Grand Traverse County joins statewide radio communication network
Grand Traverse County will be joining the newly-expanded Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) this spring. During March and April, the county will be switching 750 radios and 250 specialty pagers to the fast, reliable and far-reaching network to provide better communications for the county's first responders, which will benefit all who live and visit the county.
The MPSCS was established to provide a stable, secure framework for interoperable communications amongst local, state, federal, tribal and private first responders, supplying a public safety communication resource for all. With more than 244 radio towers and 66,000 radios, the network spans nearly 60,000 square miles, and is the second-largest trunked communication system in the world.
Public safety is a critical function of government, and I am committed to supporting this reliable and sustainable communications network so our public safety professionals can provide the best service possible.
March Coffee Hours
It's my pleasure to host coffee hours throughout the 37th District each month to meet with you and hear about your ideas and concerns. This month I will be holding coffee hours at the following locations:
Friday, March 4
|9 - 10 a.m.
North Perk Coffee
410 E. Lake St.
|3 - 4 p.m.
327 Bridge St.
Monday, March 7
Grand Traverse Pie Co.
525 W. Front St.
|12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
131 River St.
Friday, March 11
|11 a.m. - Noon
314 N. Nicolet St.
|2 - 3 p.m.
Bentley's BNL Café
62 N. State St.
Monday, March 14
|11 a.m. - Noon
101 Second St.
|2 - 3 p.m.
Roast & Toast
309 E. Lake St.
Friday, March 18
|10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Kenneth J. Shouldice Library
906 Ryan Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie
|2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
110 Newberry Ave.
Bills bring transparency to legacy costs
When preparing a budget or financial plan, it's important to "know what you owe."
I recently supported legislation to provide Michigan taxpayers with more information on the state's long-term debts. SB 292
requires the governor to include required employer contributions toward the total unfunded retiree health care and pension legacy costs in the annual budget bills. SB 738
requires an annual executive summary report of the state's unfunded liabilities for retiree health and pensions.
Unfunded liabilities are all too often out of public view. These bills provide taxpayers with greater transparency on an important part of the state budget. The legislation has been sent to the House for consideration. Senate adopts tribute to Blue Star Mothers
I recently co-sponsored Senate Resolution 139
to commemorate Feb. 1, 2016 as Blue Star Mother's Day.
Blue Star Mothers of America was founded in Flint, Michigan in 1942 to support the mothers of children in active service. Among their many patriotic contributions, Blue Star mothers welcome home returning veterans, visit wounded veterans in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, assist in veterans' ceremonies and perpetuate the memory of the men and women who have served our country. Pure Michigan Hunt Update
Three lucky hunters recently received a call from the Department of Natural Resources with the exciting news that they were the 2016 Pure Michigan Hunt winners. Along with several hunt licenses, the winners took home more than $4,000 worth of hunting gear!
The 2016 drawing had a total of 35,336 applications, generating more than $176,000 to help wildlife habitat restoration and improvements in Michigan. Applications for the next Pure Michigan Hunt drawing will be available starting March 1. Find more information at www.mi.gov/pmh