Hildenbrand issues statement on Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference

Senator Dave Hildenbrand

Senator Dave Hildenbrand

LANSING, Mich — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, offered the following statement regarding Thursday’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) in Lansing:

“Today’s meeting confirmed that the state’s economy continues to slowly improve and grow. Over the past several years we have implemented new reforms and policies that have allowed job providers to invest in our state, which has led to personal income growth for many Michigan residents.

“While revenues have stabilized, we still have many funding challenges that will require us to be diligent in our work and be good stewards of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars. We will prioritize our state spending on the core functions of government like public safety, education, health and infrastructure to continue building a better Michigan.

“I look forward to the governor’s budget presentation in February and beginning our development of the fiscal year 2017-18 state budget. It is my goal to once again conduct the budget process in an open and transparent manner and deliver an on-time and balanced budget that invests in the priorities of our state.”

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Hildenbrand veteran care legislation receives final approval

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation that would create a new Veterans Facility Authority in Michigan received final approval from Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday.

The four-bill package will provide Michigan’s veterans and their dependents with improved access to long-term care and the construction of new state-of-the-art facilities in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

“Our veterans have served our nation valiantly and deserve the best possible care,” said state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “This legislation will modernize the way our veterans homes operate and transform them into facilities that can quickly and easily adapt to the ever-changing nature of long-term care services.”

Senate Bill 1100, the main bill in the package, sponsored by Hildenbrand, is now Public Act 560 of 2016. Work will now continue with the appointment of members to serve on the new authority and proceeding with federal and state approval processes for the new facilities to be built in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

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Photo caption: Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, was joined by fellow legislators and officials from the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on Wednesday as Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 1100 into law.