Schuitmaker welcomes Janean Monahan to state Capitol

For Immediate Release                                                                  
May 24, 2012          

Contact: Derek Sova
517-373-5607
                                                                    

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Schuitmaker welcomes Janean Monahan to state Capitol

 

LANSING, Mich— Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, welcomes Janean Monahan, aunt of the late Cpt. Drew Russell, United States Army. Cpt. Russell was killed in action October 8, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was a member of the 4th Infantry Division. Monahan took part in a special ceremony at the Capitol in honor of Memorial Day.

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Safari Club International summer youth camp scholarships now available

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2012

Contact: Derek Sova
517-373-0793

Safari Club International summer youth camp scholarships now available

LANSING, Mich. — Scholarships to attend the Riley Wilderness Student Adventure program this summer are now available for youths interested in exploring the outdoors, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker announced on Tuesday.

Thanks to the generosity of the George F. Riley Foundation, Safari Club International (SCI) of Novi is providing 60 youth camp scholarships for kids who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a summer camp experience.

“Michigan is a place of exceptional beauty, from the Great Lakes to our state parks.  Unfortunately, there are too many children in Michigan who aren’t able to enjoy all the beautiful places the state has to offer,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “This scholarship program will be an amazing opportunity for some very deserving kids to learn hunting and fishing while having some great fun outdoors.

“I am grateful to SCI and the George F. Riley Foundation for working to provide youth with outdoor experiences they might otherwise not have.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, the youth must meet one or more of the following criteria:
•    Have very limited or no experience in hunting and the outdoors;
•    Be unable to afford the cost to attend a program of this nature;
•    Lack an active mentor to expose them to outdoor activities; or
•    Have not yet completed a Michigan Hunter Safety Certificate program.

There are currently two available camps:

Conservation Connections Camp (Ages 9-11), July 8-13: Campers will learn survival, orienteering, archery, canoeing, shooting sports and fishing in a safe and positive environment.

Big Game or Upland Bird Hunting Camp (Ages 12-14), July 15-20: Campers will develop their skills as big game hunters or upland bird hunters. Throughout the week they will work with experts in animal identification while learning valuable hunting techniques and strategies.

“These camps are excellent learning and recreational experiences that will positively impact lives and create unforgettable memories,” Schuitmaker said.

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Interested individuals should apply at www.scinovi.com as soon as possible as available spots fill quickly.  The deadline is June 18. 

Sen. Schuitmaker awarded Republican Legislator of the Year Award

For Immediate Release  
May 17, 2012

Contact: Derek Sova
517-373-0793                                                                     

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Sen. Schuitmaker awarded Republican Legislator of the Year Award

 
LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, was awarded the Legislator of the Year Award by Ivan Harner, executive and regional director of the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan at the state Capitol on Thursday, May 17.

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Schuitmaker urges ‘cautious optimism’ over revenue forecast

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2012

Contact: Derek Sova
517-373-0793

Schuitmaker urges ‘cautious optimism’ over revenue forecast

LANSING, Mich.—The State’s May Revenue Estimating Conference expects the state General Fund and School Aid Fund to see slight increases in revenue in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

“We need to be cautiously optimistic about these numbers. It will be important over the next few weeks to resist the temptation to spend this money without carefully looking at some of our other obligations,” said Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “People need to understand that Michigan still has significant outstanding debt.

“The Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System currently has a $45 billion unfunded liability. Michigan still owes the federal government $3 billion for loans made to our unemployment insurance system, and the rainy day fund is still bone dry.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Michigan still has an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent (April 20, 2012) while the United States still has an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent (April 20, 2012).  

“Times are still tight here in Michigan and around our country,” Schuitmaker said. “Our state is on the right track but many more difficult decisions will need to be made in the future to create jobs in our state and improve the economy.”

For a full report, please visit the Senate Fiscal Agency website at www.senate.michigan.gov/sfa.

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Schuitmaker promotes the Tulip Time Festival

LANSING, Mich— Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, presides over the Michigan Senate wearing traditional Dutch clothing. Schuitmaker wore the outfit, designed by Janet Heneveld, in the spirit of the Tulip Time Festival. The week-long event in Holland draws visitors from all over the world to celebrate Dutch culture and to view the millions of tulips.

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Schuitmaker, Colbeck accountability bills expected to pass Senate

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2012

Contacts:
Derek Sova (Sen. Schuitmaker)
517-373-0793
Jennifer Murray (Sen. Colbeck)
517-373-7350

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Schuitmaker, Colbeck accountability bills expected to pass Senate
Lawmakers available after session to discuss legislation

Who:
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton;
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; and
Members of the Media.

What:
Senate Bill 21, sponsored by Schuitmaker, and SB 802, sponsored by Colbeck, are expected to pass out of the Senate tomorrow, May 3. Schuitmaker and Colbeck will be available after Senate session to discuss the bills with the media.

When:
Thursday, May 3
Immediately following session

Where:
Senate Floor
Capitol

Brief:
SBs 21 and 802 will require greater transparency and accountability from state government and will provide residents with additional information online about how taxpayer dollars are being spent.
Last week, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley testified before the Senate Committee on Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing about the efforts already underway by the governor’s office to increase transparency in spending and reinvent the budget process. Calley lent his support to the Senate’s efforts to put into statute measures to require continued transparency.
SB 802 will require departments to develop spending plans for enacted budgets. The departments will have sixty days to finish and present these plans to the Legislature.
SB 21 will focus on the customer service aspect of state government. Departments will be required to define and meet certain goals in conjunction with the governor’s budget recommendations.
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