Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
Although March is here, winter is still with us. Please be safe outside. 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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In January, I had the honor of chairing my first Senate Appropriations Committee meeting. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues and the people of Michigan to develop a budget that will make Michigan the best place for families, talent and jobs. The budget process will officially kick off on March 5 when the governor presents her budget recommendation. After seeing the governor’s plan, we will work to finalize a budget that continues Michigan’s comeback and invests in key priorities, like fixing the roads and preparing our students for success.

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Free taxpayer guide available online
Michigan residents who are getting ready to file their taxes or want current information can download a free taxpayer’s guide from my 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.

Hunting and fishing licenses on sale March 1
Most 2019 hunting and fishing licenses and permits go on sale March 1, which is the start of the new license year. Although 2018 fishing licenses, base/small game licenses and ORV permits are valid through March 31, the new 2019 versions of these licenses and permits can be purchased March 1.

Outdoor enthusiasts can order the new licenses online at www.MDNR-eLicense.com or by visiting a retailer that sells DNR licenses. For license sales questions, email MDNR-E-License@michigan.gov or call 517-284-6057. Season guides and digests will be posted on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr as they become available.

Rural Business Development Grant applications
It is important to encourage new opportunities throughout our state. The Rural Business Development Grant program offers competitive grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities for the development or expansion of small and emerging businesses in rural areas.

The grants are open to a wide range of rural public entities, such as towns, communities, state agencies, nonprofits, colleges and tribes.

Grants are generally between $10,000 and $500,000, but typically are around $80,000. The deadline for applying for the grants is March 29.

Click here for more information. Call the USDA Michigan business office at 517-324-5157 to apply.

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March is Reading Month
We celebrate March as National Reading Month in an effort to reinforce the benefits of reading with young students.

Reading is the foundation for success in school and beyond. I look forward to visiting many local elementary schools in March as a guest reader to share the fun and importance of reading.

I encourage you to join me is passing along a love of reading to the next generation.

Expanded “Move Over Law” now in effect
Senate legislation signed into law last year expands the “Move Over Law” to increase road safety and better protect people working on or beside busy Michigan roadways.

Public Act 349 of 2018 requires drivers to slow down and move over a lane if possible when passing tow trucks and road maintenance and utility vehicles with flashing amber lights — the same as required with police and emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

Under the new law, if the road does not have a passing lane or if moving over is impossible, drivers need to reduce their speed by 10 mph when passing a stopped vehicle with flashing red, blue, white or amber lights.

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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