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 contact me by calling toll-free 1-855-347-8036 or emailing [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.

Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner

I joined Rep. Triston Cole to present tributes to this year’s honorees at the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Awards Banquet. Congratulations to Paul Beachnau and his team for another successful year.

Gaylord Chamber Awards Banquet

It was a great turnout at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. Congratulations to all of the honorees and to everyone who made it such a great year in Alpena.

District Office Hours

Monday, Feb. 27
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
East Tawas City Hall and Community Center
Multipurpose Room
760 Newman St., East Tawas.

Monday, March 6
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Coleman City Hall
City Council Room
201 E. Railway St., Coleman.

Budget Update

Governor outlines 2018 budget plan

Gov. Rick Snyder recently presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 state budget to the Legislature. As we review the governor’s plan, I encourage you to share your concerns and thoughts with me.

For more information on the governor’s budget recommendations — including the full proposal and several charts on key priorities — visit  [read more]

Free Fishing Weekend

Winter Free Fishing Weekend is Feb. 18-19

Michigan’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend provides a chance to enjoy a special season of fishing.

For more details, visit Be safe! Check out the DNR’s Ice Safety Tips for details on what to know before going out on the ice.

Finding solutions to Oscoda well water contamination

The governor recently signed my legislation to require the U.S. Air Force to cover the costs of fixing the water safety problem near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

I continue to work on solutions for affected residents. The federal government caused this problem and we are holding them accountable. The Air Force said that they would cover the cost of fixing it if the state required them to do so, and this new law will hold them to their word and ensure that they cover the cost of supplying safe water to homeowners whose well water they contaminated. [read more]

Free tax preparation guide available online

Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide

The Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide 2017 is designed to help residents prepare their state tax returns. The guide contains information on Michigan’s income tax, property taxes and tax credits. Included is a year-long listing of important property tax dates and deadlines as well as copies of the most commonly used tax forms. Free copies may be downloaded at

A list of places that provide free help with taxes is available by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-552-1183. Also, the online self-service page is the quickest and easiest way to check on your refund, and you can click here to see one of the ways the state is protecting your refund from tax fraud.


Pamphlet available on how to effectively appeal property tax assessments

Property Tax Assessment Appeal Booklet

Homeowners who believe their property tax assessment is incorrect may appeal it. A free packet to help make the process less confusing may be downloaded from my website or by clicking here.



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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