Casperson town hall meeting to take place Wednesday, July 31 in Ishpeming

State Sen. Tom Casperson announced today that he will host a town hall meeting with constituents Wednesday, July 31, in Ishpeming.

Casperson, R-Escanaba, will give a brief overview of current issues facing the Michigan Legislature followed by a question and answer session.

The event is free and open to the public.

Details of the town hall meeting are as follows:

Wednesday, July 31
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Ishpeming High School auditorium
319 E. Division Street, Ishpeming

For more information or to contact Casperson, please visit www.SenatorTomCasperson.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2038.

Casperson town hall meeting to take place Wednesday, July 31 in Ishpeming

State Sen. Tom Casperson announced today that he will host a town hall meeting with constituents Wednesday, July 31, in Ishpeming.

Casperson, R-Escanaba, will give a brief overview of current issues facing the Michigan Legislature followed by a question and answer session.

The event is free and open to the public.

Details of the town hall meeting are as follows:

Wednesday, July 31
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Ishpeming High School auditorium
319 E. Division Street, Ishpeming

For more information or to contact Casperson, please visit www.SenatorTomCasperson.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2038.

Renewed wolf hunting referendum effort launched

LANSING, Mich.— This week the Keep MI Wolves Protected group announced it would seek a new referendum in order to reverse recently enacted legislation that allows the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to manage wolves according to sound science as they do with other game species.

Recently, the NRC used authority provided through Senate Bill 288, introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba and signed by Governor Snyder, to develop science based regulations including a limited wolf hunt in Michigan to help manage wolves.

Upon hearing of the renewed referendum attempt, Casperson had the following to say:

“Just as it is their right to pursue a referendum on Michigan law, it is also my right and obligation as senator for the area where wolves are actually located to protect the rights of the citizens of the Upper Peninsula, especially in the Western UP where wolves are very heavily concentrated and are killing pets, livestock, and wildlife and changing the local way of life. 
 

“I will be relentless in maintaining management policies to ensure that the people of the Upper Peninsula are heard as they overwhelmingly have pleaded for management efforts, including hunting, to help address problems caused by a growing wolf population in their backyards. 
 

“After all, UP residents are the only people whose daily lives are impacted by wolves in their communities, not the leaders of this referendum effort who primarily live out of state and are motivated much more by fundraising for their so-called ‘animal welfare’ organizations than truly protecting animals with management efforts according to science. 
 

“The out-of-staters and million-dollar organizations, including the Humane Society of the U.S., who are funding and pushing the effort to oppose the limited wolf regulations developed by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, do very little to aid pet shelters as they would lead many to believe.
“Instead, these groups raise money off of misinformation and scare tactics that they will use again in this new referendum effort to fund their extreme anti-hunting campaigns and circumvent the will of the people who actually live and are impacted by wolves in Michigan.”
 

 

Bills to attract firearms manufacturers recently proposed in Michigan Senate

Sen. Tom Casperson recently introduced a measure to create Arms Related Manufacturing (ARM) zones.

ARM zones are modeled after tool and die zones to create tax incentives to attract firearms manufacturers to locate in Michigan. Due to recent restrictive legislation being proposed and enacted in their home states, some gun manufacturers are increasingly looking to other states as a possible new home for their respective businesses.

“Officials in some states are pushing unfriendly and in many cases unnecessary policies that are providing real incentive to arms manufacturers to relocate,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “The companies provide many good jobs and valuable economic activity for the communities where they are located, so we’re saying that Michigan embraces the Second Amendment and it is open for business, so please come to Michigan.”

Casperson has already had discussions with several manufacturers, including Colt and Stag, about the prospects of their locating in Michigan. 

“We’ve actually asked for insight from the manufacturers and invited them to tell us what they would be looking for to relocate here; what would be a good incentive; what are some of the things that would entice you to a state to do business. They are very interested in the proposed legislation and, because of it, are considering Michigan as a possible destination to relocate.”

Senate Bills 429 and 430 were recently introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Economic Development.