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Senator Mike Shirkey

You’re Invited to Coffee & Conversation with
Senator Shirkey

Join us for coffee and conversation, no reservations needed. Please bring your questions and comments about issues that matter to you in Branch County! Friday, March 31, at 8:30 a.m. at La Pachanga. We’ll continue visiting more areas in the near future.


Michigan Senate Delivers Tax Relief to Taxpayers

All of these measures happened in recent years with the goal of smart and prudent management of your state resources.

Tax Season: Still Have Time to File

DUE DATE CLARIFICATION TO SHARE: The due date is April 18, 2017, and not April 15, 2017. That's because April 15, 2017, falls on a Saturday which would normally result in a move to the following Monday (April 17, 2017). However, this year, Emancipation Day falls on Monday, April 17. Since that's a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, the tax filing deadline will be pushed ahead for all individual taxpayers to Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

HELP WITH TAX PREPARATION: Volunteers from local community organizations help prepare basic tax returns for the elderly and for low to moderate-income constituents (approximately $53,000 and below). This service is available through the following main resources. Contact these organizations for their days/hours of operation and location(s):

- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) at 1-800-906-9887.
- AARP at 1-888-227-7669 or visit their website at this link.

INTERNET SELF-SERVICE is the quickest and easiest way to check on a MICHIGAN income tax refund 24/7: All you need is a copy of your income tax return in order to find out when your return is estimated to come to you:,4676,7-238-43513_74865---,00.html

RECEIVED AN “IDENTITY CONFIRMATION QUIZ” LETTER ABOUT YOUR STATE INCOME TAX RETURN? This means the Michigan Department of Treasury is protecting your refund from tax fraud by verifying your identity. The department explains that more here:,4676,7-238-43513_73927_73928---,00.html

District Spotlight: Napoleon High School National Honor Society girls open doors to "Cascades Prom Closet"

From Left: Madison Dunlap, senior; Carly Hummer, junior; Kyleigh Adams, senior; Riley Bollheimer, senior; and Sierra Birchmeier-Salow, junior.

These Napoleon High School National Honor Society girls are set to open the doors to “Cascades Prom Closet” at NHS on April 14. These girls have gathered hundreds of dresses and will sell them at discounted prices for the community. For more information or to donate a dress to Cascades Prom Closet, contact Kyleigh Adams at 517-610-4991 or visit their Facebook page. Way to go Girls!

Spring Break Activities for Kids

JACKSON, MI - The Jackson YMCA is hosting Spring Break Day Camp from April 3-7 for children ages 4-14, and will offer numerous activities, including trips to area parks, outings to the Michigan Theatre and swimming at the center.

JACKSON, MI - The Hurst Planetarium at the Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 Fourth St. in Jackson will also be putting on twice-daily shows from April 3-7, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m.

Can You tell Us Where this Farm is?

We have gathered pictures from the District for our office and would like to know if you could tell us where this farm is.

The first person who can properly identify the location of this Hillsdale County farm will receive a small Pure Michigan prize. If you are from the 16th District, please email your answers to

Your 16th State Senate District Map

The 16th State Senate District contains all of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties

16th Senate District Map

Serving with and for you,

Mike Shirkey

Senator Mike Shirkey
201 Townsend Street, Suite #5300
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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