Nofs introduces bill to assist those who inherit property

For Immediate Release                
Feb. 27, 2014              

Contact: Greg Moore

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Nofs has introduced Senate Bill 831, which will protect individuals from increased taxes on property they inherit by will or intestate succession.

Under current Michigan law, when a property owner dies and the property transfers by will or intestate succession to another person, in most instances any homestead exemption on that property is lifted and the new owner is subject to the full 18-mill limit instead of the reduced 6-mill levy.

Nofs said this can be a tremendous burden on family members or others who are dealing with the costs of settling the estate and simply want to sell the property.

“Individuals who are already dealing with the loss of a loved one and all of the legal steps that come with it shouldn’t be further burdened with the potential for much higher taxes simply because the property transfers to them,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “This will give individuals and families the necessary time to deal with these difficult matters while getting the property listed and sold.”

Under the bill, a new owner could retain an existing homestead exemption on the property for up to three years as long as the property is not occupied, is listed for sale, is not leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose. The owner would simply need to file a conditional rescission form with the local unit of government.

SB 831 has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.

Bipartisan plan keeps repeal of punitive tax and protects local governments

For Immediate Release                
Feb. 25, 2014              

Contact: Greg Moore
LANSING—Upon introduction today of a 10-bill package (Senate Bills 821-830) dealing with the elimination of the Personal Property Tax (PPT), Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, issued the following statement:                        

“I want to thank Lt. Gov. Calley and his staff, as well as all those who worked so hard crafting this compromise package over the last 18 months. I’m pleased that the end result will allow us to fulfill our commitment to fund vital local government services while eliminating a tax that is much despised by all parties.

“Under this plan, elimination of the PPT will decrease the paperwork and administrative burden for businesses and local governments, provide a much more stable funding source for local units and place us in a much more competitive position for new jobs and investment relative to our neighboring states.

“I look forward to putting this issue before voters for their approval in August.”


Nofs receives Legislative Leader Award

For Immediate Release
Feb. 20, 2014

Contact: Greg Moore

LANSING, Mich.— Members of the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm (CTKMW) met Wednesday with state lawmakers at the Capitol in Lansing to raise awareness about the energy assistance needs of Michigan’s low-income households.

Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Snyder issued a formal proclamation designating February 2014 as Keep Michigan Warm Month.

“We met with legislators to provide them with the most current data regarding Michigan’s low-income population and energy assistance availability,” said Shaun Taft, chairperson of the CTKMW. “We’re confident that these lawmakers will be even more supportive of Michigan's energy assistance programs after they’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the realities our most vulnerable citizens are facing.”

As part of Wednesday’s events, the coalition presented its 2014 Legislative Leader Award to Sens. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, and Bruce Caswell, R-Hillsdale, and Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, who were instrumental in passing legislation last year to reform and fund Michigan’s low-income energy assistance programs.

“I am honored to receive this award from those on the front lines who see firsthand the importance of the programs and funding we put in place last year,” said Nofs. “Michigan has been hit with a particularly brutal winter this year, which only underlines our need to keep all Michiganders warm.”

The event at the Capitol is only one way in which the coalition works with state lawmakers to improve the delivery of energy assistance. Since 1987, the CTKMW has worked to improve the availability of financial and human resources to meet the energy assistance needs of Michigan’s low-income households.

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Nofs’ Senate Bill 528 passes Senate as part of child support reform package

For Immediate Release
Feb. 20, 2014

Contact: Greg Moore

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Nofs announced Wednesday that legislation he sponsored as part of an overhaul of the child support system passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Senate Bill 528 would amend the Michigan Lottery Act to codify and centralize the procedure for cross-referencing lottery winners with individuals who have failed to pay court-ordered child support.

“This is common sense policy,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “A parent who fails to pay to support their child should be held accountable, particularly when benefiting from a Lottery prize.”

Under the bill, before a prize of $1,000 or more can be distributed, the individual claiming the ticket must be cross referenced with the Department of Treasury liability system to ensure that the winner does not have an unpaid child support obligation. If one is found, the winnings must first go to the child support arrearage after which the balance would go to the winner.

The 12-bill package came about as the result of more than a year of work by the Michigan Office of Child Support (OCS), which engaged legislators and the stakeholders of the child support system to identify weaknesses in the current format.


***Media Advisory***

For Immediate Release
Feb. 7, 2014

Contact: Greg Moore

State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, and general public

A town hall meeting regarding Gov. Snyder’s 2014 budget presentation.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
6-8 p.m.
Burnham Brook Community Center
200 W. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Sen. Mike Nofs will be holding a town hall meeting regarding Gov. Snyder’s 2014 budget presentation. Discussions at this meeting will center on the presentation and the recommendations made by Snyder for Fiscal Year 2014.
“Thanks to three consecutive years of responsible budgeting, we now have a modest surplus,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Before lending my support to committing this surplus to any project or program, I must have input from my constituents about their top priorities.”
A question-and-answer session with the general public will follow Nofs’ presentation.