Horn first-time homebuyer legislation heads to governor’s desk

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to legislation that would allow Michigan residents to set up a savings account to help cover the costs of purchasing their first home.

“Purchasing a home is a major step in anyone’s life,” said Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “We want to encourage young people to purchase a home and begin their lives here in Michigan. These bills give them an additional tool to assist with what can be a complicated and costly process.”

Senate Bill 511 would create the Michigan First-time Home Buyer Savings Program. The program would allow an individual to create a savings account with their financial institution and designate it as a first-time homebuyer savings account. Funds in the account could be used toward certain eligible costs, such as a down payment or allowable closing costs for a first-time home purchase in Michigan.

The bill would also allow certain contributions and withdrawals as well as interest earned on a first-time home buyer savings account to be exempt from taxation. If a withdrawal is made for a non-qualifying purpose, the amount withdrawn would be added to the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income.

SB 512, sponsored by Horn, would provide a state income tax deduction of up to $5,000 for a single return and $10,000 for a joint return for contributions made into a first-time homebuyer savings account for up to 20 years.

“Many people are struggling with burdensome student loans, and when it comes time to start saving for down payment, home ownership may not seem feasible,” Horn said. “These bills are designed to help ease some of those costs and place homeownership within reach.”

The senator also added that these bills are part of a larger goal.

“Attracting and retaining talent has been something we’ve been working on for a number of years,” Horn said. “These bills are just a single part of a continued effort to attract new talent and encourage new generations of Michiganders to begin their adult lives here in Michigan.”

The bills will now go to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

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Horn announces December office hours in Brant Township

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that December 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, Dec. 10

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Brant Township Hall

11012 S. Hemlock Road

Brant

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 to chair the Senate Committee on Committees

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader-elect Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, on Tuesday announced that Sen. Ken Horn will lead the Senate Committee on Committees.

The temporary committee is responsible for selecting committee assignments for all Senate members for the upcoming 100th Legislature.

“It is a great honor to take on the job of assigning both new and returning members to their committee assignments for the next term,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “Our Senate committees will be very policy and experience-driven. I plan to speak with members and learn as much as I can about their backgrounds and districts and delegate committee responsibilities accordingly. We want the right people in the right places.”

The Committee on Committees members include:
• Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, Chair;
• Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City;
• Sen.-elect Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township;
• Sen.-elect Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township; and
• Sen.-elect Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton.

“Chairman Horn and the committee members have a large task in front of them, but I am certain they will handle it with ease and produce an excellent roster for the new term,” Shirkey said.

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Horn announces November office hours in Albee Township

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that November 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, Nov. 19

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Albee Township Office Building

10645 East Road

Burt

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 announces nearly $1M to 32nd District schools through state police grants

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ken Horn announced on Thursday that nearly $1 million in grant funding was recently made available to schools across the 32nd District through the Michigan State Police School Safety Grant program for improving safety measures.

“Earlier this year as part of a Senate school safety plan, the Legislature approved a total of $58 million in the state budget for school safety initiatives including mental health programs and these safety improvement grants,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “This grant money will go a long way in helping schools make meaningful upgrades to technology or building safety that would provide a safe environment for students to learn.”

The 2019 budget included a total investment of $25 million in funding for school safety grants. The Michigan State Police (MSP) on Wednesday announced that the money has been distributed to school districts across Michigan based on their individual needs. Schools will be able to use the money they are awarded to purchase equipment or technology that would improve the safety of students and staff.

The following schools and school districts in Saginaw and Genesee counties will receive a total of $926,668:

  • Bridgeport Spaulding Community School District;
  • Chesaning Union Schools;
  • Frankenmuth School District;
  • Freeland Community School District;
  • Immanuel Lutheran School;
  • Linden Community School District;
  • Saginaw Intermediate School District;
  • Saginaw School District;
  • Saginaw Township Community Schools; and
  • Valley Lutheran High School.

“In today’s world, school safety has never been more important and I am happy to see schools throughout my district get money for the improvements they need,” Horn said. “These grants will provide schools with the resources that will improve safety and security and ultimately allow students to focus on learning, and teachers to focus on teaching.”

For a complete list of the grants, and each funding allotment, please click here.

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Horn, Green to tour Michigan State University AgBioResearch Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced on Wednesday that he will be joining Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Gov. Rick Snyder on a tour of the Michigan State University AgBioResearch Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center.

Who:

Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth;

Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;

Gov. Rick Snyder;

Dr. Doug Buhler, director of Michigan State University AgBioResearch;

Kathy Stewart, superintendent of Saginaw Intermediate School District; and

Josh Little, principal of Saginaw Career Complex.

What:

A tour of the Michigan State University AgBioResearch Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center.

When:

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Where:

Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center

3775 S. Reese Road

Frankenmuth

Brief:

Horn will be joining Green, Snyder and other area stakeholders at a tour of the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center to discuss the governor’s Marshall Plan for Talent and career technical training opportunities for students in the agriculture field.

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Horn announces October office hours in Tittabawassee Township

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that October 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, Oct. 8

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tittabawassee Township Office Building

145 Second St.

Freeland

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 announces September office hours in James Township

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that September 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, Sept. 17

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

James Township Hall

6060 Swan Creek Road

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 legislation to fund additional skilled trades training measures

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday for a bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 946, now Public Act 260 of 2018, which Horn sponsored. The new law was formally signed in early July.

PA 260 permanently places into law the Going Pro Talent Program, which provides funding for skilled trades training. Michigan has had a version of the Skilled Trades Training Fund since 2014, but it was dependent on annual renewal by the Legislature. With this legislation, workers and employers in need of training opportunities are guaranteed the program is available.

“In recent years our state has had a severe shortage of qualified workers,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “Our state is rooted in manufacturing, and skilled trades programs like this are working to put Michigan back on the map.”

Since 2014, the program has provided $72.9 million in competitive awards to more than 2,000 companies for training and apprenticeships.

“The program provides workers with additional skills to advance their careers, while also providing employers with highly trained and experienced employees to fill much-needed positions.” Horn said. “A college degree is not for everyone. There are countless alternatives available — all we need to do is encourage young Michiganders to once again learn to work with their hands and enjoy doing so.”

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Horn announces campus sexual assault funding now available through state grant

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ken Horn announced on Wednesday that $1 million in grant funding was recently made available through the state of Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

“The Legislature recently approved numerous measures to make our state a national leader in addressing the issue of sexual assaults, both on and off college campuses,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “This has never been more important after what was brought to light by the abuse at the hands of Dr. Nassar. We are going to continue working to improve the safety of our students.”

Michigan colleges and universities will be able to apply for funding to support new or ongoing efforts to reduce sexual assaults on campus. Applications will be accepted from public and non-public schools.

“These grants have proven to be successful in reducing the number of assaults,” Horn said. “Schools have developed mobile applications, training videos, networks for students and other resources that allow students, faculty and even other schools to work together to expand successful measures and programs.”

This is the fourth wave of grants aimed at ending sexual assault on Michigan’s college campuses since 2015 and is the largest investment in the program’s history. In 2015, the governor called for $500,000 from the fiscal year 2016 General Fund to support the grant program, which the Legislature subsequently approved. An additional $500,000 was authorized in 2017 and another $600,000 in 2018.

Funding for the most recent grant comes from a bipartisan, $1 million appropriation from the fiscal year 2019 General Fund budget.

“When parents send their children off to school, they expect them to be safe,” Horn said. “We need to make sure schools throughout Michigan have the resources they need to ensure the safety of their students.”

The application process opened on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and will run through Monday, Oct. 8. More information can be found on the Michigan State Police Website here, or at www.endcampussexualassault.com.

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