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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the first edition of my monthly e-newsletter for 2021. 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 34th Senate District.

2020 was a year unlike any other, and we are still facing many of the challenges from last year. As we look forward, I hope we can begin a meaningful transition back to normal life. I will continue to work in 2021 to get people back to work, get the economy back on track, fight this virus and build a better Michigan.

As always, my office is open, and my staff and I are available to assist you. You may contact us by emailing [email protected] or by telephone at 1-855-347-8034.

Also, please check out my Facebook page for updates on what’s going on in our state’s Capitol.


Jon Bumstead
State Senator
34th District

Bumstead reacts to State of the State address

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I appreciate the governor’s call to work on a bipartisan basis.

My colleagues and I in the Legislature have been ready and waiting to work with the governor to address the COVID-19 pandemic and get our state back to work and back in school safely.

Bipartisan work is possible, but it is a two-way street. I call on the governor to immediately lift burdensome restrictions that her administration has placed on Michigan businesses and schools and to work with the Legislature going forward.

Businesses need to know if and when they can open their doors if they are to make countless investments in safety measures for employees and customers. I think they deserve a clear outlook of what the next few months will look like as we work to get things back on track.

While we are still facing many challenges from last year, I hope we are able to work together in 2021 to build a better future for Michigan.

To view my full response to the 2021 State of the State address, please click here.

Bumstead issues statement on 2021 priorities

As we move into 2021, we need to continue working to keep Michiganders safe while also focusing on other priorities to strengthen the state’s economy and help workers and businesses that are struggling get back on track.

Families across my district and across the state are hurting, and they deserve peace of mind about their futures and livelihoods. People have expressed loud and clear they want one thing: the ability and freedom to make a living and care for their families.

We need to allow businesses to once again open their doors without the fear of what the next day may bring. Businesses need consistency and deserve more than to be led on simply being told there’s hope at the end of the tunnel as their savings dwindle.

Looking forward, my colleagues and I are focusing our efforts on protecting Michiganders from COVID-19, protecting the livelihoods of Michigan families, supporting targeted relief for businesses trying to get back on their feet, and restoring balance to state government to give people confidence they have a voice in Lansing.

It is also vital that we pass a responsible budget plan that not only tucks money away for emergencies like the one we’re currently facing, but also efficiently utilizes federal money where it can be most effective. It is important to remember that while January’s revenues were looking good, that positive outlook is largely based on one-time, federal money and we need to be very careful moving forward with any state spending.

Although we’re still facing many of the challenges from 2020, I am confident we can move forward and achieve positive results for Michigan families.

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Bumstead to serve as JCAR chairman

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I am pleased to announce my updated committee assignments for the new legislative session.

I previously served on the Committee on Education and Career Readiness but will be leaving that role and taking a new position as vice chairman on the Advice and Consent Committee.

I am also proud to have received another new leadership role as the chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules — a statutorily created, bipartisan legislative committee responsible for legislative oversight of administrative rules proposed or adopted by state agencies.

Along with my new role as chairman of JCAR, I will continue my current role as vice chair for the standing committees on Appropriations and Natural Resources as well as remain a member of the following standing committees: Finance; and Energy and Technology.

I look forward to further representing my constituents and our shared values with these new positions.

Both of these new positions are critical to the efficient function of state government. The advice and consent process is a critical part of ensuring the people’s voice is heard during the confirmation hearings for the executive appointments and maintaining an equal, balanced government. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules allows the same representation when administrative agencies propose new rules or guidelines to the way they operate.

A full list of Senate committees and their memberships is available by clicking here.

Bumstead issues statement on additional delay of restaurant openings

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I am disappointed in the decision to further restrict the lives of Michigan residents and hurt the financial future of local bar and restaurant owners.

I do not believe that reopening bars and restaurants would put our residents at an enhanced risk, especially as the state continues the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. Between that and the heightened safety measures, it is time to reopen bars and restaurants.

Unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all approach is the current strategy for Michigan. While I may disagree with this approach, I plan to continue working with the governor and my colleagues in the Legislature to advocate for our local businesses still affected by state mandates.

You can read my full statement by clicking here.

Bumstead announces additional district representative

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I am pleased to announce that my office has brought in Diane Schindlbeck to assist with my district operations.

Diane, who now serves as my district representative, is from the Fremont area and brings years of experience working as a small business owner in West Michigan.

My staff and I are happy to welcome Diane to the team. Her experience as a small business owner will be a terrific asset as we continue working toward getting people safely back to work and rebuilding our economy.

Diane owns and operates a restaurant in Fremont as well as a nonprofit K-9 training and advocacy center that focuses primarily on educating and advocating the many uses and benefits of utilizing K-9 assistance in all areas of law enforcement, search and rescue and disaster work.

She brings with her an excellent knowledge of the importance of small businesses in our communities but also has firsthand experience of the damage these shutdowns are causing. She will offer a helpful perspective as the state continues to navigate statewide shutdowns because her business has faced significant burdens as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

I have always been committed to helping families navigate the often-complex system of state government. Hiring Diane furthers the commitment my staff and I have made to helping residents and families throughout the district.

Two Muskegon County schools take home state championship titles

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I would like to congratulate the Montague Wildcats and the Mona Shores Sailors on winning the football state championship in their divisions.

Mona Shores, for the second straight year, has won the Division II state championship. They defeated Warren De La Salle, 25-19.

Montague won the Division VI state championship for the third time since 2008. They defeated Clinton, 40-14.

We are all very proud of each team’s hard work and success. Congratulations to both schools on this great accomplishment.

West Michigan S.A.I.L. Program offering free classes for veterans

The West Michigan S.A.I.L. Program is offering classes, beginning in June 2021, at no cost to veterans who are accepted in the program.

These classes are provided to our veterans of past wars experiencing PTS, traumatic brain injury, physical handicaps, depression and other health-related challenges with a nature-inspired, confidence-building sailing program. The program will teach veterans how to sail while building positive peer relationships with other veterans in the program while instilling a feeling of accomplishment, inner strength and self-discovery.

The program currently serves six counties; Lake County, Muskegon County, Mason County, Newaygo County, Oceana County and Ottawa County.

If you are a veteran, or if you know a veteran interested in signing up for the West Michigan S.A.I.L. Program, please visit for more information.

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Bumstead participates in Newaygo Right to Life March

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I was happy to participate in the Newaygo County Right to Life March. My district representative Diane Schindlbeck and I walked with others to give a voice to the unborn.

The Newaygo County Right to Life hosts a march every January. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Right to Life March in Washington D.C. was canceled, so it was important to ensure our local march was successful.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support life and to the Newaygo County Right to Life for hosting such an important event.

Round two of the Paycheck Protection Program has begun

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The U.S. Small Business Association has announced a tiered opening for round two of the Paycheck Protection Program, which began on Jan. 11.

The Paycheck Protection Program is intended to help small businesses affected by COVID-19. While I would prefer that our local small businesses be able to open and operate safely, the latest round of program grants will be critical to help small business owners keep workers employed and keep their doors open.

To stay up to date on the latest information, I encourage you to visit the Small Business Association of Michigan’s website by clicking here.

Federal CARES Act update, Bumstead continues to offer UIA support

In the final weeks of 2020, the federal government approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

The guidance provides states with important information about several provisions of the law, including the extension of programs first authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as well as the creation of a new unemployment insurance (UI) benefit for “mixed earners.”

The law extends the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program created by the CARES Act, which provides UI benefits to gig workers and others not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits. Under the law, the end of the period of applicability for the PUA program extends to those weeks of unemployment ending on or before March 14, 2021.

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency is working on new system changes to begin additional payments under the Continuing Assistance Act (CAA) for PEUC and PUA claimants who have exhausted their benefit allowance on or before Dec. 26, 2020.

My office remains open to help constituents who need help navigating Michigan’s unemployment insurance system. Please contact my office at 517-373-1635 or visit my website if you need assistance. My website contains a form you may fill out that will jumpstart our ability to process your claim. You can find the form here or on the main page of my website.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

With the announcement of the COVID-19 vaccine, many Michigan residents are eager to receive their first dose. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working to move through phased priorities for residents.

Currently, the following individuals are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine:

• Healthcare workers
• Residents 65 years of age and older
          o The COVID-19 vaccine for seniors is coordinated and scheduled through your local county health department. You can find your local health department for your county using this map. Not all county health departments have begun scheduling vaccinations. Appointments are being added daily.
• Frontline essential workers, child care and Pre-K -high school staff
          o Eligible frontline essential workers will be notified by their employers about vaccine clinic dates and locations. These workers include school and child care staff, frontline responders and corrections staff.

Michigan's 34th Senate District

The 34th State Senate District includes the counties of Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana.

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

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