Hune presented with Legislator of the Year Award

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Joe Hune (left) received the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award Wednesday from the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA).

Cheers rang out when Dr. Maki presented the award on behalf of the MOA to Hune for his efforts in helping all of Michigan’s optometrists succeed in the state.

“I am honored to be presented with this award,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “This organization represents many people in this great state and I am happy that I could do my part to address issues that may make their jobs better.”

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Hune blasts huge salary of incoming CEO of Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Hune200x300LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Joe Hune Tuesday blasted the appointment of the new Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) CEO by the MHEF board.

Specifically, Hune, R-Hamburg, lambasted the exorbitant salary for a public service position, which is posted at $250,000 per year.

In a statement, Hune said the following:

“The salary of a quarter of a million dollars is absolutely ridiculous for a position in an organization such as this, irrespective of the candidate’s role within the MHEF.

“The MHEF’s mission statement is to ‘benefit the health and wellness of Michiganders—particularly seniors and children.’ They can start by putting this ludicrous salary toward the people they are attempting to help—seniors and children.

“Incredible salaries for public service positions such as this have inspired me to soon seek legislation that will cap public service executive position salaries. Public servants are selfless people with intentions to best help the people whom they serve; they can start by earning a salary in line with those very people—the working class.”

Sen. Virgil Smith, D-Detroit, Allen Park, Lincoln Park, and Southgate, added further criticism to the hire:

“Many people, the very people the MHEF seeks to help, can’t put food on their tables. Meanwhile, the new CEO is making five times the median household income in Michigan.

“I think the MHEF has a social responsibility to not only help the disenfranchised within Michigan, but to also use its resources, including funding, responsibly. This isn’t in the best interest of the people of this great state.”

**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Hune welcomes area fire officials for day at Capitol

LANSING, Mich.—Wednesday marked the 2015 Michigan Fire Service Coalition Day at the Capitol in Lansing. Fire officials were able to meet with their area legislators and address concerns they may have, while the legislators lauded the men and women for their heroic work.

Pictured (left to right) from the Howell Fire Department are Les Rodwell, deputy fire chief and Andy Pless, fire chief; Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg; and from the Brighton Fire Department, Mike Evans, deputy fire chief and Michael O’Brian, fire chief.

Hune named 2014 Legislator of the Year by Michigan Dental Association

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Joe Hune received the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) on Friday.

MDA President Dr. Martin Makowski (right) presented the award to Hune in recognition of his efforts to improve access to dental care in the state.

“It is an honor to be presented with this award from an organization comprised of dentists throughout this great state, who are dedicated to protecting our smiles,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “I am happy that I could play a role in making it a bit easier for Michigan dentists to help keep our families healthy.”

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