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Michigan Taxpayer's Guide 2018

This booklet contains information for your 2018 Michigan property taxes and 2017 individual income taxes, homestead property tax credits, farmland and open space tax relief, and the home heating credit program. Please note, the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 went into effect January 1, 2018, therefore it does not affect 2017 individual income taxes.
Posted January 30th 2018

Veterans Benefits & Services - For Michigan Veterans Who Served in the Military

For Michigan veterans and their survivors and dependents. This booklet provides information about obtaining veterans benefits and services available through federal, state, and local agencies. Topics range from acquiring a home mortgage, education, employment and insurance to medical treatment and death benefits. Listings include U.S.D.V.A. medical facilities in Michigan and veterans service organizations.
Posted October 17th 2017

A Citizen's Guide To State Government - 2017-18

The intent of this Citizen's Guide is to provide some of the specific information needed to get in touch with the right people at the right time to make your concerns heard. It is hoped that it will be a reference tool that will assist you in your efforts to be heard by public officials.
Posted September 16th 2017

Planning for Your Peace of Mind: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Medical and Legal Decisions

For mature adults. This booklet provides information about making a will and designating medical care preference in case of incapacity. This booklet contains forms for organ donation, the Michigan Statutory Will, and the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, as well as a personal records form to allow family to locate important legal and personal documents.
Posted July 2nd 2017

Your Child - A Guide to Your Child’s Health and Safety

This publication is a resource guide to your child’s health and safety. Topics include suggestions for choosing a child care provider, common developmental milestones from birth to age 5 years, and information on SIDS, SUID and shaken baby syndrome. Basic tips for home safety and emergency preparedness are also discussed as well as a section that promotes healthy living and good nutrition habits for the entire family. I have also included information on child abuse and neglect prevention and excerpts from the Michigan Child Protection Law, as currently amended.
Posted March 25th 2017

Changes and Choices: Legal Rights of Senior Adults

This book has been specially prepared as a reference guide to provide information helpful to senior adults. Our hope is that your life will be enriched and empowered by this knowledge and that your senior years will truly be golden. In all cases, the more you know, the better you can provide for your own well-being.
Posted December 20th 2016

William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim's Rights Act and Constitutional Amendment

For crime victims and adults who wish to prevent crime. In this booklet, you will find Michigan's William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim's Rights Act, a hierarchy of Michigan's court system, and basic information about criminal proceedings. You will also learn how to file an application for crime victim compensation and how to join a victim notification network. For your convenience, a compilation of victim advocates and assistance organizations is listed in the back of this booklet.
Posted November 1st 2016

Sen. Dave Hildenbrand's 2016 Hunting Update

As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, I know there’s no better way to spend a fall day than heading into the field and woods to take part in Michigan’s proud hunting tradition. With a rich abundance of game animals and birds, there’s something to interest every hunter! As you plan your trip, I wanted to send along some legislative news, safety information and more in this hunting report. I hope it is useful to you.
Posted September 16th 2016

Sen. Dave Hildenbrand's Spring Legislative Update

Spring is officially here! While my colleagues and I continue to work on the 2016-17 state budget, here is an update on some of the legislative initiatives we are working on in Lansing.
Posted March 30th 2016

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "How to Effectively Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment"

Do you think your property tax assessment is incorrect? If so, you may appeal the assessment. If you believe your assessment is in error, you may appeal to your local Board of Review and, if necessary, the Michigan Tax Tribunal. No attorney is necessary. This guide, along with your willingness to explore all the possibilities, may help you obtain a favorable adjustment.
Posted February 12th 2016

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's 2016 Snowmobile Update

If you love the outdoors, Michigan offers spectacular winter fun. And with exciting terrain, scenic beauty and a trail network in a class by itself, snowmobiling drives the season! Before you head for the trails, I want to send along some news, including information on a grant program, trail signage, safety tips, frosty events and more.
Posted December 28th 2015

Michigan State Capitol - A Self Guided Tour

Today Michigan's Capitol is nationally recognized for its extraordinary architecture and art. It stands as Michigan’s most important historic building and a proud symbol of the state.
Posted November 7th 2015

Michigan Firearms Laws

In addition to state statutes concerning firearms, this publication includes selected Michigan Attorney General Opinions that interpret various firearms laws. Also included is a listing of selected state administrative rules that regulate the use of firearms.
Posted October 28th 2015

Michigan in the Civil War

An overview of Michigan's involvement in the Civil War.
Posted October 10th 2015

Sen. Dave Hildenbrand's Fall Legislative Update

This Legislative Report summarizes budgets and economic news, along with our work to balance the state budget. I hope you find it useful.
Posted August 25th 2015

Recycling Coloring and Activity Book

For elementary-age children. Learn how to keep Michigan beautiful with the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle.
Posted July 12th 2015

Sen. Dave Hildenbrand's 2015 Family Update

Strong families are the bridge to a better, brighter future. For it's the values learned early in life and passed from generation to generation that form the cornerstone of our communities, our state and our great nation. With that in mind, I am pleased to send along this report with recent legislative news and consumer information.
Posted July 8th 2015

Portraits of Michigan: History and Facts on Michigan

For teachers and junior/senior high students. Portraits of Michigan offers a fun way for you to learn about the state in which you live. With this booklet, we hope you enjoy reading about and gain pride in your home state and that you will love Michigan a little more.
Posted May 20th 2015

The Legislative Process in Michigan: A Student's Guide

For high school students and interested citizens. How do people legislate laws to govern themselves? How does an idea become a bill? What happens in the legislative process? In addition to lawmaking, what other responsibilities does the Legislature have? Answers to these and other questions are presented in this informative publication.
Posted May 16th 2015

Proposal 15-1

A special election on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 will provide you with an opportunity to vote on a statewide ballot proposal and play an important role in helping direct Michigan policy. This flyer contains the actual language that will appear on the ballot as approved by the State Board of Canvassers, although it may not be presented in the same format. It also includes arguments for and against the proposal. The arguments do not necessarily reflect my views, rather the intent is to bring you information to help you make an informed decision.
Posted March 25th 2015

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "How to Effectively Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment"

Do you think your property tax assessment is incorrect? If so, you may appeal the assessment. If you believe your assessment is in error, you may appeal to your local Board of Review and, if necessary, the Michigan Tax Tribunal. No attorney is necessary. This guide, along with your willingness to explore all the possibilities, may help you obtain a favorable adjustment.
Posted February 4th 2015

Your State Capitol

For all Michiganians (Revised November 2014) Michigan's elegant Victorian-era capitol building is recognized as a national historic landmark for its architectural beauty and artistic importance. Photos, text and artwork highlight interesting views and give information about Michigan's capitol building and its history. Book is available in French, Spanish, and large print.
Posted November 7th 2014

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "Back to School - 2014 Education Update""

I am excited to share this Back to School report with you. From information on increased school funding to school safety and more, I hope you find it useful. In the meantime, best wishes to all those beginning a new school year.
Posted August 26th 2014

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "2014 Hunting Update""

Michigan offers some of the finest hunting opportunities around. With an abundance of game animals and birds, there's no better place to enjoy this great outdoor tradition! Before you head out, I wanted to send along some timely hunting information, including season dates, license news, anti-poaching legislation and more. I hope you find it useful.
Posted August 26th 2014

The Michigan Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act

For all citizens (Revised January 2001) The FOIA establishes procedures to ensure every citizen's right of access to government documents. The OMA protects a citizen's right to know what's going on in government by opening to full public view the processes by which elected and nonelected officials make decisions. This publication contains the text of both acts, general outlines and digests, opinions of the Attorney General, and court decisions. (Not available in print - digital only)
Posted August 3rd 2014

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's Ballot Proposal Newsletter

On Tuesday, August 5 you will have the opportunity to select candidates for the November general election. In addition, a statewide ballot proposal will be presented for your consideration.
Posted July 1st 2014

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's Boating and Fishing Update 2014

I am pleased to send along this report, including legislative news, license information, festival dates and more. I hope you find it useful as you and your family make lifelong memories in Michigan's great outdoors.
Posted June 19th 2014

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's Summer 2014 Community Update

Over the last three years, we've worked hard to help restore Michigan's economic potential. I'm happy to say our state ranks first in economic recovery. But there is much more to do to keep this momentum going so our future generations have more and better opportunities to stay and thrive in the state we love.
Posted June 11th 2014

Consumer Protection Resource Guide: Be A Knowledgeable Consumer

Of general interest to all consumers. Everything you need to know about consumer rights and Michigan law: how to protect yourself from consumer fraud and how to take legal action.
Posted April 23rd 2014

Friend of the Court: Support, Custody, and Visitation for Michigan Children

For divorced parents and others interested in child welfare. The Friend of the Court oversees the welfare of children whose support, custody, and parenting time are the subject of court order because the parents are separated or divorced or they never married. This handbook describes the procedures available for all FOC offices to enforce the court's orders to ensure protection of children's rights to economic and emotional support.
Posted April 10th 2014

Investing In Education: A Top Priority

Since 2011, we have increased state funding for K-12 education by nearly $1 billion. The Legislature and Governor want to build on this investment by increasing school funding again by nearly 3 percent for the 2014-2015 school year - an anticipated increase of almost $100 on average for every student in Michigan. Along with this increase in per-student funding, schools can also qualify for additional funding by meeting several "best practice" measures, such as student achievement, financial accountability, and working to consolidate and share services with neighboring districts. Our children deserve the best possible education, so we have to make sure our schools have the resources to meet this goal!
Posted March 27th 2014

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "Capitol Report""

Michigan's economy continues to rebound. New jobs are being created and entrepreneurship is growing. Close to home, Forbes magazine recently ranked Grand Rapids as one of the best cities in the country to find a job! Yet, we can?t rest on a little bit of good news. As your voice in Lansing, I am working with my colleagues to make sure our decisions help create an even better job climate and improve the quality of life for all Michigan residents. I am pleased to send along this Capitol Report with some legislative news and updates.
Posted February 10th 2014

Ask Yourself. A Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Resource Guide.

This publication contains information and prevention resources for any individual affected by domestic and sexual violence. Specific topics covered include myths and warning signs of domestic violence and teen dating violence, information regarding date rape drugs and sexual assault prevention, facts on stalking and cyberstalking, abuse reporting procedures, a parent or guardian?s section, suggestions for helping a friend in an abusive situation and what to consider when it?s time to leave an abusive relationship. Throughout this publication, many national, state and local crisis hotlines, professional domestic violence organizations and shelter information have been compiled for your quick reference.
Posted February 7th 2014

Services for Seniors: Laws and Programs for Senior Adults

For seniors and their families. To enhance senior living, this booklet describes state programs and services related to tax credits and additional taxation issues, Medicare and Medicaid, nursing homes and other long-term care options, consumer protection, housing, transportation, employment, and senior discount programs.
Posted October 19th 2013

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's Hunting Update

As the days get shorter and the leaves rustle underfoot, it's time to plan for one of our state's most time-honored traditions - a fall hunting trip! Whether you hunt deer, turkey, small game or waterfowl, Michigan has some of the best hunting opportunities around. Michigan's hunting heritage is deep and enduring. Yet, increasingly, there are some who want to infringe on this great outdoor tradition. That's why I recently sponsored a resolution to add the right to hunt, fish and trap to Michigan's Constitution. Along with news on this issue and other legislation, I want to send along some hunting information, including season dates, the Pure Michigan Hunt and more. I hope it is useful to you.
Posted September 10th 2013

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's Summer 2013 Capitol Report

A legislative report from State Senator Dave Hildenbrand.
Posted July 27th 2013

Getting to Know Michigan: A Coloring Book

For younger Michiganians in grades 2 to 4. An informative coloring book for kids, it gives interesting tidbits about Michigan's history, colorful folklore, and state symbols.
Posted May 19th 2013

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "Boating and Fishing Update" for 2013"

Before you head out, I want to send along information of interest to boaters and anglers. Along with legislative news - including our work to keep Michigan waterways accessible in light of low water levels - this newsletter provides safety tips and a resource guide
Posted April 30th 2013

State Highway Map

The newest edition of the State Transportation map is now available online and by request from my office.
Posted April 9th 2013

Senator Dave Hildebrand's "2012 Hunting Update""

As summer draws to an end and the days get shorter, it's time to start thinking about one of Michigan's great outdoor traditions. With an abundance of game animals and birds, it's no wonder our hunting heritage endures. Whether hunting deer, small game, turkey or waterfowl, there's something to interest every hunter. Before you head for the field or the woods, I want to send along some hunting information, including updates on hunting seasons, licenses, new legislation, safety tips and more. I hope you find it useful.
Posted September 18th 2012

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "Capitol Report""

I am pleased to send along this Capitol Report. It also contains information on my recent local activities and helpful resources available through my office.
Posted May 14th 2012

For the People... By the People... How State and Local Governments Operate

For the People... By the People... How State and Local Governments Operate For all citizens. To help citizens understand the organization of state and local government, this booklet gives brief descriptions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government, and describes the functions of county, city, township, and village entities of local government. Additional information is provided about local financing and taxation issues.
Posted April 18th 2012

Tenants and Landlords: A Practical Guide

For tenants and landlords. This booklet provides a basic explanation of what happens when a rental agreement is made and serves as a helpful and informative reference tool concerning the rights and responsibilities of the tenant and the landlord.
Posted April 18th 2012

Senator Hildenbrand's "Bookmark Design Challenge""

Design and submit a bookmark. In April, Senator Hildenbrand will choose 3 winners from all over the district. Three students with the most creative, colorful and unique Michigan themed bookmarks will then win a pizza party for their class!
Posted March 1st 2012

Child Safety Coloring Book

For parents and early elementary-age children. The message of this coloring book is . . . Be smart and be safe . . . On your bicycle, in your home, and in public. This booklet makes a proactive effort to help children to be aware of potentially harmful situations and to avoid them.
Posted October 26th 2011

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "2011 Boating and Fishing Update""

Before you and your family head to the shore, I wanted to send along some information of interest to boaters and anglers. Along with a legislative report, this newsletter provides safety tips and a resource guide. I hope you find it useful.
Posted May 12th 2011

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "Conservation Update 2011""

It's important to conserve our natural resources so the rich outdoor traditions we enjoy today can be enjoyed by future generations as well. This report provides a brief update on policy and legislative issues that affect our natural heritage.
Posted May 6th 2011

United States Constitution

This booklet contains the text of the Constitution of the United States with all amendments, as well as the Declaration of Independence.
Posted April 1st 2011

Senator Dave Hildenbrand's "Michigan Agricultural News""

For the past decade, Michigan's agri-food sector has been a steady and growing force in the midst of economic turbulence. Our new state leaders not only recognize agriculture's vital role in the economy, but have awarded the $71 billion industry a prominent seat at the economic development table.
Posted March 18th 2011

Michigan Constitution

Michigan's Constitution and all amendments.
Posted April 10th 2010

Movin' On: Rights and Responsibilities of Young Adults

For young adults. This handbook contains information for young adults graduating from high school. It discusses important topics such as establishing credit, seeking a higher education, voting, renting, and job search and career planning.
Posted August 8th 2006