Green legislation calls for federal balanced budget

Sen. Mike Green

Sen. Mike Green

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Committee on Elections and Government Reform on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 306, sponsored by Sen. Mike Green, to officially petition Congress to call a constitutional convention for a federal balanced budget amendment (BBA).

“The debt burden America is leaving future generations is shameful,” said Green, R-Mayville. “The national debt is currently $18.2 trillion, which is more than $56,000 per person. It is unfortunate that we need to go to such lengths to get the federal government to live within their means, but a state-initiated balanced budget amendment will force them to do so.”

SB 306 enters Michigan into an interstate compact to petition Congress to take the necessary steps toward passing a BBA to the U.S. Constitution. Once 38 states — three-fourths of the state legislatures — join the compact, they will then petition Congress to refer the BBA vote to the states for ratification by a three-fourths vote under Article V of the United States Constitution.

“The continuous inaction in Washington D.C. is severely damaging the stability of our nation,” Green said. “I have always been an advocate of ‘state’s rights’ and believe the state legislatures need to step in and handle a problem that Washington is refusing to address.”

Legislation has already passed in four states and is pending in three more.

“Every year, Michigan families, business owners and local governments balance their budgets and it’s time for the federal government to do the same,” said Green. “Every year for the last five years the Michigan Legislature has passed a balanced budget ahead of schedule. It is time for the federal government to stop kicking the can down the road and do the same.”

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Green welcomes Boys and Girls Club’s ‘Youth of the Year’ to state Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with Damaira Jones of Bay City as she receives the regional “Youth of the Year” award Wednesday from the Great Lakes Bay Region of the Boys and Girls Clubs. The award was presented by Executive Director Ginger Drzewicki and Vice President of the Board of Directors Ivan Miller.

“This is one of the most prestigious awards that can be earned through the Boys and Girls Clubs,” Green said. “I am pleased to be here with Damaira as she receives this honor. I wish her the best on all of her future endeavors.”

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Lapeer student art on display in Green’s Lansing office

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, has announced that an impressive art collection from students of Chatfield School in Lapeer is on display in his Lansing office. The art was submitted by teacher Nick Lange.

Green regularly showcases student art as part of his “Kids of the 31st!” program, which highlights the talent of the youth in the district. He invites constituents to view the displays in his office during regular business hours.

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Enjoy ‘Summer Free Fishing Weekend’ June 13-14

LANSING, Mich. — In an effort to increase awareness of Michigan’s great fishing, the state offers two weekends each year when residents and out-of-state visitors can get together and enjoy fishing — at no charge.

During the upcoming weekend, June 13-14, all fishing license fees will be waived, but all fishing regulations will still apply. Residents and visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland lakes and the Great Lakes for all species of fish.

“Free fishing weekends offer a great opportunity for Michigan anglers, and those who have never gone fishing, to experience Michigan’s great outdoors,” said state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville. “This year, the annual tradition brings a variety of free activities that are available throughout the state as part of the 2015 Summer Free Fishing Weekend.”

To encourage involvement in the free fishing weekend, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. Activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations, including local and state parks, constituent groups, schools, businesses and others.

“With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan is home to some of the world’s best fishing,” Green said. “I encourage the millions of Michigan sportsmen and women from every part of our state to get out and enjoy Michigan’s beautiful natural resources.”

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing

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