Senator Wayne Schmidt

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Schmidt to host September coffee hours
Sen. Wayne Schmidt
Since being elected to represent the 37th District in the state Senate, I have remained committed to holding office hours in various communities throughout Northwest Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

I will be available to answer questions, provide information and assistance, and take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district.

Please feel free to stop in. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, please contact my office at or call 517-373-2413.

September coffee hours are as follows:

Monday, Sept. 17
9 – 10 a.m.
Grand Traverse Pie Company
525 W. Front St.
Traverse City

Monday, Sept. 17
Noon – 1 p.m.
Shirley’s Café
528 S. Williams St.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

11 a.m. – noon
Café Santé
1 Water St.
Boyne City

Wednesday, Sept. 19
1 – 2 p.m.
Roast & Toast
309 E. Lake St.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Audie’s Restaurant
314 N. Nicolet St.
Mackinaw City

Friday, Sept. 28
Noon – 1 p.m. 
Les Cheneaux Distillers
172 S. Meridian St.

Friday, Sept. 28
2 – 3 p.m.
De Tour Village Inn
104 Ontario St.
De Tour Village

Friday, Sept. 28
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Zellar’s Village Inn
7552 State Highway M-123

2018 Mackinac Bridge Walk

As we rapidly approach Labor Day 2018 and the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk, I wanted to provide some information to residents and participants alike.

It is important to note that the 2018 Bridge Walk will start in both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. This change has been implemented to increase convenience and safety for Bridge Walk participants. Participants will start from whichever end of the bridge they arrive at and walk to the midpoint of the bridge before turning back. Walkers will be able to start anytime between 7 and 11:30 a.m. and walk as much of the bridge as they’re able before the bridge reopens to traffic.

Participants who wish to walk the length of the bridge will be able to do so if they begin the walk early enough. Those who do walk the full length of the bridge will need to walk back across the bridge, or make their own transportation arrangements to get back to the side they started from. More information about this year’s bridge walk, including details on the newly implemented changes, can be found here.

I hope to see you on Sept. 3.

Schmidt backs new law to improve veteran services

I recently supported legislation — now signed into law — to provide Michigan veterans with better access to services and benefits. Public Act 210 of 2018 creates a state fund to help counties establish and maintain veteran services offices. The fund will help ensure counties have the resources to provide support to our state’s veterans.

Over 600,000 veterans call Michigan home and many look to their local government for assistance in obtaining their veteran benefits.

Schmidt congratulates city of Petoskey on ‘Redevelopment Ready’ certification

Download images to view this photoI recently had the pleasure of joining council members from the city of Petoskey as they accepted their official certification from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program during Monday’s meeting.

The certification means the city meets best practices for transparency, predictability and efficiency for new economic development projects in the area. Redevelopment Ready Communities is a certification program that supports community revitalization projects and focuses on the attraction and retention of businesses, entrepreneurs and talent throughout Michigan.

The community has worked hard to achieve this certification. They have removed barriers to new developments and worked to streamline processes to be more competitive and attractive to potential investors. This certification was a major first step in bringing big things to the area.

For more information on the Redevelopment Ready Communities program, click here.

350 years of history

Well before the state of Michigan was established, Sault Ste. Marie was home to various industries and was a known commercial hub for the region. With direct access to the St. Marys River and the Great Lakes, and many years later the formation of the Soo Locks, it has passed the test of time and has remained one of Michigan’s most important cities.

This year the city of Sault Ste. Marie reached a tremendous milestone. The beautiful Upper Peninsula town is the oldest in the state and 2018 marks the city’s 350th anniversary. Since January, residents have been celebrating the town’s 350th birthday with special events.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a number of festivities at the 350th Festival as we came together to honor this momentous occasion.

The 350th festival featured fantastic food, games, educational activities for children and teens, military appreciation, cultural festivities, parades and countless other family events. Several events and games featured a great deal of historical information about the area. It was quite refreshing to see both kids and young adults have such a strong interest in their city’s formation and the numerous historical events that have occurred over the last 350 years.

I look forward to seeing what changes future generations bring to this lovely Upper Peninsula town.

Out-of-state online retailers to pay sales tax

Following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, mail order and online retailers located outside of Michigan must pay the 6 percent sales tax on taxable sales into the state. Previously, consumers were required to track and report uncollected taxes on their state income tax form.

Under the state Treasury Department’s new rule, all applicable retailers must pay state sales tax and file tax returns for taxable sales made after Sept. 30, 2018. Individuals and businesses can learn more about Michigan’s sales tax requirements at

Schmidt supports new law to help patients

A Michigan law recently took effect to strengthen efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

Senate Bill 274 — now Public Act 251 — limits an acute pain prescription of an opioid to a seven-day supply within a seven-day period. Acute pain is described as pain associated with procedures or trauma, such as a sprained ankle or having wisdom teeth removed, that lasts a limited amount of time.

Statistics indicate that one in four patients who are prescribed prescription opioids long term struggle with overdose. The new law will limit exposure to potentially addictive medications and reduce the potential for overdose. Other reforms already in place require doctors to consult the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) and counsel patients on the risks of opioids before prescribing.



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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

4600 Connie Binsfeld Bldg. P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-2413

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