LANSING — Sen. Mike Nofs co-sponsored legislation this week that would make an individual who donates to a state veterans’ home eligible to receive an income tax credit.
“As we commemorated Veterans Day this week, it serves as a great reminder of the many veterans’ homes located throughout our state and the invaluable services they provide the men and women who have served in uniform,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “This bill makes it easier for residents to support those who have protected us and is another great way to say thanks for defending our country.”
Senate Bill 987 permits taxpayers to receive a credit for 50 percent of their contribution with the credit capping at $100 for individuals and $200 for a couple filing a joint tax return.
The bill, which was authored by Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, awaits further action in committee.
Nofs was accompanied on the Senate floor by his mother Terry Nofs, sister Melodie Jenner, and nephew and godson Ryan Jenner.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the good people of the 19th District and am humbled by the task before me," said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. "The hardworking residents in Calhoun and Jackson counties have been without Senate representation for nearly a year, despite an economy that continues to struggle. I am eager to go to work for them. I will fight every day to help improve Michigan’s jobs climate and put our residents back to work."
Nofs was chosen by voters in a special election on Nov. 3 to fill the 19th District Senate seat that was vacated last January.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop greeted the newest member of the Republican caucus.
"It is my great pleasure to welcome Sen. Mike Nofs to the Michigan Senate," said Bishop, R-Rochester. "He joins a Republican caucus that is united in its effort to move Michigan forward responsibly, by reforming government and respecting taxpayers. Sen. Nofs recognizes the challenges his constituents face every day, and has the knowledge and experience to help lead them and our state through these difficult economic times. I look forward to working with such a dedicated public servant."
Editor’s note: A photograph of Nofs at the Michigan Senate swearing-in is available on the Senate Majority Photowire, located at: www.SenatorMikeNofs.com.
Mike Nofs goes to Lansing
Tuesday is senator’s first day in office
What: Swearing-in for newly elected state Sen. Mike Nofs.
Who: Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek;
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young; Members of the Michigan Senate
When: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
10 a.m. – Session
Where: Senate Chambers
Brief: Nofs was elected to fill the 19th District Senate seat in a special election Nov. 3. Members of the media are encouraged to attend Nofs’ swearing-in and first official day in the Senate.