Sen. Hansen offers free tax preparation guides

LANSING—Residents of Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana counties looking for tax preparation information can obtain a free copy of the 2013 Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide by visiting Sen. Goeff Hansen’s website, the lawmaker said Tuesday.

The guide, which is a reference for the 2012 tax year, is designed to help residents prepare their state tax returns.

“It is important to be accurate and thorough when filling out a tax return,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “This is not always easy, since the tax laws change every year. The Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide is a valuable resource that will make this process easier. I am happy to offer it free to residents of the 34th District.”

The booklet contains information on Michigan’s income tax, property taxes and tax credits. Included is a year-long listing of important property tax dates and deadlines as well as copies of the most commonly used tax forms. The guide also features addresses, phone numbers and email information for obtaining state agency tax assistance.

Hansen added that the guide is meant as a helpful resource and not as a substitute for Michigan Department of Treasury tax instruction booklets.

Residents can contact Hansen’s office toll-free at 1-866-305-2134 to reserve a free copy.

Free copies may also be downloaded from this website by clicking Publications.

Sen. Hansen urges plan of action to maintain Michigan waterways and harbors

LANSING—Michigan Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee Chairman Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, addresses the media at a press conference announcing the Senate’s plans to develop both short- and long-term solutions to the dredging and accessibility problems facing Michigan’s waterways.

Standing with Hansen are (from left) Sens. John Pappageorge, R-Troy; Howard Walker, R-Traverse City; Randy Richardville, R-Monroe; Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township; John Proos, R-St. Joseph; and Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.

For more information about Tuesday’s press conference, click News. For audio remarks, select Podcasts.

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Hansen: Senate committed to Michigan’s waterways

LANSING—Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, announced Tuesday that Michigan’s ports, harbors and waterways must be adequately and consistently maintained to provide for long-term protection of both natural resources and related economic activity.

Hansen and several other senators addressed the problems facing Michigan’s waterways at a press conference at the Capitol.

“The Senate is committed to developing an agenda that includes both short- and long-term solutions to some of the problems facing Michigan’s waterways,” Hansen said. “The broad purpose of this agenda is to put in place a dredging plan that will make Michigan harbors, ports and waterways accessible and sustainable for both commercial and recreational traffic.”

Hansen said Michigan lacks the statutory authority and funding options to fully meet this need and changes to state law are necessary.

He said possible solutions include complementing the governor’s budget proposal with both short- and long-term dedicated funding; key statutory fixes to ensure a long-term dedicated funding source; development of a long-term strategy that provides a real solution to the state’s annual struggles with dredging needs; providing more tools for local financing of dredging activities; and urging a new Great Lakes basin plan for promotion of Great Lakes harbors and ports.

“There are numerous ways to approach the problems we face, and I am eager to hear what others have to say on the matter,” Hansen said. “The issues facing our waterways are serious and must be addressed.”

The lawmaker said he expects legislation to be introduced soon.

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Hansen to lead Senate press conference on waterways dredging and accessibility

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, chairman of the Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, announced Friday that he and Senate members will hold a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

What:
Press conference to unveil a set of strategies addressing waterways dredging and access needs facing our Great Lakes port communities.

Who:
• Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (invited)
• Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart
• Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township
• Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba
• Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart
• Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph
• Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton
• Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville
• Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake
• Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township
• Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan
• Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland
• Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City
• Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton
• Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor
• Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren
• Members of the media

When:
Tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m.

Where:
Michigan Capitol
Room 402/403
Lansing

Brief:
Michigan’s ports, harbors and waterways must be adequately and consistently maintained to provide for long-term protection of both natural resources and related economic activity.

The Senate is committed to developing an agenda that includes both short- and long-term solutions to the problems facing Michigan’s waterways. The broad purpose of this agenda is to put in place a dredging plan that will make Michigan harbors, ports and waterways accessible and sustainable for both commercial and recreational traffic.

Legislation is being finalized to address this issue and will be introduced shortly thereafter.

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Hansen measure would rename Hart-Montague Trail

LANSING—Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, introduced Senate Bill 154 Wednesday to rename the Hart-Montague Trail to honor the legacy of the late William Field of Shelby.

The bill would rename the trail the “William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail.”

Field was instrumental in the creation of the Hart-Montague Trail. After the rail service ended in Oceana County in 1981, he saw an opportunity to create a recreational trail for the community by donating to the state of Michigan land valued at approximately $225,000.

“Introducing this legislation is our way of honoring Mr. Field’s generous gift,” said Hansen. “The trail’s name should be a constant reminder of Bill’s selfless act on behalf of his beloved West Michigan.”

The Hart-Montague trail became the first paved rail-trail in Michigan in the spring of 1989. The trail runs 22 miles from the city of Hart south to the city of Montague.

Field was a lifelong resident of Oceana County and died on Dec. 30, 2005. He was recognized in 1998 by the Detroit News as a “Michiganian of the Year” for his efforts in establishing the Hart-Montague Trail.

“Bill’s passion and dedication to our community will now be a lasting legacy for all who use this popular rail-trail,” Hansen said. “It is with extreme pride that we seek to rename this trail in his honor.”

SB 154 is awaiting consideration by the Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.

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