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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.
Johan's Bakery
327 Bridge St.

Monday, March 7

Grand Traverse Pie Co.
525 W. Front St.
Traverse City
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Java Jones
131 River St.
Elk Rapids

Friday, March 11

11 a.m. - Noon
Audie's Restaurant
314 N. Nicolet St.
Mackinaw City
2 - 3 p.m.
Bentley's BNL Café
62 N. State St.
St. Ignace

Monday, March 14

11 a.m. - Noon
Darlene's Restaurant
101 Second St.
East Jordan
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.
Timber Charlie's
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


SD37 Map
The 37th Senate District is made up of 8 counties, which includes: Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Luce, and Mackinac.


Senator Wayne Schmidt

820 Farnum Bldg. P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-2413

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