Nofs Works to Find Compromise on Wolf Hunting Package

A two bill package which provides authority to the state Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to determine which animal species are eligible for hunting based on sound science passed the state Senate on Thursday.

The bills were the subject of much debate and discussion throughout the week.

State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, worked with his colleagues to gain support for the removal of the appropriation provision which would have prohibited the legislation from being subjected to a public referendum vote.

“The right of the citizens of Michigan to protect their families, pets, and livestock from predatory animals is vital, especially in the Upper Peninsula which is feeling the brunt of the increase in wolf population,” said Nofs. “However, it’s also important to respect the will of the voters when they speak through a referendum vote.”

The compromise legislation fulfills the spirit of Proposal G by allowing the NRC to list game species based on sound scientific wildlife management practices while also reserving the ability of the state legislature to list and de-list species.

The bills maintain the right of the people to subject this legislation to a referendum vote while also respecting the will of voters by excluding species that have previously been excluded via a referendum.

“I’m pleased that we were able to find a compromise that reflects the very real needs of citizens in the U.P. while also respecting the rights afforded to the people under our state constitution,” Nofs said.

In related action, the Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution S which proposes adding to the state constitution language clarifying the right of Michigan citizens to hunt, trap, fish and to harvest game that are the property of the state and are held in the public trust.


Nofs announces state funding for hundreds of new jobs in the Battle Creek area

Nofs announces state funding for hundreds of new jobs in the Battle Creek area

Sen. Mike Nofs announced Tuesday that the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has approved a Michigan Business Development Program incentive to support projects in the 19th District.

The Office of Economic Development evaluates projects up to six times a year, selecting those that provide the greatest return on investment and best meet the directives established by the Legislature.
Projects selected from the 19th District include:

• 250 new jobs at Janesville Acoustics in Battle Creek, one of the world’s largest producers of acoustical and thermal fiber insulation and automotive decorative trim;

• 58 new jobs at Bleistahl North America LP, a subsidiary of Bleistahl Ltd., a leader in valve train components to the automotive industry in the North American market; and

• 112 new jobs at Brembo North America Inc., a world leader in the manufacture of brake components and systems. Brembo will expand its Homer brake disc and drum manufacturing facility.

“I am pleased to announce the selection of several Transportation Economic Development Fund Category-A grants in District 19,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “The goal of the program is to support economic growth in Michigan through transportation investments critical to developments that create and retain jobs in seven target industries.”

To learn more about possible new employment opportunities, please visit the companies’ individual websites or contact their respective human resources departments.

Nofs resolution defends STARBASE funding

For Immediate Release 
April 11, 2013
Greg Moore
Bruce G. Medaugh
STARBASE – Battle Creek

 LANSING, Mich.— The Michigan Senate Thursday adopted Senate Resolution 31, sponsored by Sen. Mike Nofs, urging the president and Congress to maintain funding for the STARBASE youth science and education program.

STARBASE is administered by the Department of Defense and allows schools to partner with local military bases to provide unique science and technology learning opportunities.

The program was developed in Michigan at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base more than 20 years ago. It now operates in 40 states and is currently utilized by approximately 3,500 Michigan students at locations in Battle Creek, Alpena and Harrison Township.

“Early exposure to science and technology is vital for our young people to excel in the global economy,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “By utilizing military technology that would be otherwise unavailable to local schools, students have the opportunity to experience technology that will hopefully peak their interest in pursuing science-based careers.”

Last month Congress considered a continuing budget resolution that would have eliminated funding for the program. The funding was eventually restored but the financial future of the STARBASE program is still very much in doubt within the federal budget.