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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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This week, the Legislature voted to send the governor a balanced fiscal year 2020 budget that increases investments in key priorities without the governor’s $2.5 billion tax increase.

Throughout the budget process, I have always kept in mind the people of Macomb County and our entire state. I am proud that we have delivered a responsible and balanced budget on time that invests in our roads, supports our schools, protects our communities, makes our government more efficient and helps build a brighter future for all Macomb County families — all without raising taxes.

Among the top issues facing our state are the need to fix our aging roads and ensure every student is prepared for success. This budget substantially increases our investments in both areas. Schools will see a boost of nearly $400 million and $400 million more in funding will go into improving local roads and bridges.

Senate Bill 149 would invest $5.4 billion in transportation in FY 2020, an increase of more than $2 billion since FY 2010. The school budget would invest more than $15.2 billion in K-12 education, a boost of over $2.2 billion in school funding since FY 2011. Schools would see a foundation allowance boost of between $120 and $240 per pupil, $522 million invested to help at-risk students, a $21.5 million increase in career and technical education funding, and a $60 million increase for special education.

The Legislature has done its job, and I hope the governor will put the people first and sign this budget, which uses existing resources to increase funding for roads, schools and water protection to record levels.

The budgets heading to the governor would also invest $120 million in drinking water protections, increase funding to local governments, train more state troopers and corrections officers, and assist efforts to respond to public health hazards.

 

Addressed national Air Space Cyber Conference

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Earlier this month, I addressed congressional leaders in Washington D.C. regarding a proposed initiative to bring satellite launches to Michigan.

It was truly an honor to have been invited to speak before the Air Force Association’s Air Space Cyber Conference to raise awareness of and promote Michigan’s important role in the aerospace and defense industry.

The aerospace industry represents the potential for exciting opportunities for Macomb County and the entire state. The proposed Michigan Launch Initiative would be a public-private nonprofit entity that would provide a collaborative platform for academia, industry and governmental agencies to provide low Earth orbit and hypersonic launch technology for commercial and defense applications.

Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township has been mentioned as a potential control center for the launches.

Fall Travel Guide available online

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Autumn is spectacular in Michigan! From fall getaways and scenic drives to culinary delights, the 2019 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide covers it all.

This award-winning publication highlights places to go and sights to see across our great state and features articles on family trips, Isle Royale, pet-friendly travel, outdoor sports destinations and more.

Residents can access the digital version at www.michigan.org/travel-guide or contact my office to receive a print copy.

The Pure Michigan website offers links to a wide variety of fall-related activities, such as a list of fantastic fall scenic drives, pumpkin patches in Michigan, and state parks to see breathtaking fall colors.

Met with local pharmacist students

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It is always great to meet young people from Macomb County, especially those interested in going into health care.

As someone who started his career in the health care arena, I appreciate and understand the drive to help people improve their health and enhance their quality of life.

Recently, I was happy to meet 21 students from Macomb County representing all the schools offering pharmacist programs in the state. These dedicated students were at the Capitol during their advocacy day, and it was wonderful to hear from them about important issues they are facing.

 

Mosquito-borne EEE virus update

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Michigan is experiencing its worst Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) outbreak in more than a decade. The virus attacks the nervous system. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reports that people, horses and birds can contract the disease from a mosquito bite.

There are at least eight confirmed human cases of EEE in Michigan with several fatalities. Signs of the virus include the sudden onset of fever and chills; body and joint aches that can progress to a severe encephalitis; headaches; seizures; and paralysis. Health officials urge state residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by applying insect repellents that contain DEET, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors and emptying water from mosquito breeding sites, such as buckets, flower pots, old tires and bird baths.

Click here for more information about EEE; click here for details on mosquito-borne diseases. In response to the outbreak, MDARD has posted a list of pesticide applicator businesses that are licensed to spray for mosquitoes in Michigan.

 

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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