Schmidt to host July coffee hours LANSING, Mich. —
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt
will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of July.
The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.
For more information or to contact Schmidt, please visit SenatorWayneSchmidt.com
or call 517-373-2413.
Schmidt’s July coffee hours are as follows:
Wednesday, July 11
9 – 10 a.m. Grand Traverse Pie Co.
525 W. Front St.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Shirley’s Café
528 S. Williams St.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Boyne City Hall
319 N. Lake St.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Petoskey City Hall
101 E. Lake St.
Petoskey Thursday, July 12
11 a.m. – noon Cheboygan City Hall
403 N. Huron St.
Cheboygan Tuesday, July 24
11a.m. – noon Zellar’s Village Inn
7552 State Highway M-123
Newberry Thursday, July 26
11a.m. – noon Bentley’s B-M-L Cafe
62 N. State St.
St. Ignace Saturday, July 28
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Cup of the Day
406 Ashmun St.
Sault Ste. Marie Schmidt applauds completion of Army Corps of Engineers release of Soo Locks upgrade feasibility study
The Army Corps of Engineers recently released the long-awaited Soo Locks upgrade feasibility study.
Since first taking office, I have advocated the importance of the locks and how crucial an upgrade is. I have hosted two tours of the locks and joined my fellow legislators in hosting a joint committee meeting between the Senate committees on Commerce, Transportation, and Economic Development and International Investment at Lake Superior State University to discuss the importance of upgrades to the aging locks.
My colleagues and I also approved a resolution urging Congress to appropriate the necessary funds to complete the upgrades.
All of the iron ore mined in the United States runs through the Soo Locks. Expansion of the Sabin and Davis locks would provide a secondary option should the Poe Lock go down for maintenance or any other unscheduled closure. If the Poe Lock were to go down, there would be no other way for the larger lakers to cross. It’s been estimated that a shutdown would put more than 22 percent of the state’s workers out of work.
This places an enormous economic burden on one single lock. If a failure occurred, it would be an economic disaster for our state and for numerous industries throughout the U.S.
The recently released study drastically improves the benefit-cost ratio for building a new lock and shows the financial feasibility of potential upgrades. The new study shows a benefit-cost ratio of 2.42, versus the previous 0.73. Anything over one is fantastic, but a 2.42 truly reflects the high priority this project deserves. Schmidt named Legislator of the Year by Small Business Association of Michigan
I recently had the pleasure of being honored as Legislator of the Year by the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) at its annual meeting in Lansing on June 21.
Since being elected to statewide office, I have spent countless hours advocating on behalf of the small business community and my voting record shows that as well.
I am truly humbled by this recognition and I will continue to advocate and fight for business owners in my district and across the state. Schmidt backs bills to prepare students for careers
Michigan will have more than 800,000 career openings to fill through 2024 in fields that are facing a talent shortage, such as manufacturing, information technology, health care and the professional trades.
I recently supported legislation to help ensure our students can develop the skills they need to find a high-paying, in-demand technology job in one of these career fields. Senate Bills 941 and 942 will invest $100 million in scholarships, education programs, workforce development and teacher support through partnerships with schools and businesses.
Called the “Marshall Plan for Talent,” the initiative will expand current efforts to close the talent gap and better prepare our high school students for career opportunities, college or both. Schmidt supports road safety bills
Now that summer weather is here, many bicyclists are sharing the road with other drivers. I recently supported legislation to help increase safety for all motorists and cyclists on Michigan’s roads.
The legislation requires drivers to maintain a safe distance of at least three feet or, if that distance is not practical, a safe distance at a safe speed when passing bicyclists. Another provision requires driver education classroom instruction to include at least one hour of training on the laws regarding bicycles, motorcycles and other vulnerable roadway users.
Michigan bicycle fatalities doubled from 2012 to 2016, with about a quarter of the accidents occurring when the driver was passing the bicycle. If the legislation is signed into law, Michigan would join nearly 40 other states with similar safe passing laws. Fishing in Michigan
If your summer plans include taking the kids or grandkids fishing, be sure to check out the Family Friendly Fishing Waters website.
The water bodies are identified as family friendly based on ease of access, amenities (such as restrooms!) and high likelihood of success in catching fish. Other information includes driving directions, hours of operation, species of fish available, typical bait used and more. Access the site at www.michigan.gov/fishing
Anglers under age 17 may fish without a license but they are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. A fishing license isn’t necessary to help someone under the age of 17 fish as long as the young angler is an active participant. Adults can help bait the hook, set up the fishing rod, fix tangles or snags, cast the line, land the fish and unhook the fish. Pet-friendly parks
Many families enjoy time in the great outdoors together, including those with furry family members!
Pets are welcome on a six-foot leash in Michigan state parks, park campgrounds, state forests and the majority of trails. In addition, pet-friendly lodging is available at several state parks. A number of parks offer sections of pet-friendly shorelines as well, although pets must be kept on a six-foot leash even if they are in the water.
Find more information, including rules that apply at all locations, at www.michigan.gov/dnr
; click Places to Go
and then State Parks