Photo Advisory: Sen. Hansen and colleagues recognize conservation efforts by Whitehall Middle School students

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and colleagues stand in the Senate chamber on Thursday in honor of National Skip the Straw Day, held every year on the fourth Friday in February.

A student group at Whitehall Middle School known as the Coral Keepers — along with their advisor, Susan Tate — founded National Skip the Straw Day this year to encourage Americans to “give up the straw habit” and to help spread awareness about the damage caused by disposable plastic straws.

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Pictured, from left: Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek; Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive; Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake; Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland; Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy.

Sen. Hansen comments on governor’s 2018 budget plan

Sen. Goeff Hansen

Sen. Goeff Hansen

LANSING, Mich. — After listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 state budget on Wednesday, Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, issued the following statement:

“Governor Snyder’s budget provides a sensible, sound blueprint for continued job growth and fiscal responsibility for Michigan.

“As a senator representing a district whose economy is strong in the areas of tourism and natural resources, a few months ago I requested a significant investment to upgrade our state parks system, which is sorely needed.

“I was particularly pleased today to hear that the governor’s budget does include a nearly $20 million upgrade for our state parks and $1.8 million for an increase in the number of conservation officers.

“In addition, the budget includes $3.8 million for an increased focus on the state’s wetland mitigation bank program, with a specific focus on creating or restoring wetlands on state land to both preserve and enhance our wetland resource base and help allow for the development of wetlands in other areas where appropriate.

“These investments will benefit not only the state, but Muskegon and the entire 34th District as well.

“This is just the beginning of the budget process; I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next few months to pass a balanced budget that includes these priorities.”