Hildenbrand visits local classrooms for March is Reading Month

Posted · Add Comment

***Media Advisory***
Hildenbrand visits local classrooms for March is Reading Month

Who:
State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand

What:
Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, will be visiting local classrooms throughout the Grand Rapids area to read to local students as part of “March is ReadingMonth.”

When: 
Hildenbrand currently has a date scheduled for March 19

Where:   
Bushnell Elementary, 10:30 a.m.

Briefing:
“Reading to children at a young age initiates a foundation for success and provides benefits that will last a lifetime,” said Hildenbrand. “During March is Reading Month, young children and elementary students across Michigan and the country celebrate the importance of reading; I want to encourage parents, grandparents and young adults to read to children year round, not just this month.”

“I look forward to visiting Bushnell as a guest reader,” Hildenbrand said.  “The kids are always excited and always ask great questions.”
 

The post Hildenbrand visits local classrooms for March is Reading Month appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Hildenbrand meets with Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce for ‘West Michigan Business Day’

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING, Mich–State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, welcomed business and community leaders from West Michigan to the state capitol for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce West Michigan Business Day. Discussions included ways to continue to reform state government to best serve Michiganians and job providers.

#####

The post Hildenbrand meets with Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce for ‘West Michigan Business Day’ appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand issues statement following the 2012 State of the State address

Posted · Add Comment

Lansing—State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, tonight issued the following statement regarding Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.  In addition, Senator Hildenbrand was honored to be one of the members of the Senate that escorted the Governor into the House chamber for this year's address.

“Just over a year ago, Governor Snyder delivered his first State of the State address. In that speech, the governor charted a bold course to reinvent Michigan.  That same message resonated in this year’s speech.  While we have made great progress in Michigan, we still have much more work to do.

“Just as we did last year, the Senate will join with the governor and the House to create a more effective and efficient government while fostering an environment where jobs can be created and businesses can grow.

“I have every confidence that the reforms enacted last year will help create a positive job environment in Michigan and set the stage for a stronger, brighter Michigan.

“I will continue to work to ensure that tax payer dollars are spent wisely and that I do everything in my power to improve the economic climate of Michigan.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate as well as with the Governor and the House to move Michigan forward.”

*Please note: Senator Hildenbrand will be available in the Capitol building following the Governor's speech for comments and reactions.

The post State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand issues statement following the 2012 State of the State address appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Sen. Hildenbrand appointed to Talent Investment Board

Posted · Add Comment

Lansing— This week Governor Snyder announced the next step in his economic reinvention plan for Michigan with the creation of the Talent Investment Board, made up of members from both the public and private sectors.  Included in this group is Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell) who was appointed to serve as one of four members representing the Legislature on the new advisory board.

“I am honored and excited to serve on this newly created board,” said Hildenbrand. “Some of the most capable people in their given professions have been selected to serve on this board with the goal of helping to create an environment where economic growth can thrive and talent can be developed,” said Hildenbrand. “I am confident that through our collaboration we will be able to identify innovative ideas and reforms that will continue to aid the state in its economic recovery.”

The Talent Investment Board has been established to better focus on job creation and developing and connecting Michigan's job talent.  This new 47-member board replaces and streamlines the former Council for Labor and Economic Growth, which had 71 members. The board, housed within the Workforce Development Agency in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is charged with advising and assisting the governor regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Investment Act and overall talent development.

The post Sen. Hildenbrand appointed to Talent Investment Board appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Sen. Hildenbrand announces district office hours

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING— State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, announced today that he will hold office hours on Monday, Dec 5 Grand Rapids.  The office hours are open to residents to express their opinions or request assistance with a state issue.

Date and Time:
Monday, Dec. 5
2-3 p.m.

Location:
Grand Rapids Public Library, West Leonard Branch
1017 Leonard N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

For more information, please contact Hildenbrand’s office toll-free at 1-866-305-2129 or via email at: sendhildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov. Residents unable to attend office hours may also write Hildenbrand at: Sen. Dave Hildenbrand; P.O. Box 30036; Lansing, MI 48909.

The post Sen. Hildenbrand announces district office hours appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Hildenbrand and Senate GOP announce priorities for fall agenda

Posted · Add Comment

 

LANSING – State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled their agenda for the fall legislative session with the focus on spurring job growth, strengthening education, protecting the rights of residents, and continuing government reforms.

A key strategy involves a move to reform the business equipment tax, a job-killing provision that punishes business that expand and invest in new technology to remain competitive.

“It’s important for us to remove barriers to new investment,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.  “If we can enact these changes, Michigan firms can grow and expand, and jobs will be created.”

Hildenbrand said it’s time to streamline the regulatory process and make it easier to do business in Michigan.

“Time is money,” he said.  “The faster job providers can move through permitting procedures the faster they can get people to work.”

The 29th District lawmaker said Michigan needs a highly educated workforce that will attract employers to our state and generate high-paying jobs.

“We need to empower parents with more innovative choices to advance our education system and meet the instructional needs of our students,” Hildenbrand said.

Senate Republicans are moving forward in several ways to protect the rights of Michigan residents.  This includes:

  • Creating a statewide alert to safely and quickly return missing vulnerable adults;
  • Guarding against those who would take advantage of defenseless seniors;
  • Clarifying Michigan’s medical marijuana law, which has been abused; and
  • Increasing penalties for those who prey upon homeowners in vulnerable financial situations.

“We must do everything possible to protect those who cannot protect themselves,” said Hildenbrand.  “These safeguards, and others, will go a long way toward reaching this goal.”

As all these reforms are considered, Hildenbrand said it’s vital that Michigan government become more accountable.

“Taxpayers should see how their tax dollars are being spent,” Hildenbrand said.  “The more transparency we have, the better.  Let’s empower our residents to be engaged in government and to help drive positive change.”

 

The post Hildenbrand and Senate GOP announce priorities for fall agenda appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Senator Hildenbrand comments on Grand Rapids tragedy

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING — State Senator Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, made the following statement after the shooting deaths in Grand Rapids:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost family members and friends in this senseless act of violence.  We remain grateful to the entire law enforcement and medical community who demonstrated their dedication during this profound tragedy. In the difficult days ahead, we must reach out to those in need and do everything possible to help our community heal.”

The post Senator Hildenbrand comments on Grand Rapids tragedy appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Senate makes not reporting a dead body a crime

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING—Michigan residents who fail to report the discovery of a deceased person could face a misdemeanor and a year in prison and a $1,000 fine, and a felony of up to 5 years and a $5,000 fine for not reporting one with the intent to hide or conceal that death or cause thereof under legislation passed today by the state Senate.

“It has shocked the public’s conscience that there is no crime for failing to report a dead body. It is important that we fix that,” said Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, who sponsored the Senate Bill 231. “These measures would make it a misdemeanor to fail to report a death, and a felony if the person not reporting it did so to conceal the death while committing another crime, for example, like cashing the deceased's checks.”

The legislation stems in part from a case in Grand Rapids where, after being unable to contact her mother for several days, a claimant arrived at her mother’s residence to discover the woman’s boyfriend at the premises. The man had locked the mother’s dead body in an adjacent room and concealed the knowledge of her death for many days.

Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, who represents the district where the incident occurred, introduced Senate Bill 380, which establishes the sentencing guidelines for those convicted.

“It is illegal in Michigan to hide or dispose of a dead body, but it isn’t illegal to not report one,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “This legislation corrects that oversight by making those who fail to report a dead body criminally responsible.”

Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Timothy McMorrow testified in support of the measures during last month’s committee hearing.

SBs 231 and 380 now go to the state House for consideration.

The post Senate makes not reporting a dead body a crime appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Hildenbrand statement on passage of Senate Bill 7 and Senate Joint Resolution C

Posted · Add Comment

Senator Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, made the following statement after today’s Senate vote on public employee health care benefits: “These reforms are an important step in putting Michigan back on track.  Senate Bill 7 and Senate Joint Resolution C will require all public employees to pay at least 20 percent of their taxpayer funded health care costs.  The legislative package applies to all state, county, city, village, township, school district, charter school, intermediate school district, community college or university employees and state lawmakers as well.  Private sector employees have had to pay an increasing share of the cost of their health care benefits and the public sector should reflect this trend.  Having all of us in the public sector contribute more for our health care will make our health care system more affordable, more accountable and better reflect the needs of each individual.  These reforms provide the state, our colleges and universities, municipal governments and our local school districts the tools to address the rising costs of health care benefits in these tough economic times.”

The post Hildenbrand statement on passage of Senate Bill 7 and Senate Joint Resolution C appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Hildenbrand responds to passage of tax reform

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING – State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, made the following statement after a tax reform package moved through the Senate: “Overall I am pleased the Senate passed bills that would implement Governor Snyder’s sweeping tax overhaul proposal, including the repeal of the Michigan Business Tax and surcharge.  Although I supported the repeal of the MBT and its replacement with a 6% corporate income tax over the years, I did not support the extension of the income tax to pensions.  I think there are opportunities to realize savings throughout state government before bringing more tax dollars into the system – and that is where I will continue to focus a lot of my time and energy throughout the budget process.

“I certainly am pleased the MBT and surcharge are gone, something I have been working on since its inception in 2007.  I will continue to work to strengthen our economy and create an environment for job growth all across our state.”

The post Hildenbrand responds to passage of tax reform appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Senator Hildenbrand invites constituents to May office hours

Posted · Add Comment

 

LANSING — State Senator Dave Hildenbrand recently announced he will hold office hours in Grand Rapids this month.

Sen. Hildenbrand is available to meet with constituents at the following times and locations:

Monday, May 16
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Arnie's, 3561 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids

Monday, May 23
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Mr. Burger, 2101 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids

“I look forward to meeting with residents from the Grand Rapids area to answer questions and listen to their concerns,” said Hildenbrand.  “For those residents unable to attend, I would encourage them to contact my office if I can be of any assistance.”

Sen. Hildenbrand’s office can be reached at:

Senator Dave Hildenbrand
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Toll-Free: (866) 305-2129 or (517) 373-1801
SenDHildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov
www.senatordavehildenbrand.com
 

The post Senator Hildenbrand invites constituents to May office hours appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Hildenbrand bill cuts red tape for job providers

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING – The state Senate passed a package of bills Thursday reducing costly regulations, sending a strong message to job providers that Michigan is serious about economic development, said Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.

“For too long, Michigan’s burdensome rules have prevented businesses from hiring workers,” Hildenbrand said. “Today we began removing some of these obstacles to job growth.”

Senate Bills 271 through 279 would reduce onerous regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy.

Hildenbrand sponsored SB 277, which would require the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to review its permit processing costs, customer service practices and compare them to other states. After reviewing these major programs, the department must identify ways to improve performance.

Hildenbrand’s measure sends a message that the status quo is no longer good enough.

“It’s time to raise the bar for organizational performance, while reducing costs and improving service,” he said.  “Michigan’s business climate will strengthen if we take this approach. We can learn from what other states are doing and then implement those best practices.”

Other measures in the nine-bill package would:

  • Level the playing field for Michigan job providers by prohibiting rules more stringent than federal rules, unless authorized by state law;
  • Require state agencies to consider disproportionate effects rules might have on small businesses compared to larger companies;
  • Improve timeliness in permitting and end delay tactics by regulators who keep asking for additional information; and
  • Increase transparency in the rulemaking process to improve the opportunity for comment and suggestions by those impacted.

 

According to Site Selection magazine, business executives look at the ease of permitting and regulatory procedures second only to the availability of desired workforce skills when choosing the place to locate or expand their business.

SB 275 is currently before the Senate Economic Development Committee. The other bills in the package now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

The post Hildenbrand bill cuts red tape for job providers appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Senator Hildenbrand unveils plan to cut red tape and put Michigan back to work

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING — Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, along with several of his Senate colleagues, announced measures to help put people back to work by cutting the red tape that creates hurdles for job providers in Michigan.

Hildenbrand said Senate Bills 271 through 279 will reduce burdensome regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy.  He sponsored SB 277, which requires the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality to peer review their programs and implement common-sense regulatory and permitting reforms.

“This package of bills says the status quo is unacceptable and we need to make important changes,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “If we want to restore Michigan’s economy, the best way to do that is to cut up the red tape and roll out the red carpet for job providers.”

Other measures in the eight-bill package would:

Level the playing field for Michigan job providers by prohibiting rules more stringent than federal rules, unless authorized by state law;
Require state agencies to consider disproportionate effects rules might have on small businesses compared to larger companies;
Improve timeliness in permitting and end delay tactics by regulators who keep asking for additional information; and
Increase transparency in the rulemaking process to improve the opportunity for comment and suggestions by those impacted.

Hildenbrand said reforming Michigan’s regulatory climate is critical. According to Site Selection magazine, business executives look at the ease of permitting and regulatory procedures second only to the availability of desired workforce skills when choosing the place to locate or expand their business.

“Michigan has a strong workforce.  It is time we remove the obstacles facing job providers in west Michigan and across the state so they can create good paying jobs,” Hildenbrand said.   
                                                          

Editor’s Note: At a Michigan Capitol news conference, Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and his Senate colleagues announced measures to help put people back to work and cut the red tape that creates hurdles for Michigan job providers.  The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=29

The post Senator Hildenbrand unveils plan to cut red tape and put Michigan back to work appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Hildenbrand, Schmidt and AT&T Deliver Free Phone Cards to Michigan Active Duty Military Families

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING, MI—Military families from west Michigan will stay better connected with their loved ones stationed overseas thanks to 150 free phone cards made available by AT&T to the Wyoming Armory and announced today by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and state Rep. Roy Schmidt. The Wyoming Armory serves military families in Kent as well as Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties.

“We are certainly grateful that AT&T has provided our tremendous military families with the opportunity to stay in touch during their difficult deployments,” said state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.  “But we are immeasurably grateful for the Michigan men and women who risk everything to protect our freedoms and defend this country.”

State Rep. Roy Schmidt, D-Grand Rapids, added: “As the proud father of an active member of the United States Air Force, I know how difficult it can be when you do not hear from loved ones serving.  These calling cards can help families stay in touch with their loved ones back at home while they put their lives on the line overseas.”

In total, 1,000 phone cards were presented to active duty members of the military and their families today at armories across Michigan.

“Families across the state will stay better connected with their loved ones serving our nation overseas thanks to these phone cards,” said Family Assistance Coordinator Justin Dyess from Michigan’s Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing.  “We are grateful to lawmakers and companies like AT&T for their continuing support of our armed forces.”

AT&T President Jim Murray added: “For those of us at home, it’s impossible to imagine the reality faced by our troops each day.   Helping them stay in touch with their families is just a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for all they do. These AT&T phone cards will keep them connected no matter where overseas they’re serving, from Kuwait to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Since the onset of hostilities in the Middle East, AT&T has donated more than $6 million in prepaid phone cards to our troops.

Calling cards were presented this week to Camp Grayling as well as Michigan armories in Grand Ledge, Jackson, Ishpeming, Sault Ste. Marie, Taylor and Wyoming.

The post Hildenbrand, Schmidt and AT&T Deliver Free Phone Cards to Michigan Active Duty Military Families appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Hildenbrand honors football champions at Michigan Capitol

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING – Senator Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, recognized Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Grand Rapids West Catholic high schools at the Michigan Capitol today for winning their football championship titles. This marks the first occasion both schools competed for the championship at the same time and brought home the championship trophies in the same weekend.  Both teams competed at Ford Field in Detroit last November.

Editor’s note: A photograph is available by visiting the senator’s photowire.

The post Hildenbrand honors football champions at Michigan Capitol appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Hildenbrand bill repeals Michigan Business Tax

Posted · Add Comment

LANSING – Senator Dave Hildenbrand has introduced Senate Bill 1, a measure to repeal the Michigan Business Tax.

“This is a major goal for job providers in my district and throughout the state,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “Because this reform is so important, the Senate Republican Caucus made it the first bill introduced in the new legislative session.”

The first-term lawmaker said the MBT, enacted in 2007, is despised by business owners and considered enormously harmful to job growth.

“Michigan’s unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation and jobs are leaving Michigan at a record pace,” Hildenbrand said. “Our number one priority must be to create a better job climate so we can retain companies and attract new firms. It’s time to send a signal that Michigan is open and ready for business. Repealing this onerous tax would be an excellent start.”

Experts believe that repealing the MBT would increase employment in Michigan and increase total investment in the state by billions of dollars.

“I commend Senator Hildenbrand for his willingness to tackle this significant issue,” said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. “It’s vital that we move to restructure and reinvent this state, and this measure is an important first step in the process.”  

The post Hildenbrand bill repeals Michigan Business Tax appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.

Media Advisory: Sen. Hildenbrand available following the 2011 State of the State address

Posted · Add Comment

Who: State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, assistant leader of the Senate Majority Caucus.

What: Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When: The address is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: House of Representatives
State Capitol

Briefing: Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, will be available for comment following the State of the State address. Please call Hildenbrand’s office at (517) 373-1801 on Jan. 19 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

Audio remarks will be available for broadcast from the Senate Majority Audiowire at: www.senate.michigan.gov/podcasts.asp?District=29

The post Media Advisory: Sen. Hildenbrand available following the 2011 State of the State address appeared first on Senator Dave Hildenbrand.