Senator Mike Shirkey

Senior Town Hall – Monday, January 29th

Please join me on January 29th for a Senior Town hall focused on Michigan Elder Law. I’ll be joined by Ron Tatro, the Vice President of Elder Law of Michigan, who will be on hand to help share information on the issues facing seniors today. I look forward to seeing you there!

Stay Winter Ready!

Michigan - where it is colder than Alaska,
and warmer than Phoenix, all in one week!

Winter weather can be challenging in Michigan! If the power goes out, water and gas may not be available. A fully stocked preparedness kit can be helpful during an emergency or disaster. According to the Michigan State Police, a household kit should contain — at a minimum — food, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, clothing and a blanket.

Find a recommended checklist of emergency kit items, a pet preparedness kit checklist and many other resources at

Heating Assistance Available

With temperatures below freezing, we want to ensure that all the residents of the 16th district stay warm. Please know that help is always available, and only a phone call away.

We encourage people who are facing hardship to call 2-1-1, a free service in all Michigan counties that connects people with resources in their community.

People who call 2-1-1 might be referred to six nonprofit organizations that receive money from Consumers Energy to help people with their electric bills. They are:

• Michigan Community Action
• The Salvation Army
• The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW)
• TrueNorth Community Services
• Society of St. Vincent DePaul
• United Way of Jackson County

Consumers Energy does not perform energy disconnections when temperatures are below 15 degrees. Please do not wait to fall behind on your electric and heating bills before seeking help. Assistance is available today, and people can take steps to ensure they stay warm even on Michigan’s coldest days.

CALL 2-1-1: Dial 2-1-1 first to find out what resources are available in your community. Learn more at
CONSUMERS ENERGY: Learn about Consumers Energy’s CARE program:
LEARN MORE: Check out winter safety tips and ways to use less energy when it’s cold:

Update Addresses Before 2018 Filing Season

With the state of Michigan’s individual income tax season beginning in late January 2018, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking taxpayers to take a couple of actions today to ensure returns are processed promptly.

Taxpayers are encouraged to begin gathering tax-related documents and updating their home addresses with current and previous employers so W-2s and other financial documents can be mailed to the correct address. Incorrect addresses typically lead to information being mailed to the wrong location and could cause delays when filing tax returns.

Other notable items for Michigan’s 2018 filing season (2017 tax year):

• Beginning in January 2018, forms and instructions may be viewed and downloaded from In addition, commonly used forms will continue to be available at Treasury offices, most public libraries, northern Michigan post offices and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services county offices.

• When tax season begins in late January, taxpayers can e-file their state tax returns instead of mailing a paper return. To learn more, go to

• Taxpayers may elect to use direct debit when e-filing their 2016 or 2017 tax returns. A direct debit is a tax payment the state Treasury Department electronically withdraws from the taxpayer’s bank account using the bank information provided on the electronically filed return.

• State income tax filers have the option of making payments electronically using the Michigan Department of Treasury’s e-Payments system. Payments can be made by using, electronic payment (eCheck), credit card or debit card.

• A taxpayer must file to claim a refund with the state Treasury Department within four years from the date set for filing of the original return. Individuals must file a 2013 Michigan Individual Income Tax Return to receive their refund for that tax year.

• Taxpayers who have been recent victims of identity theft are asked to report their circumstances to the state Treasury Department. Reporting identity theft helps thwart cybercriminals who attempt to file and steal a state tax refunds. To learn more about tax-related identity theft, go to

To learn the latest about state of Michigan taxes, go to Federal tax information is available at

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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