Rep. Lasinski’s Capitol and Community Updates 4-5-17

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hello Friend,

Welcome to my latest e-newsletter! Please read on for more information about what I’ve been doing in Lansing, future opportunities to talk with me in the district and other community events. As always, please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or ideas about legislation. You can contact me and my staff at (517) 373-0828, by email at DonnaLasinski@house.mi.gov or by visiting my website at RepLasinski.com.

This Is Your House: Listening Tour Town Hall

What do you care about? Education? Health Care? Roads?

Share your priorities with your Washtenaw County state representatives at our Listening Tour Town Hall on Thursday, April 13. I am pleased to invite state Reps. Yousef Rabhi, Adam Zemke and Ronnie Peterson to the 52nd House District to hear what residents across Washtenaw County want to see from the Michigan Legislature.

Thursday, April 13

6:30-8 p.m.

Scio Township Hall Board Room

827 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor

What to do in HD 52

Enjoy the warmer weather and hopefully some sun this weekend by strolling or biking the 5-mile trail through Mill Creek Park along the Huron River in Dexter. You might even spot a few tree buds or flowers peeking through the ground!

Legislative Update

Energy Committee

The House Committee on Energy Policy discussed and voted on three Senate concurrent resolutions (SCRs) last Tuesday. SCR 6 calls upon Congress to appropriate funds from the Nuclear Waste Fund for the establishment of a permanent disposal site for high-level nuclear waste, or else reimburse electric utility customers who paid into the fund. SCR 8 urges the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to establish a permanent solution for the handling of high-level nuclear waste. SCR 9 urges the president and Congress to explore and support policies that would help establish facilities in the United States to reprocess and recycle spent nuclear fuel.

In efforts to ensure that already existing nuclear waste is properly and permanently disposed of, I voted with my colleagues in committee unanimously in favor of all three of these Senate Concurrent Resolutions. They now await further action on the House floor.

Helpful Resources

As a reminder during tax season, seniors and individuals with functional needs may qualify for free tax preparation help from IRS-trained volunteers or Tax Counseling for the Elderly preparers. For information about free tax help, dial 2-1-1.

After filing a Michigan return, you can check the status of your refund online by going to www.michigan.gov/wheresmyrefund

You may also find more general information on filing your state taxes in the 2017 Michigan Taxpayer Guide. I encourage you to contact my office for a physical copy or access the electronic version by visiting http://www.legislature.mi.gov/Publications/TaxpayerGuide-2017.pdf.

I hope you’ve found this information useful. Once again, please feel free to contact my office if we can be of any assistance. I hope to see you at my town hall on Thursday, April 13!