** PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Robertson and Rep. Haines welcome basketball team to Capitol

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Sen. Robertson and Rep. Haines welcome basketball team to Capitol.

Lansing— State Sen. Dave Robertson, R- Grand Blanc Township, and state Rep. Gail Haines, R-Waterford, welcomed the Waterford Our Lady of the LakesHigh School girls  basketball team, coaching staff, parents and school officials to the Capitol on Wednesday. The Lady Lakers went 23-4 for the 2011-12 season and won their third consecutive Class D state championship.

 

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***Media Advisory*** Sen. Robertson office hours postponed

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Sen. Robertson office hours postponed

Lansing— State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc announced on Tuesday that he will be postponing his previously scheduled office hours at the following locations on June 1:

POSTPONED
Big Boy
5834 Highland Road.
Waterford, Mich
NOTE: With Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad

POSTPONED
Davison City Hall
200 E. Flint St. #2
Davison, MI

POSTPONED
Thetford Township Hall
4014 E. Vienna Road.
Clio, Mich

“I will need to be in Lansing on Friday to continue to work the budget”, Robertson said. “I apologize for the late notice and these office hours will be rescheduled.”

For more information, contact Robertson’s office toll free at 1-866-305-2126

 

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***Media Advisory*** Sen. Robertson welcomes veterans and active duty military to Capitol in observance of Memorial Day

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Sen. Robertson welcomes veterans and active duty military to Capitol in observance of Memorial Day 

Lansing— State Sen. Dave Robertson welcomed assistant adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, Gen. Michael Stone and many other veterans and active duty to the Capitol on Thursday for a ceremony in observation of Memorial Day.

“Today’s ceremony served as a reminder of what Memorial Day is truly about,” said Robertson. R-Grand Blanc Township. “Many people will spend this weekend with family and friends at picnics and parties. I would encourage everyone to take some time to reflect on the amazing sacrifices that were made in order to protect our way of life.

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Robertson bills would amend tax code

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Robertson bills would amend tax code

LANSING— Legislation that would boost industry while lessening the tax burden on Michigan citizens was approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, said sponsor state Sen. Dave Robertson.

Senate Bill 126 would amend the Use Tax Act to exclude taxation on the trade in values of used cars and boats when the trade-in value is being applied to a new or used car or boat.

Senate Bill 127 amends the General Sales Act and creates a six-year phase in for the program. In 2012, only $2,500 is exempt and then this amount increases by $2,500 each year until 2017 when it reaches $15,000. After that, the trade-in value is uncapped.

“This is a tax break for the average person,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “This measure will give a boost to two of the state’s major industries while reducing the tax burden on consumers.”

For example, once fully implemented, a 5 year-old car, valued at $5,000 is traded in. The owner of the car applies the trade-in value to a new or used car valued at $25,000. Robertson’s bills would tax the $20,000 difference between the new car and trade in value of the old car.

“Michigan is currently one of only six states and the only Great Lakes state to tax trade-in values,” Robertson said. “This puts Michigan at a serious competitive disadvantage, this legislation seeks to correct that and make Michigan as competitive as possible.”

SBs 126-127 now advance to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

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** PHOTO ADVISORY**Robertson welcomes local Eagle Scout to Capitol

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Robertson welcomes local Eagle Scout to Capitol

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, (left) presents David Ware with a tribute in recognition of Ware’s receiving his Eagle Scout Badge in April of this year. Ware, a resident of Grand Blanc, built a meditation area for the members of the St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church for his Eagle service project.
 

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Michigan Senate passes personal property tax reform

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Michigan Senate passes personal property tax reform

LANSING— Legislation that would reduce the personal property tax for Michigan businesses was approved by the Michigan Senate Thursday, said sponsor state Sen. Dave Robertson.

“This package of legislation is a long term commitment toward job creation in Michigan,” said Robertson R-Grand Blanc Township. “Michigan has lost nearly half of its manufacturing jobs since 2010 and it is time to help our current manufactures grow and to attract new business to Michigan.”

Reforming Michigan’s personal property tax structure would create between 6,000 and 15,000  jobs, according to a study released by Anderson Economic Group.

This eight-bill package would alter the personal property tax in the following ways:

• Effective Dec. 31, 2012 any commercial or industrial business that has personal property valued at $40,000  or less will not pay taxes and will not file a return. This would eliminate 75-80 percent of returns that currently need to be filed.
• Effective Dec. 31, 2015 all eligible industrial personal property bought after Dec. 31, 2011 will not be taxable.
• Effective Dec. 31, 2015 any eligible personal property that is 10 years old will no longer be taxed. This will continue each year until all property is tax exempt.

Robertson sponsored Senate Bills 1066 and 1068 and cosponsored the rest of the package.

These reforms stimulate business growth while protecting homeowners from property tax increases. All millages for bonded debt are 100 percent protected from declining revenue along with police, fire, senior and other similar millages.

“Over the past sixteen months, the Legislature has worked tirelessly in order create jobs and get the economy going again,” Robertson said. “Personal property tax is yet another common sense step in the right direction toward Michigan becoming a leader of how a state should be run. 

SBs 1065-1072 now advance to the Michigan House of Representatives.

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**ROBERTSON PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Robertson welcomes local pastor to the Capitol

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Sen. Robertson welcomes local pastor to the Capitol

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, (left) welcomed the Rev. John Flanders to the Capitol on Wednesday. Flanders, pastor of Landmark Baptist Church in Clio, gave the invocation before the start of Senate session.

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State Sen. Dave Robertson issues statement following Gov. Snyder’s special message on public safety

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State Sen. Dave Robertson issues statement following Gov. Snyder’s special message on public safety

LANSING— State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, on Wednesday issued the following statement following Gov. Rick Snyder’s special message on public safety.

“First off, I would like to thank the governor for coming to Genesee County to deliver this important speech. This proves that he is aware of the problems Michigan is facing and that he serious about fixing them.

“Public safety affects all aspects of our lives, and a strong public safety department will play a crucial role in Michigan’s comeback. People have right to feel safe in their homes and communities, and crimes rates affect the sense of security the citizens have about their community. These rates can also influence business investment and residential development.  In order for Michigan to be the great state I know it can be we must improve our public safety.

“Michigan currently has four of the most dangerous cities in America. Making these cities safer must be a priority and Governor Snyder chartered a swift course of action in order to do so. The fiscal year 2013 executive budget called for $15 million to the Michigan State Police for two trooper recruit schools, for a total addition of 180 troopers, to serve as a force multiplier and ensure the department has the staffing to partner with local and federal law enforcement to secure these four cities.

“I am hopeful that these changes paired with the increased road patrols that were allocated in fiscal year 2012 budget will start to move Flint in the right direction.

“The changes proposed by the governor will take everyone working together in order for them to be successful. However, I look forward to the implementation of polices put forth by Governor Snyder and the positive effect they will have on villages, cities and towns across Michigan.”

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Senate OKs bills requiring photo ID to register to vote

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  Senate OKs bills requiring photo ID to register to vote

By Karen Bouffard
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing— Citizens will be required to show a photo ID when registering to vote under a package of bills that passed over Democrats' objections in the state Senate on Tuesday.

The package also would require volunteers to complete training before working in voter registration drives and those applying to vote would be required to affirm they are U.S. citizens.

Most of the bills passed 26-12 along party lines with all of the chambers' Democrats voting in opposition.

Many of the reforms were proposed last year by Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, according to Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, chair of the Local Government and Elections Committee.

"The aim is to respect the integrity of our elections, and maintain proper means of transparency, all of the things that are at the heart of the public's trust in the election process," Robertson said. "We don't ask much of (voters) — that they register and be who they say they are."

Voters already must show a photo ID at their polling place to be able to vote.

The package also contains campaign finance reforms and bans on public employee payroll deductions for contributions to political action committees and campaign committees.

Critics, including the Michigan League of Women voters, AARP Michigan and the American Civil Liberties Union, said the bills would discourage voter participation.

"Nearly one in five people age 65 or older don't have photo ID," says Jacqueline Morrison, state director of AARP Michigan, said in a press release before the vote. "People who have been voting all of their adult life will face this hurdle if the legislation passes."

Sen. Coleman Young, D-Detroit, said the new requirements will discourage people from organizing voter registration drives and cut down on the number who register to vote. He said Florida passed similar reforms that are now being challenged in court.

"We are missing an extraordinary opportunity to make our voting system simpler and better," Young said following voting on the reforms. "This is a package of bills that thrusts government over the people."

Most of the bills are headed to the House for consideration.

kbouffard@detnews.com

(517) 371-3660

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Sen. Robertson to hold property tax forum

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Sen. Robertson to hold property tax forum
 

Who:

  • State Sen. Dave Robertson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local
  •   Government & Elections and member of the Senate Finance Committee
  •  Mark Avery, attorney and tax expert
  • Joe Graves, Genesse  County Commissioner
  • Members of the public

What: Forum for residents of the 26th Senate District on how to effectively appeal their property tax bills

When:  Monday, Feb. 27
7 p.m.

Where: Grand Blanc Senior Center
  12632 Pagles Dr.
  Grand Blanc, MI 48439

Briefing: Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, Commissioner Graves, and tax expert Mark Avery will hold a public forum to discuss the process for appealing property tax assessments and common mistakes to avoid. They will also answer questions from taxpayers.

The forum is free and open to the public. Sen. Robertson encourages all interested residents of the 26th District to attend. For those who are unable to attend, information will be available through Robertson’s office by calling his office at 1-866-305-2126, or e-mailing SenDRobertson@senate.michigan.gov.

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Flint Powers welcomed to State Capitol

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Lansing— Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, and Sen. John Gleason, D-Flushing, welcome the 2011 Flint Powers Catholic High School football team to the Michigan Senate.  The team was presented with a special tribute recognizing them for winning the Division IV state championship in football. Pictured are members of the team and coaching staff with Robertson and Gleason.

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Robertson Photo Advisory

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LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, (left) welcomed the Rev. Peter Mannering to the Capitol on Wednesday. Mannering, pastor of Grace Chapel in Waterford, gave the invocation before the start of Senate session.

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

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LANSING— State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, tonight issued the statement below following Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.

“Much like last year, Governor Snyder painted a clear picture of the current wellbeing of the state of Michigan and laid out a clear and concise plan for 2012.

“In 2012, the goals of the Legislature will not change. We will be focused on creating the most effective and efficient government possible while creating an economic climate for job creation and growth.

“Last year, Michigan began to reinvent itself as a state. We are currently in the midst of this reinvention, and many long overdue reforms were signed into law last year. However, many of the reforms have not had enough time to take effect. It will be critical in 2012 to measure the results of these reforms and compare the results with intended goals.

“In the coming year, I will work to ensure that tax dollars are being spent wisely and that government approaches all situations with common sense. I am confident that this mindset will create a flourishing economic environment for Michigan.

“I would like to thank the governor for his continued leadership and courage in leading the state of Michigan. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues, the governor and the House to help move Michigan forward.”
 

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RESCHEDUELD: Joint town hall meeting with state Sen. Dave Robertson and state Rep. Bradford Jacobsen

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Lansing— State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, and state Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, R-Lake Orion, announced Tuesday that a town hall meeting will be held on January10 to discuss Senate Bill 52, which allows local units of government to lower speeds limits on dirt and gravel roads. This event was previously scheduled for January 11 but had to be rescheduled due to scheduling conflicts.

Who:
State Sen. Dave Robertson;
State Rep. Bradford Jacobsen;
Members of the Michigan State Police; and
Members of the public

What:
SB 52 town hall meeting

When:
Tuesday, Jan. 10
7:00p.m.

Where:
Brandon Middle School
609 South Ortonville Road
Ortonville, MI 48462

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Robertson introduces legislation to help keep Michigan elections fair, safe

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LANSING, Mich.—Legislation introduced today by Sen. Dave Robertson will help strengthen campaign finance laws and the integrity of the voting process in Michigan.

“Maintaining a secure and fair elections process is essential to the future of our democracy, and the bills I introduced today will help ensure that,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “By stiffening penalties – including felony charges for the worst offenders – for not filing campaign finance disclosures and by cleaning up the voter files this legislation will help improve elections in Michigan by reducing and preventing fraud.”

Senate Bill 750 would make it a felony for failure to file a post-election campaign finance report and the next annual campaign report. Only candidate committees with larger balances of $20,000 or more would be subject to the felony provision. In addition, the legislation would allow forfeiture of the money that is in the account. It would also increase penalties for knowingly omitting contributions and expenditures from reports.

Senate Bill 751 would require a voter to present a photo ID to receive an AV ballot to bring the process in line with existing law for voting in person, and it would create an AV ballot tracker program that would allow the voter to track his or her ballot once it has been mailed in. It also would establish separate active and inactive voter files to allow clerks and election officials to better estimate voter turnout and the number of ballots needed for an election.

SBs 750 and 751 are part of a larger, bicameral package referred to as the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Initiative.

The bills were referred to the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee for review.

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Robertson: fall agenda focuses on job creation, reform

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LANSING, Mich.—Senate Republicans introduced their fall legislative priorities during a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday, highlighting the four goals of spurring job creation, strengthening education, protecting the rights of citizens and continuing government reform.

“Creating jobs and improving the economy remains our top priority and I am committed to supporting a legislative agenda that will help grow jobs and families in Michigan,” said state Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “An equally important aspect of this is making sure our children and young adults get the best possible education. We will work to give parents more education options to ensure student achievement. A highly educated workforce is essential to the future success of our state.”

Robertson said the agenda includes reforms to the state’s personal property tax, which discourages business investment and expansion, as well as legislation to streamline the regulatory process to cut through bureaucratic red tape, and rebuilding our roads and bridges in order to improve access to all areas in Michigan.

The Senate also plans to make government more accountable, clarify the current medical marijuana law, pass legislation to protect seniors, reform insurance, and end lifetime benefits for legislators.

Action has already been taken on a package of bills to protect homeowners by increasing penalties for those who prey upon those in vulnerable financial situations. The Senate today also passed Senate Bills 160 and 161 to ban partial birth abortions and establish the procedure as a felony in state law.

“This is a forward thinking, fiscally responsible agenda with the long-term health of Michigan and its people in mind,” said Robertson.

For a photo from the press conference, and for more information about this agenda and other issues Robertson is working on this session, please visit his website at www.SenatorDaveRobertson.com.

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Sen. Robertson to host district office hours July 22

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LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson will host office hours with constituents at three locations within the 26th District on July 22, the lawmaker said today.

“If you have a concern about state government or seek to share comments about an important issue these meetings are for you”, said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “I encourage any person who needs help or would like to share their views on legislative issues to please stop by.”

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 22

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Big Boy Restaurant
5834 Highland Rd.
Waterford, MI

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Burton City Hall
4303 S. Center Rd.
Burton, MI

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Forest Township Hall
130 E. Main St.
Otisville, MI

For further information please visit Robertson’s website, www.senatordaverobertson.com.
 

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Robertson invites local veterans to Senates Annual Memorial Day Service

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LANSING—The Michigan Senate will hold its 17th Annual Memorial Day Service in the Senate chamber Thursday, May 26, announced state Sen. Dave Robertson.

“Memorial Day is a special occasion for all Americans to recognize the service of the men and women of our armed forces, and to remember their sacrifice for our freedom,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Twp. “I invite our local veterans to join us in honoring our fallen heroes.”

Lawmakers will honor soldiers from their districts who gave their lives in service to their nation during the past year. Families who lost loved ones will also be recognized by the Senate.

Local veterans interested in attending the May 26 ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m., should RSVP to Sen. John Pappageorge, who is coordinating the event, by calling his office toll free at 1-877-SEN-13TH. Veterans who plan on attending should check in at Pappageorge’s office, located in room S-2 on the first floor of the Capitol.
 

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Sen. Robertson comments on governors tax plan

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LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Twp., released the following statement after the Legislature voted to replace the Michigan Business Tax with Gov. Rick Snyder’s corporate tax plan:

“The business tax structure in Michigan has become a bloated, failed mess that did little to improve the economic climate as more and more Michiganders lost their jobs during the past decade.

“I opposed the passage of the MBT as a member of the House, and I strongly supported the repeal of the MBT just as I supported the repeal of the Single Business Tax that it replaced. No one can argue that it didn’t need changing, and I support the governor’s corporate flat tax plan.

“But what I could not support was doing so at the peril of our retired seniors living on fixed incomes. I have continuously argued against the imposition of the income tax on pensioners and retirement income, and against the interruption of the scheduled reduction of the income tax rate. These are clear and distinct issues separate from a corporate tax, and should have been treated as such. It is unfortunate that these tax increases happened, and it took place over my objection.

“I have always believed that leadership comes in finding solutions to our problems without imposing new or additional taxes on our people. I did not come to this decision lightly, but ultimately, that is why I voted against this measure.”

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Robertson to host office hours April 25

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LANSING―If you have a concern about state government or seek to share comments about an important issue, Sen. Dave Robertson wants to have a cup of coffee with you and talk things over.

Robertson has scheduled three office hours for Monday, April 25 in the 26th District.

The schedule is as follows:
Monday, April 25
9-10:30 a.m.
Big Boy Restaurant with Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad
5834 Highland Rd.
Waterford, MI

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grand Blanc Senior Center
12632 Pagels Dr.
Grand Blanc, MI

2:30-4 p.m.
Thetford Twp. Hall
4014 E Vienna Rd.
Clio, MI

“I encourage any person who needs help or would like to share their views on legislative issues to please stop by,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Twp.

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