Governor signs Hune bill requiring community service for welfare recipients

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
(517) 373-2420

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a bill to help ensure public assistance recipients give back to their communities, said sponsor Sen. Joe Hune.

“This common-sense reform will ensure that those benefiting from public assistance are giving back to the community that is providing them with a helping hand,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “There is nothing wrong with folks having a little skin in the game.”

Senate Bill 276, now Public Act 51 of 2014, codifies into law that cash assistance recipients who are not exempt from the Partnership Accountability Training Hope (PATH) program have to participate in community service.

“This is the right public policy. I am extremely pleased the governor signed this bill into law,” Hune said.

 

Column: Gas prices continue to soar

By Sen. Joe Hune
March 19, 2014

Gas prices recently have begun to climb yet again. It is my firm belief that to have the most business-friendly environment in Michigan we must make gas prices affordable for individuals and businesses alike.

Do you feel like you are being gouged with these ever-increasing prices? Over the last few years, gasoline prices in Michigan have fluctuated dramatically, and the attorney general has taken action when circumstances warrant it.

The attorney general’s office constantly monitors gas prices to protect consumers from price fixing and price gouging. Recently, Attorney General Schuette has published on his website a list of commonly asked questions and answers on the elevating gas prices.

Here is some of what the attorney general stated:

Question:  Why do gas prices keep fluctuating?

Many factors play a role in the cost of a gallon of gasoline, including the cost of crude oil, refinery processing, transportation, distribution, marketing, operating expenses, retail station operations, and taxes.  The prices we pay at the pump reflect these costs, as well as the profits (or losses) of refiners, marketers, distributors, and retail station owners.

Question:  When the price of gasoline increases dramatically, who is it that benefits from the price increases?

The attorney general's office reviews daily retail profit margins and actual cost of providing gasoline products to the consumer throughout the state of Michigan. Historically, gas retailers (such as corner gas station owners) have not appeared to profit from high prices. Instead, high profits have been extracted by refiners and producers farther up the supply chain.

Schuette and the Republican-led Michigan Legislature remain committed to fighting higher gasoline prices in court when those price increases violate the law. If you become aware of direct evidence of a conspiracy between companies, or have verifiable evidence of a retailer charging a price “grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold,” please contact:

Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-373-1140
Toll-free within Michigan: 1-877-765-8388
Fax: 517-241-3771
www.michigan.gov/ag (online complaint form)

If you have any further questions please email my office at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or dial toll-free 1-855-563-4863 and my staff will be happy to assist you.

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.

Gov. Snyder signs Michigan beer reforms

For Immediate Release                                                           
March 26, 2014         

Contact: Troy Tuggle
517-373-2420
                                                               

LANSING, Mich. – Sen. Joe Hune applauded beer reforms that were signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder, calling them important pro-growth measures that can help Michigan’s thriving beer sector grow even more.
 

With 140-plus craft brewers, micro-brewers and brew pubs, Michigan is today the fifth largest craft beer state in the nation.
 

“These reforms are the main ingredient that can help Michigan businesses in our successful beer sector continue to expand, create jobs and bring new opportunities to communities across the ‘Great Beer State,’” said Hune, R-Hamburg, lead sponsor of the nine-bill package.
 

The legislation included Senate Bill 650, sponsored by Hune, which allows start-up brewers producing less than 1,000 barrels to distribute their products themselves.
 

“Thanks to the collaboration of so many businesses, entrepreneurs and stakeholders who worked together on these reforms, Michigan is creating a supportive environment for small brewers to enter the marketplace in an efficient yet responsible way,” Hune said. “With these reforms, brewers can more easily build their brands so adult consumers can get more choices and more access across Michigan. These common-sense reforms to Michigan’s liquor code will enable local brewers, distributors and retailers to prosper and grow.”
 

Hune sponsored of five bills in the reform package: Public Act 46 of 2014 (Senate Bill 504), PA 47 (SB505), PA 48 (SB506), PA 49 (SB507) and PA 50 (SB650).
 

Hune bill requiring community service for welfare recipients awaits governor’s signature

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
(517) 373-2420

LANSING, Mich. — The House of Representatives passed Tuesday a bill to help ensure public assistance recipients give back to their communities, said sponsor Sen. Joe Hune.

“People benefiting from public assistance should do something to give back to the community that is providing them with a helping hand,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “There is nothing wrong with folks having a little skin in the game. I am glad that this common sense reform passed out of the House yesterday.

“I’m excited to hear that our House colleagues agreed very strongly that codifying this practice into law is good policy. This is one way to help individuals reach a level of self-sufficiency. By providing the opportunity to these individuals to perform community service it may open doors for future employment.”

Senate Bill 276 would codify into law that cash assistance recipients who are not exempt from the Partnership Accountability Training Hope (PATH) program have to participate in community service.

“This is the right public policy. I am extremely pleased this measure passed both chambers and that it is heading to the governor’s desk for his approval,” Hune said.

Senate Bill 276 passed the Senate in September. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.