Nofs participates in annual PoliTech conference

For Immediate Release
Feb. 22, 2013

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Nofs participates in annual PoliTech conference

LANSING, Mich.— The Telecommunications Association of Michigan (TAM), which represents local landline, wireless and cable television providers, held its annual PoliTech conference this week in Lansing. Representatives from rural telecommunications providers from across the state met to discuss industry goals and concerns as well as interact with state policymakers.

Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, was joined Thursday by Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, chair of the House Energy and Technology committee, for a moderated policy discussion.

Among many other issues, industry professionals expressed frustration with the state property tax structure and the resulting disincentive for capital improvements.

Sen. Nofs has continued to express his desire to work with TAM to achieve his goal of obtaining broadband access to every corner of the state.

"Local providers are responsible for significant investments that support rural communities throughout Michigan,” said Nofs. “We need to assess our current policies and ensure that the state isn't standing in the way of positive growth that could hinder residents’ access to broadband communication services.”

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Governor signs legislation reforming personal property tax for Michigan businesses

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Feb. 13, 2013                                                                       

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Governor signs legislation reforming personal property tax for Michigan businesses

LANSING, Mich.‒ Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Mike Nofs that reforms Michigan’s Personal Property Tax structure for eligible commercial, industrial and manufacturing companies.

Senate Bill 1070, now Public Act 402 of 2012, provides an exemption that begins Dec. 31, 2013 for commercial and industrial personal property if the combined taxable value of all such property owned by the taxpayer is less than $40,000 in the local tax collecting unit.

SB 1071, now PA 403 of 2012, will provide an exemption beginning Dec. 31, 2015 for eligible manufacturing personal property that had been subject to or exempt from taxation for 10 years.

“These measures begin the process of eliminating a cumbersome tax that both job providers and local government officials agree needs to go,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “These reforms will significantly improve our business climate while encouraging investment in new equipment and technology that will help these businesses expand and create jobs.”

Joining Nofs (second from right) and Gov. Snyder at the bill signing were Small Business Association of Michigan President Rob Fowler (second from left), and SBAM’s Vice President of Government Relations Dave Jessup (far left) and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

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Nofs measures allow reimbursement for chiropractic services

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Feb. 5, 2013    
                   
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Nofs measures allow reimbursement for chiropractic services

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Mike Nofs today introduced a set of bills that would allow a chiropractor to be reimbursed for services within current chiropractic scope of care if the same services are eligible for reimbursement when performed by another health care provider.

Nofs, R-Battle Creek, said that under current law, any services performed that were not within the chiropractic scope of care as of Jan. 1, 2009 are not eligible for reimbursement, even if the service is eligible for reimbursement when performed by another health care     provider.

“This is an issue of fairness,” Nofs said. “If the service is covered when performed by one provider, it should be covered when performed by all trained and authorized. This allows for more options and fewer hassles for patients in seeking treatment for their health care needs.”  

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