Sen. Kowall offers free 2011 tax preparation guides

LANSING — Residents of the 15th Senate District looking for a free tax preparation reference can obtain a copy of the latest Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide through Sen. Mike Kowall’s website.

The guide, which is a reference for the 2011 tax year, is designed to help residents prepare their tax forms.

“The tax laws change every year,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “Filing your taxes can be really confusing and that’s why it’s critical to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. These guides will help Oakland County residents prepare and file their taxes. I encourage everyone to make use of these guides.”

The booklet contains information on Michigan’s taxes and tax credits. Included is a year-long taxpayer’s calendar with reference to important tax dates and filing deadlines. Also inside are copies of the most commonly used tax forms, as well as addresses and phone numbers for obtaining state agency tax information assistance.

Free copies of the tax guides are available for residents of the 15th Senate District on Kowall’s Web site at: www.senatormikekowall.com. Anyone without Internet access can obtain a free copy by contacting Kowall’s office toll free at 1-866-301-6515.

Sen. Kowall offers comments following the 2012 State of the State address

LANSING — After Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual State of the State address, Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, issued the following statement:

“I’m excited about what I heard from the governor tonight and I look forward to reviewing his plans in further detail when they become available.

“The changes we implemented in 2011 are beginning to pay off, but we have yet to realize all the benefits. For the first time in three years, Michigan’s unemployment figures dropped below 10 percent – that’s fantastic news, but our work is far from over. In 2012 we will continue the important work we started last year to get Michigan back on the right track.

“I look forward to pushing ahead this year with my legislative colleagues and Governor Snyder to turn things around for Michigan and our residents.”

Editor’s note: The senator’s audio remarks are available for broadcast from the Senate Majority Audiowire on the Web at: http://www.MISenateGOP.com/podcasts.asp?District=15.

Kowall: State website a new tool for job seekers

LANSING — Oakland County residents looking for a job or considering a career change have a new resource at their disposal: Pure Michigan Talent Connect, a state talent and jobs website, said Sen. Mike Kowall.

“This new website is a great tool for anyone looking for a job or wishing to switch careers,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “The website’s various features are designed to help job seekers and providers. I encourage anyone looking for work to utilize the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website.”

Residents may visit the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website at www.MiTalent.org. The page offers three key sections for visitors trying to find a job, employers looking to hire, and workers exploring new career and educational options. The Career Matchmaker and Career Investment Calculator are designed to help individuals identify which industries are in need of their job skills and calculate the value of additional training for a new career.

Other useful information highlighted on the MiTalent site include materials specific to veterans and entrepreneurs, such as the Pure Michigan Mentor Network, small business resources, Military Skills Translator and veterans job search sites.

“As Michigan’s unemployment rate continues to drop, we must remain dedicated to improving our economy so residents looking for work can find a good-paying job,” Kowall said. “Additionally, we must continue to look for ways to help connect people looking for work with job providers, and that is exactly what the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website was designed for.”

Kowall’s economic development bill becomes law

LANSING ― State Sen. Mike Kowall (right), R-White Lake, and Gov. Rick Snyder hold Senate Bill 855, sponsored by Kowall, after it was signed into law. SB 855 was designed to ensure Michigan gets the best return on its investments. The new law, Public Act 292 of 2011, increases the job creation requirement from 500 to 700 jobs for the state’s battery credit.

Editor’s note: For a print-quality version of this and other Kowall photos, click the image or visit www.SenatorMikeKowall.com and click the Photowire link.