Sen. Darwin Booher re-elected Assistant Majority Caucus Whip

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LANSING—The Senate Republican caucus on Thursday elected Sen. Darwin Booher to another term as Assistant Majority Caucus Whip.

“I am honored to have the trust of my colleagues to continue serving them on the Senate Republican leadership team,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I look forward to working with an outstanding caucus comprised of dedicated men and women. In my role, I will remain focused on coming together to achieve our common goal: moving Michigan forward.”

Booher was elected on Tuesday to a second term as state senator for the 35th Senate District. In addition to his current duties as assistant majority caucus whip, Booher chairs the Senate Banking & Financial Institutions Committee and serves as vice chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Prior to becoming a senator, Booher served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2005-2010 and 28 years as Osceola Township supervisor and assessor. Darwin and his wife Jan have been married for more than 50 years. They raised four children and enjoy spending time with their many grandchildren.

“We achieved much during the past four years, yet there is still work to be done,” Booher said. “We must continue to attract new jobs and investment to Michigan; prepare every student for success; and create a state government that is more efficient, effective and accountable.”

In the new Senate Republicans’ first caucus, held Thursday in Lansing, senators in the upcoming 98th Legislature also elected Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, as majority leader and Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, as majority floor leader.

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Booher re-elected vice chair of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher has been elected to serve once again as vice chair of the international Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC) in 2015-16.

The nonpartisan caucus provides a forum for the regional exchange of ideas and information on key Great Lakes issues through its mix of programming, advocacy and activities. Its goal is to strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the Great Lakes policymaking process.

“I am honored to continue serving as vice chair of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus as we work on issues critical to Michigan and the entire region,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I look forward to ensuring that Michigan’s interests continue to be heard on vital Great Lakes matters, such as protecting our waters and stopping invasive species like Asian carp.”

The caucus has facilitated regional discussions on passage and implementation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and pushed for federal funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an improved Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and an expedited timeline for a federal study recommending how to keep Asian carp from entering the lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System.

The caucus also maintains a legislative tracker that monitors bills being considered in state capitals and Washington, D.C.

Booher and other members of the legislative executive committee will guide caucus efforts in 2015-16. The committee is made up of the chair, the vice chair and one additional legislator from each of the eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes Basin.

Booher has been vice chair of the caucus since 2013. Minnesota Sen. Ann Rest serves as chair of the caucus. Officers and the group’s executive committee were elected by members who attended the GLLC meeting this summer in Quebec.

The Midwestern Office of The Council of State Governments provides staffing services for the caucus, which is funded by a grant from the Joyce Foundation. CSG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association serving all three branches of state government.

For more information about the GLLC, visit www.greatlakeslegislators.org.

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Booher re-elected vice chair of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher has been elected to serve once again as vice chair of the international Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC) in 2015-16.

The nonpartisan caucus provides a forum for the regional exchange of ideas and information on key Great Lakes issues through its mix of programming, advocacy and activities. Its goal is to strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the Great Lakes policymaking process.

“I am honored to continue serving as vice chair of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus as we work on issues critical to Michigan and the entire region,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I look forward to ensuring that Michigan’s interests continue to be heard on vital Great Lakes matters, such as protecting our waters and stopping invasive species like Asian carp.”

The caucus has facilitated regional discussions on passage and implementation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and pushed for federal funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an improved Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and an expedited timeline for a federal study recommending how to keep Asian carp from entering the lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System.

The caucus also maintains a legislative tracker that monitors bills being considered in state capitals and Washington, D.C.

Booher and other members of the legislative executive committee will guide caucus efforts in 2015-16. The committee is made up of the chair, the vice chair and one additional legislator from each of the eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes Basin.

Booher has been vice chair of the caucus since 2013. Minnesota Sen. Ann Rest serves as chair of the caucus. Officers and the group’s executive committee were elected by members who attended the GLLC meeting this summer in Quebec.

The Midwestern Office of The Council of State Governments provides staffing services for the caucus, which is funded by a grant from the Joyce Foundation. CSG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association serving all three branches of state government.

For more information about the GLLC, visit www.greatlakeslegislators.org.

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Booher works with Midwest state leaders on key natural resources issues

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LANSING—Two natural resources policy resolutions sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher were adopted this week at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments held in Omaha.

“I was honored to represent Michigan at the Midwestern Legislative Conference and proud that we were able to find agreement on two issues important to Northern Michigan and our entire region,” said Booher, R-Evart. “Both resolutions adopted this week are about protecting states’ rights, our economy and the rights of private land owners.”

The first of Booher’s resolutions adopted at the conference concerned a proposed rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expand the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

“In response to multiple U.S. Supreme Court decisions saying that the EPA and Army Corps over-stepped their authority, these agencies are again trying to expand environmental regulations – in clear disregard of private property rights and the law,” Booher said. “The Michigan Senate has already called on the proposed new rules to be withdrawn and now Midwestern lawmakers have encouraged the federal government to slow down and work with state governments before implementing this change.

“This is critical to Michigan jobs and agriculture industry. According to the EPA itself, these rules could lead to 1,400 more required permits and cost farmers and businesses nearly $279 million.”

Booher’s second resolution encourages the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to reconsider current voluntary provisions rather than listing the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species.

“Michigan’s forests add to our excellent quality of life and help support millions of workers in our vibrant tourism and timber industries,” Booher said. “Listing this bat as endangered threatens our economy, yet the Fish and Wildlife Service cannot even determine the bat’s critical habitat or provide any evidence that forest management activities have any impact on the bats.”

The resolution urges the FWS to work with the states on conservation measures and focus resources on efforts to deal with the cause of the bat population decline, such as addressing white-nose syndrome that has killed millions of bats in the northeastern U.S.

The Council of State Governments is a regionally based, nonpartisan association of state officials that promotes excellence in state government through the exchange of insights and ideas that help shape effective public policy. The Midwest region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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Booher announces $2 million for road repair projects in 35th Senate District

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For Immediate Release
July 3, 2014

Contact: Patrick Tiedt
517-373-1725

LANSING—State Sen. Darwin Booher announced Thursday that approximately $2 million in funding has been awarded for three road projects across the 35th Senate District.

“I am pleased that northern Michigan will receive this funding to provide some needed repairs to area roadways,” said Booher, R-Evart. “The Legislature worked with the governor and MDOT to use existing state revenue to fund these projects. These dollars will be put to use immediately, while policymakers continue to review a long-term funding source for our roads.”

The projects include:
• $442,500 for M-55 from 31 Road to M-115;
• $560,000 for the I-75 business loop in Roscommon from Billman Road to the I-75 southbound ramp; and
• $1 million for Deadstream Road in Benzie County between US-131 and M-22.

Public Act 34 of 2014 provides supplemental appropriations for various state government departments covering Fiscal Year 2015. The total gross amount allocated for the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Priority Road Investment Program is $114,942,610.

Booher said many of these projects would not have been funded if not for the supplemental dollars.

“The approximately $115 million for road projects is part of more than $700 million extra general fund dollars allocated to Michigan roads,” Booher said. “During the past several years, lawmakers have made some tough decisions to balance the state’s budget and live within our means. That has helped free up existing revenue to use on our roads.”

 

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Governor signs Booher bill to help improve mental health services

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LANSING?Legislation sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher to help improve mental health services was signed on Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Booher’s bill, now Public Act 266 of 2014, allows community mental health (CMH) service programs to partner with health care providers such as hospitals, health systems and physician groups to better provide services to mental health patients.

“This is about better access to important care – especially in our rural areas – by permitting community mental health programs to have an active participation in the total treatment of patients,” said Booher, R-Evart. “The coordination of all essential medical and behavioral care will be done more easily and at a benefit to health care consumers and taxpayers.”

Centra Wellness Network Executive Director Chip Johnston and Benzie County Commission Chair Don Tanner both testified before the House and Senate Health Policy committees about the need to enhance mental health care services.

Under PA 266, a CMH services program will be able to partner with entities that provide and/or manage health care and rehabilitative services for purposes directly related to fulfilling the general health, welfare and service obligations of the programs.

The new law is supported by the Mental Health Association of Michigan and will go into effect in 90 days.

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Booher: Governor signs education budget with greater investment in schools

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and state lawmakers as Gov. Rick Snyder signed an education budget on Tuesday that boosts investment in all levels of education by more than $660 million.

“This education budget is part of a balanced plan that invests in key priorities while ensuring the state continues to live within its means,” said Booher, R-Evart. “With this budget, we have increased state support of K-12 education by $1.3 billion since I was elected in 2010, while the federal government has cut funding to our schools by $370 million.”

House Bill 5314, now Public Act 196 of 2014, is an education omnibus budget for K-12 education, state universities and community colleges.

“The education budget increases funding for K-12 education by roughly $550 million more than last year,” Booher said. “Closing the funding gap between school districts has been a high priority of mine. By reducing this gap through ensuring lower funded schools will see a $175 per pupil increase in the foundation allowance – more than three times larger than the highest funded districts – this is a great budget for northern Michigan schools.”

PA 196 includes an additional $65 million for early childhood education and enhances support to state universities and community colleges by $86 million and $29 million respectively.

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Governor signs Booher bill to help extended care patients in rural areas

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, was joined by local and statewide health care leaders as Gov. Rick Snyder signed his legislation on Thursday to ensure that extended care patients in hospital swing beds will not be required to move mid-stay.

Rural hospitals can provide extended care services through the use of “swing beds” if a nursing home bed is not available. Swing beds are hospital beds used for services that otherwise would be provided in a nursing home.

Booher’s bill, now Public Act 165 of 2014, clarifies state law by stipulating that the nursing home bed must be available at the time a patient requires admission for extended care services. 

“Swing beds at rural hospitals are helping us meet the extended care needs of all patients, yet efforts to curb abuse of this service are having unintended consequences,” Booher said.  “Hospitals were required to transfer a patient to a nursing home bed after he or she has already been admitted into a swing bed – creating confusion for patients and families who do not understand why they have to move. This new law will help clear up the confusion and ensure decisions on where to place patients are based on their needs.”

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Booher honors Coast Guard Auxiliary Force at Capitol

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher welcomed members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Force to the Capitol on Thursday as he presented them with a resolution honoring their service to Michigan.

Senate Resolution 158 declares June 23, 2014 as Coast Guard Auxiliary Day in recognition of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 75 years of dedicated service. 

“To have these great men and women visit the Capitol, not to mention present them with an honor they deserve, gives me great pride,” said Booher, R-Evart. “The Coast Guard Auxiliary members are selfless men and women who make sacrifices that all too often go unrecognized.”

The Coast Guard Auxiliary has served as the unpaid volunteer civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard since its creation by Congress on June 23, 1939.

“Auxiliary members instruct thousands of Michigan recreational boaters, as well as public and private stakeholders who live, work and play around Michigan’s waterfront, on how to properly identify and report suspicious maritime activity for the benefit of the nation’s safety and security,” Booher said. “I am pleased to recognize their 75 years of service to our state.”

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Booher: Governor sent balanced budget prioritizing education, public safety

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LANSING—The Fiscal Year 2015 budget was finalized by the Legislature on Thursday and is on its way to the governor to be signed, said Sen. Darwin Booher.

“A balanced budget is on its way to the governor’s desk that makes important investments in key priorities like public safety and education while ensuring the state continues to live within its means,” said Booher, R-Evart. “With this budget, we will have increased state support of K-12 education by $1.3 billion since I was elected in 2010, while the federal government has cut funding to our schools by $370 million.”

House Bill 5314 is an education omnibus budget for K-12 education, state universities and community colleges.

“This budget enhances our support of all levels of education by more than $660 million,” Booher said. “Funding for K-12 education is roughly $550 million more than last year. Importantly, to reduce the gap between school districts, lower funded schools will see a $175 per pupil increase in the foundation allowance – more than three times larger than the highest funded districts.

“Our universities and community colleges are preparing people for successful careers, and I am pleased that they will see increases of $86 million and $29 million respectively.”

House Bill 5313 is an omnibus budget for all the state’s principal departments and the Judicial and Legislative branches.

“This budget focuses on the critical roles that our infrastructure and local governments play in our economy and lives,” Booher said. “We are putting more resources into keeping our communities safe and investing an additional $285 million into improving our roads. Budgets are about priorities, and these budgets are about educating our children, protecting our families and continuing our economic recovery.”

HB 5313 funds 100 new state troopers, adds $94 million to the state’s rainy day fund, provides additional funding to eliminate the meals-on-wheels waiting list, increases funding for obstetric payments to rural hospitals and physicians, and increases assistance to local governments by $89 million through revenue sharing and incentives.

Booher said the increase to local governments in the 35th District also features $800,000 of new money as a result of the senator’s payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) reform bills.

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Booher welcomes Tuskegee Airmen associate member to Capitol for Senate Memorial Day service

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomes an associate member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Al Jamison of Lake County, to the Capitol for the Michigan Senate’s 20th Annual Memorial Day Service.

Jamison served in World War II and was the honored guest of Booher on the Senate floor for the ceremony.

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Booher welcomes Tuskegee Airmen associate member to Capitol for Senate Memorial Day service

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomes an associate member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Al Jamison of Lake County, to the Capitol for the Michigan Senate’s 20th Annual Memorial Day Service.

Jamison served in World War II and was the honored guest of Booher on the Senate floor for the ceremony.

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Sen. Booher welcomes Pastor Eix to state Capitol to lead invocation

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, (right) welcomes the Rev. Marc Eix and family to the Michigan Senate. Eix is the pastor at Faith Covenant Church in Manistee and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

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Booher attends unveiling of veterans designation on driver’s licenses, state IDs

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, (left) joined Secretary of State Ruth Johnson on Wednesday to unveil the new veterans designation, which will be available for honorably discharged veterans to add to their driver’s licenses and state-issued ID cards beginning May 1.

Pictured from left are: Booher; Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes; Secretary of State Ruth Johnson; Steve and Gail McGee; Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton; and House Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas, R-Midland.

Public Act 28 of 2013, sponsored by Booher, required the Michigan secretary of state to develop a veteran designation on state-issued identification cards for veterans who provide proof of service such as a certificate of release or discharge from active duty, referred to as a DD 214 form. PA 27 provided the same designation on driver’s licenses.

Veterans can add the designation for free when renewing their state-issued ID or pay a small fee if they wish to add it immediately.

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Booher’s brownfield redevelopment bill signed

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LANSING?Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed legislation sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher to give local and state officials flexibility to renegotiate brownfield redevelopment loans whose terms may not reflect current financial realities.

“Clean Michigan loans are an important tool the state offers local agencies to help support economic growth and job creation while protecting our environment through the reuse of existing property,” said Booher, R-Evart. “Unfortunately, sometimes market or economic conditions change during the loan period, resulting in local agencies struggling to repay the loan. This new law gives the state the flexibility to renegotiate repayment terms for these brownfield redevelopment loans.”

Public Act 115 of 2014 amends the Brownfield Redevelopment Loan Program to allow the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to alter the terms of a brownfield loan, including the length of the loan, the interest rate and the repayment terms. Under PA 115, the loan can only be altered if requested by the loan recipient and if there was proof of a financial hardship related to the financed project.

“Importantly, the new law has safeguards to ensure this flexibility is used appropriately and is not abused,” Booher said. “This transparency will require a report to the Legislature on the number of loans refinanced, the local unit involved and the change in the loan terms.”

In previous testimony on the bill, Booher was joined by officials from Harrison and Clare County, who supported the bill and told the committee about their situation.

“This fix will help cities like Harrison that rely on increased property values to help pay off these loans,” Booher said. “Simply, it gives officials the ability to craft a workable solution that benefits both the state and the local agencies.”

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Gov. Snyder signs off on Natural Resources Trust Fund plan

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LANSING— Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation into law on Friday thatprovide funding for 76 recommended Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects throughout Michigan, said Sen. Darwin Booher, sponsor of the measure.

Public Act 114 of 2014 authorizes the trust fund to spend $27.6 million to support 32 acquisition projects and 44 development projects. Matching funds of $18.9 million bring the total investment to more than $46.5 million.

“The trust fund is about helping to make Michigan a better place to live and raise a family,” said Booher, R-Evart. “This plan invests more than $27 million in constitutionally restricted funds for state and local projects that will improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Michigan families and tourists.”

Booher said the bill will provide more than $1.1 million in funding for four NRTF projects in the 35th Senate District.

PA114  specifically provides $300,000 toward nearly $3.3 million in improvements to 40.8 miles of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park from LeRoy in Osceola County to Sand Lake in Kent County, including trail surface and bridge enhancements along the route.

Booher said the plan also allocates $30,900 toward a $51,500 development to Sands Park in Kalkaska County. The project includes adding two accessible playgrounds to the six-acre park, which is the only public access site to Manistee Lake.

The project also invests $800,000 for the acquisition of 240 acres along Dair Creek in Benzie County and 15 acres of Little Manistee River property in Lake County.

 

 

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Senate approves Booher roadkill bill

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LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher’s bill to allow drivers to keep roadkill without obtaining a permit was approved Wednesday by the Michigan Senate. Residents can currently claim an animal killed by a car, but only after first obtaining a permit from law enforcement. 

“This legislation is about eliminating unnecessary red tape concerning the collection of roadkill from Michigan roadways for the benefit of everyone,” said Booher, R-Evart. “Roadkill can often sit on the road for days. Making it easier for drivers who unfortunately hit an animal to remove it will reduce the financial burden on state and local agencies and road commissions who currently pick up roadkill – saving scarce road funding dollars.”

Under Senate Bill 613, the driver hitting an animal would have first priority to claim it. For small game, drivers would have to keep a written record of information about the animal and the location.

For big game, the driver of a vehicle involved in a roadkill collision could call 911 to report the accident and state his or her intent to keep the animal; or the driver or other motorists not involved in the collision could either contact the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or local law enforcement to indicate their intent to collect the roadkill.

“While fresh roadkill like deer can be consumed, I introduced this bill at the request of several constituents who have asked to use roadkill for various purposes, such as hunting, composting or salvaging the hides,” Booher said. “This is about reducing regulations and saving taxpayer dollars.”

SB 613 has been sent to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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Michigan petitions Congress for federal balanced budget amendment

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LANSING—The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday finalized a joint resolution, co-sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher, to officially petition Congress to call a constitutional convention for a federal balanced budget amendment.

“Our federal government shut down last year because Congress and the president refuse to tackle the staggering national debt or annual deficit, which are currently more than $17 trillion and $750 billion respectively,” said Booher, R-Evart. “These figures are so large that it is nearly impossible to comprehend the magnitude of the problem. To try and put it in perspective, the national debt equates to more than $55,000 per person and about $150,000 per taxpayer. Clearly, it is long overdue for the federal government to stop spending money we don’t have.”

Senate Joint Resolution V officially petitions Congress to take the necessary steps toward passing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would require an annual federal budget in which spending does not exceed existing revenues.

“It is sad and unfortunate that we need to amend the U.S. Constitution just to ensure that our elected federal officials balance the budget,” Booher said. “Northern Michigan families and job providers live within their means, and so should Congress. I co-sponsored this resolution because a balanced budget amendment will force Congress to focus on improving government efficiency, spend tax dollars wisely and hopefully begin to reduce the debt it is leaving our grandchildren.”

Twenty-two states have already approved the resolution. Once adopted by 12 more states, it becomes binding on Congress. Any balanced budget amendment proposed by the convention would still have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states before taking effect.

“The contrast between how Washington handles its budget and Michigan is striking,” Booher said. “Michigan has made the reforms and found efficiencies needed to balance a $1.5 billion deficit, begin paying down long-term state debts and still provide necessary services. Now, with our budget issues mostly behind us, we are able to focus on important priorities facing Michigan families, like investing more in our roads and local schools.”

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Booher, Casperson applaud judge’s ruling that DNR pig ban unconstitutional

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LANSING?State Sens. Darwin Booher and Tom Casperson issued statements Monday after a circuit judge ruled that a ban by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on certain breeds of swine is unconstitutional.

“We applaud the ruling by Judge Thomas Solka that confirms what we have thought all along, that the DNR ban on certain breeds of pigs was arbitrary, unreasonable and unconstitutional,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “While we appreciate the court’s decision, you don’t need a law degree to know this was just wrong. 

“The DNR issued its Invasive Species Order in December 2010 and one year later issued a Declaratory Ruling outlining which pig characteristics were illegal.  Unfortunately, since that time, our constituents who raised pigs on their farms and private property were forced to either shut down their operations or fight against the state through the courts.”

Booher concurred with Casperson.

“The judge clearly recognized that the small business owners are raising domestic hogs and do not own wild or feral swine,” said Booher, R-Evart. “We congratulate our constituents for winning their day in court and for standing up against the state government’s overreach. 

“The nonsensical attack on small business owners and famers who raise swine hybrids has gone on long enough. We once again call on the DNR director and governor to rescind the Invasive Species Order to help eliminate any confusion about what pigs may be raised on private property in Michigan.”

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Sen. Booher to read to Manton Elementary School students in celebration of Reading Month

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WHO: 
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.

WHAT:
Booher will read to four kindergarten classes at Manton Elementary School as part of “March is Reading Month.”

WHEN and WHERE:

Monday, March 24
Manton Elementary School, 105 5th St., Manton
9 to 10 a.m.

WHY:
In honor of Reading Month, Booher will be reading to elementary school students throughout the month of March.

Every year, schoolchildren throughout Michigan celebrate “March is Reading Month.” The purpose is to highlight reading as a fun activity that children and parents can do together, while promoting literacy.

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