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Bumstead to host March office hours next week

 
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As your state senator, I remain committed to maintaining 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.

Upcoming office hours are as follows:

Friday, March. 15
10 – 11 a.m.
Senior room, Muskegon Township Hall
1990 E. Apple Ave.
Muskegon Charter Township

2 – 3 p.m.
Council chambers, Whitehall City Hall
405 E. Colby St.
Whitehall

Bumstead seeks input on budget, state issues

 

My approach to serving in the Legislature has always been similar to owning a business in that the first priority is always making sure the customers are happy. I am here to serve you, and I encourage an open dialogue on state issues, especially those using your tax dollars.

If you could take a moment to fill out a brief survey, it will help my staff and me better understand your expectations and the issues that are important to you.

The survey can be found on my website by clicking here.

Bumstead reacts to governor’s budget presentation

 

As vice chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, one of my duties is to consider input from all who are involved as we work toward the common goal of a better Michigan.

I was glad to hear the governor talk about the need for increased focus on improving the skills of our workforce. I am happy to see her commitment to continuing Michigan’s comeback and fostering a growing economic climate. I was also happy to hear her call for efforts to clean up our drinking water. I think these issues are both fantastic starting points to budget discussions.

I am very wary, however, of her recommendation to increase funding for our state’s roads. The Legislature approved landmark road funding initiatives in recent years that have yet to take full effect, and we are seeing results based off those efforts. I would like to see more success out of current funding before going back to the taxpayers again.

The governor’s budget recommendations proposed eliminating income tax liability for those who were fortunate enough to retire with a pension. However, under the plan, seniors with a pension will get tax relief, while those with a 401(k) or seniors still working will not see any benefit. I am willing to consider a plan to help our seniors as long as it helps everyone and not a select group hand-picked by the governor.

For eight years in a row, the Legislature and governor have approved the state budget well before the beginning of the fiscal year. I look forward to working through these tough issues and once again approving the budget well ahead of schedule.

Senate pays tribute to Blue Star Mothers

 
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I recently co-sponsored Senate Resolution 9 to commemorate Feb. 1, 2019 as Blue Star Mother’s 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.

Bumstead supports asset forfeiture reform

 

Under Michigan law, police can seize assets such as property or money from people as evidence or as part of an investigation if they have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. After the assets are seized, law enforcement can petition the court to forfeit the assets to the police agency that seized them.

I recently supported legislation that would preserve this crime-fighting tool while helping protect innocent Michigan residents from losing their property to civil asset forfeiture. Senate Bill 2 would require a person to be convicted of or plead guilty to a crime for the seized property to be taken and kept. An individual’s personal property would be returned if they are not charged or found not guilty.

Law enforcement in Michigan seized about $13 million in assets in 2017, according to a Michigan State Police report. Out of the 1,700 forfeiture proceedings, only 43 percent of those whose property was seized and forfeited were charged and convicted of a crime.

The legislation has been sent to the House for consideration.

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.

Bumstead: Expanded “Move Over Law” now in effect

 

Senate legislation signed into law late last year expands the “Move Over Law” to increase road safety and better protect people working on or beside busy Michigan roadways.

Public Act 349 of 2018 (Senate Bill 477) requires drivers to slow down and move over a lane if possible when passing waste collection, road maintenance and utility service vehicles with flashing amber lights — the same as required with police and emergency vehicles on the side of the road. The new law also requires drivers to reduce their speed by 10 mph below the speed limit when passing these vehicles, as well as stationary emergency vehicles.

2019 DNR licenses on sale March 1

 

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 on sale as of March 1, the start of the new license year. Applications for the 2020 Pure Michigan Hunt are also on sale as of 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.

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:

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.

Lakeshore Innovator of The Year Award reception
Thursday, March 14
5 – 7 p.m.
Muskegon Innovation Hub
200 Viridian Drive
Muskegon

Description: Grand Valley State University’s Muskegon Innovation Hub is launching a new award program that will recognize and celebrate the most innovative ideas on the Lakeshore. This new award will recognize the most outstanding innovative idea and can be given to an individual or a team of people from any business, nonprofit, organization or association in the Lakeshore area using innovation to improve their business or organization to better achieve their mission. 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.
Fremont 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 Drive
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.

Newaygo County Career-Tech Center Job Fair
Wednesday, March 27
4 – 6:30 p.m.
Dogwood Center for Performing Arts
4734 S. Campus Court
Fremont

Description: Are you looking to start a career but don’t know what opportunities are available? Talk to local employers and do some career exploration at the CTC’s 2019 Job Fair! 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 E. 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.

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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