Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Says Michigan Setting National Example of Success in Feeding Healthy Meals to Children
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that school administrators, parents, community leaders and other stakeholders must work together to address challenges in providing healthy meals to children in schools, and pointed to Michigan schools as an example where collaboration is making a difference. Stabenow invited Betti Wiggins, Executive Director of Detroit Public Schools Office of School Nutrition, to testify before her Committee as part of a larger effort to update child nutrition laws.
Chairwoman Stabenow said recent studies are showing that healthier, improved meal options are being well received by school children in Michigan and across the country, and efforts like farm-to-school gardens are teaching kids the importance of where their food comes from.
‘I have had the opportunity to visit many schools in Michigan and I have been impressed to see elementary school students enjoying broccoli and pineapple from salad bars, and students learning about where their food comes from through farm-to-school efforts,’ Stabenow said.
‘We must continue working together to address challenges in providing healthy meals in schools; reversing course is not an option because the health of our children is directly linked to the health of our economy, security, and long-term sustainability not just in Michigan, but across the country.’
Under Betti Wiggins’ leadership, Detroit Public Schools are working together with food distributors, farmers and other community leaders, and they are succeeding in meeting the challenges of serving high quality meals to approximately 50,000 school children every day.
‘Both our breakfast and lunch menus include a healthy array of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, 100 percent fruit juices and low‐fat milk,’ Wiggins said. ‘We also offer free healthy suppers for numerous at‐risk students through our after‐school programs.’
‘I am extremely proud of what Betti and her team are doing in Detroit,’ added Stabenow. ‘Their work demonstrates how we can help our schools rise to the challenge of feeding our nation’s children.’
Today’s hearing is part of an ongoing effort to update and improve child nutrition laws, which were last updated in 2010′s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for Secord Township Fire and Rescue to improve operations and safety. This $142,833 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
Senator Stabenow said, ‘Today’s announcement is great news for the Secord Township Fire and Rescue and families in Gladwin County. Our first responders risk their lives to keep our families safe, and they rely on these resources to do their jobs safely.’
Senator Levin said, ‘Every day, communities depend on their local fire department to respond to fires and other emergencies. This grant will support Secord Township Fire and Rescue in their difficult and dangerous work.’
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These competitive grants will help fund professional training programs, update equipment and facilities, and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. More information about the grant can be found at http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.
Senate Moves Forward on Legislation to Bring Jobs Back to America, End Tax Giveaway to Corporations Shipping Jobs Overseas
The Senate voted today to move forward with the Bring Jobs Home Act, legislation co-authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to stop rewarding companies that move jobs overseas and instead create new incentives to bring jobs home. Her legislation would end a tax loophole that currently pays for companies to move jobs overseas. It would also provide a 20 percent tax credit to help companies with the cost of bringing jobs back to America. A bipartisan majority of senators voted to move forward on the Bring Jobs Home Act.
‘Today’s bipartisan vote is an important first step,’ Stabenow said. ‘It’s outrageous that, right now, American workers are paying through the tax code to ship their own jobs overseas. We need to close this indefensible loophole and instead start rewarding the companies that are doing the right thing and bringing jobs back to America. Now that the Senate has voted on a bipartisan basis to move forward on this vital legislation, it should not be dragged down by partisan distractions and extraneous items, something that has happened all too often in recent months. We should debate and pass the Bring Jobs Home Act without delay.’
Over the past decade, 2.4 million American jobs have been shipped overseas, and approximately 21.5 million more jobs are at risk being moved overseas today. Michigan alone could lose an additional 737,000 jobs to offshoring. The Bring Jobs Home Act would strengthen manufacturing and other industrial sectors by encouraging companies to support American workers and move jobs back to Michigan and states across the country.
Senator Stabenow’s Bring Jobs Home Act:
Ends a tax loophole that pays the moving expenses of companies that send jobs overseas. Right now, the cost of moving personnel and components of a company to a new location is defined as a business expense that qualifies for a tax deduction. Senator Stabenow’s legislation would keep this deduction in place for companies that bring jobs and business activity back home but businesses would no longer be able to get a tax benefit for shipping jobs overseas.
Creates a new tax cut to provide an incentive for companies to bring jobs back to America. Specifically, her initiative would allow companies to qualify for a tax credit equal to 20% of the cost associated with bringing jobs back to the United States.
NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet.
Read more here: NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites
NASA Television will broadcast live the launch and docking of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Bronco McKart, of Monroe, to the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission.
Housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the 11-member commission oversees professional boxing and mixed martial arts events.
“Bronco has years of experience and I am confident he will be an asset to the board,” said Snyder.
McKart will serve a four-year term expiring June 5, 2018. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointments of Thomas Erdman, of Vassar, Corey Hannahs, of Ann Arbor, and Ernest Harju, of Champion, and to the Electrical Administrative Board.
The board is responsible for licensing and certifying qualified applicants and developing rules and regulations necessary for enforcing safe electrical practices.
“The appointees bring valuable knowledge and skill to the board as it continues to oversee the regulation of the electrical construction industry in Michigan,” Snyder said.
Members serve four-year terms expiring Aug. 10, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.