Lansing, MI — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, was awarded on Friday with the Michigan Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chesterfield Township Library.
“I think that municipalities and cities need libraries because libraries are essential in educating people,” Brandenburg said. “I’ve made sure throughout my entire time as a public servant that our libraries have had the resources they need. This recognition from the Michigan Library Association is one of the most meaningful honors I have ever received.”
Brandenburg received the first Michigan Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership promoting libraries and their important place in our communities. The award was presented at a reception at the Chesterfield Township Library. In 2015, Brandenburg introduced a package of bills that changed how library special millages were treated by tax capture authorities. This tax capture relief means that libraries now have a say in how their specially-dedicated millages are used by many of these authorities. It means the return of up to $10 million a year to libraries.
“Senator Brandenburg’s unparalleled efforts to see that libraries’ dedicated millages are used to fund libraries and his support for transparency and accountability for voters exemplifies the leadership our library patrons and all Michigan residents can appreciate,” said Steven Bowers, Michigan Library Association Board President. “His efforts have helped to ensure the future of our Michigan libraries.”
“The Harrison Township Public Library could not be more thrilled that Senator Jack Brandenburg was awarded the Michigan Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Dan Hutchins, Director of the Harrison Township Public Library. “No legislator in Michigan has done more for public libraries than Senator Brandenburg. It was touching that he included his parents in the award ceremony. It was also touching that the senator shared with the audience how proud he is of his home town public library in Harrison Township.”