Shirkey: A remarkable turnaround, but we still face challenges

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey on Tuesday attended Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address, which laid out the governor’s plan for continuing Michigan’s economic recovery.

Shirkey, R-Clarklake, offered the following statement after the address:

“Tonight’s speech by the governor reminded us all of how far we have come as a state since he took office in 2011. The governor highlighted many of the accomplishments that Senate Republicans helped achieve to energize our economy and improve our state.

“We have made tremendous strides in creating a positive business environment that has resulted in the creation of 540,000 private-sector jobs and the nation’s sixth-highest income growth rate.

“It’s a remarkable turnaround, but we still face challenges. Senate Republicans are committed to building on Michigan’s successes, maintaining our state’s positive momentum and meeting the needs of our communities.

“I am eager to continue working with the governor to make Michigan a better place for our children and more attractive to job creators and talent to invest, work and raise a family.”

Note: Audio remarks from Shirkey will be available for broadcast from this website. Select Audio under the Media Center tab, above.

Shirkey to host seniors town hall in Jackson

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey is encouraging residents of Jackson County to attend a public town hall on Monday, Feb. 12 in Jackson for a discussion of issues affecting seniors.

Elder Law of Michigan (ELM) will lead the discussion with members of the community and answer questions residents may have. ELM is a nonprofit organization that advocates for, educates and assists older adults and persons with disabilities throughout Michigan.

Who:
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake;
Elder Law of Michigan Vice President Ron Tatro; and
Interested residents.

What:
A public town hall meeting to discuss issues facing seniors.

When:
Monday, Feb. 12
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Where:
Jackson County Department on Aging
1715 Lansing Ave.
Jackson, MI 49202

For more information, contact Sen. Shirkey’s office at 1-517-373-5932.

Shirkey supports bills to help Michigan consumers and local auto dealers

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday voted to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bills 94 and 95 to speed up “sales tax on the difference” reform.

Under the reform, Michigan sales and use taxes would only be applied to the difference between the price of a new car and the value of a trade-in.

After supporting the veto override, Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement:

“Michigan is one of only six states — and the only Great Lakes state — to still tax the value of trade-ins. This is an unfair tax policy that penalizes Michigan families and puts businesses in the state at a competitive disadvantage.

“To override the governor’s veto is serious, and my colleagues and I don’t take this action lightly. But even more concerning is this current tax policy, and we needed to act decisively to eliminate it.

“This initiative, which had bipartisan support, will be a financial boost both to Michigan consumers and to businesses.”

Sen. Shirkey supports state income tax relief

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey on Wednesday supported passage of legislation to preserve the personal exemption on the state income tax and provide additional tax relief for Michigan families.

“The hardworking residents of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties deserve to keep more of the money they earn,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “This bill will not only protect the personal exemption but provide further tax relief to residents across the state.”

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump in December 2017 simplifies the code, lowers tax rates, doubles the standard deduction and increases family tax credits. However, in streamlining the exemption process, it effectively ends the federal personal exemption.

Since the state personal exemption is based on the federal return, without a revision to state law, Michigan taxpayers would no longer be able to claim personal exemptions on their state taxes.

Senate Bill 748 would make the necessary changes to maintain the state personal exemption and also boost the exemption by an additional $700 to $5,000 by 2021. Currently, the state personal exemption is scheduled to increase from $4,000 to $4,300 over the next three years.

SB 748 now heads to the House for further consideration.

Shirkey to host seniors town hall in Hillsdale

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey is encouraging residents of Hillsdale County to attend a public town hall on Monday, Jan. 29 in Hillsdale for a discussion of issues affecting seniors.

Elder Law of Michigan (ELM) will lead the discussion with members of the community and answer questions residents may have. ELM is a nonprofit organization that advocates for, educates and assists older adults and persons with disabilities throughout Michigan.

Who:
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake;
Elder Law of Michigan Vice President Ron Tatro; and
Interested residents.

What:
A public town hall meeting to discuss issues facing seniors.

When:
Monday, Jan. 29
3 – 4 p.m.

Where:
Perennial Park
Hillsdale County Senior Services Center
320 W. Bacon St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242

For more information, contact Sen. Shirkey’s office at 1-517-373-5932.