Green offers taxpayer’s guide and forms online

For Immediate Release
Jan. 29, 2013

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Green offers taxpayer’s guide and forms online

LANSING, Mich.— With tax season quickly approaching, state Sen. Mike Green has announced the availability of the 2013 Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide, state and federal tax forms, and links to free electronic filing services through his official website.

“Tax season can be a stressful time of year,” said Green. “I’m pleased to help ease the burden of the season by providing convenient access to everything folks will need to file their taxes.”  

The taxpayer’s guide contains information for the 2012 tax year on Michigan property taxes, homestead property tax credits, farmland and open space tax relief, the home heating credit program, and individual income taxes. When used with tax form instructions, the information contained in the booklet may make filling out state tax forms easier and may even help taxpayers save money.

Green commented that the federal fiscal situation has caused confusion for some taxpayers, but that the Internal Revenue Service has indicated that late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers in filing their 2012 federal returns.

More than 120 million taxpayers, or about 80 percent of all filers, should be able to start filing their federal returns as of Jan. 30. The state tax procedure is proceeding as usual.

The taxpayer’s guide and tax forms can be found at www.statesenatormikegreen.com through the homepage and self-service links. Printed forms and publications are also available free of charge by contacting Green’s office toll-free at 1-866-305-2131.

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Legislators urge Remington Arms to relocate; bring jobs to Michigan

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Jan. 23, 2013       
                                                                                  
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Legislators urge Remington Arms to relocate; bring jobs to Michigan

LANSING-Mich.—Pro-gun-rights legislators have invited the Remington Arms Company to become a part of Michigan’s reinvention. Sen. Mike Green and Rep. Joel Johnson issued a letter on Wednesday to the company urging them to consider Michigan for the relocation of its Ilion, New York manufacturing operations.

“Michigan workers are second to none and because of many bold reforms last session, our state is open for business,” said Green, R-Mayville. “We also respect constitutional rights and legal commerce in state law, so in light of New York’s recent gun control legislation, we’re encouraging this American icon to bring their plants and thousands of jobs to Michigan.”

The letter reads, in part: “Michigan’s leaders have worked hard over the past two years to reinvent our state. We’re proud to be at the forefront of the nation’s economic comeback with positive, relentless action and bold reforms of our tax and regulatory structures.”

When ranked in late 2012, Michigan was named the 12th friendliest tax system in America. Additionally, the state has experienced a ten percent rise in home sales and the creation of at least 65,200 more jobs since the beginning of 2011.

“We want Remington to know that Michigan welcomes them and the good-paying jobs they offer,” said Johnson, R-Clare. “Remington has been a part of securing American homesteads, including my own, for generations. We would be proud to have this company housed within our state.”

Remington Arms Company, founded in 1816, is the oldest company in the United States that still makes its original product, and it is the oldest continuously operating manufacturer in North America. It currently employs more than 1,200 people directly at its Ilion plant and supports an additional 1,500 jobs in the surrounding area.

Earlier this month, New York’s governor signed into law a sweeping package of gun-control measures that significantly expand that state’s firearms registration requirements and its existing ban on so-called “assault” weapons and other firearms accessories. In addition to “assault” weapons, the new measures may also affect many of the hunting firearms that Remington produces.

For more information or to view a copy of the letter, visit this link: http://www.misenategop.com/senators/green/remington_20130123124022.pdf.

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Green testifies in support of firearms retailer legislation

For Immediate Release
Jan. 23, 2013
 
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Green testifies in support of firearms retailer legislation

LANSING, Mich.— On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Green testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Bill 60, legislation he sponsored that would clarify the definition of a “federally licensed firearms dealer” under state law.

“Pistol purchase permit reforms passed last year cannot be fully implemented in our state because of a technical definition in state law,” said Green, R-Mayville. “My bill will clarify the law and remove unintended obstacles to the exercise of the Second Amendment in an industry that supports thousands of jobs in Michigan.”

The permit reforms were a part of Public Act 377 of 2012, which eliminated the state requirement to obtain a pistol purchase permit when buying from a licensed dealer. That requirement became redundant several years ago when comprehensive national background checks became mandatory for all firearms purchases.

Although intended to be industry-wide, the reforms only applied to certain firearms retailers because of an obscure, outdated definition in state law of a licensed dealer. The technicality has caused widespread confusion among law enforcement, firearms retailers and consumers.

Green’s legislation changes the definition to include any retailer licensed under federal law to sell firearms. It does not affect state or federal background check requirements for purchasing a firearm in any way.

The Senate Judiciary Committee reported the bill to the full Senate unanimously, with the support of gun owner groups, the Michigan State Police and firearms retailers.

For more information or 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.

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Green announces January office hours in Caro

For Immediate Release
Jan. 7, 2013

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Green announces January office hours in Caro

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, announced that January office hours have been scheduled for the 31st Senate District.

District office hours provide residents 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 next scheduled meeting hours will be on Friday, January 18 at the Purdy County Building, 125 W. Lincoln St., Caro, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For more information or 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.

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Bipartisan Civilian Conservation Corps bills signed into law

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Jan. 7, 2013
 
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Bipartisan Civilian Conservation Corps bills signed into law

LANSING, Mich.— Legislation designed to revive and modernize the historic Civilian Conservation Corps has been signed into law by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville.

The bipartisan package of bills, including one sponsored by Green, places new emphasis on public-private partnerships and the involvement of young people in the historic national program that dates back to 1933. The package was passed with overwhelming support in both chambers by a vote of 109-0 in the House and 36-1 in the Senate.

“These bills will provide new opportunities for the young people of our state,” said Green. “Retaining our young talent is key to reinventing Michigan. We are giving the next generation a chance to learn in Michigan forests, work on Michigan trails and build a better Michigan for all of us.”

The new measure reshapes the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps (MCCC) to be operated in partnership with universities, private companies, and nonprofit organizations while maintaining its traditional roots of field-based training, conservation and restoration work. It will broaden the span of work and training programs available to participants and expand the scope of participants to Michigan youth aged 17-27.

The goals of the new MCCC are retention of Michigan’s youth, strengthening stewardship of the state’s natural resources, enhancing education and employment opportunities and improved labor resources for state agencies and other conservation organizations.

The new legislation has seen support from the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, and others.

Other bill sponsors in the package are Sens. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; and Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor.

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Lieutenant Governor signs Green bill protecting college savings plans from creditors

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Jan. 3, 2013

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Lieutenant Governor signs Green bill protecting college savings plans from creditors

LANSING, Mich.—Advanced tuition payment accounts and other college savings funds established for a child beneficiary will be protected from creditors under a bill signed into law on Wednesday, said Sen. Mike Green who sponsored the legislation.

“The ability of a child to afford college shouldn’t be punished because someone else’s financial situation changes,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This new law will protect college funds set aside for children from liens, court judgments and other court actions, to ensure that future generations are able to pursue their dreams through higher education.”

Senate Bill 895 shields trusts, funds, accounts and advanced tuition payment contracts established under the Michigan Education Trust Act, the Michigan Education Savings Program Act, or sections 529 and 530 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.  Twenty-five other states currently provide college savings accounts with such protection from creditors.

Green said that shielding college savings plans in this way is a common sense policy and that the bill received unanimous support in both the Michigan Senate and House.

“Previously, if a college savings plan sponsor fell on hard times and had some bad debts, the funds they set up for a child years earlier were fair game for bill collectors. This will no longer be the case in Michigan.”

SB 895 was signed into law by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in Lansing. It is now Public Act 553 of 2012.

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Crime Victims’ Right to Know legislation becomes law

For Immediate Release
Jan. 3, 2013

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Crime Victims’ Right to Know legislation becomes law

LANSING, Mich.— The rights of crime victims in Michigan have been strengthened after legislation sponsored by state Sen. Mike Green was signed into law on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 1211, now Public Act 564 of 2012, expanded the rights of crime victims by allowing them to present exhibits and other evidence when testifying at parole or commutation hearings. In addition to current parole hearing notifications, victims will now also be notified when a prisoner has applied for reprieve, commutation or pardon or has died while in custody.

Perhaps the most significant change requires that notifications of escapes from custody take place within 24 hours, providing victims with the ability to ensure their personal safety and security.

Green said the legislation was inspired by the personal story of a resident in his district who was savagely attacked in public by her estranged husband. Although the attacker was convicted and imprisoned, the victim and her family struggled to get information from state agencies on the status of his incarceration and his attempts to be released through commutation.

“Innocent victims of crime are now empowered with stronger rights and more information related to their attacker’s incarceration,” said Green. “This measure builds upon Michigan’s legacy as a leader in crime victims’ rights.  Most importantly, it benefits the personal safety and peace of mind of those whose lives have been forever impacted by violent crime.”

Attorney General Bill Schuette recommended enhancements to crime victims’ rights as part of the comprehensive public safety plan he unveiled last year.

“Crime victims deserve the highest standards of fairness, respect, and dignity,” said Schuette. “This new law will add more comfort for those who have already endured too much. I appreciate Lieutenant Governor Calley’s support and the hard work of Senator Mike Green in the fight to promote and defend the rights of crime victims across the state of Michigan.”

In 1985, Michigan led the nation by enacting the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victims’ Rights Act for victims of crime and juvenile offenses. The law was named after its sponsor, a longtime legislator and champion of crime victims’ rights. In 1988, Michigan voters also approved adding crime victims’ rights language to the state constitution.

SB 1211 was signed into law by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. 

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