Senator Wayne Schmidt
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Wayne’s World: Snapshots from the 37th District

I had great opportunities in March to get out and visit with some organizations, schools and district residents over the month. Check it out!

March was National Reading Month, and I had the opportunity to visit and read with students in East Jordan, Mackinaw City, Newberry, Petoskey, St. Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, and Traverse City.
Lake Superior State University continued its burning snowman tradition to welcome spring on March 18. I enjoyed attending this annual event with LSSU President Thomas Pleger and Mrs. Michigan Arianne Davis.

March 16 I welcomed the 2015-2016 National Cherry Queen Danielle Bott to the Senate. Bott, of Kingsley, was crowned last summer during the National Cherry Festival, and was in Lansing for the 12th Annual Ag Day at the Capitol. You can see more pictures of her visit to the Senate on my website:
April Coffee Hours
Tuesday, April 5 Wednesday, April 6 Thursday, April 7
10-11 a.m.
Grand Traverse Pie Company
525 Front St.
Traverse City
11 a.m. - Noon
Driftwood Motel
590 N. State St.
St. Ignace
11 am - Noon
Side Door Saloon
1200 N. U.S. Highway 31
Noon-1 p.m.
102 N. Bridge St.
2-3 p.m.
Bay Mills Community College
Administration Building
12214 W. Lakeshore Dr.
2-3 p.m.
Café Sante
1 Water St.
Boyne City
5 -6 p.m.
Zellars Village Inn
7552 State Hwy. M-123
4-5 p.m.
The Thirsty Sturgeon
11900 Scott Rd.

Jobless rate falls below national figure

Michigan’s unemployment rate declined to 4.8 percent in February, dropping below the national average.

The state’s workforce also rose during the month, with increases in construction, leisure and hospitality services, and trade, transportation and utilities.

State officials reported February marked the fifth consecutive monthly gain in statewide payroll jobs dating back to October 2015.

Graduation rates continue to improve

Michigan’s four-year high school graduation rate increased to nearly 80 percent for the 2014-15 school year. The upward trend continued for five-year and six-year graduation rates as well. Graduation rates are calculated by following individual students from the time they first enroll as ninth-graders and are a good way to measure school accountability.

Dropout rates also declined, continuing a positive four-year trend. Find graduation and dropout rates for schools and districts at in the Kindergarten – 12th Grade section.

Road construction projects set

The 2016 Paving the Way state construction map is now available online at The map details the major road repairs scheduled this season on state highways and trunklines, along with the construction dates. State construction information and up-to-date traffic information is also available on the Mi Drive website at, as well as the Mi Drive mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play.


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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