first_img13Feb Glenn invited to join Hispanic caucus in Lansing Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, left, and Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit. Both men share the bond of being veterans. Glenn served in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard, and Santana was a U.S. Navy rescue swimmer.Lansing, Mich. — Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, on Thursday joined the bipartisan Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus at the invitation of newly-elected caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit and vice-chairman Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City.Glenn is not Hispanic, but the caucus by-laws state that “MLHC is committed to diversity and actively seeks to elect and recruit individuals from all segments of the population as officers, committee chairs, and members.”Santana said Friday he is “very excited and encouraged to have Rep. Glenn as a member. His experience will add tremendous value to the overall discussion of Hispanic economic prosperity. I look forward to listening to his views on the economy and how we can all participate in the American dream.”Glenn commended Santana for his leadership in convening the caucus and said “Harvey and I will focus on the common values that unite us regardless of ethnicity or party. President Kennedy correctly observed that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and all legislators should be committed to policies that raise the tide of economic opportunity in Rep. Santana’s district as much as in our own.”For example, Glenn said he will work to win caucus support for legislation to allow implementation of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s proposed Universal Tuition Tax Credit, which would “empower parents of all income levels, of all races or ethnic backgrounds, in all communities, to choose the best and safest schools for their children.”Santana said the caucus will focus on issues of common concern to Hispanics and all citizens including taxes, small business development, infrastructure investment, public education (K-12, college, and vocational), criminal justice, agriculture, housing, employment, and health care. Glenn and Santana have already agreed, once the weather improves, to host each other for a tour of their respective legislative districts.“Rep. Santana and I have the same title, but for him, the job description includes, for example, being called to personally intervene to stop violence between rival gangs,” Glenn said. “Obviously, we’re blessed that that’s not been part of the job description in Midland and rural Bay counties, so visiting each other’s district and witnessing the many differences will be educational and enlightening for both of us.“It’s about understanding, literally and figuratively, where the other guy’s coming from, and hopefully crafting bipartisan solutions based on understanding our differences that can then unite us in the task — without government dictating or guaranteeing equal outcomes – of ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families.”Santana’s 9th House District is comprised of northwest Detroit and part of the city of Dearborn.The 98th House District represented by Glenn is comprised of the city of Midland and six suburban and rural townships in Midland County, plus the cities of Auburn, Linwood, and Pinconning and seven rural townships in Bay County.The caucus is also tentatively planning to hold a town hall meeting in May in Saginaw hosted by Rep. Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw.According to the U.S. Census, Hispanics comprise 8 percent of the population in Saginaw County and 4.9 percent in Bay County, both higher than the 4.7 percent statewide, while only 2.4 percent of Midland County residents are of Hispanic origin. Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photoslast_img

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