Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
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 [email protected]. Also, please check out my Facebook page. I look forward to serving you, and I encourage you to contact me if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.


I recently welcomed 4-H members from Arenac and Iosco counties to the Michigan Capitol. The group was in Lansing as part of the 4-H Capitol Experience, an annual four-day conference that focuses on civic engagement and public policy. It was great to sit down and talk to such bright future Michigan leaders.


I recently stopped by VanPamel’s Hometown Diner in Hillman for breakfast. Thank you to Beth VanPamel for welcoming me and for running an outstanding restaurant with delicious food and friendly service.


Touring Northern Michigan small businesses

I believe that public service begins with serving the public and that begins with staying active in the community. That is why I recently toured several local businesses in Alpena and Gaylord as part of a continued effort to engage local leaders about economic development issues.


Vibrant communities attract investment and new jobs. We have come a long way in helping revitalize our state and build a positive business environment that has helped create nearly half a million new private sector jobs in Michigan.

These tours were about seeing the success of some of our outstanding small businesses and talking with the people behind that success on what we can do to continue to improve the economy and create jobs. (read more)


Visiting with local farmers

Agriculture’s impact on our daily lives is profound. Michigan is home to more than 52,000 farms and roughly 95 percent of them are family owned and operated.


I was recently able to tour two of these family farms in Iosco County. I toured Bellville Acres Farm in Whittemore with owners Terry and Joyce Bellville and Sonya Novotny from the Northeast Michigan Farm Bureau. The Bellvilles have been farming since 1966. They currently farm corn, wheat and soybeans on about 750 acres themselves and rent out a little more than 300 acres. (read more)

Check on your tax refund online

Taxpayers can check on the status of their state income tax refund online here or by visiting and clicking on “Where’s My Refund?” E-filers can check two weeks from filing while paper-filers can check from four to six weeks after postmarking.

To ensure privacy and security, taxpayers need to provide their social security number, tax year, filing status and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Total Household Resources (THR). The AGI is located on line 10 of the MI-1040; THR is found on line 33 of the MI-1040CR. The Department of Treasury reports that in 2016, 3.7 million individual tax returns provided more than $1.8 billion in refunds.


Be prepared for severe weather

A Michigan spring can bring fast-changing weather conditions, including thunderstorms and the threat of tornadoes. Sever Weather Awareness Week, held April 16-22 this year, encourages Michigan residents to prepare for any weather-related emergency.

Visit to find an information packet on tornado and thunderstorm safety, lightning safety, flood preparation and planning, even disaster preparedness for pets. The site also includes checklists for home and auto emergency preparedness.


2017 Michigan fishing licenses on sale!

With spring here, it is now time to get your 2017 Michigan fishing license. The new fishing license season began April 1. Click here to buy a license online or click here to find a license retailer.

For more information about Michigan fishing licenses, seasons and regulations, visit the Michigan DNR fishing website at


Need to renew your boat registration?

It’s never been easier to renew your watercraft registration! All watercraft, unless exempt, must be registered with the Michigan secretary of state. Registrations are issued for three years and expire on March 31 of the third year.

Visit to renew, or renew by mail or at a secretary of state branch office. Money from boat registration fees helps fund Michigan’s 82 public harbors and more than 1,300 public boat launches.


Senate District 36 Map

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
201 Townsend Street Suite #5200
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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