Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
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. I look forward to serving you, and I encourage you to contact me if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter


I had an unbelievable time at the 2017 Wings Over Northern Michigan Air Show at the Gaylord Regional Airport. The multi-day event featured numerous vintage and modern military aircraft, high speed passes, aerobatics, great food and wonderful people. The Snowbirds (a Canadian Air Force jet team) and the SkyHawks (a Canadian Army parachute team) opened the show. It was great fun!

 

I recently had the privilege of welcoming Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch and officials from the Saginaw Spirit and Flint Firebirds to the Michigan Capitol. Hockey is a winter pastime in Michigan and it is wonderful that people like Saginaw Spirit owner Dick Garber, Jr. bring exciting professional hockey to mid-Michigan for everyone to enjoy.

 

Michelle Nitz of Midland recently visited me in Lansing and shared information with me about the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals fellowship. Michelle is 1 of 75 students, out of 600 applicants, in the U.S. that will be spending a year in Germany to live and study. Thanks Michelle for visiting and good luck in your travels and studies in environmental engineering!

 

Summer fairs and festivals guide available
Looking for something to do this summer? Then check out a free guide to area fairs, festivals and fireworks on my website.

We are blessed to have natural and cultural resources in Michigan that make our state such a great place to live and raise a family. A good way to have fun and support your local community is to get out and enjoy all the activities available right here in our own backyard.

The schedule outlines celebrations in our region from now through Labor Day weekend. Click here to see all the family-friendly events planned this summer.

 

2018 budget invests in education, public safety and roads
The Legislature has finalized a fiscal year 2018 budget that will maintain Michigan’s positive momentum and help us continue to boost the economy, create jobs, keep our communities safe and ensure every student receives an education that prepares them for success.

I am proud that we once again have a balanced state budget that increases state funding for our schools to record levels and builds on our efforts to create a welcoming climate for innovation and job creation.

Schools will see an increase in their per-student foundation allowance in this budget. We will also continue to help put more dollars into the classroom by investing more than $1 billion to reduce schools’ retirement costs and pay down debt.

The education budget totals $16.6 billion, including nearly $14.6 billion in total K-12 education investment, an increase of more than $415 million. Public universities will see a $46 million increase and community colleges will receive a $3.4 million boost. (read more)

State parks honor veterans with fireworks-free Fourth of July
For the third year in a row, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the DNR are working together to offer camping options for veterans and other visitors who prefer a quieter Independence Day holiday.

Over the July 1-4 weekend, 11 Michigan state parks and recreation areas will host a fireworks-free Fourth of July. Located farther away from traditional community firework displays, these parks are ideal camping locations for those wanting a quieter celebration. Find out more, including a list of participating state parks and how to make camping reservations, at www.michigan.gov/FireworksFreeFourth.

 

Senate committee meets in Alcona County about bovine TB, visits farms
I was honored to host members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for a public meeting in Alcona County to discuss bovine tuberculosis (TB) in the region as part of a continued effort to bring Lansing to our communities.

In northeast Michigan, bovine TB is persistent in wild deer and a continuous threat to area dairy and cattle farmers. It’s a serious issue affecting families, farmers and entire communities. We need to take a hard look at how we can protect this region and the entire state from this disease.

The committee meeting was open to the public and was an excellent opportunity for residents to express their concerns directly to legislators. It opened with a presentation by State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. (read more)

 

A Citizen’s Guide to State Government
The 2017-18 citizen’s guide serves as a useful reference tool in helping constituents stay in touch with their elected officials. Specific information is provided on the geographic location of both congressional and state districts as well as state legislative committee assignments.

Click here to view an online version of the citizen’s guide or request a free printed copy of the guide by contacting my office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or via email at SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov.

THE 36TH DISTRICT

Senate District 36 Map

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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