Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
Fall is here! As I travel around the district meeting with constituents and to the Capitol to finalize a state budget, I see the fall colors are popping up with the peak time expected to be mid-October. Serving the people of the 36th Senate District is 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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Budget sent to governor boosts funding for schools and roads
This week the Legislature voted to send the governor a balanced fiscal year 2020 budget that increases investments in key priorities while living within the state’s means.

We owe it to the people of Michigan to deliver a responsible state budget on time that will help improve our state for families, workers and job creators. That’s what we’re doing. This budget funds vital services while increasing funding for roads, schools and water protection to record levels — without depending on a massive $2.5 billion tax hike on Michigan families.

We are increasing school support by nearly $400 million and boosting funding by $400 million to help improve local roads and bridges.

Senate Bill 149 would invest $5.4 billion in transportation in FY 2020, an increase of more than $2 billion since FY 2010. The K-12 school budget would invest more than $15.2 billion in K-12 education — a boost of over $2.2 billion in school funding since FY 2011.

Discussions will continue with the governor on how to fund our roads over the long term, but we fulfilled our responsibility to the people of Michigan and enacted a balanced budget on time — using resources we currently have. As road funding talks continue, I respectfully request the governor to sign this smart budget and keep Michigan open for businesses.

Among the key investments in the budget heading to the governor are $120 million in drinking water protections, increased funding to local governments, training more state troopers and corrections officers, assisting efforts to respond to public health hazards, and funding programs that support rural hospitals and improve access to OB-GYN services in rural areas.

Under the K-12 budget, schools would see a foundation allowance boost of between $120 and $240 per pupil, $522 million invested to help at-risk students, a $21.5 million increase in career and technical education funding, and a $60 million increase for special education.

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Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide available online
Autumn is spectacular in Michigan! From fall getaways and scenic drives to culinary delights, the 2019 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide covers it all.

This award-winning publication highlights places to go and sights to see across our great state and features articles on family trips, Isle Royale, pet-friendly travel, outdoor sports destinations and more.

Residents can access the digital version at www.michigan.org/travel-guide or contact my office to receive a print copy.

The Pure Michigan website offers links to a wide variety of fall-related activities, such as a list of fantastic fall scenic drives, pumpkin patches in Michigan, and state parks to see breathtaking fall colors.

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Mosquito-borne EEE virus update
Michigan is experiencing its worst Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) outbreak in more than a decade. The virus attacks the nervous system. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reports that people, horses and birds can contract the disease from a mosquito bite.

There are at least eight confirmed human cases of EEE in Michigan with several fatalities. Signs of the virus include the sudden onset of fever and chills; body and joint aches that can progress to a severe encephalitis; headaches; seizures; and paralysis. Health officials urge state residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by applying insect repellents that contain DEET, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors and emptying water from mosquito breeding sites, such as buckets, flower pots, old tires and bird baths.

Click here for more information about EEE, and click here for details on mosquito-borne diseases. In response to the outbreak, MDARD has posted a list of pesticide applicator businesses that are licensed to spray for mosquitoes in Michigan.

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) this summer 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%.

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
100 N. Capitol Ave., Room S-324.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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