Sen. Green welcomes Pigeon minister to Senate session

LANSING–State Sen. Mike Green (middle), R-Mayville, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, left, pray during the Senate invocation given by the Rev. Lee Wenskay.

Wenskay, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pigeon, was Green’s guest for the day.

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Green Media Advisory: Hearing scheduled to discuss importance of rail freight in rural MI

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, is set to host a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 7 in conjunction with the Michigan Agri-Business Association to discuss the need to modernize rural freight networks in Michigan. It comes on the heels of Gov. Snyder’s special message to the Legislature on the need to revitalize Michigan's deteriorating infrastructure.

“Agriculture is vital to the Bay and Thumb region’s economy and having a modern, efficient rail system is essential to its future success,” Green said. “We’ll address the needs for better rail transport for agriculture commodities and products and highlight the ways we can improve it.”

The hearing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center at 3775 S. Reese Road in Frankenmuth. Local and state leaders, agriculture producers, food processors, and rail transport providers will participate.

Members of the press and public are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Green’s office toll free at 866-305-2131 or at his website

Green votes against giving more taxpayer dollars to Hollywood

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, issued the following statement Thursday after voting no on Senate Bill 569, which appropriates $25 million to film production in Michigan.

“Michigan workers, families and business owners are struggling during these difficult economic times, but there are real promising signs that Michigan is headed in the right direction. With Governor Snyder’s support, we’ve passed bold reforms this year to make Michigan a good place to do business and attract good-paying jobs back to our state. Giving taxpayer dollars to one specialized industry at the expense of job creators already here is a misstep, which is why I voted against this bill. Let’s continue our excellent record of reform without picking winners and losers.”

Michigans economic health second-best

LANSING, Mich.—A national evaluation of the states released today by Bloomberg ranked Michigan second-best in economic health. State Sen. Mike Green said Michigan’s high standing is the result of reforms taken to turn the state around.

“This is another positive indication that the reforms we were sent to Lansing to accomplish by voters one year ago are already paying off,” said Green, R-Mayville. “It is encouraging that one of the world’s top business and financial information services recognizes that Michigan is back on track to becoming a great place to own and operate a business. The bold reforms and tough decisions we have made have brought long-term budget stability and are transforming Michigan into a pro-jobs state. With every report and study like the one released today by Bloomberg, I am even more committed to helping make Michigan the best place to live and work.”

The Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States considered indicators such as personal income, tax revenue, employment and housing prices in its analysis, placing Michigan second only to North Dakota, a state in the midst of an oil boom.

The Bloomberg study follows the Fitch Ratings agency upgrade to Michigan’s bond rating outlook last summer.

Green photo advisory: Senator welcomes Michigan Association of Firearms Retailers President Glenn Duncan to state capital

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, listens to testimony from Glenn Duncan, president of the Michigan Association of Firearms Retailers and owner of Duncan’s Outdoor Shop in Bay City during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. Duncan spoke in favor of Senate Bills 760-762, which would change the definition of a pistol from 30 inches to 26 inches, bringing Michigan in line with federal regulations.

The bill received unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be reported to the full Senate for a vote in the near future.

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