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Outman to host March office hours

 

I will be hosting office hours with constituents throughout the 33rd Senate District on Monday.

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

For more information, please visit www.SenatorRickOutman.com or contact my office at 517-373-3760.

My upcoming office hours are as follows:

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Monday, March 11
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Margo's Family Restaurant
215 S. Lafayette St.
Greenville

Monday, March 11
4 – 5 p.m.
The Muffin Top Bakery and Deli
202 W. Main St.
Carson City

 

Outman welcomes local business owners to Capitol for State of the State address

 
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I recently welcomed Kyle White, president of Fisher Companies, and Isabella County businessman Sid Smith to the state Capitol.

The two business owners from my district joined me for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2019 State of the State address.

Her message was well-received, but now it’s time to get to work and see what we can work together to accomplish.

 

Outman reacts to governor’s budget presentation

 

While I think the governor’s presentation included a lot of good starting points to the budget conversations, I am not convinced some of her suggestions are the best avenue forward.

I am not sold on going to Michigan taxpayers for another handout. The governor said we need to take advantage of the low prices at the pump, but those prices are not fixed, and relying on them staying where they are is not a sound strategy in my opinion. Not to mention, I think lower prices at the pump is something Michigan consumers have earned the right to enjoy after many hard-fought years in a tough economy.

The Legislature has also approved record road funding measures in recent years. I think we need to experience this initiative in full effect before going backward and turning to residents for more money.

Eight years in a row, the Legislature and governor have approved the state budget well before the beginning of the fiscal year. As a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, I will continue working with my colleagues in hopes of continuing this trend in 2019. I support the governor’s efforts toward clean water, funding our schools, fixing our roads and improving access to career training that meets the needs of a diverse workforce. It is now time to sit down at the table, work together, and make sure we come up with the best product for Michigan residents.

 

Senate pays tribute to Blue Star Mothers

 
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I recently sponsored Senate Resolution 9 to commemorate Feb. 1, 2019 as Blue Star Mothers Day to recognize their service to our state and nation.

Blue Star Mothers of America was founded in Flint in 1942 to support the mothers of children in active service. Among their many patriotic contributions, Blue Star Mothers welcome home returning veterans, visit wounded veterans in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, assist in veterans ceremonies and perpetuate the memory of the men and women who have served our country.

I also joined state Sen. Kevin Daley in introducing legislation to honor Blue Star Mothers and Blue Star Families.

Senate Bill 118, sponsored by Daley, amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to require the secretary of state to develop and issue a special recognition license plate recognizing Blue Star Families. Under the bill, residents who are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces — or members of their immediate family — would be able to apply for the special recognition plate.

The plate would include the Blue Star Families insignia and the words “Blue Star Family” under the registration numbers.

SB 119, which I sponsored, would formally recognize Feb. 1 as Blue Star Mothers Day in the state of Michigan. The bill would recognize Blue Star Mothers Day on an annual basis without a resolution from the Legislature.

 

Home heating credit

 

Applications for the Michigan Home Heating Credit are now being processed for the 2018 tax year. The credit helps low-income seniors and other residents with their winter energy bills. More information, including forms and instructions, is available at www.michigan.gov/incometax (click on the Credits and Exemptions bar), or call 517-636-4486. Individuals may apply for the credit even if they do not file a Michigan tax return.

According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, 315,000 state residents applied for the credit last year and the average credit was $191. The heating credit is funded by a federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant.

 

Hunters win the hunt of a lifetime!

 
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Three lucky hunters from Oakland, Lapeer and Clinton counties were recently announced as the winners of the 10th annual Pure Michigan Hunt by the Department of Natural Resources. Along with elk, bear, spring and fall turkey and antlerless deer licenses to be used in 2019, the winners will also get first pick for a reserved hunt at any of Michigan’s managed waterfowl hunt areas. In addition, each hunter receives a package of hunting gear donated by Michigan businesses and organizations valued at $4,000!

The 2019 drawing had a total of 57,726 applications, generating more than $288,000 to help fund wildlife habitat restoration and improvements in Michigan. Applications for the next Pure Michigan Hunt drawing are available as of March 1. More information is available at www.michigan.gov/pmh.

 

Outman: Expanded “Move Over Law” now in effect

 
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Three lucky hunters from Oakland, Lapeer and Clinton counties were recently announced as the winners of the 10th annual Pure Michigan Hunt by the Department of Natural Resources. Along with elk, bear, spring and fall turkey and antlerless deer licenses to be used in 2019, the winners will also get first pick for a reserved hunt at any of Michigan’s managed waterfowl hunt areas. In addition, each hunter receives a package of hunting gear donated by Michigan businesses and organizations valued at $4,000!

The 2019 drawing had a total of 57,726 applications, generating more than $288,000 to help fund wildlife habitat restoration and improvements in Michigan. Applications for the next Pure Michigan Hunt drawing are available as of March 1. More information is available at www.michigan.gov/pmh.

 

March is Reading Month

 
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March is Reading Month and a great time to reinforce the benefits of reading with young students.

Reading is the foundation for success in school and beyond. I look forward to visiting many local elementary schools in March as a guest reader to share the fun and importance of reading. I also have special bookmarks available to encourage the reading habit! Please let me know if you would like to receive one.

 

2019 DNR licenses now available

 

Although 2018 fishing licenses, base/small game licenses and ORV permits are valid through March 31, 2019, most 2019 hunting and fishing licenses and permits are available for purchase as of March 1, the start of the new license year. Applications for the 2020 Pure Michigan Hunt also opened on March 1.

Sportsmen and women can order the new licenses online at www.MDNR-eLicense.com or by visiting a retailer that sells DNR licenses. For license sales questions, email MDNR-E-License@michigan.gov or call 517-284-6057. Season guides and digests will be posted on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr as they become available.

 

Our District

 

The 33rd State Senate District includes Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties.

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Senator Rick Outman
4400 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
Visit my website at: www.SenatorRickOutman.com