Zorn applauds River Raisin battlefield project as top trust fund recommendation

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn applauded the city of Monroe for its proposal to purchase land adjacent to the River Raisin battlefield. The plan was the top priority in the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) board’s land acquisition project recommendations.

“The River Raisin National Battlefield Park is the site of the devastating Battle of Frenchtown and is the only national battlefield park from the War of 1812,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “It speaks volumes to the importance of the River Raisin site and the hard work by local leaders that this project was scored as the state’s number one priority for land acquisitions.”

The plan approved by the NRTF board includes $4,986,200 toward a $7 million project for Monroe to acquire properties adjacent to the River Raisin National Battlefield project that would be used for accessible recreation, the conservation of natural resources and the improvement of urban areas.

The Michigan state budget director recently requested legislation be approved this year to authorize NRTF funding for the River Raisin project and 68 other recommended projects.

“The battlefield is an important historical, cultural and natural resource,” said Zorn, vice chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee. “I strongly support this project and look forward to quickly approving the use of these constitutionally restricted funds to help connect the national park with the community. It is about helping preserve a piece of our heritage and also improve access to outstanding outdoor recreation.”

The NRTF is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The fund’s dollars are constitutionally restricted to recreation improvements and land acquisitions.

Since its creation in 1976, the fund has awarded more than $1 billion for land acquisition and public outdoor recreation development projects for communities in every county.

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Sen. Zorn welcomes Bill White to state Capitol for State of the State address

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Bill White to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night before Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2015 State of the State address. White (left) is a business owner from Hudson and was Zorn’s guest for the annual address.

A print-quality photograph of Zorn welcoming White is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the caucus photowire at: www.misenategop.com/photowire.

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Sen. Dale Zorn comments on State of the State address

LANSING—After listening to the governor’s 2015 State of the State address Tuesday night, Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, issued the following statement:

“As a small business owner, I applaud the governor for putting forward a positive plan to make our state more efficient and effective in how we meet the needs of our residents and job creators.

“During my time in the Legislature, we have accomplished much to improve our state and energize our economy. As a result, we have seen an increase in tourism and a growing economy that has created more than 300,000 jobs in four years.

“The governor called for more transparency at the local level of government, and I look forward to putting my 30 years of experience in local government to use as we work with our locals to enact innovative solutions to improve effectiveness and openness in how we provide critical local services to families and job providers.

“I am proud that education will remain a top priority. We must focus on improving student academic performance and ensuring our schools give every Michigan student an education that meets their needs and prepares them for success.

“Career and technical education plays an important role in bringing all residents into the governor’s ‘River of Opportunity.’ Michigan is creating jobs, yet many of these positions remain unfilled. Applied learning can help give students and existing workers the skills necessary to fill the workforce needs of a growing economy.”

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Zorn to head Senate Local Government Committee

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn will chair the Senate Local Government Committee and serve as vice chair on another committee during the 98th Legislature.

“I know that our local governments can play a tremendously important role in helping grow our economy and improve the lives of Michigan residents,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “With more than 30 years of experience in local government, I understand the challenges that locals face and the vital services they provide our families and job providers. I look forward to working with our local governments to develop innovative solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness.”

Zorn will also serve as vice chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee. In addition, he will be a member of the committees on Banking and Financial Services; Energy and Technology; and Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security.

“Michigan has come a long way in the last four years, yet we still face challenges,” Zorn said. “I am dedicated to giving the hard-working people of the 17th District a voice as we discuss vital issues, such as supporting our veterans, protecting the American dream of homeownership and reducing the cost of energy to heat our homes and power our economy.

“We must also protect and improve access to Michigan’s outstanding natural resources, which provide world-class recreational opportunities for families and attract millions of visitors.”

Prior to becoming a senator, Zorn served two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives and three decades in local government as a constable and trustee in Raisinville Township from 1980-1991 and as a Monroe County Commissioner from 1991 to 2011.

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Sen. Dale Zorn available for comments following State of the State address

Who:               Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, chair of the Senate Local Government Committee.

What:              Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When:             Immediately following the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Where:            House Appropriations Room, Third Floor, State Capitol, Lansing, MI

Briefing:         Zorn will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Zorn’s office at 1-517-373-3543 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Dale Zorn sworn in as 17th District senator

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, was sworn in as senator of the 17th District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office. Zorn was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, Cindy; son, Jason; daughter-in-law, Ashley; and friends Bruce and Kim Diven.

“It is an honor to serve the hard-working people of Monroe and Lenawee counties in the Michigan Senate,” Zorn said. “My commitment to the constituents of the 17th Senate District is that I will continue to work hard every day to improve our state, grow our economy and create good Michigan jobs.”

Zorn also announced that his office is open and ready to assist constituents of the 17th District.

“I encourage anyone who needs help or wants to share their viewpoint on state issues to contact our office,” Zorn said. “My excellent staff and I are dedicated to providing the best service possible for our hard-working constituents.”

An email address and toll-free phone number have been established to add convenience for district residents. The email address is sendzorn@senate.michigan.gov and the toll-free number is 1-855-347-8017.

Zorn’s office is located in Room 710 of the Farnum Building at 125 West Allegan St. in Lansing, across the street from the Michigan Capitol. For U.S. mail, the mailing address is Senator Dale Zorn, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI, 48909.

Residents will soon be able to visit his Senate website at www.SenatorDaleZorn.com for information on legislation, to see photos and to access helpful materials.

Photographs of Zorn being sworn in are available by clicking on the images or by visiting the caucus photowire at: www.misenategop.com/photowire.

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