Rep. Iden talks about Senate passage of a package of bills Wednesday reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture code, including his HB 4507, which he says protects Michigan residents by requiring clear and convincing evidence that an individual has committed a crime before property is confiscated.
Rep. Iden says the start of the state’s fiscal year on Thursday is passing relatively unnoticed, but adds the state budget process has become much more efficient in recent years, with a focus on paying down debt and putting money into the Budget Stabilization Fund.
Rep. Iden talks about the annual September 11 commemoration honoring first responders at the state Capitol on Thursday.
Rep. Iden comments on his new legislation that would provide for a new state income tax checkoff to support Junior Achievement, saying he sees support for organizations like JA as a key part of fostering financial literacy among young people.
Rep. Iden, the Vice Chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee, says he will travel the state this summer listening to residents of smaller communities and agribusiness professionals about the need for better rural broadband and an increased state focus on technology and ag.
Rep. Iden says following House passage of a road funding reform package earlier in June, he expects further legislative action on the issue during the summer.
Rep. Iden says he’s pleased the state’s 2016 budget focuses additional attention on roads and schools and is finished more than 100 days before the start of the new fiscal year.
Rep. Iden says the roads package approved by the state House on Wednesday reflects what he has been hearing from constituents in his district.
Rep. Iden says the message he hears on his community is that dollars raised for roads should be spent on roads.
Rep. Iden talks about his first bill, which caps the amount of venture capital voucher certificates, as well as how he’ll visit with his constituents on their doorsteps as temperatures warm up.
Rep. Iden talks about the House Republican Agenda for the next two years that was unveiled Thursday in Lansing.
Rep. Iden says the Governor’s focus on workforce development is good news for connecting skills jobs with skills.