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Victory bill would enable immediate action in high-water emergencies

On Thursday, I introduced Senate Bill 714. This legislation would help remove state permitting barriers for property owners in crisis situations, like many property owners in Ottawa County.

The legislation seeks to waive the permit requirements for the construction of temporary erosion control structures on the Great Lakes shoreline when certain historic high-water levels are reached. A property owner has 78 weeks to file for permitting for a structure after notifying the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

SB 714 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality.

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Year in review

2019 was a busy and productive year, and I am expecting 2020 to bring more of the same.

Here is some of what I was able to accomplish in 2019 with the cooperation of my constituents, colleagues and staff.

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Be alert for new scam using fake tax debt letters

Scam artists are constantly coming up with new ways to disguise who they are and trick people into giving them money. The latest scheme uses fake government-looking letters about overdue state taxes.

According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, taxpayers are told in the fake letter to immediately contact a toll-free number to resolve a state tax debt. The letter contains publicly available information about the person’s real tax debt to trick them into believing the letter is real. It then aggressively threatens to seize a taxpayer’s assets ― including property and Social Security benefits ― if the debt is not settled.

The state does mail official letters to taxpayers, but they outline taxpayer rights and provide several options for people to resolve outstanding debts. If you get a letter that threatens to seize your property unless you pay immediately over the phone, it’s a scam.

Taxpayers who have received the fake letter or have questions about any possible state debt can call Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265.

Prepare for state tax filing season

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While Michigan’s individual income tax season begins in late January, taxpayers can get a head start on viewing and downloading the state 2019 tax year forms and instructions at www.michigan.gov/taxes.

Taxpayers can e-file their state returns when tax season begins at the end of the month at www.mifastfile.org. The Department of Treasury reports that 85% of all Michigan taxpayers choose to e-file. Tax officials also note that commonly used paper forms will continue to be available at Treasury offices and most public libraries.

Free Pure Michigan Travel Guides available

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Our office has the Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide available at no charge; please contact us for your copy.

The 2019-20 Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide highlights cold weather fun and adventure, including snowmobiling, skiing and Muskegon’s outdoor sports complex — which includes a world-class, 850-foot-long luge track!

The travel guide also contains shopping and culinary destinations and memorable spots for indoor and outdoor family activities. You may also check out the digital magazine at www.michigan.org and start planning your winter getaway.

 
 

Victory announces January office hours

 
 

As your state senator, I am committed to maintaining open communication by holding monthly office hours every month throughout the district.

I will be available to answer questions, provide information and assistance, and take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district.

Please feel free to stop in. No appointment is necessary. If you would like to attend, but are unable to make any of the following dates, you can always check out my website for next month’s office hours at SenatorRogerVictory.com, or feel free to call my office at 517-373-6920.

 
 

Friday, Jan. 17
9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Pine Street Cafe
401 Pine St.
Ferrysburg

Saturday, Jan. 18
8 to 9 a.m.
Sprinkles Donut Shop
6450 28th Ave.
Hudsonville

 
 

Monday, Jan. 20
9 to 10 a.m.
deBoer’s Bakery
380 W. 16th St.
Holland

Monday, Jan. 27
9 to 10 am
Murphy’s Family Restaurant
4963 Lake Michigan Drive
Allendale

 
 

Michigan's 30th Senate District

The 30th State Senate District includes all of Ottawa county.

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Senator Roger Victory
4100 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
 
 
 
Visit my website at: SenatorRogerVictory.com