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 was proud to welcome the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan John Burgess to the Capitol for the Michigan Senate’s 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored our state’s fallen soldiers. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Robinson of Gaylord was my special guest. 


I read the name of the Michigan resident killed in action during the past year. My thoughts are with Lance Cpl. Ryan Burgess, Lance Cpl. Steven Szymanski and Corpsman Aaron Ullom and their families this Memorial Day as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty.


It’s not every day a gold medalist comes to town. I welcomed Joe Kaczynski to the Capitol during the Special Olympics Michigan Capitol Day. Joe won the gold medal in the 5K Freestyle Cross Country Skiing event at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Congratulations Joe! You make Michigan very proud.


It is always great to get out and help the community. I recently joined the Midland County Habitat for Humanity for its Women’s Build. It was a wonderful and rewarding time helping an outstanding group of people make a difference. Keep up the good work.

Senate community investment bills sent to governor
Many communities across Michigan — in urban, suburban and rural areas — are looking to revitalize blighted, abandoned sites that are too costly to clean up or redevelop. Senate legislation on its way to the governor will help transform these difficult-to-develop properties into large-scale developments that attract investment and jobs and generate new economic activity.

Senate Bills 111-115 will allow transformational brownfield plans to keep part of the new tax revenue they create in order to make the projects fiscally feasible while the rest of the revenue goes to local governments and the state. The legislation requires significant minimum private investment and mandates that projects provide a net fiscal benefit to the state. In addition, the bills cap the amount of the incentives and the overall number of projects to control annual costs. (read more)


Celebrating Community Action Agency Month
Michigan’s community action agencies promote economic stability and build stronger communities by helping struggling families improve their lives, become self-sufficient and achieve the American dream.

The Michigan Senate approved my resolution declaring May 2017 as Community Action Agency Month. It is a time to raise awareness of these great organizations and to express our appreciation for all the tremendous work that they do every day to help those in need. Our community action agencies provide local services that directly impact the lives of thousands of people each year. It is hard to imagine where we would be without their dedication and compassion.

Senate Resolution 58 states that Michigan’s 29 community action agencies (CAAs) in 2016 served 168,377 Michigan residents, including 83,538 families, by providing early childhood education, Head Start, senior services, affordable housing, food assistance, energy assistance, financial literacy classes, job training programs and other services.  (read more)

April jobless rate drops
Manufacturing led the April job gains and there were other increases in leisure and hospitality services, professional and business services and other services. Total employment in Michigan has risen every month in 2017 with an average gain of 17,000 per month. The numbers show continued positive momentum as the average monthly total employment increase in 2016 was just over 8,000 per month.


Michigan’s Summer Free Fishing Weekend nearly here!
Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world! I encourage you to enjoy this great pastime during the state's Summer Free Fishing Weekend, this coming June 10-11.

Anglers, both residents and nonresidents alike, can fish without a license on these two days, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Entry into state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas is free of charge. Visit for more information.

In addition, June 10-11 marks one of the summer’s Free ORV Weekends, a time off-road enthusiasts can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without buying an ORV license or trail permit. Find out more at


Drive with care in work zones
With both the vacation season and road construction season starting, it’s a good time to remember work zone safety. There were more than 4,900 work zone crashes and 17 fatalities last year in Michigan. Most of those crashes were preventable. When driving in a work zone, please stay alert, pay attention to the road and traffic around you; minimize distractions; don’t tailgate; obey the posted speed limit; and expect the unexpected.

Motorists can check current and future road construction sites, active incidents and more on state highways at


Need ideas of a summer getaway?
For residents who are looking for something new to do this summer in our great state, the 2017 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide is available online and features summer fun all over our great state.

This year’s publication includes articles on beach towns, downtowns, maritime history, wilderness parks, even food and craft beer destinations! Please find it online at


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.

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

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