Senator O’Brien Welcomes Guests To The State Of The State Address

LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, welcomed several constituents to Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address Tuesday night.

Pictured from left are Congressman Fred Upton; Kalamazoo County Commissioner Scott McGraw; Robyn Peake; Kalamazoo County Commissioner John Gisler; Sen. O’Brien; Bonnie Wedel of Wedel’s Garden Center; Tony Dugal; Allison Ives, who is job shadowing Sen. O’Brien; Sen. O’Brien’s son Tyjon O’Brien; state Rep. Beth Griffin, state Rep. Dave Maturen; Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Stephanie Moore; KRESA Superintendent Dave Campbell; and state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker.

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Senate Unanimously Passes Senator O’Brien’s Michigan Families Tax Relief Bill

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved Senate Bill 749, which would provide additional tax relief to Michigan families by creating a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care, such as care for children, elderly parents or disabled family members.

“Providing care for our loved ones can be costly and stressful,” said bill sponsor Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage. “This tax credit can help ease that financial burden and save a typical Michigan family of four nearly $500 annually.”

SB 749 would amend the Income Tax Act to allow, beginning in tax year 2018, a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care that mirrors the one offered at the federal level. A qualifying dependent is defined as a dependent child 12 years old or younger, or a grown child, spouse, or elderly parent who is physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

“Many face the challenge of providing adequate care for those who depend on them,” Sen. O’Brien said. “My legislation will help hardworking Michigan families provide this critical care by helping to ease the financial stress that is often involved.”

Sen. O’Brien’s legislation is part of a bill package, SBs 748-750, that helps to create tax relief for Michigan families. The legislation brings Michigan’s tax system in line with the federal government and ensures that Michigan families do not see a tax increase.

SB 749 now heads to the House for consideration.

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Photo caption: Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, casts her vote in support of Senate Bill 749, her legislation that would provide additional tax relief to Michigan families by creating a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care.

***Media Advisory*** Sen. O’Brien Available For Comments Following State Of The State Address

Who: State Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage.

 

What: Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

 

When: The address is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

 

Where: House Appropriations Room

Third floor

State Capitol

Lansing

 

Briefing: Sen. O’Brien will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Sen. O’Brien’s office at 517-373-5100 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Senate Panel Approves Sen. O’Brien’s Michigan Families Tax Relief Bill

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday heard testimony and unanimously approved Senate Bill 749, which would provide additional tax relief to Michigan families by creating a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care, such as care for children, elderly parents, or disabled family members.

“Caring for our loved ones can be a significant financial burden for many hardworking families,” said Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage. “This tax credit would save a typical Michigan family of four nearly $500 annually.”

SB 749 would amend the Income Tax Act to allow, beginning in tax year 2018, a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care that mirrors the one offered at the federal level. A qualifying dependent is defined as a dependent child 12 years old or younger, or a grown child, spouse, or elderly parent who is physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

“Many have faced the challenge of providing adequate care for those who depend on them,” Sen. O’Brien said. “We would not spare any expense to make sure our loved ones receive the care they need. My legislation will help to ease the financial burden associated with providing this critical care.”

Sen. O’Brien’s legislation is part of a bill package, SBs 748-750, that helps to create tax relief for Michigan families. The legislation brings Michigan’s tax system in line with the federal government and ensures that Michigan families do not see a tax increase.

SB 749 now heads before the full Senate for approval.

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Photo caption (left): Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 16 in support of her legislation that would provide additional tax relief to Michigan families by creating a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care.

Photo caption (right): Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 16 in support of her legislation that would provide additional tax relief to Michigan families by creating a Michigan income tax credit for dependent care.

House Panel Approves Bill To Name I-94 Corridor After Fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski

LANSING, Mich. — The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday heard testimony regarding Senate Bill 543, which would name a stretch of Interstate 94 after fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski.

“Chief Switalski was a true public servant and should not be forgotten,” Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, said. “Renaming this stretch of I-94 after him will help to remind people of road safety and honor his commitment to our community.”

Chief Switalski was killed in the line of duty on June 14, 2017 when he was struck by a vehicle while responding to an accident on I-94 in Kalamazoo County. He was named Michigan Fire Chief of the Year for 2017. The bill would name the span between exits 80 and 86 on I-94 after Switalski.

“My hope is that if just one person sees the sign honoring Chief Switalski and realizes it’s there as a memorial they will slow down and pay attention to the road,” said Rep. Dave Maturen, R-Vicksburg, who has introduced companion legislation, House Bill 4943. “Maybe it will save a life — maybe even their own.”

SB 543 now heads to the full House for final approval.

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Photo caption: Holly Switalski (left), Portage Senior Deputy Fire Chief John Podgorski (middle left), state Rep. Dave Maturen (middle right) and Sen. O’Brien’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Bogema testified before the House Transportation Committee on Jan. 16 in support of Senate Bill 543 to rename a stretch of Interstate 94 after fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski.