Green supports $100 million in funding for pothole repair

LANSING — The state Senate Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday approved a supplemental appropriations bill amendment adding $100 million in funding to help fill potholes on roadways across Michigan. The funding is coming from the Roads and Risks Reserve (RRR) Fund that helped fund road improvement projects across Michigan last year.

“This is yet another step in the right direction toward making the necessary improvements to our roads and bridges,” said Green, R-Mayville, who voted for the amendment. “Potholes are not only dangerous, but one unfilled pothole can cause thousands’ worth of damage to an untold number of cars.”

The RRR Fund was created out of the 2014 General Government budget. The fund was appropriated $230 million in one-time General Fund revenue. From the remaining funds, $100 million will be spent on emergency pothole repair.

The money will be split among state roads (39.1 percent), county roads (39.1 percent) and city/village roads (21.8 percent).

“Dividing this money up is the responsible thing to do,” Green said. “By allocating money to different areas we are allowing priority repairs to be made to roadways and streets throughout the state.”

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Green introduces new CPL process reform bill

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green introduced legislation on Tuesday to make Michigan’s concealed pistol license (CPL) process more efficient and cost-effective.

“Michigan residents currently pay one of the highest CPL fees in the nation, yet they must deal with inconsistent requirements from county to county and experience some of the longest delays in receiving a license,” said Green, R-Mayville.

“We are the only state in the nation that still uses gun boards to issue CPL’s. It is obsolete and needs to change. In an era of modern technology and record-keeping, we can do better and folks deserve better for their hard-earned dollars.”

Senate Bill 789 will make the CPL process more efficient by eliminating the county concealed weapons licensing boards created in 1927. Their authority would be delegated to county clerks who already accept applications and issue approved licenses. License decisions would have to be made within a strict 45 day time limit from the date fingerprints are taken. The current deadline is widely viewed as unenforceable.

Of the existing $105 license fee, the MSP receives the largest portion at $64, clerks $26 and sheriffs $15. Although receiving the smallest portion of the fee, sheriffs are required to conduct the time-intensive background and court records checks. Many sheriffs claim they lose money in the process due to the expense of assigning deputies to CPL’s.

To address this concern, Green is proposing that the MSP take over the background checks with no additional funding and allow sheriffs to keep $15 for fingerprinting on initial applications. Because fingerprints are now stored electronically and are not required for most renewal applicants, the renewal fee would be reduced to $90.

“My bill will free up local law enforcement resources from bureaucratic tasks to focus on public safety in our local communities,” Green stated. “More importantly, it will create a true ‘shall issue’ CPL system for law-abiding citizens while keeping licenses out of the hands of bad guys.”

Senate Bill 789 is supported by the National Rifle Association and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners. It has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

 

**PHOTO ADVISORY** Bay City student art on display in Green’s Capitol office

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Mike Green has announced that a superb art collection from sixth- through ninth-grade students of teacher Bre Barnett at Bay City Academy is currently on display in his Capitol office.

Green, R-Mayville, regularly displays student art in his office as part of his “Kids of the 31st!” program that highlights the talent and positive behavior of youth in the district. He invites constituents to view the displays in his office during regular business hours.

Educators and parents interested in participating in the program are encouraged to contact Green’s office at (866) 305-2131 or via his website at www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com. The 31st district includes Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

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***Media Advisory*** Green to hold town hall meetings on property tax appeal process

Who:State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and general public

What:Two town hall meetings regarding the proper procedure for appealing your property taxes    

When and Where
Friday, Feb. 21
6 p.m.

Mayville District Library
6090 Fulton St.
Mayville

Monday, March 3
6 p.m.

Bay City Boys and Girls Club
300 West Lafayette St.
Bay City

Brief: Sen. Green will host the town halls to provide home and property owners with the information they need to appeal incorrect property tax assessments. Special presenter will be Mark Avery, founder and director of Overtaxedproperty.com, who has successfully helped taxpayers around the state appeal their assessments at the state and local level. There is no cost to attend. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required at SenMGreen@senate.michigan.gov. Individuals unable to attend may request a free Property Tax Assessment Appeal Guide from Green’s office or download a digital copy at www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com.

Sen. Green: Governor calls for investment in education, roads and local government

LANSING— State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the chair of three different Appropriations subcommittees, offered the following statement on the governor’s budget presentation:

“Four years ago, Michigan was faced with a $1.5 billion budget deficit; we now have a substantial surplus made possible by financial discipline, responsible budgeting and the right priorities.

“While the surplus affords us flexibility in developing the next state budget, we must continue to prioritize needs, reduce taxes and save for the future.

“In addition to investing in our core priorities, like education, we must also address our state’s deteriorating infrastructure, pass tax relief for Michigan families and homeowners and plan for the future by strengthening the rainy day fund.

“That will be my focus in the budget process, and I look forward to working with the governor and my fellow legislators to achieve those goals.”

 

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Green announces February office hours in Reese

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, announced that February 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, February 21 at the Reese Municipal Building, 2073 Gates St., Reese, 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.