Senator Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, made the following statement after today’s Senate vote on public employee health care benefits: “These reforms are an important step in putting Michigan back on track. Senate Bill 7 and Senate Joint Resolution C will require all public employees to pay at least 20 percent of their taxpayer funded health care costs. The legislative package applies to all state, county, city, village, township, school district, charter school, intermediate school district, community college or university employees and state lawmakers as well. Private sector employees have had to pay an increasing share of the cost of their health care benefits and the public sector should reflect this trend. Having all of us in the public sector contribute more for our health care will make our health care system more affordable, more accountable and better reflect the needs of each individual. These reforms provide the state, our colleges and universities, municipal governments and our local school districts the tools to address the rising costs of health care benefits in these tough economic times.”
LANSING – State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, made the following statement after a tax reform package moved through the Senate: “Overall I am pleased the Senate passed bills that would implement Governor Snyder’s sweeping tax overhaul proposal, including the repeal of the Michigan Business Tax and surcharge. Although I supported the repeal of the MBT and its replacement with a 6% corporate income tax over the years, I did not support the extension of the income tax to pensions. I think there are opportunities to realize savings throughout state government before bringing more tax dollars into the system – and that is where I will continue to focus a lot of my time and energy throughout the budget process.
“I certainly am pleased the MBT and surcharge are gone, something I have been working on since its inception in 2007. I will continue to work to strengthen our economy and create an environment for job growth all across our state.”
LANSING — State Senator Dave Hildenbrand recently announced he will hold office hours in Grand Rapids this month.
Sen. Hildenbrand is available to meet with constituents at the following times and locations:
Monday, May 16
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Arnie's, 3561 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids
Monday, May 23
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Mr. Burger, 2101 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids
“I look forward to meeting with residents from the Grand Rapids area to answer questions and listen to their concerns,” said Hildenbrand. “For those residents unable to attend, I would encourage them to contact my office if I can be of any assistance.”
Sen. Hildenbrand’s office can be reached at:
LANSING – The state Senate passed a package of bills Thursday reducing costly regulations, sending a strong message to job providers that Michigan is serious about economic development, said Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.
“For too long, Michigan’s burdensome rules have prevented businesses from hiring workers,” Hildenbrand said. “Today we began removing some of these obstacles to job growth.”
Senate Bills 271 through 279 would reduce onerous regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy.
Hildenbrand sponsored SB 277, which would require the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to review its permit processing costs, customer service practices and compare them to other states. After reviewing these major programs, the department must identify ways to improve performance.
Hildenbrand’s measure sends a message that the status quo is no longer good enough.
“It’s time to raise the bar for organizational performance, while reducing costs and improving service,” he said. “Michigan’s business climate will strengthen if we take this approach. We can learn from what other states are doing and then implement those best practices.”
Other measures in the nine-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.
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.
SB 275 is currently before the Senate Economic Development Committee. The other bills in the package now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.