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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Welcome to the most recent edition of my monthly e-newsletter!

Thank you for allowing me to represent you in the Michigan Senate. I am grateful each and every day to work for the people of the 32nd Senate District.

This email highlights the important work we have been doing in Lansing this past month.

Jon Bumstead
State Senator
32nd District

2024 State of the State

On Jan. 24, the governor gave her sixth State of the State address. While there is bipartisan agreement in recognizing that the cost of living continues to rise, we differ on the best path forward to help Michiganders prosper through economic hardships and what the government’s role should be in the day-to-day lives of state residents.

In her address, the governor created a wish list of programs to be funded with taxpayer dollars, including subsidies for electric vehicles, free community college, and tax credits for certain households. Instead of picking winners and losers and spending tax dollars on unsustainable government growth, I believe the Legislature and governor should work together to reduce taxes on hardworking Michiganders, pay down our state’s debts, and invest in transformational infrastructure improvements and proven programs that will ensure our state’s future growth.

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but there is a lot we can do to change that. By making a few small changes and doing more to take care of ourselves, we can lower that statistic.

February is American Heart Month. During the month of February, accept the challenge and try making a few small changes for a healthier heart:

• Get more sleep – Aim for seven hours or more every night. More sleep can lower stress levels and increase energy levels.
• Eat better – Adding more color to your plate is an easy way to be sure you’re eating enough fruits and vegetables. Every bit helps, whether fresh, frozen, canned or dried.
• Get enough physical activity – Simply adding 30 minutes of movement to your day can improve your heart and your mind.


Michigan 211

With temperatures falling and inflation rates rising, many in Michigan may find themselves in need of help. Michigan 211 is part of a national system of organizations that connect residents with services in their local area.

At Michigan 211, highly trained specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact one of the seven regional contact centers across the state by dialing 211 from a phone or by texting the zip code where help is needed to 898211. The Michigan 211 website also has a chat feature and search options to allow residents to search for service providers in their area.

Last year, Michigan 211 helped more than 500,000 people connect with more than 40,000 services, including utility assistance, emergency housing or shelter, food, legal services, healthcare, substance abuse, mental health assistance, and more. For more information, visit Michigan 211.

Free Fishing Weekend

Michigan’s annual winter Free Fishing Weekend is Feb. 17-18. All fishing license fees are waived, and vehicles can enter state parks and use boating sites without a Recreation Passport.

Winter Free Fishing weekend is a great time to try ice fishing. With at least 150 species of fish that can be caught through the ice, you don’t have to wait for summer to give fishing a try. Ice fishing can be an affordable, safe, and family-friendly activity to get everyone outdoors.

Residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing on both inland lakes and the Great Lakes for all species of fish. All fishing regulations still apply. Visit for information on special events and activities.

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4th and 5th graders ski free in Michigan

With more than 40 ski areas across the state, you are always within a two-hour drive of the thrills of skiing and snowboarding. Michigan ranks second in the U.S. for the number of places to enjoy this exciting, family-friendly winter sport.

The Cold is Cool Passport allows fourth and fifth graders to ski for free in Michigan when accompanied by a paying adult. It is a great opportunity to get kids out on the slopes and try a new sport. The passport, sponsored by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association, allows families to receive up to three lift tickets at 29 participating ski hills. Other discounts are also available.

For more information or to register for the passport, visit the Cold is Cool Passport site.

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Capitol guest

This year, I welcomed Karen Goodman as my guest for the 2024 State of the State address. Karen is the vice chair for the Manistee County board of commissioners and also serves as the chief operating officer for Centra Wellness Network, which is a community mental health provider for both Manistee and Benzie counties.

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Bumstead highlights upcoming events in the 32nd District

Riverside Toys — Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, Feb. 1
11 a.m. — Noon
390 River St., Suite 101
Description: Join the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce staff in welcoming Riverside Toys. More information here.
Muskegon Planetarium Show
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 1- 29
7 — 7:30 p.m.
Carr-Fles Planetarium
221 S. Quarterline Road, Room 1072
Description: The “Birth of Planet Earth” show at Muskegon Community College investigates the question of how this planet came to be. More information here.
White Lake Wanderland
Friday, Feb. 2 — Sunday, Feb. 4
Whitehall and Montague
Description: A weekend of great events that encourage you to celebrate winter while wandering the unique little cities that make up the White Lake Area. More information here.
Hart Winterfest
Saturday, Feb. 3
6 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Description: An annual two-day event, including winter activities and food. More information here.
Benzie Senior Resources — Community Forum
Tuesday, Feb. 6
1 — 4 p.m.
448 Court Place
Description: As the Benzie population ages, BSR is experiencing a growing demand for its resources and services. The BSR team eagerly seeks community input to continue this process. More information here.  
Muskegon Museum Homeschool Days
Tuesday, Feb. 6
10 — 11:30 a.m.
Muskegon Museum of History & Science
430 W. Clay Ave.
Description: This monthly hour-and-a-half program invites families to explore the museum with activities at a variety of age levels around a monthly theme. February’s topic is “Geology of the Great Lakes” More information here.
State of the Community Breakfast
Thursday, Feb. 8
8:30 — 10 a.m.
Lincoln Hills Golf Club
1527 N. Lake Shore Drive
Description: This fifth annual Chamber Alliance of Mason County event will provide important economic development updates. More information here.
Benzie Chamber Summit
Friday, Feb. 9
8:30 a.m. — noon
The Garden Theater
301 Main St.
Description: The Benzie Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a Benzie County Summit — The State of Benzie — to give updates on projects and developments that affect local economic development. More information here.
Pentwater Winterfest
Saturday, Feb. 10 and 17
7 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Description: Enjoy winter activities, including fishing tournaments, cross-country skiing, sledding and ice skating. More information here.
Fridays in the Forest Family Hike
Friday, Feb. 16
10:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Oceana Conservation District Otto Nature Preserve
3001 16th Ave.
Description: Families are invited to enjoy a nature walk at Otto Nature Preserve. More information here.
Gettin' Jiggy Panfish Tournament
Saturday, Feb. 17
5:30 a.m. — 6 p.m.
1649 S. Pere Marquette Highway
Description: Coinciding with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, the city of Ludington invites you to participate in a fishing tournament. More information here.
Downtown Manistee Frostbite Winter Festival and Chili Cook-off
Saturday, Feb. 17
Noon — 5 p.m.
Downtown Manistee
Description: Enjoy a daytime party with local Manistee businesses, including live entertainment and a chili cook-off. More information here.
Ludington snowshoe event
Saturday, Feb. 17
6 — 8 p.m.       
Ludington State Park
8800 W. M-116
Description: A lantern-lit snowshoe and ski trail event. More information here.
Benzie Area Chamber ‘Off the Clock’ Event
Thursday, Feb. 22
5 — 7 p.m.
Grow Benzie
5885 Frankfort Highway
Description: The Benzie Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to a networking event. More information here.
Preschool Story Time with Miss Anne
Friday, Feb. 23
10:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Benzonia Public Library
891 Michigan Ave.
Description: Come to the Benzonia Public Library for a preschool story time. More information here.

Senator Jon Bumstead
4600 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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