Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
Happy Mother’s Day! Serving the constituents of the 36th Senate District is very important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may call toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or email senjstamas@senate.michigan.gov. 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.

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Last month, I was able to attend the all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the Mikado American Legion Post 254 to raise money for the 2018 Mikado Days festival. The family friendly festival is scheduled for July 14 with a parade, music, craft booths, a car and bike show and lots of activities for kids.

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It is always great to see friends from the 36th District at the Capitol. Recently, area members of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association stopped in to say hello. It was great to see Dick and Charlyn Corbat of Sanford Lake Bar & Grill in Sanford, Bird Smith of Talley's Log Cabin Bar in Lewiston, and Denny Mayo of Chief's Bar & Grill in Alpena. Thank you for sharing your insights on what is going on in the bar and restaurant world.

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This week, Jon and Kim Burgess joined me, Rep. Gary Glenn, Rep. Roger Hauck and Gov. Rick Snyder for a bill signing ceremony for my legislation to permanently honor their son, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan Burgess. Burgess was a graduate of Meridian High School and served as a vehicle commander and squad leader. He was serving his second tour in Iraq when he was killed by an improvised explosive device in 2006. Public Act 52 of 2018 designates a portion of US-10 from N. Stark Road to N.W. River Road in Sanford as the “Marine Lance Corporal Ryan Burgess Memorial Highway.”

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Senate passes 2019 budget plan
I am proud to once again support a Senate budget plan for fiscal year 2019 that is focused on improving our state while living within our means.

This budget would build on our commitment to ensure every student receives an education that prepares them for success, to help direct more dollars into the classroom and to reduce the funding gap between school districts.

The $14.7 billion investment in K-12 education included in this plan would be the most in state history, and many area schools would receive the largest per-pupil foundation allowance increase in over 10 years.

Senate Bill 863 is the K-12 education budget. It includes a foundation allowance increase for all schools of between $115 and $230 per pupil, $6 million in transportation funding for rural school districts, nearly $500 million to help schools educate at-risk students, $5 million for a new career and technical education incentive, and a $1.3 billion deposit into the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. [read more

Supporting four area Natural Resources Trust Fund projects
Getting together and enjoying time with family and friends in the outdoors is one of the things that makes Michigan such a great place to live. I recently supported approval of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects for 2018, including projects in Alcona, Montmorency and Otsego counties.

Senate Bill 883 would authorize the NRTF to use $49.9 million in restricted funds to support 34 acquisition projects and 97 development projects. Matching funds of $45 million would bring the total investment to more than $94.9 million.

The NRTF is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The fund is constitutionally restricted for natural resources improvements and land acquisitions across the state.

In Otsego County, SB 883 would invest $300,000 from the trust fund to help develop a trailhead in downtown Gaylord along the Iron Belle Trail, which will eventually allow outdoor enthusiasts to travel on a safe and continuous path from Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit. [read more]

Adopt-a-Highway this weekend
Michigan roadsides are looking a little cleaner and brighter with the start of this year’s Adopt-a-Highway program. Volunteers pick up litter three times each year, and the first pickup is already underway in many parts of Michigan.

The long winter weather has extended the pickup date in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula to May 13. The state’s summer pickup will take place July 14-22, and the fall pickup is Sept. 22-30.

Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Groups are asked to adopt a section for at least two years. Signs with the group’s name are posted along the stretch of adopted highway. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.

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Michigan offers world class trout fishing
Our state is a top trout fishing destination with cold, quality trout streams and hundreds of trout lakes accessible to anglers.

Michigan Trout Trails is an interactive tool to help anglers find great trout waters that are often lesser known. The web application has been updated for 2018 and features more than 300 locations covering nearly every corner of the state. Visit the site at www.michigan.gov/trouttrails.

The 2018 fishing license season is underway. Anglers can buy their fishing license in person at a local license retailer or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. All 2018 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2019 and are good for all species.

Helpful information on Michigan licenses, seasons, general regulations and more is also available in the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide.

THE 36TH DISTRICT

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The 36th Senate District is made up of 10 counties, which includes: Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona, Iosco, Arenac, Gladwin and Midland counties.

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Senator Jim Stamas
201 Townsend Street Suite #5200
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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