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Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my e-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 36th Senate District and look forward to working with you toward a better future for Michigan!

This e-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening in Lansing and what I am doing as your state senator. I hope that you will find this e-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Or if you are in Lansing, please feel free to stop by my office at 920 Farnum Building.

Jim Stamas
State Senator
36th District of Michigan
     
 
 
 
 

LEGISLATIVE NEWS

 

Legislation will help veterans transition into civilian life


I spoke before the Senate veterans committee on the importance of connecting military veterans returning home with employers and benefits. We owe a great debt to America's veterans for their selfless dedication and the tremendous sacrifice they make in defense of our freedom and way of life. Unfortunately, veterans often face real challenges transitioning into civilian life and new careers when returning home. My bill will help ensure that we assist our returning veterans by contacting them in a clear, straightforward voice about the services they earned protecting us.


Questions? Visit the agency's website at www.michiganveterans.com or call them at 1-800-MICH-VET.  Click here for more information.

 
 
 
 

LOCAL NEWS

 

SPACE

It was a great honor to join in congratulating SPACE, Inc. on the event of the 20th anniversary of their founding! They have been listed in "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch," "Top 50 Suppliers of Office Furniture to the Federal Government," "Corp! Magazine Entrepreneur of Distinction for the State of Michigan" and "Small Business and Technology Development Center," among others. Click here for more information.

 

Farm Bureau

It was a great turnout at the Farm Bureau reception last week. Thanks to all those from my district who were able to make the trip to Lansing!

 

Arenac Trivia

I had a great time at the Arenac Community Funds trivia night. It was a full house in Au Gres! The annual trivia night raised thousands of dollars to help local students going on to college, while also giving trivia buffs a chance to show off their wide range of knowledge. Thanks to all those who attended!

 

 
 
 
 

FREE PUBLICATIONS

 
Free Tax Publications!

Tax season is upon us! To make the job easier, please find some valuable resource information to help you with your taxes this season!

Michigan Taxpayers Guide for 2015

This link will take you to a helpful online booklet for the 2014 tax year on Michigan property taxes, homestead property tax credits, farmland and open space tax relief, the home heating credit program, and individual income taxes.

Appealing your Property Tax

Do you think your property tax assessment is incorrect? If so, you may appeal the assessment. This link will take you to a page designed to help you through this process
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bills to ban use of drones to harass hunters or take game

 

I recently supported legislation that would prevent others from interfering with our hunting heritage and uphold the integrity of the sport. Senate Bills 54 and 55 would ban the use of unmanned aerial vehicles-or drones-from being used to harass hunters or to take game. The measures ensure "fair chase" hunting practices and protect hunters from stalking or harassment.

 

National Reading Awareness Month

 

March is National Reading Awareness Month, and while we live in a digital world, the ability to read is still the foundation for success in life. Throughout the month, young children and elementary students across the country celebrate the importance of reading. I look forward to taking part in this wonderful tradition by visiting schools in my district. On my visits, I bring along special bookmarks to encourage the reading habit, and read one of my favorite children's book.

 

Michigan's 2014 hunt season-the safest on record!

 

For the first time, Michigan recorded zero fatalities during all hunting seasons last year. Law enforcement officials credit the state's hunter education as an important factor in the low number of hunting incidents. Find more information at www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers under Law Enforcement Reports.

 

State of the Great Lakes report released

 

What would Michigan be without our magnificent Great Lakes? The big waters are vital to our economy and outdoor heritage, our very way of life. The recently released 2014 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report highlights some of the priorities and issues affecting the lakes and coastal areas. Access the document at www.michigan.gov/deq and type in the key words "State of the Great Lakes Report 2014."

 
 
 
 
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Senator Jim Stamas

920 Farnum Bldg. P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-7946

Email: SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov
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