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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

 

1,200 residents participate in tele-town hall

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I recently discussed issues facing Michigan and Macomb County with 1,200 area residents during a tele-town hall meeting, which is a telephone conference call that allows people to speak to me and ask questions.

I want to thank everyone who participated in the successful tele-town hall, and I encourage those who could not participate to contact my office and share their priorities. The best thing about using this tele-town hall technology is that it provides a forum to talk with thousands of families and job providers about what we are doing to improve our state and to hear from them about their goals and concerns.

During this event, a dozen people asked me direct questions on a series of important issues, including auto insurance reform, school funding and various road funding ideas. Participants were also able to submit responses to five poll questions, such as whether they support Gov. Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax hike.

I do not support the governor’s plan to increase the gas tax by 45 cents — a position shared by 95% of our tele-town hall participants.

When asked what the most important issue to them was, 38% of respondents said health care, 31% said the economy and 13% said the roads.

It was great to answer many smart questions from residents and to get their insights on how to improve our state. Based on the results of this town hall, it’s clear that pocketbook issues are still top priorities for Macomb families.

 

Back-to-school and OK2SAY information

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Supporting our schools is critical to our future, and it’s one of my top priorities. We must continue to increase our investment in education to ensure our students are prepared to succeed.

Students have either already started school or are preparing to return to begin a new school year.

One of the most essential parts of a successful school year is safety, starting with ensuring students get to school safely. It’s also critical that our kids have a safe place to learn. Below is some important information about Michigan’s 24-hour OK2SAY confidential tip line, which enables students, parents and educators to help prevent school tragedies.

Tips can be submitted by email to OK2SAY@mi.gov, by text at 652729 (OK2SAY), by phone at 1-855-565-2729 (1-8-555-OK2SAY), or online at www.mi.gov/ok2say. An app is also available in the app stores for iPhone and Android devices. Best wishes to all for a safe and successful school year!

Latest in My Macomb video series

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In my previous e-newsletter, I announced a series of videos of me going to work at some of Macomb’s many great small businesses.

In the latest installment of the “My Macomb with Mike MacDonald” series, I am put to work preparing food, cooking, washing dishes, and serving customers at Luciano’s Italian Restaurant in Clinton Township.

It’s always interesting to catch a glimpse of the hard work behind the scenes that goes into running a great restaurant.

In case you missed it, the first video in the series was at Fern Hill Golf Club, where I helped get the course ready for golfers to enjoy.

 

Successful roundtable with small businesses

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As your state senator, I have made it my goal to listen to and get to know as many residents, business owners and families as possible so that I can best serve Macomb County. In that effort, I recently led a small business roundtable with local business owners in Clinton Township.

Small businesses are responsible for much of Michigan’s new job creation yet are often overlooked by government economic development strategies. The main goal of this roundtable was to hear from our small business community and let them know that I am here as a resource to help them thrive and create jobs in Macomb County. One of the most important things I can do as a senator is remove obstacles to growth and foster an environment that supports success and new opportunities.

Some of the local small business leaders who participated in the roundtable included FreeStar Financial Credit Union Chairman Raymond White, Jr.; Tom Sokol Insurance Agency owner Tom Sokol; Suburban Bolt and Supply Co. President Eric Peterson; Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc. Marketing Manager Wayne Oehmke; and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Ashlyn Willard.

We talked about the state of the economy and the unique challenges facing small businesses. During the roundtable, I highlighted my work to help find the best possible solution for fixing our roads and a new bipartisan legislative package I will be sponsoring to implement an entrepreneurship-led economic development plan.

 

District coffee hour on Aug. 29

Since I became your state senator, we’ve had great turnouts at our district coffee hours, and I will continue to hold them throughout the district to hear directly from the people.

Our next scheduled coffee hour is Thursday, Aug. 29 from 4-5:30 p.m. at McDonald’s, located at 2000 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights.

If you are unable to attend the coffee hour, please contact my office toll-free at 1-866-303-0110 or via email at SenMMacDonald@senate.michigan.gov.

 

State sees drop in opioid prescriptions

Michigan has enacted a number of laws in recent years to help curb the opioid crisis in our state.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) recently cited the impact of a Senate bill signed into law as playing a role in decreasing opioid prescription abuse. Public Act 248 of 2017 (Senate Bill 166) requires a licensed prescriber to obtain and review a patient’s Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) report before prescribing a Schedule 2 through 5 controlled substance to the patient.

The prescription monitoring program is used to track controlled substances. It can assess patient risk and help prevent drug abuse. As more prescribers participated in the MAPS system — increasing by 134% from 2017 to 2018 — the number of opioids dispensed decreased by 15% and the number of Schedule 2-5 controlled substances dispensed decreased by 11.5%.

 

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

 
Visit my website at: SenatorMichaelMacDonald.com