Preparing for a successful school year

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

As you prepare your children for the school year by buying new clothes and stocking up on school supplies, I encourage you to ensure that your children are prepared to learn, because parents play an important role in helping foster success throughout the year.

Research has shown that students whose parents are involved in their school work are more motivated and set higher career goals than students whose parents are less involved. While helping our children understand classroom material at an early age helps improve their chances for success in high school and college, parents visiting their child's school has also been cited as a key factor in a student’s development.

More so than ever before, given the digital, global world we live in today, a good education is critical for children to become tomorrow’s skilled workers and strong leaders. Active parents and proactive teachers have huge impacts on fostering a child’s desire to learn.

Don’t forget the importance of simply being there for your child, helping ensure they get enough sleep, arrive to school on time, finish their homework and eat healthy meals. Remember, the framework to success also lies in building up a child’s self-confidence with positive reinforcement and encouragement.

I encourage all parents across Livingston County to make time to help and support your young students. For assistance in this endeavor, the Michigan Department of Education has many useful resources available on its website at: www.michigan.gov/mde.

The “Parents and Families” section offers numerous links and information that can be tremendously helpful.

I hope you and your children have a great school year!

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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.

How to report welfare fraud

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Welfare assistance is a benefit intended for Michigan residents who need help feeding their families and making ends meet, it is not meant for lottery winners. Unfortunately, there are people out there who sometimes take advantage of this assistance.

Throughout the past few years, bridge cards have been abused by a million-dollar jackpot winner who was still getting food stamps and more recently by a market owner was convicted for paying bridge card holders 50 cents for each dollar spent at his store.

This is in addition to three Flint-area business owners who were charged with fraud for buying bridge cards and using tens of thousands of dollars in food assistance to stock their restaurant and catering operations with supplies.

Operating within the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS), the Office of Inspector General investigates all reports of public assistance abuse or fraud by either aid recipients or store owners. In 2011, the Inspector General’s office found $16.7 million worth of fraud in Michigan’s public assistance programs, down from $18.6 million of fraud in 2010.

The best way to protect taxpayer dollars and ensure state aid is used as intended is to report suspected fraud and abuse. If you suspect someone is getting benefits that they are not entitled to, I encourage you to report it.

You can fill out a complaint form on the DHS website at: www.michigan.gov/dhs. Under “Online Services” on the upper right side of the site, and there you will find a link to “Report Welfare Fraud.” Complaints may also be made by calling the Welfare Fraud Hotline at: 1-800-222-8558.

Michigan’s economy is still recovering, and more than ever, we must ensure that our limited resources are used appropriately. We owe it to the families across the 22nd Senate District and the entire state of Michigan who count on this assistance and to all taxpayers paying the bills to eliminate fraud and abuse of this aid.

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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.

Sticking to my conservative roots

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Recently, I had the honor of being named a “Conservative All-Star of the Michigan Legislature” in the “Defenders of Liberty Category” by the American Conservative Union (ACU).

The ACU is America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. Founded in 1964, ACU represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security.

I am proud that my firm conservative principles and voting record are appreciated by a highly respected organization like the American Conservative Union.

Since I began serving you in the Michigan Senate in 2011, my Republican colleagues and I have proven that difficult choices must be made to get our state back on track and secure Michigan’s future.

The ACU 2012 State Legislative Ratings Guide grades state legislators on their votes on key conservative issues. This is the second year in a row the ACU has taken their highly touted congressional ratings program to rank state legislatures.

According to the publication, “ACU Defenders of Liberty are those members of the Michigan Legislature who were present and cast a vote for each adjudicated roll call and scored 100 percent on the ACU 2012 State Legislative Ratings.”

As a lawmaker, it is important and necessary for me to be present for every vote so I can do the job that I was elected to do and am honored to have.

The ACU bases their ratings on critical pieces of legislation that display conservative values ranging from abortion restrictions to unionization and labor agreements to tax cuts. Based on my voting record on these 18 measures, I received a 100 percent rank, making me one of only two lawmakers in the Michigan Legislature to earn such a score.

I have always voted fiscally conservative, and I have always promoted strong family values. You can count on me to continue to support and promote these conservative values.

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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.

National group ranks Hune as conservative MI lawmaker

LANSING Sen. Joe Hune has been named a “Conservative All-Star of the Michigan Legislature” in the “Defenders of Liberty Category” by the American Conservative Union (ACU).

“I am proud that my firm conservative principles and voting record are appreciated by such a highly respected organization like the American Conservative Union,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “We are proving that difficult choices must be made to get our state back on track and secure Michigan’s future.”

The group recently released its 2012 State Legislative Ratings Guide, which grades state legislators on their votes on key conservative issues. This marks the second year in a row the ACU has taken their highly touted congressional ratings program to rank state legislatures.

“ACU Defenders of Liberty are those members of the Michigan Legislature who were present and cast a vote for each adjudicated roll call and scored 100 percent on the ACU 2012 State Legislative Ratings,” the publication states.

“It is important and necessary for me to be present for every vote so I can do the job that I was elected to do and am honored to have,” Hune said.

The ACU bases their ratings on critical pieces of legislation that display conservative values ranging from abortion restrictions, unionization and labor agreements to tax cuts. Based upon his voting record on these 18 measures, Hune received a 100 percent rank, one of only two lawmakers in the Michigan Legislature to earn such a score.

“I will continue to support and promote these conservative values that have been recognized by the American Conservative Union,” Hune said. “I have always voted fiscally conservative, and I have always promoted strong family values.”

The ACU is America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. Founded in 1964, ACU represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security.

To view the 2012 ACU State Legislative Guide, visit conservative.org.

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Hune, Denby: flashing light at M-59 intersection will improve safety, traffic

LANSING —The intersection of M-59 and Hacker Road in Howell will receive improvement to enhance safety, said state Sen. Joe Hune and Rep. Cindy Denby.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will make improvements to the corner by installing advance warning intersection signs with flashing beacons and a dual overhead flashing beacon at the intersection.

“This is fantastic news for every motorist who travels M-59 through Howell,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “The rapid growth along M-59 in the past couple decades has been an economic boon for the area, however, it has also resulted in higher traffic volumes, bottlenecks and accidents. These precautions will help make traffic more manageable and safer for everyone on the road.”

Hune and Denby worked closely on this issue with Rev. Francis George of St. John Catholic Church in Howell, as he was concerned for the wellbeing of his parishioners arriving to and leaving the church.

“I’m glad to see MDOT take action to help make this intersection safer for everyone traveling along M-59,” said Denby, R-Fowlerville. “Senator Hune and I have been working on this issue for quite some time and I’m happy to report that our hard work has paid off.”

MDOT anticipates the installation to be completed in approximately two months.

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Sen. Hune: Howell doesn’t deserve distorted reputation

For Immediate Release                             Contact: Troy Tuggle
Aug. 6, 2012                                     (517) 373-2420

Sen. Hune: Howell doesn’t deserve distorted reputation

LANSING, Mich. — Late last week an obscure online publication out of Detroit stated that a contract based in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Detroit was not awarded to a Howell-based company due to the city’s history with the “Ku Klux Klan.” This was false.

A more accurate article regarding the details of this contract was also published in the Livingston County Press & Argus. The Press & Argus article describes Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh having some concerns, unrelated to the Klan, but still awarding the contract to the Howell company. Hune and Pugh then exchanged “tweets” on the popular social networking website Twitter. They read as follows:

“Pres @Charles_Pugh pls come visit Howell. We have wonderful community. I would love to show you around & meet great folks!”

Pugh then responded:

“@joehune I've been. I had a good time. I've actually been about six times. had a wonderful time and was treated with respect. thank you”

Hune followed up this exchange with a letter today to each council member inviting them to join him in visiting the Howell community in order to dispel such a distorted reputation and see for themselves the good nature of the residents.

“I just really want to put to rest this reputation we have for being some sort of hotbed for Klan activity,” said Hune. “This is an aspect of our past that we are not proud of and certainly don’t promote. However, one bad apple shouldn’t spoil the whole bushel.”

Hune also went on to acknowledge that Pugh’s quotes were badly taken out of context by the news organization that first reported on the matter and aren’t an accurate representation of the council president’s views on Howell or Livingston County.

Hune was happy to hear that the 100-person, family-owned Howell company won the bid for the project, and he is certain they will do a fine job and represent the Howell community well.

“I just want to come out and thank the Detroit City Council for awarding such a contract to a great Howell company based on the quality of their work and their bid rather than some ignorant reputation.”

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