Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Welcome to the latest edition of my e-newsletter for 2023.
Below you’ll find an update on what’s happening in your state Capitol and some additional resources I hope you find helpful.
Thank you for allowing me to represent you in the Michigan Senate. I am grateful each and every day to work for the people of the 34th Senate District.
34th Senate District
Protecting a permanent tax cut for all Michiganders
I recently voted to help secure meaningful relief for every Michigan taxpayer by protecting an automatic state income tax rate cut. This is a victory for all Michigan families, who will soon see long-term income tax relief because Senate Republicans stood strong against Democrat spending that would have prevented this cut from taking place.
Under a 2015 law, if revenues in Michigan’s general fund increase past a certain point, an automatic and permanent reduction to the state income tax rate is triggered. The House and Senate fiscal agencies estimate that Michigan met that threshold in fiscal year 2022, leading to an expected income tax cut from 4.25% to 4.05%.
If the Democrats’ spending in House Bill 4001 had gone into effect right away, it would have stopped a tax cut for everyone in exchange for a one-time rebate amounting to less than 50 cents a day — and only 25 cents a day per person if you are married. This vote was the first step in our plan to provide real inflation relief. A family of four making $60,000 would only receive a one-time $180 check under the Democrats’ plan. Senate Republicans proposed protecting the permanent tax rollback and creating a $500 child tax credit. Our plan would provide that same family more than $1,000 in on-going relief every year.
Thankfully, we were able to secure meaningful relief for every taxpayer and allow Michiganders to keep more of their hard-earned money.
March is Reading Month
March is Reading Month is a great time to recognize all of the important benefits of instilling a love for reading in children. Reading improves brain and memory function, increases vocabulary and comprehension, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, reduces stress, and improves sleep patterns. Reading is contagious and the effects are cumulative.
It is never too early — or too late — to start reading!
Tree damage from winter storms and ice
The last few weeks have brought ice storms and other weather events across our state that have left a path of broken branches and damaged limbs. Follow these safety tips to keep yourself safe and give mature trees the best chance at survival:
- Safety first: Look carefully for downed power lines or branches that are about to fall. Always use the proper tools for the job. If you don’t have the proper tools, hire a professional. Never approach a downed power line; report them to your local utility company.
- If possible, delay clean up until all the ice has melted: Branches that are weighed down or broken can be even more dangerous due to the added weight of ice and snow. If repairs are not necessary in order to get into or out of your home, it is usually best to wait until the ice melts and you can safely assess and clear any damaged limbs.
- Consult your insurance policies: It’s always best to review your insurance policy before beginning any repairs. Take photos or video of the damage and notify your agent to clarify any issues. Damage to your car by falling branches may be covered by your auto policy as well.
- Be aware of scams: After major storms, it is not unusual for scam artists to pose as tree care companies. Before hiring any contractor or signing a contract, check to be sure the company is licensed and insured. Make sure you understand what you will be charged and do not pay in full until the job is completed. Click here for help finding a qualified, insured arborist in your area.
Spring Turkey Hunting
Spring turkey season runs from April 22 through June 7, and while the spring turkey application period is closed, there are still opportunities to hunt this season.
Hunters who were not selected in the drawing may purchase a leftover turkey license from any license agent, online at Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses, or through the Michigan DNR Hunt Fish app, on a first-come, first-served basis for a one-week period beginning at 10 a.m. on March 13.
Hunters who did not enter the drawing can purchase leftover licenses or a Hunt 0234 license beginning at 10 a.m. on March 20. The Hunt 0234 license is a guaranteed license that offers hunters flexible hunting options between May 6-31. This license has no quota and can be purchased throughout the entire spring turkey hunting season.
Learn more about this hunt and season dates in the 2023 Spring Turkey Digest.
Hauck hosting local office hours with Rep. Bill G. Schuette
LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Roger Hauck on Monday announced that his office has scheduled a joint office hour with Rep. Bill G. Schuette on Monday, March 20, in Beaverton.
Both lawmakers will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance with state issues, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district.
No appointment is necessary.
The joint office hour event will take place at the following date, time, and location:
Monday, March 20
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Beaverton Activity Center
106 Tonkin St.
For more information or to contact Hauck, please visit SenatorRogerHauck.com or call 517-373-1760.
Pure Michigan travel guide now available
The 2023 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide features stunning sites, exciting places to visit and fun activities to experience all around the Great Lakes state. Whether your summer plans include the Great Lakes shoreline, golfing or a craft beer tour, the Pure Michigan Travel Guide is a great place to start. The publication includes regional highlights and inspiration for every traveler.
The travel guide is available to download for free.
Senate Republicans continue to protect life
When Michigan voters approved Proposal 3, they were not voting for unregulated abortions for anyone at any time for any reason. Many voters thought they were just codifying Roe v. Wade into law.
Even with the passage of Proposal 3, voters have shown they still do support basic safety protocols and reasonable limitations.
During a recent vote to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion law, Republicans introduced amendments that would have strengthened protections for vulnerable women and babies — including protections for children with Down syndrome; support for adoption programs; funding for safe housing, prenatal care, and other pregnancy resources for women in need; and strengthened penalties for partial birth or coerced abortions.
I will do everything possible to protect the sanctity of life.
Senator Roger Hauck
3300 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Visit my website at: SenatorRogerHauck.com