Hune comments on the 2011 State of the State address

LANSING―State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Twp., issued the following statement after Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address Wednesday night.

“Governor Snyder outlined a bold plan for Michigan that will revamp the way state government operates and help revitalize our rebounding economy.

“I agree with the governor that the old problems that have plagued our state require a new approach to resolve them for the long term. We need to make sure that taxpayers receive the best possible value for their dollars. Though it may be painful to some in the short term, this type of reform is necessary. There will be no more kicking the can down the road.

“I also applaud the governor’s focus on job creation. There is no bigger or important job for us than to help improve the economic climate so businesses can create jobs here and now. We must break down the barriers that so many job providers come up against by getting rid of outdated laws and unnecessary regulation so folks can get back to work.

“I am encouraged by the governor’s plan and am committed to working with my legislative colleagues and the administration to help reinvent Michigan.”
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Hune reacts to Revenue Estimating Conference

LANSING―Michigan faces steep budget challenges with a projected $1.8 billion deficit for Fiscal Year 2012, but state Sen. Joe Hune said today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference indicated the state’s economy is expected to improve in the coming two years.

“While I am hopeful that estimates are correct and Michigan’s economy will improve, we still face a very difficult budget deficit that must be resolved without placing further burden on taxpayers,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Twp. “For our state to improve its economy and attract and create jobs, we must reinvent the way we do things. I don’t have to remind folks that times are tough; they live it every day. Michigan families have had to adjust their spending to lowered income for years, and it’s time state government does the same.” 

A key reason for the $1.8 billion state budget shortfall for 2012 is the expiration of more than $1 billion in federal stimulus dollars.

The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference is an annual meeting in January of fiscal leaders from the Senate, House and executive branch, as well as economists from across the state. Their projections are used to draft budget proposals for the next fiscal year, which will begin Oct. 1.

Sen. Hune announces full committee assignment list

LANSING―Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has named Sen. Joe Hune as chair of three important committees and a member of two more for the 2011-2014 legislative session.

Hune was selected as chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Insurance and Redistricting committees. He will also serve on the Health Policy and Regulatory Reform committees.

“I am pleased to have been named chair of these three very important committees. These panels will deal with legislation that has a direct impact on district residents,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Twp. “I am eager to get to work on these important issues, and I welcome the input of constituents as we work to reinvent Michigan.”

Hune was sworn in Wednesday as senator of the 22nd district on the first session day of the 96th Legislature.  

Sen. Hune given oath of office by Chief Justice Young

LANSING—State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Twp., was sworn in during a ceremony at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office.

He was joined at the ceremony by his wife Marcia, mother Kim, father David, grandmother Betty, mother-in-law Susan Hagenbarth, and brother and sister-in-law Bryan and Brenna Hagenbarth.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as senator and appreciative of the trust that the good folks of the 22nd District have placed in me,” said Hune. “I will fight for them at every turn, and I am eager to get to work to help reinvent our state.”

A print quality photograph of Hune at the Michigan Senate swearing-in ceremony will be available by visiting his website at and clicking Photowire.