Website helps avoid charity scams

LANSING — As residents of the 22nd Senate District plan on making their final donations of 2011, Sen. Joe Hune encourages them to avoid scams by ensuring their chosen charitable organization is reputable.

“Before making a year-end donation to a charity, I urge everyone to make sure their chosen charity is on the up-and-up,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “The state attorney general’s office has a website where you can check charitable trusts for free. This website can help you make a donation without worrying about whether or not you picked a reputable organization.”

Residents may verify charities at: www.ag.state.mi.us/CharitableTrust. The site allows you to search for a registered charity, public safety organization or professional fundraiser by name; or for a list of charities by purpose, geographical area or combination of factors.

Some organizations may not appear because they are not required to register to solicit donations in Michigan. If you have any questions about an organization or professional fundraiser that does not appear, please contact the Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Section at (517) 373-1152.

“The website also features information and tips on how to evaluate a charity before donating to its cause,” Hune said. “Making a donation to a charity is a great way to help others and improve your local community.”

Residents who encounter a problem with a charitable organization may call the Michigan Attorney General’s Charitable Trust or contact Hune’s office by phone at (517) 373-2420 or by email at: senjhune@senate.michigan.gov.
 

Michigan unemployment on the decline

LANSING — Michigan dropped six spots in November to the 10th highest unemployment rate among states, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report issued Tuesday.

“This is a great sign for Michigan, as we work to regain our financial footing,” said Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “Our state was hard-hit during the recent economic downturn, but things are finally looking brighter.”

The 0.8 percentage point decline to a 9.8 percent jobless rate was the largest improvement in the employment rate in the country during the month of November.

“For the past year the Legislature has been working hard to get Michigan back on the path to prosperity,” Hune said. “While we’ve had to make some tough choices in the past eleven months, this unemployment decline is an excellent indicator that things are turning around. As I look ahead to 2012, I will continue to do what’s best for Michigan so we can get our state back on the right track.”
 

Great news! According to a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Michigan dropped six spots in November to the 10th highest unemployment rate among states.

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Great news! According to a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Michigan dropped six spots in November to the 10th highest unemployment rate among states.

This unemployment decline is a positive sign for Michigan as we work to regain our financial footing. Our state was hard-hit during the recent economic downturn, but things are finally looking brighter.

The 0.8 percentage point decline to a 9.8 percent jobless rate was the largest improvement in the employment rate in the country during the month of November.

For the past year the Legislature has been working hard to get Michigan back on the path to prosperity. While we’ve had to make some tough choices, this unemployment decline is an excellent indicator that things are finally starting to turn around.

As I look ahead to 2012, I will continue to do what’s best for Michigan. I am committed to getting our state back on the right track.

Sen. Joe Hune represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.

Senate approves oral chemo treatment measure

LANSING — Legislation designed to help ensure Michigan cancer patients have access to the best, most effective chemotherapy treatments was approved by the state Senate Wednesday.

If signed into law, Senate Bills 540 and 541 would require insurance companies to cover orally administered cancer treatments the same as intravenously or injected cancer treatments.

“Cancer patients have enough on their minds without having to worry about whether or not they can afford the best medicine or treatment possible to fight their disease,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “The thought of some chemotherapy drugs being more expensive simply because they are pills instead of IV drugs is ridiculous.”

Several other states have passed similar legislation, including Oregon, Indiana, Iowa, Vermont, Hawaii, Connecticut, Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois and New York.

“As chair of the Senate Insurance Committee, I was proud to help advance these important measures toward becoming law,” Hune said. “I encourage my colleagues in the House to act quickly on these bills and send them to the governor.”

SBs 540 and 541 now advance to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Senate moves to ban inmates from having items of their victims

LANSING — Michigan inmates would be banned from having trophies of their crimes under legislation approved by the Michigan Senate Thursday, said Sen. Joe Hune.

Senate Bill 645 would prohibit prisoners from receiving or possessing any item that belongs or belonged to a victim of a crime they are incarcerated for, or any photograph, drawing or other visual image of their victim.

“The thought of a convicted criminal having a keepsake of their victim is extremely disturbing,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “Prisoners should not be allowed to keep photographs of their victims while incarcerated. This bill needs to be on the books as soon as possible.”

The measure was introduced after a victim’s family discovered a Michigan Department of Corrections prisoner, convicted of a sexual offense, had pictures of his victims in his cell.

The family asked for the photographs to be removed and they were informed that the prison could not do so without a court order.

SB 645 will now advance to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
 

“Made in America”

It’s official: The holiday season is here. Snow is on the ground, stores are crammed with festive wares, Christmas trees have been decorated and homes are twinkling with joyful lights.

According to a report by the National Retail Federation, this year the average American will spend $704 on holiday gifts and goodies. That’s a whopping total of $465 billion.

A report issued by ABC World News states that if every dollar of that $465 billion was spent stateside, it would create 4.6 million jobs. That’s a staggering fact! The network is encouraging every shopper to spend just $64 on American-made goods during the holiday shopping season.
According to ABC World News’ “Made in America” series, everyone spending just $64 on products made in our country would result in 200,000 new jobs.

With only about 20 shopping days left before Christmas, I’m sure many of you are busy rushing from store to store. As you either begin or finish your holiday shopping, I want to encourage you to purchase gifts that are made right here in the good old United States of America.

Where we choose to spend our money has a direct impact – we can either spend it to strengthen our economy and create jobs for Americans, or we can continue to financially boost China’s growing economy. The choice is yours, but I know that I plan to spend at least $64 on American-made products this year.

For more information on ABC’s “Made in America” series, or to view a list of suggested gifts made in America, visit: www.abcnews.go.com/WN/MadeInAmerica.

Sen. Joe Hune represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.