Sen. Hansen and guest honor Michigan’s fallen soldiers

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen stands in the Senate chamber Thursday with his uncle, Walter “Stretch” Hansen (right).

Walter, a former Army sergeant from Holton, was the lawmaker’s guest for the Michigan Senate’s 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.

“It was a joy to be joined today by my Uncle Walter,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “Walter knows what it means to serve his country. Today we paid tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.”

Michigan’s military heroes who defended freedom and sacrificed their lives in the past year were honored during the service.

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Hansen hosts 2014 Asparagus Queen

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed 2014 Asparagus Queen Danielle Kokx and National Asparagus Queen Coordinator Christine Rickard to the Capitol on Wednesday.

Kokx promoted the asparagus industry of Oceana County and provided each senator with a gift of locally grown asparagus.

The National Asparagus Festival hosts an annual pageant in Hart, where the only asparagus queen in the nation is crowned. The visit was one of Kokx’s final appearances of her reign as queen.

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Hansen: Fiscally responsible budget helps promote opportunities necessary for Michigan’s children to succeed

LANSING — State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12, School Aid, Education and sponsor of the School Aid budget, offered the following statement Tuesday after the Senate approved its Fiscal Year 2016 budget:

“My goal when I set out to craft the School Aid budget was to keep a laser focus on creating a better environment to educate Michigan’s nearly 1.5 million school-aged children for tomorrow’s job opportunities. I’m confident this budget reflects that goal.

“This budget helps to promote the opportunities necessary for Michigan’s children to succeed in our growing economy, and it invests in our future by placing more money toward educational opportunities, college and career planning, and skilled trades training.

“Importantly, this budget evaluates the effectiveness of programs, and it will track outcomes to show how our students are performing. My focus will remain on the success of our children and the long-term success of Michigan.

“While we in the Legislature play a role in allocating state resources to our local school districts, I am also very mindful of the role our administrators and teachers play in utilizing these funds. I appreciate the job they are doing to help prepare our children to compete in an ever-changing global environment.”