Senator Hildenbrand unveils plan to cut red tape and put Michigan back to work

LANSING — Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, along with several of his Senate colleagues, announced measures to help put people back to work by cutting the red tape that creates hurdles for job providers in Michigan.

Hildenbrand said Senate Bills 271 through 279 will reduce burdensome regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy.  He sponsored SB 277, which requires the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality to peer review their programs and implement common-sense regulatory and permitting reforms.

“This package of bills says the status quo is unacceptable and we need to make important changes,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “If we want to restore Michigan’s economy, the best way to do that is to cut up the red tape and roll out the red carpet for job providers.”

Other measures in the eight-bill package would:

Level the playing field for Michigan job providers by prohibiting rules more stringent than federal rules, unless authorized by state law;
Require state agencies to consider disproportionate effects rules might have on small businesses compared to larger companies;
Improve timeliness in permitting and end delay tactics by regulators who keep asking for additional information; and
Increase transparency in the rulemaking process to improve the opportunity for comment and suggestions by those impacted.

Hildenbrand said reforming Michigan’s regulatory climate is critical. According to Site Selection magazine, business executives look at the ease of permitting and regulatory procedures second only to the availability of desired workforce skills when choosing the place to locate or expand their business.

“Michigan has a strong workforce.  It is time we remove the obstacles facing job providers in west Michigan and across the state so they can create good paying jobs,” Hildenbrand said.   

Editor’s Note: At a Michigan Capitol news conference, Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and his Senate colleagues announced measures to help put people back to work and cut the red tape that creates hurdles for Michigan job providers.  The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at:

Hildenbrand, Schmidt and AT&T Deliver Free Phone Cards to Michigan Active Duty Military Families

LANSING, MI—Military families from west Michigan will stay better connected with their loved ones stationed overseas thanks to 150 free phone cards made available by AT&T to the Wyoming Armory and announced today by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and state Rep. Roy Schmidt. The Wyoming Armory serves military families in Kent as well as Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties.

“We are certainly grateful that AT&T has provided our tremendous military families with the opportunity to stay in touch during their difficult deployments,” said state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.  “But we are immeasurably grateful for the Michigan men and women who risk everything to protect our freedoms and defend this country.”

State Rep. Roy Schmidt, D-Grand Rapids, added: “As the proud father of an active member of the United States Air Force, I know how difficult it can be when you do not hear from loved ones serving.  These calling cards can help families stay in touch with their loved ones back at home while they put their lives on the line overseas.”

In total, 1,000 phone cards were presented to active duty members of the military and their families today at armories across Michigan.

“Families across the state will stay better connected with their loved ones serving our nation overseas thanks to these phone cards,” said Family Assistance Coordinator Justin Dyess from Michigan’s Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing.  “We are grateful to lawmakers and companies like AT&T for their continuing support of our armed forces.”

AT&T President Jim Murray added: “For those of us at home, it’s impossible to imagine the reality faced by our troops each day.   Helping them stay in touch with their families is just a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for all they do. These AT&T phone cards will keep them connected no matter where overseas they’re serving, from Kuwait to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Since the onset of hostilities in the Middle East, AT&T has donated more than $6 million in prepaid phone cards to our troops.

Calling cards were presented this week to Camp Grayling as well as Michigan armories in Grand Ledge, Jackson, Ishpeming, Sault Ste. Marie, Taylor and Wyoming.