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.