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Dear Friends,

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of my monthly e-newsletter.

I want to remind you that my staff and I are here for you. My priority is to listen and understand the issues facing the individuals and families of the 31st Senate District and our entire state. Please continue to share your thoughts with me at [email protected] or at 517-373-1777. I am honored to be able to serve you in our state’s Capitol.


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Kevin Daley
State Senator
31st District

Daley schedules June office hours

I will be holding office hours across the district on Friday, June 11.

I will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. Please come for an opportunity to discuss issues important to you!

No appointment is necessary. Participants are encouraged to follow current Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

For more information visit my website or call my office at 517-373-1777.

The office hours meetings will take place at the following times and locations:

Friday, June 11
9 – 10 a.m.
Gazebo Park
Cass Ave.

11 a.m. – noon
Williams Township Park
1080 W. Midland Road

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Memorial Park
4295 Huron St.
North Branch

Senate approves responsible budget plan

The Michigan Senate voted recently to pass a fiscal year 2022 budget plan focused on building healthy families and communities, a healthier economy, and a healthy future for the people of Michigan.

The 17-bill budget plan includes $72 million for competitive and need-based scholarships for higher education students, $40 million in the Going Pro program to provide grants to support employee training, $30 million for the Michigan Reconnect program to provide support for community college and vocational training, $77 million to provide child care for more families, and $161 million for wage increases for direct care workers and front-line workers at child care institutions.

Senate Bill 83 would invest $15.8 billion in K-12 education, an increase of $249 million. The bill would increase the minimum foundation allowance to $8,361 per pupil, dedicate an additional $20 million to assist students dealing with mental health challenges and boost preschool funding by $32 million to help reduce class sizes. It also dedicates $1.7 billion to help cover the costs of school employee retirement.

The bills prioritize more revenue sharing funding for local governments, more resources for state road and bridge construction, $2.2 billion for local transportation infrastructure projects, a 50% boost for grants to help struggling veterans with expenses, and a new program to incentivize local governments to reduce their long-term debts.

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Making your voices heard!

Gov. Whitmer and her administration sought to make permanent many of the restrictive Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration emergency workplace safety rules.

My colleagues and I spearheaded a public comment campaign giving Michiganders who would have been forced to live and do business under these rules a chance to make their thoughts on the matter known to the administration.

The overwhelming public feedback only further proves that great things can happen when citizens make their voices heard.

You and thousands of your fellow Michiganders spoke up against Gov. Whitmer’s attempt to make what were supposed to be temporary emergency COVID-19 workplace rules permanent, and she had no choice but to listen.

I’m happy to share that the governor has ended her attempt to make indoor masking, daily health screenings and other temporary rules permanent in workplaces across our state.

Thank you for making your voice heard on this important issue. It is a reminder that the power in our republic lies not with the government – or the governor – but with the governed.

Business owners support Daley tax relief legislation during Senate committee hearing

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I was happy to be joined in Lansing by Tom Langan and Paul Abromaitis, owners of Hideaway Lanes in Almont, before the Senate Committee on Finance as the two local business owners testified in support of my legislation to provide tax relief to struggling businesses that were shuttered during the pandemic.

We’ve lost countless businesses to this pandemic, and the ones who did manage to survive are struggling to hang on. My colleagues and I have supported relief in many forms throughout this pandemic and we are continuing to look at ways we can help those who are still facing tough times.

My bill would provide businesses with additional property tax relief for tax years 2020 and 2021 and would help offset some of the losses businesses were forced to take due to the shutdown. Businesses will still need to pay their property taxes, but this bill gives them a way to recoup some of those losses through their income tax return.

The legislation includes a two-year refundable tax credit for businesses that were shut down due to the pandemic for at least six weeks and lost at least 25% of their sales. This is an income tax credit that would allow the eligible business to claim a credit equal to the amount of property taxes attributable to the business during the same calendar year. The property on which the credit is based must be used in connection with the afflicted business. It would not apply to property held by a business that is used for other purposes.

The bill was given final approval by the Senate Committee on Finance on Wednesday, May 26.

Standing up for family farms

Farming, and the hard work that comes with it, is something American farmers take real pride in. But farming isn’t for the faint of heart. We get up early, work until our hands bleed, and pray every day that the rain comes down and the crops come up. It’s a simple life, not often filled with the glitz or glamour of other jobs. But farming is a vocation we can all be proud of, something we do out of respect for the land and respect for our forefathers who farmed before us.

The Biden administration and allies in the U.S. Senate are trying to push a new capital gains tax on our nation’s farmers. Farmers face unpredictable weather, attacks from foreign markets, radical activism, and global pandemics, but now our very own federal government is going after them.

Currently, farmland is taxed at its current value when it is inherited or passed on to the next generation, rather than taxed on the increase in value since it was acquired. This process is known as “stepped-up basis.” When a farm is sold, an heir will only pay a capital gains tax on the appreciation in value since they took ownership, rather than being taxed on the appreciation dating back to the farm’s founding date.

Eliminating the stepped-up basis isn’t just about requiring heirs to pay more in capital gains tax; the proposed elimination also seeks to make the tax bill due when the person receives the family farm, rather than when they sell it. These changes would target the transfer of family farms from generation to generation and would mean the end for many because of exorbitant new taxes.

Farmers have their assets tied up in machinery, buildings, and property, but often they have very little cash on hand. This proposal would force many to sell their farm to pay the ridiculous new taxes when the farm is passed to the next generation. Any family farms that survive the taxes would still be devastated, and rural communities like ours would face a major economic crisis.

Hardworking families who have put a lifetime of work into building a business should not be singled out by those in Washington looking to pay for new spending. It’s a shameful money grab that comes at the expense of the very people who make sure we have food on our plates and in our stores.

Passing the farm down to the next generation is a sacred tradition, the end goal of a life’s work. For generations, families like mine have worked through all the challenges that have been thrown our way. We show up every day regardless of whatever stands in our way. And it’s our honor to pass our farms, and our legacies, to family members.

Sadly, this proposal out of Washington would make passing the family farm onto the next generation nearly impossible.

I, for one, won’t stand for it.

I have written the state’s congressional delegation asking them to fight against the repeal of the stepped-up basis. I am asking our federal leaders to stand up for hardworking farmers and stand against these farm-killing taxes.

Rural communities left behind with Whitmer broadband veto

Lawmakers from both chambers worked on legislation that would have boosted broadband investments in underserved communities in an effort to get more Michigan families connected to reliable internet service. I voted in favor of this legislation while it was before the Senate and supported the House version as well.

The governor, however, vetoed both versions of this legislation. In her most recent veto letter, the governor claims her office is doing enough to solve the lack of reliable internet that plagues so many communities across the state and that legislation isn’t needed.

Unfortunately, Gov. Whitmer is again choosing a “go-it-alone” attitude while choosing to leave rural communities behind with a single stroke of her red pen.

I voted to override the governor’s veto, though Senate Democrats unfortunately chose to side with the governor and the override was not successful.

People can hardly accomplish their day-to-day tasks without, at some point, being connected to the internet. The pandemic has only further highlighted the need for improved connectivity as many people are working from home and students are learning remotely.

It’s a shame the governor chose to veto this legislation while utilizing triple-digit download speeds from her taxpayer-funded home.

Recognizing our community heroes

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I recently presented the Great Seal of the state of Michigan to Lapeer County EMS Director Russ Adams.

Over the last year, Russ and his team worked relentlessly to provide lifesaving care to the residents of Lapeer County while facing the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.

I’d like everyone to join me in taking a moment to thank Russ, his great team, and all of their EMS brothers and sisters throughout the state of Michigan.

The Senate also recently approved a resolution recognizing EMS personnel for their sacrifices, bravery and the life-saving care they provide. The resolution also declared May 16-22, 2021 as EMS week in Michigan.

Experiencing Michigan’s great outdoors!

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Coming up on June 12-13, Michigan residents, along with out-of-state visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy our state’s exciting natural resources at no cost!

On Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, people will be able to fish, ride and enjoy state parks for free.

Fishing license, ORV stickers and trail permits, and recreation passports will be waived, though all other regulations and safety requirements apply.

For more information, click here.

Celebrating a special occasion?

My office is happy to offer legislative tributes in honor of noteworthy events such as retirement, anniversaries of businesses in our community, awards and public recognitions.

State government resources

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Michigan's 31st Senate District

The 31th state Senate District includes all of Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.

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Senator Kevin Daley
3100 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: 517-373-1777
FAX: 517-373-5871

E-Mail: [email protected]
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