure we put forward a common-sense budget that doesn’t burden our hard-working taxpayers.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues and the governor to make sure we continue to have a balanced, responsible, and common-sense budget that puts Michigan families first.”
LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, will hold office hours with constituents throughout the 31st Senate District during the month of March.
The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.
For more information or to contact Daley, please visit SenatorKevinDaley.com or call 517-373-1777.
Daley’s Lapeer County March office hours are as follows:
Friday, March 15
10 – 11 a.m.
1829 S. Cedar St.
LANSING, Mich. – State Rep. Gary Howell has introduced legislation that would allow Michigan homeowners involved in tax foreclosures to keep any excess sale proceeds which should be rightfully theirs.
“Currently, when a tax foreclosure sale takes place, the government keeps all of the money raised by the sale — rather than just being reimbursed for the taxes and fees owed to the county,” Howell, of North Branch, explained. “Not only does the county recover what it is owed, but it is also allowed to keep the equity in the home that should properly go to the individual who owned the home. I find it unfair that Michigan allows this practice – and the plan I have introduced in the Legislature will set things right.”
Rep. Howell credits Lapeer County attorney John Lengemann for bringing the matter to his attention.
“I applaud Rep. Howell for seeing the need for a change in tax foreclosure law and for addressing the matter,” Lengemann said. “I have worked in this area of the law for several years and have seen firsthand the unfortunate manner in which homeowners with tax problems have seen their hard-earned money go to the government rather than to themselves. It is long overdue that homeowners receive what is rightfully theirs. The government is entitled to the taxes and fees due, but nothing more.”
Howell was particularly pleased that it was a Lapeer County resident who brought the issue to him.
“I have had several occasions where Lapeer County residents have approached me with valid suggested changes in the law,” Howell said. “This is an example as to why I make it a point to stay in touch with my constituents.
“I appreciate John taking the time to point out this glaring injustice,” Howell said. “It is grossly unfair that after creating hard-earned equity in a home, the county would keep all of the money from a sale. The homeowner is left entirely out in the cold.”
House Bill 4219 has been referred to House Committee on Local Government and Municipal Finance.
Blue Star Families was started in 2009 by a group of military spouses and has grown to more than 150,000 members. The organization’s mission is to strengthen military families by providing resources and support. Their programs and services reach more than 1.5 million military family members every year.
“The men and women of our armed forces honorably serve our country and defend our freedoms and way of life,” said Daley, R-Lum. “The bills serve as a way for us to express our appreciation and recognize the sacrifices made by their families.”
Senate Bill 118, sponsored by Daley, amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to require the secretary of state to develop and issue a special recognition license plate recognizing Blue Star Families. Under the bill, residents who are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces — or members of their immediate family — would be able to apply for the special recognition plate.
The plate would include the Blue Star Families insignia and the words “Blue Star Family” under the registration numbers.
SB 119, sponsored by Outman, would formally recognize Feb. 1 as Blue Star Mother’s Day in the state of Michigan. Outman recently sponsored Senate Resolution 9, which commemorated Feb. 1, 2019 as Blue Star Mother’s Day. The bill would recognize Blue Star Mother’s Day on an annual basis without a resolution from the Legislature.
“Blue Star Mothers was founded in Flint during World War II,” said Outman, R-Six Lakes. “They provide a tremendous amount of support to mothers who have sons and daughters serving in the military. While we can never truly display our gratitude for their children’s bravery and sacrifices, we can certainly honor the organization’s mission and raise awareness about the work they do.”
SBs 118 and 119 have been referred to the Senate Committee on Families, Seniors and Veterans for further consideration.
LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, has been named chair of the powerful House Committee on Natural Resources for a second consecutive term.
“Michigan’s natural resources are among the most remarkable in the world, including our vast freshwater reserves. I am eager to continue my work on policies that will keep our forests, lakes and streams safe and available to families and outdoor enthusiasts across the state,” said Howell, who will lead the committee for the 2019-20 legislative term. “The safety and security of our land and water has been a topic of both statewide and national conversation. I look forward to the opportunity to tackle a number of important natural resource policy issues in the upcoming term.”
During the last legislative term, Howell established himself as a leader in improving statutes and regulations protecting Michigan’s natural resources. He has sponsored successful legislation to strengthen landfill standards as well as adopting the first DNR public land use strategy in state history. Howell was also noted for his efforts to roll back regulations that hindered volunteer organizations from restoring local wetlands. As a result, Howell was named “2018 Legislator of the Year” by both Ducks Unlimited and Michigan United Conservation Clubs.
Howell will also serve as a member of the House Committees on Local Government, Transportation, and Judiciary during this term.
2019 $1,000 College Scholarship Information
The Lapeer County Republican Party is proud to announce they are offering a $1,000 college scholarship to graduating seniors residing in Lapeer County. The recipient of the scholarship will be determined by a written essay. The topic of the 2019 essay is “How can educational institutions protect students against bias professors as far as grades and other advancement opportunities?”. The essay and a completed application form must be received by Monday, February 18, 2019.
The essay and application forms are available at Lapeer County’s local high school counseling offices and also available here on our GOP web site: Click HERE to go to a printable 2019 Scholarship application.
Applicants are invited, free of charge, and should plan on attending the our annual Lincoln Day Dinner on March 9, 2019. The dinner is held at the Lapeer Country Club All essay applicants will receive recognition and we will also announce the winner at the dinner. Applicants are also asked to attend the Lapeer County Republican Party Executive Meeting on March 21, 2019 at the Mayfield Township Hall for the presentation of the award.
You can also view and print the 2019 Scholarship Scoring Rubric here: Scoring Rubric
For more information contact the Lapeer GOP Vice-Chair Christina Russell, at 810-667-6959, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a reminder for our next Lapeer County Republican Party meeting/Annual Christmas Party to be held at the Lapeer Center Building Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. There will be a brief meeting to cover regular business then we will move right into our Christmas Party. An invite with details is below. Please plan to join us for this fun event!
I look forward to seeing you on December 20th!
Cheryl Howell, Secretary
December 16, 2018 Meeting Notice:
Special Guest ~ Paul Stephens, Oakland County Republican Party Youth Chair
Paul is running for the position of Youth Vice-Chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The election will be held at the Republican State Convention in February. He wants to bring new innovative youth outreach ideas to the state level. He has an ambitious plan for Young Republicans that you will want to hear. He attends Kettering University in Flint pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Meeting Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Location: Lapeer County Sportsmen’s Club
1213 N. Lake George Rd, Attica, MI 48412
Meeting held in the first building outside the gate.
All Young Republicans, high school age to 40, are invited.