Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
Doing the best I can to serve the people of the 36th Senate District is very important to me. It is great to meet and talk with constituents in the district, 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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It was great to join Mike and Shelly Katto and their family as their 62-foot-tall spruce was cut down in Alpena Township to begin its journey to serve as the 2018 Michigan State Christmas Tree. It is now standing in front of the state Capitol — decorated with over 10,000 lights. It is truly a wonderful part of the holiday season, and I want to thank Shelly and Mike for donating the tree.

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Last month, we celebrated Veterans Day. The annual day of appreciation for all our veterans and their families is held on the 11th day of the 11th month. On the Friday before Veterans Day, I met many great people at the veterans lunch in Gaylord. Thank you for all for your dedication and sacrifice.

Stamas named Senate Appropriations chairman
Senate Majority Leader-elect Mike Shirkey recently named me as the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee when the 100th Legislature takes office in January.

I am honored to be entrusted with leading the process to once again pass a balanced budget that holds state government accountable, supports our students and fixes our roads. As chairman, my focus will be to protect Michigan residents' hard-earned tax dollars and ensure they are used effectively and efficiently to invest in education, infrastructure and roads.

I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues and the new governor to finalize a budget that continues our economic recovery, meets our pressing challenges, provides essential services and builds a brighter future for all Michigan families.

I want to thank current and former chairs Hildenbrand, Cox, Kahn, Moss and Haveman for their leadership over the last eight years, and I will continue to talk with them and learn from them.

Shirkey said, "Senator Stamas is a tremendously effective leader with a proven record of working with members on both sides of the aisle to get things done. He will be an outstanding Appropriations chairman who will ensure our state budget priorities build on the achievements we have made since 2011 to improve our great state."

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2018-19 winter travel guides now available
Plan your winter getaway now with the new 2018 Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide. The guide highlights cold weather fun and adventure, including snowmobiling, skiing and popular winter festivals. There’s even a feature on capturing Michigan’s scenic beauty in great outdoor photos!

The travel guide also contains shopping and culinary destinations and memorable spots for indoor and outdoor family activities.

To order a printed version or view the digital edition of the 2018-19 Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide, visit www.michigan.org/travel-guide.

Home heating help may be available
With the winter heating season in full swing, some households may struggle to pay their winter heating bills. I want to remind area families that help with home heating bills may be available.

First, if you are unable to pay your bills, please contact the utility company ASAP and explain the situation. Being proactive could help keep the heat on and save your life. The Winter Protection Plan safeguards seniors and low-income customers from service shutoffs. It allows eligible customers to avoid shutoffs while paying nothing or just a small percentage of their annual bill during the protection period. To apply, residents should contact their natural gas or utility company.

This is a deferment plan, not a financial assistance program meant to ease the burden of high winter utility bills. However, there are state programs that offer resources to assist low-income families with energy costs, including the State Emergency Relief Program, Home Heating Credit, and Weatherization Assistance Program. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/heatingassistance.

Area schools receive over $2M in safety grants
We owe it to our children to help provide them with a safe and secure environment to learn and succeed. Thankfully, many of our schools have already made critical school safety improvements necessary to keep our students and teachers safe.

Recently, several area school districts were awarded funds from the state’s Competitive School Safety Grant Program as part of an ongoing effort to ensure all our schools have the enhanced security necessary to provide a productive place for learning.

The Legislature dedicated $25 million in the state budget to provide grants to improve the safety and security of school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment and through school building safety assessments.

The funding was part of a $58 million investment in school safety initiatives, which also included support to improve access to mental health programs and enhance the state’s OK2SAY confidential tip-line program. Click here for a complete list of recipients in Michigan.

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.

Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the 36th Senate District of Michigan. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in receiving the 36th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website or via Facebook.

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

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