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Serving the people of Macomb County is very important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issue. You may email SenMMacDonald@senate.michigan.gov or call toll-free at 1-866-303-0110. Also, please check out my Facebook page. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Working for you,

Michael D. MacDonald
State Senator

 

Balanced 2020 budget sent to the governor

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I recently voted with my legislative colleagues to send the governor a balanced fiscal year 2020 budget that increases investments in key priorities without her 45-cent gas tax increase. I was proud to help deliver a responsible budget on time that increased investments in our roads, school children and communities while helping build a brighter future — without raising taxes.

The good news is the governor signed the budget; the bad news is she then cut out nearly $1 billion in line-item vetoes, including $375 million in additional road funding and $128 million from the K-12 school aid budget.

Needless to say, I am frustrated and disappointed with the governor’s irresponsible cuts, which will impact Michigan children and veterans and put our public health and safety as risk.

Among the governor’s historic 147 line-item vetoes to cut nearly $950 million in funding approved by the Legislature, was $13 million for county sheriff secondary road patrols, $37 million for the Going Pro job training program, $15 million for the county jail reimbursement program, $34 million for critical access hospitals, $4 million for county veterans services, $8 million for OB-GYN services at rural hospitals, $1.5 million for autism programs, $15 million to help local airports address PFAS, and $2 million for the Michigan CARES mental health hotline.

Many of the governor’s decisions don’t make any sense, such as running on fixing the roads and then vetoing nearly $400 million in additional road funding. Also, cutting funding for pregnant women, mental health and autistic children because we didn’t include her $2.5 billion gas tax increase seems particularly harsh. While these vetoes are discouraging, I will continue to work hard on behalf of the families in Macomb County and throughout our state.

 

Latest in My Macomb video series

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I have been doing a series of videos of me going to work at some of Macomb’s many great small businesses. In the latest installment of the “My Macomb with Mike MacDonald” series, I was pleased to tour Baker Industries, an aerospace and automotive tooling supplier based in Macomb Township. It started as a three-man shop in 1992, and now employs over 280 people in four area facilities with design and manufacturing capabilities including machining, fabricating, assembly and 3-D printing.

It’s always interesting to see the high-tech work helping energize our economy. In case you missed it, you can check out the first two videos, which highlighted me working at Fern Hill Golf Club and Luciano’s Italian Restaurant.

“Porch pirate” bills now law

Last year, there were 17,000 complaints of packages not received, more than 1,900 mail theft reports and 168 prescription theft reports in Michigan.

To help deter this crime, I cosponsored Senate legislation that was recently signed into law to allow thieves stealing from mailboxes and porches to now face state or local charges for mail and package theft. Although mail theft is a federal crime, the federal government doesn’t have the resources to prosecute unless the value of the stolen items is high enough or it involves identity theft. Public Acts 48 and 49 of 2019 (Senate Bill 23 and SB 24) create state-level penalties for mail or package theft, providing additional authority to prosecute criminals and more consistent enforcement. The new laws take effect on Dec. 16.

Roadside drug testing

Drug-impaired driving is a serious problem. In 2018, there were 247 drug-involved traffic fatalities in Michigan. Oct. 1 ushered in the start of an expanded statewide pilot program to get drug-impaired drivers off Michigan’s roads.

The Oral Fluid Roadside Analysis Pilot Program includes participation from drug recognition experts (DREs) throughout the state. DREs are police officers who are highly trained to identify drivers impaired by drugs.

An initial five-county pilot program ended in November 2018 and provided valuable data. However, the sample size was too small, so the pilot program was expanded statewide. Under the program, a DRE can require a person to submit a preliminary oral fluid analysis, obtained by a mouth swab with a test instrument, to detect the presence of a controlled substance in the person’s body if the driver is suspected of drug impairment. Drugs tested for include: amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis (delta 9 THC), cocaine, methamphetamines and opioids.

Feds require REAL ID beginning Oct. 1, 2020

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Travelers are reminded that in a little over a year, the federally mandated REAL ID law goes into effect. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, residents will need a REAL ID to travel by air — even on domestic flights — or to enter some federal buildings.

The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and requires higher standards for identification. A REAL ID can be a U.S. passport (unexpired) or a Michigan Enhanced Driver’s License, or you can turn your standard driver’s license into a REAL ID at the secretary of state’s office. This new license features a star in a gold circle printed on your license or ID card to show compliance.

Visit www.Michigan.gov/REALID to learn more about the law and what information you need to provide.

 

Michigan's 10th Senate District

The 10th District includes the city of Sterling Heights, Macomb Township and most of Clinton Township.

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Senator Michael D. MacDonald
4200 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
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