Senator Mike Shirkey
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Senator Mike Shirkey


Michigan Legislative Update

16th Senate District: Serving Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties.



Dear Friend,

It is a true honor to represent Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties in the 16th State Senate District. I will be holding district coffee hours this week and look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

My work, family and church are all in the 16th Senate district, and we are proud to call it home. From working, to hunting, to playing with grandchildren, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be. The goal of pursuing a better Michigan for families has driven me for the last four years while serving as a state representative, and will continue to direct my actions now in the state senate. We look forward to seeing you in the 16th District soon.

Serving with and for you,



Mike and Family at Swearing-In Ceremony, Jan, 14, 2015


IIf you would like to meet one-on-one with Senator Shirkey, please feel free to join us at one of these locations in February:

Jackson County, 2/20 10am
Jackson Coffee Co. 201 South Mechanic Street, Jackson

Hillsdale County, 2/20 at 1:30 pm
Jilly Beans Coffee House, 2 North Howell Street, Hillsdale

Branch County, 2/27 at 10am
North Woods Coffee Co, 34 West Chicago Street, Coldwater



We introduced Senate Bill 68 this month as a way to allow healthcare professionals to better meet the healthcare needs of patients, especially in rural areas. Current law prevents Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) from doing their jobs to the full extent of their training and ability. This legislation is designed to give experienced nurses more complete access to the patients who are waiting for care.
If passed, this bill will improve the lives of individuals throughout Michigan by giving APRNs the ability to play a more prominent role in our health care system, which would increase health care quality and help ensure better access for patients through prevention and wellness services, care coordination and quality assurance. The bills would also establish a “Health Resource Shortage Area Fund,” which would provide grants for APRNs who agree to serve in official Health Resource Shortage Areas. The fund is completely self-sustaining through the APRN licensure change and does not use any state funds.


This coming March, before the state-wide road funding proposal comes up for a vote in May, we will be hosting a series of town hall meetings in Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties. We encourage people from each county to come learn the pros and cons of the upcoming proposal.

These meetings will provide an excellent opportunity to learn and ask questions before deciding how to cast your vote.

Upcoming meetings:

Jackson County, March 9, 6pm
Jackson County Commission Chambers, 120 W. Michigan Ave.

Branch County
, March 16, 6pm
Community Health Center, Community Room, 370 E. Chicago Rd.

Hillsdale County, March 23, 6pm
Location to be announced



John P. asks: "Under the current system, where do the taxes I pay at the pump go?"

Answer: In the present tax system, not all of the money you pay at the pump goes to roads. One of the three types of taxes collected on fuel, the state sales tax, does not end up going back to transportation-related repairs at all. This means that roughly one-third of the taxes we pay at the pump do not contribute to road repairs. This is one of the main problems that the road funding proposal seeks to correct. Funds collected from the other two kinds of taxes, the state and federal excise taxes, do contribute to the highway and local road repairs. Come to one of the upcoming town hall meetings to learn more.


Senate District 16 Map
The 16th State Senate District

The 16th State Senate District consists of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties.
Serving with and for you,
Mike Shirkey
Michigan Senate
16th District

Sen. Mike Shirkey

Senator Mike Shirkey

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

Phone: (517) 373-5932

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