Veterans Service Organization Tax Exemption
I sponsored Senate Bill 106 and am pleased to announce that it passed out of the Senate 37-0 and is now on its way over to the House.
SB 106 provides a $25,000 sales tax exemption to the proceeds of fundraisers held by local veterans' posts for an active duty military member or veteran who is in need.
Under the bill, posts will not have to remit sales tax to the state on tangible items they SELL
- like dinner tickets, baked goods or auction items - to raise money for these folks. Veterans posts themselves will NOT
be exempt from the sales tax when purchasing items at retail or selling items for other purposes.
The focus of this bill is to ensure that ALL proceeds from fundraisers for those who have served our Country are given to those service members in need.
March is Reading Month
Reading to a child and encouraging them to read is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them for the future. Reading helps them excel in school, further develop their communication and speech skills, and create an interest in a variety of areas. Indeed, reading throughout childhood is the key to life success.
I have had the opportunity to read to school children in the district and have provided bookmarks to schools and libraries in the area.
As a father of five and grandfather to 20, I'd like to help encourage individuals to read by providing them with bookmarks. If you are interested in a bookmarks please feel free to contact me toll free at (866) 305-2131 or email@example.com
Renew your boat registration online
With spring finally on its way, it's never been easier to renew your watercraft registration! Visit www.ExpressSOS.com
to renew - all that's required is the boat's registration number. In 2014, more than 47,000 watercraft renewals were submitted online. Boat owners can also renew by mail or at a Secretary of State Branch office.
Michigan boasts nearly 900,000 registered watercraft. Registrations are issued for three years and expire on March 31 of the third year.
2015 Michigan Fishing Guide available at license dealers
The Department of Natural Resources has announced the release of the 2015 Michigan Fishing Guide, which includes rules and regulations effective April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. Copies of the guide can be obtained at any location where fishing licenses are sold.
This year's guide is the third year the DNR has implemented improvements geared toward the request of anglers. The 2015 guide is printed on higher-quality paper to better withstand the wear and tear of fishing in Michigan, is of a smaller physical size (better able to fit in anglers' tackle boxes), and includes an easier-to-read font size.
This is the first year the DNR solicited photos from the public for potential use on the cover of the fishing guide. This year's selected photo was of the Muskegon River and was submitted by Amber LeClear. The DNR will collect potential cover photos for the 2016 guide as well; interested individuals should send theirs to DNR-Fisheries@michigan.gov
. The DNR is looking for photos that focus on places to fish, not so much on people or fish species.
The 2015 Michigan Fishing Guide also is available in a user-friendly, electronic format online at michigan.gov/fishingguide