Hildenbrand and Senate GOP announce priorities for fall agenda


LANSING – State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled their agenda for the fall legislative session with the focus on spurring job growth, strengthening education, protecting the rights of residents, and continuing government reforms.

A key strategy involves a move to reform the business equipment tax, a job-killing provision that punishes business that expand and invest in new technology to remain competitive.

“It’s important for us to remove barriers to new investment,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.  “If we can enact these changes, Michigan firms can grow and expand, and jobs will be created.”

Hildenbrand said it’s time to streamline the regulatory process and make it easier to do business in Michigan.

“Time is money,” he said.  “The faster job providers can move through permitting procedures the faster they can get people to work.”

The 29th District lawmaker said Michigan needs a highly educated workforce that will attract employers to our state and generate high-paying jobs.

“We need to empower parents with more innovative choices to advance our education system and meet the instructional needs of our students,” Hildenbrand said.

Senate Republicans are moving forward in several ways to protect the rights of Michigan residents.  This includes:

  • Creating a statewide alert to safely and quickly return missing vulnerable adults;
  • Guarding against those who would take advantage of defenseless seniors;
  • Clarifying Michigan’s medical marijuana law, which has been abused; and
  • Increasing penalties for those who prey upon homeowners in vulnerable financial situations.

“We must do everything possible to protect those who cannot protect themselves,” said Hildenbrand.  “These safeguards, and others, will go a long way toward reaching this goal.”

As all these reforms are considered, Hildenbrand said it’s vital that Michigan government become more accountable.

“Taxpayers should see how their tax dollars are being spent,” Hildenbrand said.  “The more transparency we have, the better.  Let’s empower our residents to be engaged in government and to help drive positive change.”