**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Nofs congratulates Michigan Youth Challenge Academy cadets

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, on Thursday welcomed cadets from the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy (MYCA) to the Michigan Senate for a special tribute during session.

Nofs, a longtime supporter of the MYCA, praised the cadets and encouraged his colleagues to learn more about the program. The MYCA is an academy for at-risk youth that focuses on physical, mental and moral development to build competitive skills and achieve lifelong success.

 

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Top photo caption: State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek (second from right), and Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage (third from left), welcomed cadets from the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy to the Michigan Senate during session on April 26.

Bottom photo caption: Cadets from the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy visit the Michigan Capitol on April 26 and meet state legislators.

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Nofs applauds signing of 911 service upgrade bill

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs (right), R-Battle Creek, attended a bill signing ceremony Tuesday for Senate Bill 400which will upgrade 911 emergency services in Michigan to improve response and emergency services.

Nofs had a distinguished, 30-year career in law enforcement before being elected to public office. He retired from law enforcement in 2002 as Battle Creek post commander after serving 25 years with the Michigan State Police.

“I know firsthand just how important reliable communication technology is to law enforcement,” Nofs said. “This bill is a great step to modernizing our emergency services and helping our men and women in uniform to better serve the Michigan public.”

 

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Nofs welcomes guest to the Capitol for State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomed Jamie Stuck, tribal council chairman of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address. Stuck was Nofs’ guest for the annual address Tuesday night.

 

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Sen. Nofs votes for state income tax relief

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs voted to pass legislation Wednesday that would preserve the Michigan personal exemption for state income tax and raise the exemption by $700 over three years.

This would allow taxpayers to keep more for themselves at tax time and not have to send it to Lansing.

Senate Bill 748 would make changes to Michigan tax law to retain the state personal exemption and also boost the exemption from $4,300 to $5,000 by 2021. Currently, the state personal exemption is scheduled to increase from $4,000 to $4,300 over the next three years.

“I’m glad we were able to fix a potentially serious problem for our taxpayers,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “The federal tax cuts were a good break for the average American. It’s not the fed’s fault that Michigan’s tax math is based on their number. This is a smart fix and a good opportunity to give Michiganders some much-deserved tax relief.”

Michigan’s current state income tax law ties state personal exemptions to the federal number of exemptions. The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump in December 2017 simplifies the code, lowers tax rates, doubles the standard deduction and increases family tax credits. However, in streamlining the exemption process, it effectively ends the federal personal exemption. Without a revision to the law, Michigan taxpayers would no longer be able to claim the personal exemptions on their state taxes.

SB 748 now heads to the House for further consideration.

In a busy day of legislative action, Nofs also voted in support of a veto override of SBs 94 and 95 that will speed up the reduction of a tax on used vehicle trade-ins. Otherwise buyers would have seen their state taxes go up when buying a new car.

“Taxes are not what Michigan drivers want to think about when trading in a car,” Nofs said. “These bills help both the drivers who want to trade up and the businesses who want to stay competitive with out-of-state dealers. I’m pleased to see bipartisan support for this veto.”

 

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Reminder: Kowall and Nofs honoring Vietnam era veterans at Battle Creek event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Mike Nofs on Friday reminded interested parties of a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Nofs, R-Battle Creek, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Battle Creek in conjunction with the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.

The ceremony will give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, 3367 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek.

RSVP to Sherry Swann, U.S. Army veteran, at 269-274-8890 (email gordonrosberg@comcast.net) or to Kowall’s Director of District Affairs Lynn O’Brien at 517-373-0563 (email lobrien@senate.michigan.gov).

Kowall and Nofs will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The master of ceremonies at the event will be retired Army National Guard Col. Frank Walker. South Haven native, Vietnam veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan and retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert Secrist will be the guest speakers, and McCloughan will perform the national anthem.

To begin the formal ceremony, American Legion Post 298, Patriot Guard Riders and the Blue Star Mothers will form a flag cordon line inside the hangar for a Vietnam veteran procession.

Additional event highlights:
• Cereal City Concert Band will perform a selection of patriotic music under the direction of Conductor Dr. Stephen White, and they will also end the ceremony with echo taps performed by Susan Owen and Derrick Anthony;
• The Hooligans Flight Team will perform a flyover in the Missing Man Formation;
• A variety of veterans service organizations will be on hand to provide Vietnam veterans and their families with current information on benefits;
• Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 313 will host a Vietnam memorabilia table; and
• Firekeepers Casino Hotel of Battle Creek has generously offered to donate sandwiches for the event.

Guests should be aware that all vehicles entering Battle Creek Air National Guard Base are subject to inspection. For security, no bags or purses will be authorized in the event area, and individuals may be subject to metal detector inspection. Handicapped parking will be limited, although a shuttle service will be provided from the on-base parking area to the event.

The lapel pinning ceremony is not an official military function of the 110th Attack Wing.

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Kowall and Nofs to discuss Battle Creek event honoring Vietnam era veterans

What:
A press conference to discuss the Friday, Oct. 27 formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony in Battle Creek.

Who:
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek
Public Affairs Officer 2nd Lt. Andrew Layton, Michigan Air National Guard 110th Attack Wing

When:
Monday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

Where:
110th Attack Wing
Battle Creek Air National Guard Base
3367 W. Dickman Road
Battle Creek

Brief:
Kowall, Nofs and other participants will discuss the Oct. 27 “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Era Veterans and Their Families” formal lapel pinning ceremony in Battle Creek. Michigan Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Andrew Layton will moderate the press conference.

South Haven native, Vietnam veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan will perform the national anthem at the Oct. 27 ceremony and address the audience. In addition, the Cereal City Concert Band will perform a selection of patriot music under the direction of Conductor Dr. Stephen White, and the Hooligans Flight Team will do a flyover in a Missing Man formation. For more information, visit www.hooliganflight.com.

Note: For media credentials, please contact Kowall’s Director of District Affairs Lynn O’Brien at 517-373-0563 (email lobrien@senate.michigan.gov).

Save the Date: Kowall and Nofs announce Battle Creek event honoring Vietnam era veterans

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Mike Nofs on Thursday announced they are sponsoring a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Nofs, R-Battle Creek, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Battle Creek in conjunction with the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.

The ceremony will give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans, Gold Star Mothers and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, 3367 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek.

South Haven native, Vietnam veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan will perform the national anthem and address the audience. Retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert Secrist also will make comments.

RSVP to U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Sherry Swann at 269-274-8890 (email gordonrosberg@comcast.net) or to Kowall’s Director of District Affairs Lynn O’Brien at 517-373-0563 (email lobrien@senate.michigan.gov).

Kowall and Nofs will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. The symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant, Kowall said.

“We must never forget the sacrifices that our Vietnam veterans made for their country,” he said. “These pins are one way we declare that we remember, we are grateful, and we thank you.”

Nofs agreed.

“It’s truly an honor to participate in the long-overdue recognition of these great Americans,” Nofs said. “The pins we present Vietnam veterans are a small token of our gratitude for their sacrifice on behalf of our state and nation.”

Michigan Air National Guard Col. Bryan J. Teff, commander of the 110th Attack Wing, is looking forward to the event.

“The 110th Attack Wing is honored to host and pay tribute to our Vietnam veterans,” Teff said. “Hosting this event on an active military installation is very appropriate as we honor these great Americans and their service to our nation.”

The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense, and then formally launched in 2012. It was designed to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families in hometown America, in light of the 50th anniversary of the war. Recognition is given to these heroes when commemorative partners, such as Kowall, hold events for the veterans and their families.

“While Michigan’s Vietnam veterans honorably served their nation, too many of them were not properly recognized for their service and did not receive adequate assistance upon their return,” Kowall said. “At our lapel pinning ceremonies, we take some time to let our veterans and their families know that we appreciate them for all they have done.”

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

“It is always a moving time for me when I am able to present the lapel pins and personally thank each veteran for their service,” Kowall said.

Guests should be aware that all vehicles entering Battle Creek Air National Guard Base are subject to inspection. For security, no bags or purses will be authorized in the event area, and individuals may be subject to metal detector inspection. Handicapped parking will be limited, although a shuttle service will be provided from the on-base parking area to the event.

The lapel pinning ceremony is not an official military function of the 110th Attack Wing.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Nofs praises MSPC for work on the implementation of landmark energy policy

LANSING, Mich. State Sen. Mike Nofs, chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, praised the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on Friday for their ongoing work on the implementation of Michigan’s Comprehensive Energy Plan.

The MPSC released their final ruling Friday afternoon on the requirements energy providers must meet to prove they have the ability to provide reliable electricity to their customers over the next four years.

“My goal from the very beginning of this process was to put Michigan consumers first while ensuring our regulators have the flexibility to accommodate the best priced energy resources now and in the future,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek.

“Today’s decision is all about ensuring that energy providers are accountable to their customers for the long-term reliability of their energy supply. I appreciate the transparency troughout this process and the continued support of Michigan’s energy future.””

While this decision has garnered significant attention from the Legislature and the energy industry, the MPSC still has many more decisions ahead before the law is fully implemented. Interested residents can track the process online and sign up for email alerts at www.michigan.gov/mpsc.

 

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Sen. Nofs announces funding secured to rehabilitate Whites Bridge in Ionia County

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, announced on Tuesday that the Whites Bridge Historical Society has received a Michigan Enhancement Grant to be used for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Whites Bridge in Keene Township in Ionia County.

“This funding will go a long way toward making the Whites Bridge rehabilitation project a reality,” Nofs said. “The bridge was a vital part of the transportation network in western Ionia County and connected the main primary road across the Flat River in that part of the county.”

Originally constructed in 1869, the Brown truss covered bridge known as Whites Bridge, which crossed the Flat River in Keene Township, was destroyed by arsonists in July of 2013. Since that time, the Whites Bridge Historical Society has been raising funds for the construction of a replica bridge. The Michigan Enhancement Grant that the Whites Bridge Historical Society received will fund $350,000 toward the reconstruction and rehabilitation project. As a result of the bridge’s destruction in 2013, a 15-mile detour was put in place to navigate across the Flat River.

“I’ve been an advocate for this project for several years. I’m glad to finally see the Whites Bridge Historical Society receive the necessary funds to restore the bridge and reopen the crossing on the Flat River,” Nofs said.

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Sens. Nofs, Schmidt react to the passage of the State Police and Military Affairs budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Mike Nofs and Wayne Schmidt reacted on Thursday to the passage of the State Police and Military Affairs budget for fiscal year 2018.

“This budget represents a commitment to public safety for all of Michigan,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Ensuring that the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol have the resources they need was a top priority when crafting the budget. I want to thank my colleagues for their support of this vital investment in public safety.”

The Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer organization made up of eight groups, 35 squadrons, four flights and more than 1,300 members. The volunteers perform three missions chartered by Congress: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency service.

The Michigan Wing is part of the Great Lakes Region, which includes five other states. The funding boost in the fiscal year 2018 budget will ensure that the Michigan Wing has adequate resources for training in its support of state emergency and disaster response operations.

“The Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and the Michigan State Police consist of dedicated public servants committed to the residents of the state of Michigan,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “This budget means that these critical aspects of the state’s public safety efforts will have the funding they need to operate effectively.”

The budget now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.