Sen. Hune: Howell business receives award

LANSING–Battery Solutions Inc., of Howell, was recently awarded AT&T’s 2011 “Supplier Sustainability Award,” said Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township.

“At Battery Solutions Incorporated, we work hard to protect human health and the environment by offering battery recycling solutions for businesses, government and households,” said Jeremy Sova, vice president of Battery Solutions, Inc. “Our success is a result of our knowledge, expertise and most of all passion for what we do, and we are grateful to AT&T for its business and its recognition of our efforts.”

Battery Solutions Inc. is one of only four suppliers in the country to receive the 2011 AT&T Sustainability Supplier Award.

“AT&T does business with suppliers all across the world and to have a Howell job provider recognized for its effort is a great point of pride for our community,” Hune said. “Congratulations to Jeremy and his entire team, and thanks to AT&T for this local honor.”

AT&T Michigan President Jim Murray said, “AT&T suppliers earning this Sustainability Award have demonstrated great initiative and innovation in the area of sustainability. They have delivered solid improvements that have helped support AT&T’s ongoing sustainability efforts in Michigan and around the country. These awards acknowledge the contributions of our suppliers by highlighting those who stood out in providing exceptional value and advancing our programs beyond expectations.”

According to its website, Battery Solutions Inc. has implemented and refined fully-managed battery recycling systems for thousands of corporations, organizations, municipalities, and government agencies throughout the United States for more than 35 years.

AT&T is one of the world’s leading data, voice, wireless and Internet service providers.

Sen. Hune: Public assistance recipients should give back

LANSING — Legislation to ensure public assistance recipients are giving back to their communities was introduced Wednesday in the Michigan Senate, said sponsor Sen. Joe Hune.

Senate Bill 905 would require cash assistance recipients who are not exempt from the Jobs, Education and Training program to participate in community service.

“Individuals receiving public assistance are benefitting from their community giving to them,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “It’s important those recipients give back to the community that’s helping them in their time of need.”

Hune’s other measure, SB 904, would require public assistance applicants to submit to a drug test if their caseworker has a reasonable suspicion they may be abusing drugs.

“Taxpayers should not be funding drug habits, plain and simple,” Hune said.

The Family Independence Program (FIP) requires families receiving assistance to work or undergo job training as a condition of receiving assistance.

“These funds are designed to help get people back on their feet and working,” Hune said. “Most job providers make potential employees take a drug test as part of the hiring process, and many more require employees to submit to random drug testing.”

Both SBs 904 and 905 were referred to the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee.

Sen. Hune offers comments following the 2012 State of the State address

LANSING – After Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual State of the State address, Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, issued the following statement:

“It was great to hear the governor’s optimism tonight. As he reported, the state of our state has improved dramatically compared to this time last year.

“Since first taking office in the Senate in 2011 my legislative colleagues and I have made the tough choices to help turn things around in Michigan. I’m glad to report that our bond outlook is positive, Bloomberg has ranked Michigan as second in the nation for economic health and our unemployment figures are the lowest they’ve been since September of 2008.

“While we’re heading in the right direction, we still have important work ahead of us. I am dedicated to getting our state back on the path to economic prosperity. My number one priority is revitalizing Michigan’s economy so our hard-working people can find jobs.

“I enjoy representing my constituents and the great people of the great state of Michigan. I am dedicated to doing whatever necessary to help move Michigan forward.”

Editor’s note: The senator’s audio remarks are available for broadcast from the Senate Majority Audiowire on the Web at:

I take my job in the Michigan Senate seriously, and that?s why with more than 800 votes in 2011, I didn?t miss a single one. In total, I represented residents of the 22nd Senate District by weighing in on all 832 votes cast last year.

I take my job in the Michigan Senate seriously, and that’s why with more than 800 votes in 2011, I didn’t miss a single one. In total, I represented residents of the 22nd Senate District by weighing in on all 832 votes cast last year.

Last year we were faced with many difficult decisions, and I felt it was my duty as an elected official to make sure my constituents were represented while we determined all those crucial choices. Looking ahead to 2012, we must continue to work together and commit to doing whatever it takes to help put Michigan back on the road to prosperity.

I want you to know that I’m working on behalf of the residents of Livingston, Shiawassee and southern Ingham counties every day. I am dedicated to my job as your elected official and will do everything I can to help turn things around in our great state.

I’m proud of my perfect voting record and consider it a true honor to represent my district in the Michigan Senate. Here’s to 2012 and continuing the critical work of improving Michigan’s economy and getting the 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.