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Senator Dave Robertson District Email Newsletter

Robertson backs bill to improve accessibility

In order to live full and independent lives, it’s important for individuals with disabilities to have safe and accessible housing options.

I recently supported Senate legislation that would create a new income tax credit for building or modifying a home to improve accessibility. Under Senate Bill 395, the maximum credit could not exceed $5,000 and the renovations would have to be certified by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. In addition, the credit would only apply to principle residences; rental properties would be specifically excluded.

This program would make it more affordable for those with physical limitations to stay safely in their own homes. The bill has been sent to the House for consideration.


Jobless rate drops again


Michigan's unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in February — below the national average! The jobless rate was well below the February 2015 rate of 5.9 percent.

Over the year, Michigan’s labor force increased by nearly 2 percent, outpacing the national growth rate of 1.3 percent since February 2015.


Bill funds firefighter cancer treatment

When entering a burning building, firefighters come in direct contact with many toxins and carcinogens. Some types of cancer affect firefighters at greater rates, including lymphatic, respiratory, skin, brain, blood, bladder, kidney, thyroid, testicle and prostate cancers.

The Senate recently passed legislation to add $1 million to the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund, which assists firefighters with the specific types of cancer that can be linked to their job.

I am pleased to see funding put in place to help our first responders and will work to ensure continued funding as part of the budget process. Senate Bill 802 has been sent to the House Committee on Appropriations.


Michigan fishing guide now available

MI Fishing Guide

With 153 species of native or naturalized fish, Michigan offers the most diverse and high quality freshwater fishery in the country!

Get to know fishing rules, seasons, regulation changes, license information and more in the official 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide. As this is a two-year guide, always check online for the most recent information, including any new regulation changes at The guide is available where fishing licenses are sold or online at

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Senator Dave Robertson
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll Free: (855) 347-8014 or (517) 373-1636

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