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Bumstead to host February office hours throughout 34th District

 

As your state senator, I remain committed to maintaining an open communication by holding monthly office hours in various communities throughout my Senate district.

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. If you are unable to make it to the following dates, please contact my office at SenatorJonBumstead.com or call 517-373-1635, and we will get something set up for you.

The schedule of February and March office hours can be viewed here.

Bumstead sworn in as state senator for the 34th District

 
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It was a humbling experience as I was sworn in to my first term as a Michigan state senator.

With my wife and family members by my side, I was sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of West Michigan in the state Senate. I would like to thank each of you for placing your confidence in me to be your voice in Lansing.

Bumstead appointed vice chair of Senate Committee on Appropriations

 

Committee hearings are one of the most important things we do as legislators. The committee process is where the people who are affected by changes in the law have a chance to come voice their support or opposition or simply share their thoughts on an issue affecting the state.

Now that the 100th Legislature is up and running, I wanted to share my committee assignments for the new term.

I have been appointed to serve on the following committees:

• Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Environmental Quality (chair);
• Committee on Natural Resources (vice chair);
• Committee on Appropriations (vice chair);
• Committee on Education and Career Readiness;
• Committee on Finance;
• Committee on Energy and Technology;
• Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 and Michigan Department of Education; and
• Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government.

You can view a full list of Senate committees and their memberships online at www.MiSenateGOP.com. Click on the Committees tab.

Bumstead: Muskegon to see improvements from unexpected state revenue

 

Higher-than-expected tax revenue generated by Michigan’s healthy economy allowed the Legislature to direct additional funds to some important projects late last year.

Of the $115 million in Michigan Enhancement Grants available statewide, $14 million went to Muskegon County. The money was distributed among the following projects:

• $5 million will go to Muskegon Lake cleanup projects;
• $4 million is slated for infrastructure upgrades at an expansion of Muskegon’s Port City Industrial Park;
• $3 million will go to upgrades for Muskegon Heights’ Sherman Boulevard corridor;
• $2 million will go to the Food Forward FARM (food, agriculture, research, and manufacturing) incubator, which is part of the West Michigan Shoreline Food Processing Initiative.

The money was also able to cover many of Michigan’s priorities, including:

• Another $114 million in road funding;
• $52 million to help upgrade the Soo Locks;
• An added $20 million to tackle PFAS contamination;
• $25 million more for school safety grants;
• $20 million to hire more Child Protective Services workers; and
• $100 million was added to the “rainy day” fund to beef up the state’s savings account.

The new investments in transportation, public safety, schools and other areas will help improve the lives of all Michigan families.

The spending bill is now Public Act 618 of 2018.

Bumstead highlights upcoming events in the 34th District

 

I want to remind area-residents of the following events taking place throughout the 34th District in the upcoming weeks and months:

Freezin' Season Winter Carnival
Saturday, Feb. 9
1 - 8 p.m.
Newaygo Welcome Center-John Graves Lodge
4684 Evergreen Dr.
Newaygo

Description: The event is free to the public and hosted by the Newaygo County Conservation Collaborative and the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. The event celebrates the winter season and highlights Newaygo’s numerous outdoor activities. The event will feature a variety of family friendly activities and will give attendees an opportunity to learn about the county’s animal populations, plant life and other natural resources. More information can be found here.

Muskegon Lakeshore Home, Garden and DIY Show
Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9
Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fricano Place Event Center
1050 W. Western Ave. Suite 201
Muskegon

Description: The event features over 50 exhibitors showcasing everything you need to improve your home, from landscaping, windows, siding and gutters, to painting and furniture. The event will also feature educational seminars to help you with your home’s next “do-it-yourself” project. Admission to the show will be $5, with kids 12 and under getting in for free. More information can be found here.

Fremont Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Home and Garden Show
Saturday, March 16
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Freemont Middle School
500 W. Woodrow St.
Fremont

Description: The event spotlights local businesses and locally made products. It also increases community awareness about products and services in the greater Fremont area and provides exhibitors with opportunities to increase exposure to prospective customers to develop sales, sales leads, and customer contacts. Admission to the show is free. More information can be found here.

White Lake Community Business Expo 2019
Saturday, March 16
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Whitehall High School
3100 W. White Lake Dr.
Whitehall

Description: The expo is presented by the White Lake Area Chamber and is held in conjunction with the popular Montague-Whitehall Rotary Pancake Breakfast.

Enjoy a pancake breakfast before strolling through over 50 exhibitors. The event offers one-on-one interaction with local business owners and allows customers to learn more about local businesses, while also giving businesses a chance to build successful relationships with potential customers. Admission to the show is free. More information can be found here.

River Country Chamber of Commerce Home, Health and Garden Show 2019
Saturday, April 13
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Newaygo Middle School
850 76th St.
Newaygo

Description: The event will feature over 65 exhibitors with a large variety of the new and innovative home products and services on the market. The event will also feature the Healthy Living Hall with 31 exhibitors promoting healthy living, eating, education and safety and free document shredding. From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Shred-It will have a company shredding truck on site. Bring your bags and boxes of personal documents and have them destroyed securely.

The event is free to attend. For more information, click here.

Reserve campsites online

 
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Warm, sunny weather may seem far away in January, but it’s not too early to think about booking a campsite at a Michigan state park!

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds campers that many popular sites fill up early, especially those closer to the water. Campsite reservations can be made up to six months prior to the date of arrival online at www.midnrreservations.com.

2019 is the 100-year anniversary of Michigan state parks. Find more information on our natural and recreational treasures at www.michigan.gov/stateparks. A state recreation passport is needed for park entry; campsite fees are extra.

Prepare for state tax filing season

 
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While Michigan’s individual income tax season begins in late January, taxpayers can get a head start on viewing and downloading the state 2018 tax year forms and instructions at www.michigan.gov/taxes.

Taxpayers can e-file their state returns when tax season begins at the end of the month at www.mifastfile.org. The Department of Treasury reports that 84 percent of all Michigan taxpayers choose to e-file. Tax officials also note that commonly used paper forms will continue to be available at Treasury offices and most public libraries.

Winter free fishing weekend

 
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Whatever the season, fishing is a fantastic way to spend time in Michigan’s great outdoors!

Michigan’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend — held Feb. 16 and 17 this year — offers an opportunity to enjoy cold weather fishing. Favorite winter species include yellow perch, bluegill, pike, smelt and walleye. All fishing license fees are waived for the two days. All fishing regulations still apply.

Parking is also free at state parks and recreation areas during the free fishing weekend. Find more details, including information on sponsored events, at www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

MSP urges caution on winter roads

 

Most winter driving crashes are caused by drivers going too fast for the roadway conditions. The Michigan State Police (MSP) reminds drivers that it can take up to 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy weather. Drivers should be prepared to look ahead and begin braking well in advance of an intersection. The MSP also advises motorists to stay with the vehicle if stranded and wait for help.

Visit the MI Drive website at www.michigan.gov/drive for traffic information on state highways, including traffic cameras, incidents, and snowplow locations.

Michigan's 34th Senate District

 

The 34th State Senate District includes the counties of Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana.

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Senator Jon Bumstead
4600 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
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