PHOTO ADVISORY: Sen. Hune presents special tribute

LANSING–State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, (right) presented a special Senate tribute to Derek Smith of the Southeastern Livingston County Recreation Authority (SELCRA). SELCRA received the 2012 Governor’s Fitness/Extraordinary Organization Award. Michigan Fitness Foundation President and CEO Marilyn Lieber joined Hune and Smith.

More signs Michigan’s economy is recovering

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

I’m proud to report about the recent indicators that show our state’s economy is indeed rebounding. Just this month, there were two pieces of good news on the jobs front.

From March 2011 to March 2012, Michigan and Alabama recorded the largest jobless rate decreases by both registering drops of 2 percentage points, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Michigan had the highest unemployment rate in the country. Currently, we are tied for 14th. While the change is happening slowly, things are starting to turn around and we are getting our state back on the right track.

We also recently learned that Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly four years last month, when the state recorded an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent, according to state officials.

The March rate of 8.5 percent was 0.3 percentage points lower than the February rate of 8.8 percent, and it was a full two percentage points lower than the March 2011 rate of 10.5 percent, said Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget officials.

Additionally, the total number of people who reported being without work fell to 397,000, down 12,000 from February and down 96,000 from March 2011. This is a sign that Michigan’s economy is slowly, but surely, recovering.

This good news is evidence that the reforms the Legislature put in place in the past year and a half are working. These changes have produced positive results that are taking place across our entire state.

While I’m happy to see Michigan’s economic outlook improving, our work is not yet done. We must keep enacting reforms that will help ensure that our state continues to recover. I am committed to getting Michigan back on the road to prosperity and will with my colleagues to accomplish that goal.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He 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.

April is National Donate Life Month

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Did you know that April is National Donate Life Month? According to the Michigan Secretary of State, there are 2,965 people in Michigan waiting for an organ transplant.

To help raise awareness of the importance of organ donation, the Michigan Legislature approved two measures that recently became law.

Public Act 54 of 2012 establishes a fundraising license plate recognizing anatomical donations. Funds raised from this plate will go to the Thomas Daley Gift of Life Fund, which was created through Public Act 55 of 2012. Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Arcadia Township, this new law (which was named after my colleague’s son Thomas Daley, who became an organ donor in January of 2011) creates the fund in the Michigan Department of State.

Signing up to be an organ donor in Michigan is simple. All you need to do is visit the Michigan Secretary of State website at: www.michigan.gov/sos and click the “organ donation” link. From there you can sign up to be on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. It’s that easy!

The gift of life is one of the greatest gifts you can make. Please consider registering as an organ donor today. It will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He 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.

Sen. Hune sponsors Women Supporting Women Veterans event

LANSING —Sen. Joe Hune is proud to sponsor the Women Supporting Women Veterans (WSWV) of Livingston, Washtenaw, Oakland, Ingham and Shiawassee counties event on Saturday, April 21.

The event, which is free to veterans, is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center, located at 9525 Highland Road (M-59) in Hartland.

“More than ever before, brave American women are serving their country and seeing combat,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “I’m glad to join forces with the Women Supporting Women Veterans group to help provide this ‘day of caring.’ I hope women veterans from across the 22nd Senate District will take advantage of this event and attend.”

Speakers and supporters include: Hune, Congressman Mike Rogers, Jon King of WHMI, and Brig. General Carol Ann Fausone (ret.).

Workshop topics at the event include mental health/justice outreach, housing/homeless program and eligibility/benefits.

The “day of caring” will also feature a vendor fair with more than 15 local vendors, a free lunch and childcare for children three years of age and up with pre-registration. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

To pre-register or obtain more information, call Arlene Callaghan at (810) 599-6014 or email her at wswvets@gmail.com.

According to the association, the WSWV consists of women from all walks of life. Some members have served in the military; some have family members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country; and others are citizens who support and honor the country’s servicemen and women.

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