Senator Brandenburg District Update

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Sen. Brandenburg supports bill to eliminate tax penalty for family inheriting property

When a homeowner dies, it can take some time for the estate to move through probate and for the house to be sold. Meanwhile, the property becomes subject to the 18-mill school operating tax after the end of the year in which the owner dies.

I recently supported Senate legislation that allows a family member, such as a child, sibling or spouse, who inherits a home to retain the Principal Residence Exemption for up to two years. During this time, the property is required to be for sale and can’t be occupied, leased or used for business purposes.

SB 78 provides fairness at a time when a greater tax burden would add more distress to grieving relatives.

 

Drive with care in work zones

As the road construction season starts, it’s a good time to focus on work zone safety. Last year in Michigan, there were more than 4,900 work zone crashes and 17 fatalities. Most of those crashes were preventable. When driving in a work zone, keep these tips by the Federal Highway Administration in mind:

  • Stay alert and minimize distractions;
  • Pay attention to the road and traffic around you;
  • Don’t tailgate;
  • Obey the posted speed limit; and
  • Expect the unexpected.

Motorists can check current and future road construction sites, active incidents and more on state highways at www.michigan.gov/midrive.
State parks honor veterans with fireworks-free Fourth of July

For the third year in a row, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the DNR are working together to offer camping options for veterans and other visitors who prefer a quieter Independence Day holiday.

Over the July 1-4 weekend, 11 Michigan state parks and recreation areas will host a fireworks-free Fourth of July. Located farther away from traditional community firework displays, these parks are ideal camping locations for those wanting a quieter celebration. Find out more, including a list of participating state parks and how to make camping reservations, at www.michigan.gov/FireworksFreeFourth.

 

Pure Michigan

Whether you enjoy the great outdoors on the golf course or on the water, there’s no better place to enjoy warm weather than Michigan! The 2017 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide is now available and features summer fun all over our great state. This year’s publication includes articles on beach towns, downtowns, maritime history, wilderness parks, even food and craft beer destinations! Please call my office for a print copy or find it online at www.michigan.org.