Senator Brandenburg District Update

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Sen. Brandenburg supports new law improving access to health care services Nationally, it’s estimated that telehealth is expected to increase from the 250,000 patients who utilized the service in 2013 to more than 3 […]

Senator Brandenburg District Update

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Senate approves brownfield redevelopment bills Many communities across Michigan are burdened with what’s known as brownfield properties — sites that sit empty or vacant because they are too costly to clean up, restore or […]

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Senate approves criminal justice reforms The Michigan Senate recently approved criminal justice reforms to help reduce the cycle of imprisonment while ensuring public protection and safety. The package of bills addresses issues throughout the […]

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Sen. Brandenburg supports bills to modernize state energy plan Access to clean, reliable and affordable energy is important for Michigan families and job providers. I supported Senate legislation to update the state’s energy laws […]

District Update for November

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Brandenburg backs bills to aid hunters and anglers Hunting and fishing are time-honored pastimes enjoyed by generations of Michigan sportsmen and sportswomen. Legislation recently passed by the Senate could enhance those traditions with a new […]

Brandenburg awarded for championing small business

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LANSING, Mich.—The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has announced that Sen. Jack Brandenburg has received their “Guardian of Small Business” award for his perfect voting records on small-business issues.

“I’m honored that such an esteemed organization such as NFIB has recognized my record of voting in favor of the backbone of Michigan’s economy – small businesses,” said Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township. “I take many things into consideration when casting my vote for the people of the 11th District, but the well-being of small business owners is one of the most paramount.”

Session Small Business Voting Record grades lawmakers on a scale of 0 to 100 percent, with 100 percent being a perfect small-business score. A score below 70 percent is considered failing. The voting record is based on a series of votes on issues deemed important to small businesses.

“Although the voting record does not reflect all elements considered by a lawmaker when voting, it is an important guide to evaluating their attitude toward small business,” said NFIB State Director Charles Owens.

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Brandenburg: Urban Outfitters’ Kent State sweater a deplorable stunt

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For Immediate Release    
Sept. 15, 2014   

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LANSING, Mich.— Urban Outfitters, a clothing corporation headquartered in Philadelphia, has gone way too far with a mock-blood-stained sweatshirt that reads “Kent State University.”

This tasteless garment is a clear reference to the 1970 killing of four students protesting the Vietnam War by the Ohio National Guard at the Ohio school.

“It is my understanding that Urban Outfitters is selling a Kent State sweatshirt for $129 which features splattered blood on it to exploit the tragedy that happened at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. This is absolutely outrageous,” said Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township. “Students were killed unnecessarily that day because of a culmination of events that should have never happened.

“Being born and raised 25 miles from Kent State, I am absolutely astounded that a store like Urban Outfitters would pull such a stunt. I would like to call for a boycott of Urban Outfitters until this shirt is removed from their line. The management of Urban Outfitters should be thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed.”

While protesting the Vietnam War in 1970, four students were gunned down by Ohio National Guard troops after 67 shots were fired in 13 seconds.

 

 

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Legislature approves petition for federal balanced budget amendment

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For Immediate Release    
March 27, 2014   

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LANSING, Mich.— The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday approved a petition for a federal balanced budget amendment.

Senate Joint Resolution V petitions Congress to call a convention of the states for the limited purpose of proposing a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the United States Constitution. The BBA would require an annual federal budget in which spending does not exceed revenues.

“Michiganders tighten their purse-strings when money is tight,” said Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township. “Why should government be any different?

“Balancing one’s checkbook is one of the most basic duties of Michigan families in order to rein in spending and avoid debt. The federal government needs to do the same.”

As a joint resolution, the petition does not require Gov. Snyder’s signature. However, the governor urged its passage during his most recent State of the State Address. 

“If we balance our budget at home, we balance our budget at work, why can’t the federal government balance theirs?” Snyder stated, followed by enthusiastic cheers and applause.

Twenty-two other states have already approved the resolution. Once adopted by 15 more, it becomes binding on Congress to issue the call. Any BBA amendment proposed by the convention would still have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states before taking effect.

 

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Brandenburg announces new Senate committee

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For Immediate Release    
Nov. 7, 2013   

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LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, along with Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive; Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; and Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor announced Thursday a new Senate committee. They were joined by teachers from across Michigan and other interested parties.

In an effort to examine the implementation and application of laws passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Senate Compliance and Accountability Committee has been created. This committee will also focus on instances in which the rights of individuals are being affected due to laws being violated or potentially misinterpreted.

Brandenburg offered the following statement regarding the new committee:

“Legislation passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Snyder gives Michigan’s workers the choice to join a union or not; membership cannot be a condition of employment. Provisions were made at the time for pre-existing contracts that contained union security clauses.

“In addition, the legislation also granted employees the right to opt out of union membership. Not granting these rights to any employee would be a direct violation of Michigan law.

“Recently, a group of at least seven teachers from different areas of the state who have encountered intimidation when they exercised their right to opt out of their Michigan Education Association membership have come forward. It has been alleged that this group of teachers was told they could not leave the union because it was not during the ‘August window.’

“The August window has previously been used as a ploy to limit the ability of their members to opt out of their union except during the month of August. Impeding them from leaving the union, as they are not bound by a union security clause, was a violation of the Freedom to Work Act. Intimidation, threats and strong-arming tactics by groups including, but not limited to, the MEA will not be tolerated. It is our job as legislators to make certain our laws are being enforced and a duty to ensure the rights of citizens are not being infringed.

“The hard-working residents of Michigan deserve the right to perform their job without such threats or intimidation tactics to force them to become, or remain, members of a union.”

 

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