Caro Center expansion receives conference report approval

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green and state Rep. Ned Canfield on Tuesday announced that Caro will be home to a new regional psychiatric hospital.

“Today’s announcement that the new state hospital will be constructed at the site of the current Caro Center is a direct reflection of the strong community support for this facility,” said Green, R-Mayville.

The Capital Outlay portion of the fiscal year 2018 budget will include both planning and construction authorization for a new state hospital at the existing Caro Center location.

The state was considering a new location for this facility, but Green and Canfield were successful in keeping the expansion in Tuscola County.

“The Caro Center has been providing top-notch care for over 100 years, and with over 350 full-time employees, it is a critical employer in Tuscola County,” said Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “Moving it would devastate the county’s economy and make receiving proper treatment significantly more difficult for many patients.”

The lawmakers point to data that shows more than 80 percent of the center’s patients come from a bordering county, or from the south and east, which is still considered to be a reasonable driving distance. Data also shows about a third of the facility’s employees live in a Caro ZIP code and over 70 percent of workers live within 30 miles of the Caro Center.

“I want to especially thank Rep. Canfield for his tireless work in making sure this got done,” Green said. “From Tuscola County and beyond, we would like to personally thank all who contacted the governor to express their commitment to keeping Caro Center.”

Canfield echoed Green’s sentiments.

“I would especially like to thank the governor for listening to our constituents and agreeing that the present location is best for the new facility,” Canfield said. “This was a true example of a representative government working for the people.”

House Bill 4323, which includes the project language, will now go before the Senate and House of Representatives for a final vote.

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Sen. Green welcomes Bay City veteran to state Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed Army Spc. Vaughn Begick of Bay City to the Michigan Capitol for the Michigan Senate’s 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service on Thursday.

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Sen. Green welcomes the Rev. Jon Terry to state Capitol to give Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed the Rev. Jon Terry of Caro to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Terry serves as lead pastor at Living Waters Chapel and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

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Photo Caption: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, (left) stands with the Rev. Jon Terry (center) and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley at the rostrum after Terry delivered the Senate invocation on Thursday.

Sen. Green welcomes Tuscola County official to state Capitol for State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed Craig Kirkpatrick to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address. Kirkpatrick (left) currently serves as a Tuscola County commissioner and was Green’s guest for the annual address Tuesday night.

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Legislature approves tax relief for veterans fundraisers

Sen. Mike Green

Sen. Mike Green

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation seeking to provide tax relief to veterans organizations for fundraising activities was granted final approval by both the House and Senate Tuesday evening.

Senate Bill 106 would amend the General Sales Tax Act to provide an increased tax exemption for veterans organizations for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of an active duty service member or a veteran.

“Our veterans and their families give everything they have to keep us safe,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, the bill’s lead sponsor. “When a veterans service organization holds an event to benefit a current or past service member, the money raised should go directly to the cause.”

The legislation was introduced after a community event was held to benefit Army Sgt. Travis Mills, of Green’s district, who later discovered that the charitable contributions were subject to sales tax.

“We’re talking about a true American hero,” Green said. “Sgt. Mills and his family have given more than they were ever asked for our country and allowing them to keep money that their community raised for them is the right thing to do.”

SB 106 received bipartisan support throughout the legislative process and through final approval by the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday night.

The bill will now go before Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

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Sen. Green welcomes the Rev. Rod Sanderson-Smith to state Capitol to give Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed the Rev. Rod Sanderson-Smith of North Branch to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Sanderson-Smith serves as pastor at Awakened Heart Ministries and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

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Photo Caption: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, (right) stands with his guests on the Senate floor after the Senate invocation was delivered by the Rev. Rod Sanderson-Smith of North Branch, who serves as pastor at Awakened Heart Ministries. Pictured from left to right: Sanderson-Smith, his wife Cheryl, his mother-in-law Veronica, his daughter Emlyn and his father-in-law Harry.

Governor signs Green’s ‘moveable bridge’ legislation

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday held a bill signing ceremony to formally approve legislation sponsored by state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, that will provide financial assistance to communities that house moveable bridges.

Senate Bill 105, now Public Act 246 of 2016, will establish the Moveable Bridge Fund to assist local governments in paying for the operational costs of moveable bridges. There are currently 24 moveable bridges across the state, four of which are located in Bay City.

“Senate Bill 105 was crafted to assist locals with operational costs associated with moveable bridges and is estimated to save the Bay City and other local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars annually,” Green said.

The measure was recently approved by both chambers and was signed by Gov. Snyder on June 23. PA 246 was given immediate effect by the Legislature and became state law as it was signed by Snyder.

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PHOTO CAPTION: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with Gov. Rick Snyder and Ward One Bay City Commissioner Lynn Stamiris during a bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 105 on Wednesday.

 

 

Green’s ‘moveable bridge’ legislation approved by House, Senate

Sen. Mike Green

Sen. Mike Green

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, aimed at providing financial assistance to communities that house moveable bridges was granted final approval by both the House and Senate on Thursday.

“Currently, operational and maintenance costs for these bridges are the responsibility of the owner,” Green said. “The problem is that they are treated just like any normal stretch of road when it comes to funding. Communities that have a moveable bridge do not receive any additional funding, despite the significantly increased cost of maintaining these bridges.”

Senate Bill 105 would establish the Moveable Bridge Fund to assist local governments in paying for the operational costs of moveable bridges. There are currently 24 moveable bridges across the state, four of which are located in Bay City. Roughly half of Michigan’s 24 moveable bridges are locally owned, and the remaining bridges are owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The Moveable Bridge Fund would be used to fund the operational costs of all publicly owned moveable bridges in the state. It is estimated that the fund would save Bay City and other localities hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

“Taxpayers and local communities around the state are facing financial difficulties because of the presence of these bridges,” said Green. “This is an issue I have been working on with the Michigan Department of Transportation since I was first elected to the Senate. We have studied several methods, and I think assisting local governments with operating costs will actually save tax dollars and allow money to be directed toward local infrastructure needs.”

Green’s legislation passed in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support and will now go before Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

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Governor signs Green bill amending state recycling requirements

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, along with Gov. Rick Snyder, held a signing ceremony on Tuesday for Green’s legislation that reforms the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to strengthen Michigan’s guidelines for recycling. The legislation was introduced as a result of Snyder’s 2014 call to improve the state’s recycling programs.

“I am proud to have worked with everyone who turned this legislation into a reality,” said Green, R-Mayville. “There was a tremendous amount of work done between industry, the DEQ, and the recycling folks, and as a result, Michigan will now have an effective means to collect recycling data in order to help make accurate future decisions.”

Senate Bill 507, now Public Act 55 of 2016, amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act by adding Part 175, which sets the guidelines for recycling reporting. Any recycling establishment will now be required to report to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on an annual basis via a form provided by the department.

This will allow the department to anonymously gather data on the state’s recycling efforts to eventually determine, with greater precision, a statewide recycling rate.

“Currently, Michigan’s recycling rate is lagging behind not only the other states in the Great Lakes region, but most of the nation as well,” Green said. “By signing this legislation into law, we are putting Michigan in a position to increase investment, innovative measures and statewide participation in programs that keeps recyclable waste out of our landfills.”

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PHOTO ONE CAPTION: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with Gov. Rick Snyder during a bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 507 on Tuesday.

PHOTO TWO CAPTION: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, is joined by representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Waste and Recycling Association, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, as his bill, Senate Bill 507, is signed into law.

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Sen. Green welcomes the Rev. Ross Shannon to state Capitol to give Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed the Rev. Ross Shannon to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Shannon serves as senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Lapeer and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

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Photo Caption: The Rev. Ross Shannon of First Baptist Church in Lapeer and his wife Suemi (both far left) were joined by state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville (far right), Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive (left-center), and Green’s son Peter and daughter-in-law Katie, after Shannon delivered the invocation before Senate session on Wednesday.