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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 issues. You may call toll-free at 1-517-373-7315 or email SenMMacDonald@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.

Working for you,

Michael D. MacDonald
State Senator

Senate leaders tour Selfridge base

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Sen. Peter Lucido and I recently welcomed Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas for a tour of the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.

The tour was led by Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge ANGB, and Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, assistant adjutant general and commander of the Michigan Air National Guard.

Working hard on 2020 state budget

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As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’m already working on a budget that continues our economic recovery, meets our pressing challenges, provides essential services and builds a brighter future for all Macomb County families.

We need to continue to create an environment that attracts new businesses to our state, so Michigan can add more jobs, boost revenue and diversify our economy.

We must continue to make education and road funding a priority. Every student deserves an education that prepares them for success, and we need to improve our roads while ensuring they are built to last.

Earlier this month, Gov. Whitmer presented her fiscal year 2020 state budget recommendation. While we have our differences in how to achieve our goals, I am confident we will complete a balanced budget on time that supports our students, fixes our roads, protects our communities and improves government efficiency.

Senate passes my first bill

I recently had my first bill passed. By approving this reform, we are one step closer to providing needed clarity to our medical marijuana law and enabling state regulators to more effectively and efficiently protect Michigan families.

Currently, anyone with any ownership stake in a medical marijuana business must go through a financial and criminal background check by the state to receive a license. Senate Bill 203 would make changes to the facilities licensing law to require those with influence over the business to go through the background check process.

The purpose of this reform is to allow the state to focus on more on its oversight of those who have a financial interest or operational say in a medical marijuana business. As a result, we can improve medical marijuana regulation and also save taxpayer dollars.

Great response to student art contest!

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I announced the finalists for the “Make Macomb Your Home” student art contest, and the winners should be announced soon. My goal with this competition was to encourage Macomb County students to help decorate our Lansing office with creative pieces of art that capture life in our community.

We had an outstanding response, and it was extremely difficult to narrow down all the submissions to the top finalists. I want to thank everyone who submitted artwork for their creative pieces of art.

Residents voted on my official Facebook and Twitter accounts to pick the winners in each of three categories: elementary, middle school and high school.

The finalists by category were:

• High School: Parkway Christian School sophomore Madison H., Parkway Christian School junior Seung Min K., and Sterling Heights High School senior Jan P.

• Middle School: Carleton Middle School sixth-grader Jasmena K., Carleton Middle School seventh-grader Aryan B., and Davis Junior High student Thy H.

• Elementary School: Cheyenne Elementary fourth-grader Kylie S., Cheyenne Elementary fifth-grader Madison P., and Beacon Tree Elementary fifth-grader Amelia F.

Coffee hours in Clinton Township

On Friday, March 29, I will be holding district coffee hours from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Ken’s Country Kitchen, 40280 Hayes Road, in Clinton Township.

We had fantastic turnout at our coffee hour last month, and we will continue to hold coffee hours throughout the district to hear directly from the people.

Coffee hours are open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue. No appointment is necessary. If you cannot attend the coffee hours, please contact my office.

Free taxpayer guide available online

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Michigan residents who have yet to file their taxes or who want current information on a variety of tax issues, a free taxpayer’s guide is available on my Senate website.

The Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide is a reference for the 2018 tax year and is designed to help you prepare your state tax returns. Although not a substitute for state tax instruction booklets, the guide contains information on the state individual income tax and details about 2019 Michigan property taxes and various tax credits, such as the homestead property tax credit and the home heating credit.

Taxpayers can view and download the state forms and instructions for the 2018 tax year at www.michigan.gov/taxes, and you can e-file your state returns at www.mifastfile.org.

 

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