PHOTO ADVISORY: Sen. Robertson welcomes Flint clergyman to give Senate invocation

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, (left) welcomed Pastor Robert Prince to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to give the invocation before the start of Senate session. Prince is the Lead Pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Flint and was also welcomed by Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, who represents the city of Flint. 

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Sen. Robertson welcomes retired Navy officer to Capitol to give Senate invocation

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, (right) welcomed retired Chief Religious Program Specialist Jeff Pustelak to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Chief Petty Officer Pustelak gave the invocation before the start of Senate session. Also welcoming Pustelak is Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, who represents Pustelak’s hometown of West Bloomfield.

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Sen. Robertson hosting office hours on April 28

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, announced today that he will hold office hours in the district on Monday, April 28.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations and times:

10 to 11 a.m.
Waterford Township Hall
5200 Civic Center Dr.
Waterford Township

Noon to 1 p.m.
Grand Blanc Senior Center
12632 Pagels Dr.
Grand Blanc

2 to 3 p.m.
Davison Township Hall
1280 N. Irish Rd.
Davison

4 to 5 p.m.
Thetford Township Hall
4104 E. Vienna Rd.
Clio

“Office hours serve as a wonderful opportunity for residents to discuss their concerns in a more personal manner,” Robertson said. “No appointment is necessary, and I would encourage anyone who cannot attend to contact me office with questions, comments or concerns.”

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

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Sen. Robertson hosting office hours on Feb. 21

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, announced today that he will hold office hours in the district on Friday, Feb. 21.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations and times:

10 to 11 a.m.
Waterford Township Municipal Building
5200 Civic Center Drive
Waterford Township

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Brandon Township Public Library
304 South St.
Ortonville

1 to 2 p.m.
Grand Blanc Senior Activity Center
12632 Pagels Drive
Grand Blanc

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
City of Davison Municipal Building
200 E. Flint St. #2 
Davison

4 to 4:30 p.m. 
Clio City Hall Building
505 W. Vienna St.
Clio

“I hope residents of the 26th Senate District take this opportunity to come by and share their thoughts and concerns,” Robertson said. “I encourage everyone to stop in, as no appointment is needed.”

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

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Sen. Dave Robertson comments on State of the State address

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, offered the following statement Thursday on Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2014 State of the State address:

“Governor Snyder reminded us about how far we have come in three years and how much we still have yet to do to reach our goals.

“As he did in his first State of the State address in 2011, the governor charted a positive and bold course to continue the reinvention of Michigan. His blueprint for 2014 builds on the foundation of economic success made possible by substantial reforms that have balanced our budget, improved government efficiency and created more than 220,000 jobs.

“We should all be proud of the record of success achieved in just three years. In 2011, we faced a $1.5 billion budget deficit. We now have a $970 million surplus, $600 million in the rainy day fund and are paying our unfunded liabilities to save taxpayers more than $20 billion.

“Educating our children is critical for Michigan’s future, and I look forward to working with the governor to increase support for our schools. We have increased school aid funding by $665 per student over the last three years, and limited the amount of that support schools can use for retirement costs — ensuring increased funding is used to teach kids in the classroom.

“At its core, Michigan is about great people. That is why I was proud to lead the effort last year to give all Michigan consumers a tax break when buying a new or used vehicle, boat or RV, and it’s why I will fight this year to use part of our surplus revenue to give tax relief to all taxpayers.

“We’ve accomplished much to turn around our state and our economy, but there is much more work to be done. I join Governor Snyder and my colleagues in renewing our commitment to moving Michigan forward on a positive path that delivers real results for real people.”

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Editor’s Note: Audio remarks will be available on the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDaveRobertson.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.
 

Sen. Robertson available for comments following State of the State address

Who:
State Sen. Dave Robertson, chairman of the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee.

What: 
Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When: 
After the address, which is scheduled to begin Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Where:
House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI
 
Briefing:
Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address. 

Robertson is also available for phone interviews on Friday, Jan. 17.

Please call Robertson’s office at 1-517-373-1636 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 16 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

Audio remarks will be available for broadcast on the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDaveRobertson.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.

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Sen. Robertson, MDOT announce $4.9M in road repair projects

LANSING—Sen. Dave Robertson and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials announced on Thursday nearly $4.9 million in road repair projects in Oakland and Genesee counties.

“These road projects are great news for Southeast Michigan families and all Michigan drivers who deserve safe and solid roads and bridges,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “While the safety of drivers and their passengers is the most important reason for improving our roads, it is also about supporting local businesses and attracting new job providers.

“Quality transportation infrastructure that is vital to completing in the global economy increasingly dependent on the efficient transportation of goods. So this is really about improving driver safety and the local economy all at the same time.”

The transportation projects are being funded by grants from MDOT through the $115 million state Roads and Risk Reserve Fund. Robertson said the four projects (one entirely in the 26th District and three shared with neighboring districts) are a total investment of $4,875,000.

“I am proud that we are able to make this important investment by maximizing our existing resources,” Robertson said. “Funding these projects is a result of hard work during the last three years to improve state efficiency and ensure we use taxpayer dollars wisely and effectively.”

The projects in the 26th District include:
• $650,000 to rehabilitate the Bristol Road bridge over Kearsley Creek;
• $725,000 to rehabilitate the Atlas Road bridge over Kearsley Creek;
• $3 million for repairs on M-59 from Elizabeth Lake Road to State Street; and
• $500,000 for work on Holcomb Road from Davisburg to Miller.

“I want to thank everyone who helped make possible this much-needed investment in our community,” Robertson said. “I look forward to seeing them completed and will remain focused on ensuring we continue addressing our road safety and infrastructure needs.”

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Sen. Robertson welcomes local pastor to Capitol

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, (right) welcomed the Rev. Ernesto Alaniz to the Capitol on Wednesday. Alaniz serves as associate pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Waterford and gave the invocation before the start of Senate session.

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Local student job shadows Sen. Robertson at Capitol

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, welcomed Amber DeJohn (left) to the Capitol on Tuesday. DeJohn is a senior at Davison High School and was in Lansing to job shadow the senator.

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Robertson tax relief bill signed into law

LANSING—Legislation to help spur vehicle and watercraft sales by reducing the cost of purchasing a new or used car, RV or boat in Michigan, is now law, said sponsor state Sen. Dave Robertson.

“This is a win for hardworking taxpayers across Michigan as well as the business community,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “Cars, boats are RVs are major purchases, and these reforms will help consumers save money when they buy a car or boat in Michigan and enable our local Michigan dealers to better compete with out-of-state sellers.”

When an individual today buys a new or used automobile or watercraft in Michigan, the state’s 6 percent sales tax is applied to the full sales price, even if the sale included a trade-in. 

“Michigan is currently one of only six states – and the only Great Lakes state – that taxes the value of trade-ins,” Robertson said. “This unfair policy puts in-state businesses at a serious competitive disadvantage and costs Michigan consumers more in extra taxes. It is a clear example of how bad tax laws can negatively impact both job providers and consumers.

“I would like to thank Governor Snyder for his leadership on this issue, there were times I thought this day might never come but now that it has the years of hard work were more than worth it. I can’t wait to watch the positive impact this will have on Michigan.”

Under Robertson’s measure, Public Act 160 of 2013, the sales tax would be applied only to the difference between the price of a new or used car, boat or recreational vehicle and the value of a trade-in.

Full trade-in value would be applied to boat sales. The trade-in value for cars and RVs would initially be limited to $2,000 and would increase by $500 in 2015 and each year after that.

An example of the reform’s impact, once fully implemented, is that if a car valued at $5,000 is traded in and the owner applies the trade-in value toward the purchase of a $25,000 car, the sales tax would only be applied to the $20,000 difference.

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