Antlerless Deer License Drawing Results Posted Online Aug. 31

 

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that antlerless deer license drawing results and leftover antlerless license quantities will be posted on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings on Aug. 31.

Remaining antlerless deer licenses may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. As of Aug. 31, there are over 652,000 private-land licenses available most of which are in DMU 486 (Southern Lower Peninsula) and DMU 487 (Northeastern Lower Peninsula) and over 41,000 public-land licenses available for specific deer management units across Michigan. Licenses will be sold until the quotas are met. The season purchase limit for private-land antlerless deer licenses has increased to five statewide, except for DMU 486 and DMU 487 which have no season limit.

Baiting and feeding in limited quantities is now allowed from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1 statewide, except for DMU 487, where a total ban remains in effect due to the presence of bovine tuberculosis among deer in that region. Hunters may place no more than two gallons of bait scattered across a minimum 10-foot by 10-foot area. The DNR requests that hunters not place bait repeatedly at the same point on the ground and only place bait out when actively hunting. This may minimize the chance of direct and indirect exposure of deer to any diseases that may be present.

Hunters have an additional opportunity to receive an antlerless deer license by applying for the 2012 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $4 and you may apply as many times as you like. Three lucky winners will receive a hunt package that includes an elk, bear, antlerless deer, and spring and fall turkey licenses along with a reserved waterfowl hunt. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt. Season dates and regulations have not yet been established for the 2012 hunting seasons.

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnr.
 

Sen. Green announces September district office hours

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Green today announced constituent office hours for the month of September.

“To save taxpayer dollars, we don’t maintain a full time office, so I am pleased to offer district office hours in communities throughout the district as a service to the people I represent,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Everyone is welcome to attend.”

District office hours provide residents of the district with the opportunity to meet with the senator or a member of his staff to address issues related to state government. No appointment is necessary.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 9
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harbor Beach City Hall
766 State St.
Harbor Beach

Friday, September 16
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cass City Municipal Building
6506 Main St.
Cass City

Monday, September 19
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pinconning Municipal Building
208 Manitou St.
Pinconning

Monday, September 19
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Pere Marquette Depot, 1904 Room
1000 Adams St. 
Bay City

Monday, September 26
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Croswell Community Center
124 North Howard St.
Croswell

“If someone can’t make the office hours but still needs assistance, they can contact me through my website or call toll free,” said Green. “My staff and I will gladly help.”

To contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131. The 31st Senate district includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola.

 

Green: Senate passes common sense welfare reforms

 

LANSING, Mich.—The state Senate on Wednesday approved a comprehensive welfare reform package that limits the length of time benefits can be collected over a recipient’s life, saving taxpayers more than $65 million in the next fiscal year alone, said Sen. Mike Green.

“Public assistance programs are intended to be a safety net for those folks who truly need a helping hand, not a lifestyle for those able to work,” said Green, R–Mayville. “These common sense reforms make sure that limited dollars get to those in need, while encouraging independence and rewarding hard work among able-bodied individuals. I proudly supported these changes.”

House Bills 4409 and 4410 will reduce the welfare caseload by 12,600 cases statewide.  Among other changes, the bills will:

  • Permanently cap lifetime benefits at 48 months;
  • Increase the amount a beneficiary is allowed to earn in a job and still qualify for assistance;
  • Prohibit assistance from being used for lottery tickets, alcohol, tobacco, gambling and illegal activities;
  • Require the state to verify an applicant’s immigration status for non-U.S. citizens; and
  • Exempt cases that are child-only or adults over the age of 65.

The bills, which had previously passed the House with a bipartisan majority, will be presented to the governor who is expected to sign them.

Green: Senate approves reform to public employee health costs

LANSING, Mich.—The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that will save taxpayer dollars by capping government spending on public employee health benefits at $15,000 per family, $11,000 for couples and $5,500 for individuals, said Sen. Mike Green.

As an alternative to the hard dollar cap, the measure allows public employers, such as counties, cities, townships and schools, to instead cap their share at 80 percent of the costs. The remaining 20 percent would be paid for by the public employees.

“During these difficult economic times, hardworking Michigan taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to pay to maintain expensive government employee health coverage when they struggle to afford their own,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This is a significant reform that saves taxpayer dollars, helps control skyrocketing health care costs, and brings public employee benefits more in line with those in the private sector.”

Green also said that legislators and their staffs are covered under the bill.

The decision-making authority for the public employer or local unit of government could opt-out of the requirements with a two-thirds majority vote. Schools may not opt-out.

The measure awaits concurrence in the state House of Representatives before going to the governor for approval.

M-53 resurfacing scheduled in Bad Axe

COUNTY: Huron

HIGHWAY: M-53 
                                                          
CLOSEST CITY: Bad Axe
                                  
STARTING DATE: Monday, Aug. 8, 2011                                  
                      
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: Late August 2011

PROJECT: Milling and resurfacing from the M-53/M-142 intersection south junction north to the Huron and Eastern Railway Company tracks, and sidewalk improvements to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Resurfacing and milling will occur during nighttime hours to minimize impacts on motorists.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS: Single-lane closures and traffic shifts will be in effect for the duration of this project. Traffic will be maintained under flag control. Motorists can expect delays.

CUSTOMER BENEFIT: This $260,000 project will provide a smoother ride for motorists for years to come. Saginaw Asphalt Paving Company of Saginaw is the contractor on this project.

MDOT says: Construction work zones need your undivided attention. 

DNR Offers Deer Hunting Workshop for Women Aug. 20

The Department of Natural Resources is offering women an opportunity to learn the skills needed to take part in one of Michigan's favorite hunting traditions with a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Deer Hunting Workshop. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Detroit Archers Club.

Both archery and firearms deer seasons will be covered, including:

  • deer hunting regulations, rules and deer health;
  • deer hunting equipment and scent control;
  • scouting and habitat – where to find deer and places to hunt;
  • safety and hunting etiquette in the field; and
  • caring for and processing game after the harvest.

The workshop costs $20 per person, including lunch and all materials.

The Detroit Archers Club is located at 5795 Drake Rd. in West Bloomfield. For driving directions and more information about the club, visit www.detroitarchers.com.

For registration forms and information on this and other BOW events, visit www.michigan.gov/bow, email dnr-outdoors-woman@michigan.gov or call 517-241-2225.

BOW is a noncompetitive program for women, in which each individual is encouraged to learn at her own pace. The emphasis is on the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities, and sharing in the success of one another.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
 

Sen. Green statement on Michigans positive rating outlook

 

LANSING— State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, today commented on a recent announcement from the Fitch Ratings agency. The firm updated Michigan’s bond rating outlook from stable to positive, reaffirming the state’s General Obligation Credit Rating of AA-.

“The upgrade of Michigan’s bond rating outlook is just one signal that we are getting back on track. It is an encouraging recognition of the bold reforms and tough decisions we have made in just the first half of this year. These reforms have brought long-term stability to our budget while transforming Michigan into a pro-jobs state. As ratings agencies ponder downgrading the national credit rating, they’ve clearly said that this state is headed in the right direction. I am confident that Michigan will once again achieve a AAA credit rating and I will work hard to make it happen.”