Sen. Nofs delivers remarks on Kalamazoo shooting

 

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, on Tuesday delivered the following remarks regarding the tragic shooting in Kalamazoo:

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that I rise to honor three citizens from my community who lost their lives on Saturday evening. My prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy and their families, as well as a special prayer for the young lady still fighting for her life in Bronson Hospital. May God comfort them all and bring them strength in the difficult days ahead.

“Among those we lost was an individual who regularly contacted my office to share professional and personal insight on the many education issues that we have grappled with in the Senate. The Battle Creek community is in pain today, but I can assure you we will continue to honor the memory of those involved and support justice for their families.

“I would like to commend the law enforcement officers from the Michigan State Police, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for their cooperative police work and quick action in apprehending the suspect in this case, which undoubtedly prevented further loss of life.

“The impact of this act of senseless violence is shared by all Michiganders — Republicans, Democrats, young, old — and our message to the city of Kalamazoo and to the families of the victims is clear: We stand with you and we are here for you.”

A video of the senators’ tribute from the Michigan Senate is available here: goo.gl/KBj8a7.

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Photo caption: Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, honors the victims of the recent fatal shootings in Kalamazoo County on Tuesday, Feb. 23, as Southwest Michigan colleagues, from left, Sens. Margaret O’Brien, Tonya Schuitmaker and John Proos look on.

Sen. Nofs reacts to Kalamazoo shooting

Nofs200x300LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, issued the following statement in response to the shooting in Kalamazoo on Saturday that killed six people and injured two others:

“As many of you have heard, on Saturday an act of senseless violence took the lives of six individuals — at least three of whom were from my district — and seriously injured two others.

“In fact, among the citizens we lost, was an individual who regularly contacted my office to share her professional experience and personal insight on the many education issues considered by the Senate.

“My prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy and their families. May God comfort them and bring strength in the difficult days ahead.

“I want to commend the law enforcement officers from the Michigan State Police, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for their cooperative police work and quick action in apprehending the suspect in this case, which undoubtedly prevented further loss of life.

“The ongoing investigation will certainly provide more information about the shooter and hopefully what led to these vile and inexplicable acts. It is then up to our legal system to ensure that justice is served for these innocent victims.”

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Nofs recognized as Diversity Champion by the City of Albion

 

LANSING, Mich. – The City of Albion and the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council honored Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, with a proclamation recognizing him as a Diversity Champion in the City of Albion.

“It’s a true honor to be recognized by the young people of Albion,” said Nofs. “The Albion community has made several tough decisions about the education of their children the last few years and in doing so have set an outstanding example for our state.”

Nofs has been instrumental in assisting with state appropriations to support the school consolidation efforts in Albion and nearby Marshall. He has remained an active participant in community initiatives surrounding the changes and has been a vocal supporter of improving the opportunities for the children of Albion.

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Photo caption: The City of Albion and the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council honored Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, with a proclamation recognizing him as a Diversity Champion in the City of Albion for his lifetime commitment to fighting for justice for all people.

Senate unanimously passes Nofs bill that would allow municipalities to increase their rainy day funds

Nofs200x300LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Senate on Wednesday passed Senate Bill 569, a bill that would allow local governments to maintain a larger budget stabilization fund, commonly referred to as the “rainy day” fund.

“The economic struggle of the last decade is a perfect reminder of why the rainy day fund exists.    It just makes sense to allow local governments that have been good stewards of their resources to save a little more and insulate their residents from future challenges,” said Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, who is the sponsor of the legislation. “This is simply about empowering our communities to deal with unforeseen situations proactively and responsibly.”

The legislation would not change any current restrictions that exist on the use of budget stabilization funds. Local governments may not raise taxes or transfer funding away from other legal responsibilities to fill the fund. Acceptable uses for the fund include covering a general fund deficit, preventing a reduction in public services or handling the expenses that arise from a natural disaster.

The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

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