Sen. Hune and Rep. Vaupel welcome Adam Coon to the Capitol

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, and Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Adam Coon Thursday to the state Capitol.

Coon, a Fowlerville native, is an All-American college wrestler for the University of Michigan and an NCAA championship medalist.

Coon was recognized on the Senate floor for his outstanding record of achievement in collegiate athletics and for his commitment to academic excellence. In addition to his accomplished record in wrestling, Coon managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA in his aerospace engineering program.

“It’s a rare pleasure to be able to honor a local hero like Adam,” Hune said. “This young man has a bright future ahead of him; I look forward to hearing about his future success.”

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Sen. Hune supports Medicaid workforce engagement

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, voted Thursday to support a workforce engagement requirement for Medicaid benefits.

The new rules would require able-bodied adults between ages 19-64 to spend an average of 29 hours a week working, receiving job training, or getting formal education to receive Medicaid benefits.

Michigan joins three other states that have waivers approved to require workforce engagement for Medicaid and many other states are lining up get similar waivers approved.

“Making people reliant on the government for life’s necessities does not empower them or improve their situation,” Hune said. “I heard a lot of absurd language calling this bill disgraceful. What I think is truly disgraceful is trapping people in a cycle of poverty and victimhood so that they have no choice but to relinquish their God-given freedom to certain politicians who genuinely disdain them.”

Hune voted against the 2013 expansion of Medicaid benefits in Michigan that allowed citizens above the poverty line to enroll in the program. At the time, only 400,000 new people were expected to sign up, but currently Medicaid enrollment has ballooned to over 700,000.

“Michigan’s economy is roaring back, the leadership in both Washington and Lansing have cut taxes, and the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 15 years,” Hune said. “Now is the time either to enter the workforce or to seek out the education or training that will enable someone to do so.”

Hune added that with more people engaged in productive work, there would be fewer costs associated with Medicaid.

“If we can sensibly stem the ever-increasing costs of government programs like Medicaid, we have an obligation to do so,” Hune said. “The measure of success for welfare programs should be how many people no longer need them.”

Senate Bill 897 includes many exceptions for circumstances such as pregnancy, illness, medical caregiving, disability, substance abuse treatment, deaths in the family, and others.

The bill now goes to the Michigan House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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Sen. Hune and Rep. Vaupel will honor Adam Coon

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, and Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, will welcome Adam Coon to the state capitol on Thursday.

Coon, a Fowlerville native, is an All-American college wrestler for the University of Michigan and a two-time NCAA championship medalist.

Coon will be given an honorary tribute on the Michigan Senate floor in recognition of his outstanding record of achievement.

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Sen. Hune welcomes Hartland hockey team to Capitol

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, and Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, welcomed the Hartland High School boys hockey team to the state capitol on Thursday.

Hartland won the Division 2 state hockey championship this year. While the team had made it to the state finals two times previously, this is the first state title the team has earned.

“This is an incredible achievement by a group of really exceptional young men,” Hune said. “Congratulations to Hartland and their coaching staff. These boys certainly have a bright future ahead of them.”

Hartland had an exceptional tournament, outscoring their six opponents by a combined score of 48-4.

Another Livingston County boys hockey team won a state championship this year. Brighton High School took home the Division 1 title for the second consecutive year.

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