Sen. Pavlov remembers fallen soldiers, observes Memorial Day

LANSING—State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, places a folded American flag in a basket on the Senate floor Thursday in remembrance of a fallen soldier. Michigan’s military heroes who defended freedom and sacrificed their lives the past year in the war on terror were honored during the Michigan Senate’s 17th Annual Memorial Day Service.

Pavlov placed flags in memory of U.S. Marine CPL Jeffrey R. Standfest of St. Clair and U.S. Army PFC Shane M. Reifert of Cottrellville.

Editor’s note: The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire.

Pavlov votes to end MBT

LANSING—The state Senate passed Gov. Rick Snyder’s historic tax reform plan Thursday, providing $1.7 billion in tax relief and a stimulus for job growth.

The sweeping changes establish a simpler, more equitable tax system and end the job-killing Michigan Business Tax. The state and local tax burden for business is currently a dismal 30th in the nation. Under the new system, this ranking improves to 16th.

Following passage of the plan, Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, offered the following comments:

“This is a positive reset for Michigan that positions us for growth. We now have a clear, fair tax system as opposed to the old one that was difficult to understand and double taxed many businesses. We’re going to see Michigan move forward again.

“A key part of ending the MBT was providing tax relief to our small businesses—companies with 100 or fewer employees, which are the ones that create 80 percent of all our jobs and must play a major part in our economic turnaround.

“Michigan lost an astounding 700,000 jobs over the last decade, due in large part to a tax and business climate that severely handicapped job providers. This legislation finally gives Michigan a highly competitive tax structure that will gain national recognition.”

Sen. Pavlov announces May office hours


LANSING—State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that May office hours are scheduled for several locations in the 25th Senate District.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations:

Monday, May 9
7:30 to 9 a.m.
Louie’s Restaurant
560 North Main St.
Capac, MI 48014

Friday, May 13
8 to 9:30 a.m.
Sue’s Coffee House
201 North Riverside Avenue
St. Clair, MI 48079

Monday, May 16
11 a.m. to noon
St. Clair County Administration Building
200 Grand River Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060

Friday, May 20
8 to 9:30 a.m.
Kay’s Restaurant
5347 Pointe Tremble Road
Clay, MI 48001

Monday, May 23
8 to 9:30 a.m.
Brass Lamp Villa
4022 Huron Street
North Branch, MI 48461

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.

Senate passes plan to cut red tape, help put people back to work

LANSING–The state Senate passed a package of bills Thursday reducing costly regulations, sending a strong message to job providers that Michigan is serious about economic development, said Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.

“Burdensome rules prevent businesses from hiring workers,” Pavlov said. “Today we began removing some of these obstacles to job growth.”

Senate Bills 271 through 279 would reduce onerous regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy.

Pavlov sponsored SB 279, which would establish standard practices for routine inspections by the Department of Environmental Quality.

Pavlov said his measure sends a positive message to businesses.

“There is a perception among job providers that they will be targeted for inspection if they cross the government or speak out again government action,” he said “This ensures they will be treated fairly in the state inspection process.”

  • Other measures in the nine-bill package would:
  • Level the playing field for Michigan job providers by prohibiting rules more stringent than federal rules, unless authorized by state law;
  • Require state agencies to consider disproportionate effects rules might have on small businesses compared to larger companies;
  • Improve timeliness in permitting and end delay tactics by regulators who keep asking for additional information;
  • Require regulators to compare standards in nearby states and perform a cost-benefit analysis when proposing new rules; and
  • Increase transparency in the rulemaking process to improve the opportunity for comment and suggestions by those impacted.

According to Site Selection magazine, business executives look at the ease of permitting and regulatory procedures second only to the availability of desired workforce skills when choosing the place to locate or expand their business.

Senate Bill 275 is currently before the Senate Economic Development Committee. The other bills in the package now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.