Sen. Hune announces return of more than $12,000 to state in unspent operating budget funds

Sen. Joe Hune

Sen. Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, announced Monday that he has returned $12,676.67 to the state of Michigan in unspent money from his official operating budget in 2015.

“I’ve always made it a priority to spend taxpayer dollars wisely,” Hune said. “I believe that we should budget responsibly and when we can save the taxpayers money, we should do so. I’m proud to have saved taxpayers $12,676.67 this past fiscal year.

“I will continue to fight for responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars and I will continue to lead by example on ending wasteful spending.”

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Sen. Hune named to Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency

Sen. Joe Hune

Sen. Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, announced Tuesday that he will serve on the Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency. The committee will review the investigative findings surrounding the Flint water crisis, take testimony on the mistakes at all levels of government that led to this situation and explore potential policy solutions to prevent a similar disaster in the future.

“The government’s first priority is the safety of its residents,” said Hune. “It’s time for both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate to come together to help our fellow Michiganders in Flint by getting to the bottom of what happened. I look forward to working with my colleagues to review the work of the investigations taking place and ensuring that the citizens of Michigan never face a crisis like this again.”

The committee is made up of three members from each chamber of the Legislature, with Sen. Jim Stamas as chairman and Rep. Ed McBroom and Sen. Jim Ananich as co-vice chairmen. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and House Speaker Kevin Cotter both accepted the recommendations for Democratic representation from their Democratic counterparts.

The purpose of the committee will be to provide recommendations for legislative action after reviewing the findings of ongoing investigations into the Flint water emergency. The committee will begin its work once it has received and reviewed the results of the first investigation, which is expected to be within the next few weeks.

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Sen. Hune and Rep. Vaupel welcome Hartland Rising Eagles Robotics Team to Michigan Senate

  

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, and Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, welcomed the Hartland Rising Eagles Robotics Team to the Michigan Senate to receive a special tribute for their successful 2015-2016 championship winning season in the FIRST LEGO League.

The Rising Eagles will showcase their talents at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri April 27 through 30, 2016. There were 453 teams in Michigan and 16,762 teams worldwide that participated this year. The Rising Eagles will be competing alongside 54 teams from North America and 53 teams from countries around the world.

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Top photo caption: State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg (back row, center); Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville (back row, second from left); and Gov. Rick Snyder (back row, second from right) welcomed the Hartland Rising Eagles Robotics Team to the Michigan Capitol before the start of the Senate session on Tuesday morning. The Rising Eagles were then presented with a special tribute on the floor of the Senate.

Bottom photo caption: State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, (center left) and Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, (center right) welcomed the Hartland Rising Eagles Robotics Team to the Michigan Senate to receive a special tribute for their successful 2015-2016 championship winning season in the FIRST LEGO League.