** PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Robertson and Rep. Haines welcome basketball team to Capitol

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Sen. Robertson and Rep. Haines welcome basketball team to Capitol.

Lansing— State Sen. Dave Robertson, R- Grand Blanc Township, and state Rep. Gail Haines, R-Waterford, welcomed the Waterford Our Lady of the LakesHigh School girls  basketball team, coaching staff, parents and school officials to the Capitol on Wednesday. The Lady Lakers went 23-4 for the 2011-12 season and won their third consecutive Class D state championship.

 

***Media Advisory*** Sen. Robertson office hours postponed

***Media Advisory***
Sen. Robertson office hours postponed

Lansing— State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc announced on Tuesday that he will be postponing his previously scheduled office hours at the following locations on June 1:

POSTPONED
Big Boy
5834 Highland Road.
Waterford, Mich
NOTE: With Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad

POSTPONED
Davison City Hall
200 E. Flint St. #2
Davison, MI

POSTPONED
Thetford Township Hall
4014 E. Vienna Road.
Clio, Mich

“I will need to be in Lansing on Friday to continue to work the budget”, Robertson said. “I apologize for the late notice and these office hours will be rescheduled.”

For more information, contact Robertson’s office toll free at 1-866-305-2126

 

***Media Advisory*** Sen. Robertson welcomes veterans and active duty military to Capitol in observance of Memorial Day

***Media Advisory***
Sen. Robertson welcomes veterans and active duty military to Capitol in observance of Memorial Day 

Lansing— State Sen. Dave Robertson welcomed assistant adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, Gen. Michael Stone and many other veterans and active duty to the Capitol on Thursday for a ceremony in observation of Memorial Day.

“Today’s ceremony served as a reminder of what Memorial Day is truly about,” said Robertson. R-Grand Blanc Township. “Many people will spend this weekend with family and friends at picnics and parties. I would encourage everyone to take some time to reflect on the amazing sacrifices that were made in order to protect our way of life.

Robertson bills would amend tax code

Robertson bills would amend tax code

LANSING— Legislation that would boost industry while lessening the tax burden on Michigan citizens was approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, said sponsor state Sen. Dave Robertson.

Senate Bill 126 would amend the Use Tax Act to exclude taxation on the trade in values of used cars and boats when the trade-in value is being applied to a new or used car or boat.

Senate Bill 127 amends the General Sales Act and creates a six-year phase in for the program. In 2012, only $2,500 is exempt and then this amount increases by $2,500 each year until 2017 when it reaches $15,000. After that, the trade-in value is uncapped.

“This is a tax break for the average person,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “This measure will give a boost to two of the state’s major industries while reducing the tax burden on consumers.”

For example, once fully implemented, a 5 year-old car, valued at $5,000 is traded in. The owner of the car applies the trade-in value to a new or used car valued at $25,000. Robertson’s bills would tax the $20,000 difference between the new car and trade in value of the old car.

“Michigan is currently one of only six states and the only Great Lakes state to tax trade-in values,” Robertson said. “This puts Michigan at a serious competitive disadvantage, this legislation seeks to correct that and make Michigan as competitive as possible.”

SBs 126-127 now advance to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

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** PHOTO ADVISORY**Robertson welcomes local Eagle Scout to Capitol

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Robertson welcomes local Eagle Scout to Capitol

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, (left) presents David Ware with a tribute in recognition of Ware’s receiving his Eagle Scout Badge in April of this year. Ware, a resident of Grand Blanc, built a meditation area for the members of the St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church for his Eagle service project.
 

Michigan Senate passes personal property tax reform

Michigan Senate passes personal property tax reform

LANSING— Legislation that would reduce the personal property tax for Michigan businesses was approved by the Michigan Senate Thursday, said sponsor state Sen. Dave Robertson.

“This package of legislation is a long term commitment toward job creation in Michigan,” said Robertson R-Grand Blanc Township. “Michigan has lost nearly half of its manufacturing jobs since 2010 and it is time to help our current manufactures grow and to attract new business to Michigan.”

Reforming Michigan’s personal property tax structure would create between 6,000 and 15,000  jobs, according to a study released by Anderson Economic Group.

This eight-bill package would alter the personal property tax in the following ways:

• Effective Dec. 31, 2012 any commercial or industrial business that has personal property valued at $40,000  or less will not pay taxes and will not file a return. This would eliminate 75-80 percent of returns that currently need to be filed.
• Effective Dec. 31, 2015 all eligible industrial personal property bought after Dec. 31, 2011 will not be taxable.
• Effective Dec. 31, 2015 any eligible personal property that is 10 years old will no longer be taxed. This will continue each year until all property is tax exempt.

Robertson sponsored Senate Bills 1066 and 1068 and cosponsored the rest of the package.

These reforms stimulate business growth while protecting homeowners from property tax increases. All millages for bonded debt are 100 percent protected from declining revenue along with police, fire, senior and other similar millages.

“Over the past sixteen months, the Legislature has worked tirelessly in order create jobs and get the economy going again,” Robertson said. “Personal property tax is yet another common sense step in the right direction toward Michigan becoming a leader of how a state should be run. 

SBs 1065-1072 now advance to the Michigan House of Representatives.

**ROBERTSON PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Robertson welcomes local pastor to the Capitol

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Sen. Robertson welcomes local pastor to the Capitol

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, (left) welcomed the Rev. John Flanders to the Capitol on Wednesday. Flanders, pastor of Landmark Baptist Church in Clio, gave the invocation before the start of Senate session.