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. 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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I enjoyed breakfast for dinner at the Midland Noon Rotary Club's 45th annual Pancake Supper and Fundraiser in support of their mission of helping make a difference in our community. It was a great time with some amazing people.

Supporting additional $175 million in road funding
Michigan residents are keenly aware of the poor condition of our roads, and they want them fixed. I recently voted for legislation to invest existing resources to boost state and local road funding this year by $175 million - on top of $600 million in additional road funding already in this year's budget.

The governor's budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 recommended moving up a scheduled $175 million increase in 2020 to 2019 - in addition to a $150 million increase already planned for 2019. House Bill 4321 would accelerate the additional $175 million in road funding to the current 2018 fiscal year.

Our roads need this increased investment as soon as possible. Thanks to responsible budgeting and efficient governing, we have surplus funds from last year that we can put into improving our aging roads and bridges.

This will help protect Michigan drivers and support our economy, and I look forward to working with the governor to build on this road funding commitment as we complete the fiscal year 2019 budget.

Be alert for phone scams
I encourage everyone to look out for phone and email scams and to take steps to protect themselves. Scam artists are becoming increasingly clever in disguising who they are and tricking people into giving them money or personal information.

Someone claiming to represent the "Fundraising Center for Law Enforcement and Troopers" recently called Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson and asked for a donation. The organization appears to be a scam. The Michigan Sheriffs' Association assists local sheriff's offices and does not do phone solicitations.

You can avoid most scams by never clicking on unfamiliar email links, never opening emails from unknown senders and never giving out credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers over the phone.

You can report a suspected scam to the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-765-8388. If you are a victims of a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency. If scammers were able to get your credit card or bank account information, contact your financial institution immediately.

The attorney general's office also offers "Consumer Alerts" at www.michigan.gov/ag under "Services," including alerts on identity theft and popular scams. [read more] 

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District office hour in Oscoda Township
I encourage anyone who needs help or wants to express a viewpoint to join me on Friday, March 9 for a district office hour in Oscoda Township. The office hour is open to all residents and will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the conference room at the Robert J. Parks Library, located at 6010 N. Skeel Ave. in Oscoda Township.

My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 36th District. I am excited about continuing a regular series of office hours throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents about state and pocketbook issues.

Residents unable to attend the office hour may contact my office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or via email at SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov.

Helping people with limited mobility
Many seniors and others with limited mobility depend on easy access to disability parking. I supported Senate Bill 582 - now on its way to the governor's desk - to give physical therapists the same ability as physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to certify a patient's disability in applying for free parking stickers, disability windshield placards, license plates and parking permits.

As health professionals with specialized knowledge in recognizing and providing treatment for mobility problems, these individuals also have the training and experience to determine a disabling condition.

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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