Marleau announces $2.7 million business development grant

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Marleau announced on Wednesday that $2.7 million in grant money from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has been awarded to Brose North America Group, a manufacturing company headquartered in Auburn Hills.

In 2014, Brose was awarded a $4.25 million Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP) performance-based grant for its investment of $97.6 million and creation of 475 jobs at its New Boston facility.

Because the company will be investing an additional $105 million and creating an additional 300 jobs, MSF has increased the grant to $6.95 million.

“Brose North America Group is thriving, and that benefits all of us,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “This additional grant money is a sound investment that will reap benefits in the community. It is money well spent.”

Brose North America Group is a leading manufacturer of mechatronic components for vehicle bodies and interiors. Michigan was chosen for this business over competing sites in the U.S. and Mexico.

Marleau: 2018 budget supports key Michigan priorities

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau said on Thursday that the Legislature has finalized a fiscal year 2018 budget that builds on a commitment to improving Michigan and investing in key priorities.

“For the seventh consecutive year, Senate Republicans have finalized the state’s budget months ahead of schedule, providing assurance for local governments and school districts when planning their own budgets,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion.

Marleau, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, said the budget enhances public health and safety.

“This budget has been crafted to eliminate wasteful overhead to help ensure that more of the services people need are funded,” Marleau said. “It seeks to provide more money to patients, particularly through the steps we continue to take to integrate mental and physical health delivery in the state.”

The lawmaker said the final budget increases state funding for schools to record levels and boosts economic development while making government more efficient and effective with taxpayer dollars.

House Bill 4313 and House Bill 4323 now head to the governor to be signed. The FY 2018 budget takes effect on Oct. 1.

Sen. Marleau comments on governor’s 2018 budget plan

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — After listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 state budget on Wednesday, Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, issued the following statement:

“The budget the governor presented today provides a solid foundation for moving forward. It is fiscally sound and provides a good allocation of resources to continue to foster job growth and economic development.

“As the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, I listened particularly closely to the portion of the governor’s address regarding public health.

“Funding to help protect Michiganders from public health issues includes $14.3 million to help protect our state’s drinking water and help ensure our children have clean, safe water at school; and $4.9 million to protect air quality.

“I am pleased to see further investments going toward cost savings and access to better health care and more dollars going directly to patients instead of being filtered through bureaucratic channels.

“The governor’s budget proposal includes good investments to improve public health. My colleagues and I in the House and Senate are going to work hard the next few months to help ensure that these and other budget priorities are enacted into law.”

Marleau announces $1.25 million in business development grants

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Marleau announced that $1.25 million in grant money from the Michigan Strategic Fund has been awarded to two business with locations in Auburn Hills and Troy.

“This is great news for the cities of Auburn Hills and Troy as well as the surrounding communities,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “These companies’ investments are the engine that drives continued job growth.”

Valeo North America, Inc., which creates products and systems that contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and to the development of intuitive driving, plans to construct a low-speed test track and a new supporting building in Auburn Hills as well as make improvements at its Troy location.

The company received a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for the project, which is expected to generate total private investment of nearly $5 million and create 290 jobs.

Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi and Mexico. The cities of Troy and Auburn Hills have offered support to the project in the form of staff time, marketing assistance and/or tax abatements.

ABB, Inc., a global leader in power and automation technologies, has multiple facilities around the country, including a production facility in the city of Auburn Hills. The company was awarded a $250,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant and plans to invest in new equipment and expand its robotic production in Auburn Hills, investing $9.1 million and creating 40 jobs.

Michigan was chosen over competing sites in North Carolina, Georgia, China and Sweden.

Senate approves criminal justice reforms

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming the state’s criminal justice system.

“These comprehensive reforms are based on programs tried and found successful in other states,” said state Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “The legislation will help address the problem of re-incarceration, reduce prison costs and help rehabilitate prisoners.”

Senate Bills 5-24 and 50 would make reforms throughout the entire criminal justice system. The package addresses issues facing prisoners, individuals who are on probation or parole, and those working on integrating back to society.

Among the reforms included in the package are ways to better track and evaluate recidivism data, expedite medical commutation hearings and encourage volunteer programs that are beneficial to prisoners and could aid in their transition back to society.

The proposals would also reform the probation process by limiting the revocation time that a probation violator would serve for technical violations, allowing judges to shorten a probation term as a result of good behavior and offering an incentive to probation agents and supervisors to keep probationers out of prison.

The bills now head to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Photo Advisory: Marleau welcomes Clarkston pastor to Capitol to give Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, (center) welcomed Pastor Jonathan Heierman of Calvary Lutheran Church in Clarkston to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Heierman gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session.

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Media Advisory: Sen. Jim Marleau available for comments following 2017 State of the State address

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Sen. Jim Marleau will be available for comments following the governor’s 2017 State of the State address on Tuesday.

Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, and his guest, newly elected Oakland County Commissioner Tom Berman.

Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

After the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

By phone or in:
House Appropriations Room
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State Capitol
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Marleau will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

He also will be available by phone. Please call Marleau’s office at 1-517-373-2417 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Marleau announces new legislative director

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Marleau on Wednesday announced that David Jessup has joined his team as his new legislative director.

“David is a longtime advisor to our team and friend of Oakland County,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “With his extensive legislative background and his work in nonprofit government relations, David will serve our communities and the Senate well.”

Jessup worked for almost nine years for members in the House, and he worked for six years for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Small Business Association of Michigan.

The Detroit Free Press: Michigan makes strides in vaccination rates

By Sen. Jim Marleau
12th Senate District

We just celebrated the birth of our second grandson. Our daughter reminded us, other family members and friends to update vaccinations before visiting him.

Despite the widespread availability of immunizations, we still see outbreaks of preventable diseases here in Michigan.

A significant outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) occurred in 2014 in Grand Traverse County, historically one of Michigan’s most under-vaccinated communities. More than 80 cases of the disease were reported and at least 22 schools in the county were affected.

Pertussis is sometimes fatal for babies who are too young to be immunized, and 50 percent of babies who catch pertussis require hospitalization. Fortunately, childhood immunizations are an effective way to protect our children from dangerous, infectious diseases, such as pertussis, measles and mumps.

Young children and infants are especially vulnerable to these diseases because their immune systems are still developing and they are exposed to many other children in school and daycare.

In Michigan, families who choose not to immunize their children are able to do so. But those who choose not to immunize their families put other families at risk, especially infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated.

To address these concerns, in January 2015 the state implemented a reform aimed at better educating parents on the safety and importance of vaccinations. Parents were provided with information and education about the importance of immunizations. Under the rule, parents seeking a non-medical waiver are required to get the waiver signed at their local county health department.

According to numbers released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services this past January, a year after the implementation of the reform, waiver rates plunged by more than 39 percent statewide in 2015. Michigan’s waiver rate has dropped from 4.6 percent to only 2.8 percent.

In the Detroit area, waiver rates dropped 51 percent in Oakland County, 34 percent in Macomb County, 53 percent in Wayne County and 63 percent in the city of Detroit.

Across the state, there were nearly 8,000 fewer childhood immunization waiver requests in 2015. That includes a decrease of 32.1 percent in the kindergarten waiver rate; a 35.4 percent decrease in the seventh grade waiver rate; a decrease of 37.8 percent in the waiver rate for new entrants to a school district; and a 36.4 percent decrease in the childcare waiver rate.

This is wonderfully encouraging news for all Michigan residents. While these statistics are reassuring, we can’t declare victory. Vaccine-preventable diseases can still be deadly to those who have not been vaccinated.

That is why now is the time to think about vaccinating your children before they head back to school. Yes, it is the middle of summer, but school will be here before we know it. It is critical that Michigan continues to see vaccination waiver rates decrease among the school-aged population.

Families are now more educated than ever about the safety of vaccines and the need to vaccinate their children to protect them and others.

We should not assume, however, that the fight is over. We must remain vigilant to guard against these diseases.

We must continue to vaccinate our children and grandchildren. Now, before our kids head back to school in September, is the time to do so.

This column first appeared in The Detroit Free Press. Senator Jim Marleau is a member of the Senate Health Policy Committee. He serves the residents of the 12th Senate District.

REMINDER: Kowall and Marleau honoring Vietnam era veterans at Oxford event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Jim Marleau on Wednesday reminded interested parties of a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony this Saturday, Aug. 27 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Marleau, R-Lake Orion, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families as part of a Veterans picnic in Oxford. They encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them to pay 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 (VWC), will include a formal lapel pinning ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 1550 W. Drahner Road, in Oxford. The Christ the King Veterans Ministry and Vietnam Veterans of America Post 133 are also helping sponsor the event. The lapel pinning ceremony will follow a picnic at the church at 11 a.m.

The lawmakers 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.

Pastor Andrea Holt of Christ the King Church will sing the National Anthem to open the ceremony. Sgt. Mark Johnson of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department will be the guest speaker, and the Presentation of Colors will be by the VFW Post #334 Honor Guard.

Kowall has held numerous lapel-pinning ceremonies, both in Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars/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