LANSING—Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Twp., on Tuesday hosted the winners of his “Be a Senator For a Day” summer reading contest at the Michigan Capitol. Twenty-three students from St. Clair and Lapeer counties traveled to Lansing with their parents to participate in a mock committee hearing, a capitol tour and a pizza party.
After a group photo in the Senate Chamber and a guided tour of Michigan’s historic, 134-year-old Capitol building, the “Student Senators” vigorously debated the merits of a hypothetical bill to require uniforms in Michigan’s public schools in a mock committee hearing chaired by Pavlov.
Elaina Wizinsky, a fifth-grader from Metamora, said, “I am really excited to be here at the Capitol. It’s cool because I want to be a lawyer or in government, and I get to see this in real life.”
Her mother, Susan Wizinsky, who accompanied her to the Capitol, agreed. “This is a great opportunity for my daughter and all the students. This takes what they learn in school and makes it real,” she said.
“I want to thank the Lapeer and St. Clair public libraries for partnering with us to coordinate a successful summer reading program for all the students,” Pavlov said. “I hope this real-world civics lesson will spark interest in these talented students to become future leaders who help build a better Michigan.”
The summer reading contest was held June 17 through Aug. 10, and was open to all students first-fifth grade in Lapeer and St. Clair Counties who completed their local public library’s summer reading program. Pavlov’s office received nearly 300 entries for the competition. Two randomly selected winners from each participating library were invited to experience a day at the Michigan Capitol as a “student senator.”
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LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed House Bill 4234, sponsored by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township.
The measure would allow those purchasing a car or recreational vehicle to reduce their sales tax to the “difference” between the purchase price and the trade-in value of a vehicle. The trade in value would be capped at $2,000.
“Middle-class families will see tax relief, and businesses will see increased sales,” said Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “I commend Representative LaFontaine for spearheading the effort on these common sense changes.”
Michigan law currently requires vehicle owners who trade in their vehicle toward the purchase of a newer one to pay sales tax on the total price of the new car, rather than the actual price paid after the value of their used vehicle is subtracted. Many have argued this is an unfair double taxation burden to consumers, and also negatively impacts businesses that lose sales to neighboring states that only charge sales tax on the difference.
A companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, and co-sponsored by Pavlov, would require the same sales tax treatment for watercraft. Senate Bill 89 provides for an automatic $500 increase in the cap of the trade-in value beginning Jan. 1, 2015, and each Jan. 1 thereafter, up to $14,000, at which time the cap is eliminated.
SB 89 currently awaits final action in the Senate, while HB 4234 heads to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
Lansing, Mich.–State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, has co-sponsored Senate Bill 174, a measure that would protect Michigan residents, especially children, from identity theft.
The bill would allow an individual to block access to their credit report upon a simple request.
Michigan is one of two states in the country that does not have a credit freeze law in place. The bill unanimously passed the Michigan Senate on Wednesday.
Identity theft occurs when an individual’s Social Security number is used for personal gain by another. Criminals can establish lines of credit, obtain driver’s licenses or even buy a house using another person’s identity.
Stealing the identities of children is an increasing concern. The largest study on child identity theft, conducted in 2010, found that of 40,000 children, 10.2 percent, or 4,311 children, were victims of identity theft.
“I am proud to co-sponsor laws that will protect Michigan residents from identity theft, which is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States,” said Pavlov. “Our children are especially vulnerable because they are not usually financially active and wouldn’t notice their personal information being used until later in life.”
A $10 fee could be charged by a consumer reporting agency for a placement or lifting of a security freeze.
SB 174 now moves to the House Committee on Financial Services.