Sen. Robertson tax relief bill signed into law

LANSING— Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, joins Gov. Rick Snyder as the governor signed his bill, now Public Act 160 of 2013, to ensure that the state’s sales tax is only applied to the difference between the price of a new or used car, boat or RV and the value of a trade-in.

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Robertson tax relief bill sent to governor

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

“This is a win for the Average Joe and a win for local job providers,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “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.

“My reform is the result of years of hard work to agree on a responsible solution that will help boost our economy and reduce the tax burden on Michigan consumers, and I look forward to seeing the governor sign this tax relief into law.”

Under Robertson’s measure, Senate Bill 89, 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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Sen. Robertson hosting office hours on Oct. 11

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, announced today that he will hold office hours in the district on Friday, Oct. 11.

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

9 to 10 a.m.
Waterford Township Municipal Building
Second floor conference room
5200 Civic Center Drive
Waterford Township

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Brandon Township Library
304 South Street
Ortonville

1 to 2 p.m.
City of Davison Municipal Building
Downstairs conference room
200 E. Flint Street #2 
Davison

3 to 4 p.m. 
City of Clio Municipal Building
505 W. Vienna Street
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. Robertson and Rep. Graves welcome Goodrich basketball team to Capitol

LANSING—Sen. Dave Robertson and Rep. Joe Graves honored the Goodrich High School girls basketball team with a tribute on the Senate floor on Thursday. The Lady Martians won the 2013 Class B high school state championship in March.

“It was an honor to have the Lady Martians join us today,” said Graves, R-Argentina Township. “I would like to congratulate them on all of their hard work and hope that they will serve as an example to young athletes everywhere.”

This is the second consecutive year the Lady Martians won the state title in girls basketball.

“For most athletes, winning one championship is a dream come true. I can only imagine what it feels like to win two titles — back-to-back,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “It was truly an honor to have the team join us in Lansing today, and I hope they make it back here many more times.”

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Personal property tax bills signed into law

Personal property tax bills signed into law

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson joined Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Thursday for a ceremonial signing of a section of the personal property tax reform legislation.

Robertson was a sponsor of Senate Bills 1066 and 1068, now Publics Acts 398 and 400 of 2012.

“In the past, if a manufacturer wanted to make a critically important investment in Michigan that would build the economy and provide jobs, we don't send them a thank you card we send them a tax bill,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “By passing this legislation, we have moved Michigan toward a more competitive future.”
 

Legislation aimed at cracking down on impaired driving signed by governor

Legislation aimed at cracking down on impaired driving signed by governor

LANSING— State Sen. Dave Robertson joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 353 sponsored by Robertson

SB 353, now Public Act 543 of 2012, changes the definition of a controlled substance when driving.

Currently, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or a combination of the two. Robertson’s legislation addresses situations in which people are operating a vehicle under the influence of a “substance”, but that substance is not listed as a controlled substance.

For example, a police officer reported a situation in which an individual was evidently caught huffing computer duster from a can while operating a vehicle, which then caused damage to parked cars and could have caused injuries. The officer noted in the report that if the suspect's blood work had come back negative for alcohol or controlled substances, the police would only have been able to charge the person with a local ordinance violation.

“Hopefully, by this legislation being signed into law, a loophole has been closed and our streets and roads will be safer,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “If someone is under the influence they should not be on the road, and law enforcement must have the proper tools in place to get them off the roads.”
 

State Sen. Dave Robertson comments on the 2013 State of the State address

 

State 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 State of the State address:

“Governor Snyder touched on a number of issues, but the overall tone of the speech was clear–progress has been made but there is much more work to be done.

“Just over two years ago, Governor Snyder delivered his first State of the State address. In that speech, the governor charted a bold course to reinvent Michigan.  That same message resonated again tonight.  
“When the Senate took office in January of 2011, the state was facing a $1.5 billion budget deficit. Now, in January of 2013, the state budget is balanced and there is more than $500 million in the state’s rainy day fund. That’s a $2 billion turnaround in just under two years.

“The foundation for our economic success was laid in 2011 with substantial reforms putting the building blocks in place to create a diversified and healthy state economy. We are not there yet but we are moving forward. Michigan was knocked down but we are building our way back to recover the jobs lost over the last decade.

“In just two short years the Legislature has reduced unfunded liabilities by $21 billion, created one of the fairest tax structures in the nation and eliminated one rule for every ten that were created. In total, more than 1,000 outdated and cumbersome rules were rescinded.

“The proof that these steps the Legislature has taken are working can be seen across the state. Unemployment is down, home sales have increased by 11 percent, and for the first time since 2004, Michigan’s population is growing.

“I want to reiterate that while progress has been made there is still much more work to be done. I look forward to working with Governor Snyder and the House to pass laws that will encourage economic opportunity and deliver real results for real people.”

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Robertson welcomes Grand Blanc Olympian Geena Gall to Capitol

Robertson welcomes Grand Blanc Olympian Geena Gall to Capitol

LANSING— State Sen. Dave Robertson presented Grand Blanc Resident and Olympic athlete  Geena Gall with a tribute on Tuesday. 

Gall competed in women’s track and field at the 2012 Olympics in London. She earned a spot on Team USA after posting a personal best time at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in June.

In London, Gall qualified for the semifinals of the women’s 800-meter race. Unfortunately, the Michigan athlete suffered an injury during the semifinal race and was unable to compete in further rounds.

“This was the second Olympian that I have had the honor of presenting with a tribute this year,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “Olympic athletes train year round for an opportunity to represent their country on one of the largest stages in the world. I hope Geena knows how proud we are of her, and I look forward to watching her compete in the future.”

 

*** Community News Bulletin *** Robertson to host local office hours

*** Community News Bulletin ***
Robertson to host local office hours

LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, announced his September office hours on Thursday.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations on Friday, Sept. 14:

9 to 10 a.m.
Big Boy
5834 Highland Road.
Waterford, MI
NOTE: With Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad

11 a.m to 12 p.m.
Davison Township Municipal Building
1280 N. Irish Road.
Davison, MI

1 to 2 p.m. 
City of Clio Municipal Building
505 W. Vienna St.
Clio, MI

“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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** PHOTO ADVISORY**Sen. Robertson welcomes Olympic gold medalist to Capitol

**Photo Advisory**
Sen. Robertson welcomes Olympic gold medalist to Capitol

 

LANSING— State Sen.Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, recognized Claressa Shields with a tribute on the Senate floor on Wednesday.  Shields, a Flint resident, became the first female and only American women to ever win a gold medal in boxing at the Olympic Games. She won the Olympic middleweight title by defeating Russian boxer Nadezda Torlopova 19–12 in London.

“As an avid boxing fan, I was very excited when I found out that Claressa was going to be joining us,” said Robertson. “Meeting an Olympic gold medalist is something that not many people get to do. However, to meet the first female to ever bring home a gold medal in one of my favorite sports was truly inspirational. I commend Claressa for all of her hard work.  I doubt she will ever know the impact she has had on the sport of boxing and the inspiration she has given to female athletes everywhere.”