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Michigan Retailers Association Names Graves Legislator of the Year

Group says Graves strengthened penalties for organized crime against retailers.

State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, has been named Legislator of the Year for 2012 by the Michigan Retailers Association. 

The organization highlighted Graves' efforts fighting organized crimes against retailers in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder signed Graves' legislation, House Bills 5843 and 5902 on Dec. 31, 2012, strengthening penalties for organized crime against retailers, including a provision requiring thieves to repay retailers for stolen merchandise.

"Public safety is a top priority of mine, and  was honored to be the sponsor of legislation  giving law enforcement another tool to crack down on organized crime against retailers," said Graves. "I am confident this new law will be an effective tool for law enforcement in their fight against crime and help our local retailers get reimbursed for their merchandise losses. I am honored by the recognition by the Michigan Retailers Association and will continue to advocate for efforts that increase public safety in our local communities."

Graves is a first-term state representative serving the 51st House District, which includes portions of Genesee and Oakland County.

*Information provided by Michigan House Republicans.

Steve Losey January 24, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Increasing penalties doesn't do anything to fix the problem. Another "smoke screen" put up by Graves and his ineffective Republican puppeteers. It's a pretty good act though.......you can't even see Snyder's lips move when Graves talks. Check the stats folks, crime is rampet and on the rise. Solid education equals a talented and skilled work force. Jobs equal money in folks pockets and the less need to steal to survive. Stealing from public education and working class people and then giving it to wealthy corporations doesn't do anything but make the real problem worse. Graves wants to jail folks for the same behavior he exhibits.
Dr. Ron Sadler January 24, 2013 at 06:43 PM
A much deserved award for a hardworking and competent legislator who listens to his electorate. Joe has not avoided the tough issues to revitalize Michigan’s economy. He listens to the people and then goes to Lansing and represents their views. As a result, Michigan’s economy is improving. According to Paul Traub, Business Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank, Michigan has the sixth fastest growing economy in the nation. Unemployment is down, state exports are up, and housing starts and home prices are improving. http://michiganeconomy.chicagofedblogs.org/ Joe, keep up the good work…A well deserved recognition. Dr. Ron Sadler
Dr. Ron Sadler January 24, 2013 at 06:45 PM
A much deserved award for a hardworking and competent legislator who listens to his electorate. Joe has not avoided the tough issues to revitalize Michigan’s economy. He listens to the people and then goes to Lansing and represents their views. As a result, Michigan’s economy is improving. According to Paul Traub, Business Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank, Michigan has the sixth fastest growing economy in the nation. Unemployment is down, state exports are up, and housing starts and home prices are improving. http://michiganeconomy.chicagofedblogs.org/ Joe, keep up the good work…A well deserved recognition.
Steve Losey January 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Nice try Dr. Ron. Graves voting record speaks for itself. He's pro Joe and anti everybody else.
Scott Gormley January 25, 2013 at 02:36 AM
I'm sorry Steve, maybe I misunderstood your comment. You would prefer that public safety not be a priority for the state? Also, the only budget Joe voted for increased the base per-pupil funding... So, maybe you and him should be friends because it seems like you agree. That's more than our former governor Granholm can say as she slashed education funding during her final term!
Drew Shapiro January 25, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Nice work Joe, thank you for the work you do in our community.
Steve Losey January 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Scott - increasing public safety would be great. Stricter penalties don't accomplish that. Penalties are reactionary to symptoms of a problem, they aren't proactive to fixing the problem. School funding was cut, Joe voted for adding back one quarter of what he voted to remove and give to corporations. Wait to see what happens to school funding this year........I don't have a personal problem with Joe, (he's a very nice man) I have a problem with his"blind eye" when it comes time to represent ALL the people. He's a party puppet. And I'll agree with you, Granholm's leadership sucked. But, moving from the extreme left to the extreme right ain't the answer my friend. Finding middle ground and working for the best interests of ALL of our residents is what our leadership should be doing.
Scott Gormley January 25, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Steve, clearly he is doing what the people of our area want being that he won 2 elections in less than 10 months. I respect Joe and the work he has been doing. And this bill that you say was "fluff" had every democrat in the legislature vote for it - that sounds like finding common ground to me. So maybe you should get some facts before spouting wrong and factually incorrect talking points.
Steve Adams January 25, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Great job and congratulations Joe! You are making a great impact, both in our district and throughout the state!
Steve Losey January 25, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Scott, Joe Graves won two elections primarily for two specific reasons. 1. First election was held on the Republican Presidential Primary. 2. Election number two was held after the 51st district was redrawn to insulate the Republican vote. (As a side note - it was redrawn as a 60/40 Republican strong hold and Joe only got 53% of the vote) Bi-partisan support on the bill you referenced was a "no brainer." No one in their right mind would vote against it. I never said there was anything wrong with the bill other than it doesn't do anything to fix the problem. It simply puts bad people behind bars for a longer period of time thus costing US the tax payers more money. Check YOUR facts.
Scott Gormley January 25, 2013 at 05:31 PM
All I can say is Joe Graves won because he worked hard. I know he knocked on my door twice and had a nice conversation with me and my wife. I never heard from you. Clearly Joe was out there on the front lines talking to the people and listening. In just the sort time he's been representing us, he's clearly done a great job and this award demonstrates that and is well deserved! Keep doing what you're doing Joe! The people are with you!
Steve Losey January 25, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I can appreciate and respect your point of view Scott. Time will tell. Sorry that I was not able to knock your door nor get the opportunity to speak with you. Unlike Joe, I work a full time job and I was not receiving ANY handouts or assistance from a political party. Best of luck to you.

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