Horn announces February office hours in Fenton Township

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that February office hours are scheduled for the 32nd Senate District.

Horn will be available to meet with constituents at the following date, time and location:

Friday, Feb. 16

Noon – 2 p.m.

Fenton Township Hall

12060 Mantawauka Drive

Fenton

Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Horn, please visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call 517-373-1760.

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Sen. Horn reacts to State of the State address

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issued the following statement on Tuesday, in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address:

“The most important thing to take away from Governor Snyder’s address is that Michigan’s comeback is now a reality. It was a pleasant surprise to get a shoutout during the State of the State because of our work on economic development. Because of the MIthrive Initiative and the Good Jobs package, our skyscrapers are taller, our wallets are fuller and our students have more opportunities than ever before.

“Since my first days in Lansing, I’ve been saying that in order for Michigan to recover we need to fall in love with manufacturing again. We need to melt steel and build things. We need to teach our kids that these kinds of jobs and skills can provide a very good career. Since 2010, we’ve created the most manufacturing jobs in the U.S., which is proof that this is happening.

“Not every student is going to go to college but every single one deserves a great career. We’ve talked and talked for years about the skilled trades gap and how we can address it. I’m proud to be partnering with the governor and my legislative colleagues to work toward closing that gap. I want to make sure that my own kids, my grandkids and children across the state have a successful future available to them right here in Michigan.

“Now that we’ve balanced and stabilized our budget, approved the budget ahead of schedule seven years in a row, and passed many important reforms, it’s time to give relief to families throughout my district and our state. Many people’s paychecks took a hit during the lost decade, and now that we’re in the comeback decade, we need to look at ways to put money back in our residents’ pockets. The Senate is taking the lead with multiple tax reform bills, but we also need to address other areas that are squeezing people’s paychecks. We need to continue to improve our roads and find ways to reduce insurance costs.

“I’m also glad the governor touched on the issue of civility and how we talk to each other. This year with things that have happened in my life, I’ve realized that it is all about setting priorities. Our priorities should be our families, friends, our neighbors and what we can do for each other. The anger I’ve witnessed in politics over the last decade is unbecoming of us. Let’s remember to be kind to each other. Everybody you meet today is fighting an internal battle known only to them. And believe me, politics is the last thing on their mind.”

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Sen. Horn welcomes Saginaw area leaders to state Capitol for State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed a diverse group from the Saginaw area for Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address.

Horn was joined on Tuesday by Saginaw Valley State University President Don Bachand and his wife Liana (right center); Heather Gallegos, community relations Michigan operations for The Dow Chemical Company (right center); Kraig Schutter, partner and owner at the Masud Labor Law Group (right); and Rodney Wakeman (left), vice president and funeral director of Wakeman Funeral Homes.

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Sen. Horn available for comments following 2018 State of the State address

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Ken Horn will be available for comments following the governor’s 2018 State of the State address on Tuesday.

Who:              Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth.

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

When:             Immediately following the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Where:           By phone or in:

House Appropriations Room

Third floor

State Capitol

Lansing

Brief:              Horn will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Melanie Ellison at (517) 373-1760 or (989) 992-5380 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Sen. Horn supports tax relief for Michigan families

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, co-sponsored legislation on Thursday that would restore the Michigan personal tax exemption that was lost in the recent federal tax reform.

Without Senate Bill 748, Michigan families would be hit with a tax hike of nearly $1.5 billion.

“There have been a lot of questions surrounding some of the recent legislation from D.C. and we want this legislation to bring clarity to Michigan residents,” Horn said. “This is an important step for Michigan. Our budget has stabilized and is under control and we’ve passed many important reforms. Now is the time to give relief to families throughout my district and our state.”

SB 748 makes necessary changes to maintain the state’s personal exemption and provides an increase in the state personal exemption by $500 to $4,800 by 2021, while remaining tied to inflation. Currently, the state personal tax exemption is scheduled to increase from $4,000 to $4,300 over the next three years.

The federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act, in addition to lowering income tax rates, included a streamlined exemption process that eliminated the $4,050 personal exemption at the federal level, setting it to zero.

Michigan’s current state income tax law ties the state’s personal exemptions to the federal number of exemptions. Without a revision to the law, Michigan taxpayers would no longer be able to claim the personal exemptions on their state taxes. This would cost state taxpayers around $1.5 billion a year.

Horn likened this legislation to other reforms aimed at improving the lives of Michigan residents.

“We’ve accomplished a lot in recent years, including passing responsible budgets, providing increased funding to fix our roads and bridges, adding over 163,000 manufacturing jobs since 2009, and passing the MiThrive Initiative — which will revitalize our cities — and the Good Jobs package — which will make sure our young people have significant careers here in Michigan,” he said.

“I promised in 2014 that I would work to build a Michigan where my kids can stay and my grandkids will be just a bike ride away. With all of these accomplishments in our growing communities, we’re making sure you can live the American dream right here in the state of Michigan.”

According to bill sponsor and Chairman Brandenburg, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on SB 748 on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

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Horn announces January office hours in Saginaw

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that January office hours are scheduled for the 32nd Senate District.

Horn will be available to meet with constituents at the following date, time and location:

Monday, Jan. 22

Noon – 2 p.m.

Hoyt Public Library Auditorium

505 Janes Ave.

Saginaw

Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Horn, please visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call 517-373-1760.

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Horn graduates from Henry Toll Fellowship Program

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn participated in a graduation ceremony for last summer’s Henry Toll Fellowship Program at The Council of State Governments (CSG) annual conference at the end of December.

“Participating in the Henry Toll Fellowship Program was quite a humbling experience,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where I learned so much and was introduced to legislative leaders across the nation.”

The Toll Fellowship Program is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government are chosen to travel to Lexington, Kentucky for a six-day “leadership boot camp.”

The program’s sessions are designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, with a focus on leadership skills and how personal traits can be used toward being an effective legislator. Sessions also include media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry and adaptive leadership.

The list of Toll Fellows alumni is long and distinguished; and Horn says he considers it to be quite an honor to be included. Fellowship alumni include numerous governors, secretaries of state, chief justices and members of Congress.

During the conference, Horn was also formally installed as the new second vice chair of CSG’s Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC). MLC is a nonpartisan association of state and provincial legislators that fosters regional cooperation, information sharing and leadership development.

Horn is expected to serve as the MLC’s second vice chair throughout 2018 and is in line to serve as MLC chair in 2020, when the group will hold its annual meeting in Detroit. In addition, Horn currently serves as co-chair of the MLC’s Economic Development Committee and is a graduate of the group’s Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development.

“Senator Horn’s legislative experience and commitment to public service will make him an outstanding leader of the Midwestern Legislative Conference,” said Mike McCabe, director of the Midwestern Office of CSG, which provides staff support to the MLC. “We look forward to working more closely with him as he helps to guide our organization’s efforts on behalf of lawmakers across the Midwest.”

All legislators from the following states are members of the Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In addition, legislators representing four Canadian provinces — Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan — also participate as affiliate members of the MLC.

“It is certainly an honor to have been selected to two things so exclusive,” Horn said. “I have long-awaited the formal graduation ceremony and installment as MLC’s second vice chair. In a state with strict term limits, legislative experience is sometimes hard to come by. I look forward to utilizing what I’ve learned and the relationships I’ve built to better serve the people of my district and Michigan as a whole.”

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