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Dear Friends,

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 34th Senate District.

Budget season is back and in full swing. As we move forward, I remain committed to working on a responsible budget that funds critical priorities without raising taxes on Michigan residents who are already hurting.

Due to responsible budgeting, along with federal money, this year’s budget is not suffering as greatly as initially expected, but we need to be careful going forward, as much of this funding is one-time money.

I will continue keeping folks from my district updated on the status of the budget as my colleagues and I work out the details with the administration.

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 social media pages for updates on what’s going on in our state’s Capitol!

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Jon Bumstead
State Senator
34th District

Bumstead working with restaurant industry data-driven opening plan legislation

The restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why I joined with the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association to implement their data-driven plan to open the doors of Michigan’s struggling restaurants and hospitality businesses.

While I support safely opening up all sectors of Michigan’s economy immediately, the plan developed by the MRLA is a great step to normalizing operations for this industry. The numbers are quite clear. The positivity rate has hovered in the low single digits, and I think we should implement their data-driven plan and begin lifting these restrictions.

The hospitality industry is one of Michigan’s largest and most important but was one of the hardest hit industries by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdowns. Over the past year, MRLA reported 3,000 restaurants have permanently closed and 200,000 jobs have been lost.

I agree with the governor and DHHS director that using science and data is the best approach. Unfortunately, they have not shared what metrics they are utilizing to make decisions, and the numbers we see do not coincide with the restrictions facing the industry. I will be working on specific bill language that includes the major themes of the MRLA plan in order to make this legislation work best for Michigan.

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Bumstead resolution calls on SOS Benson to review Unlock Michigan

Earlier this month, the state Senate adopted a resolution I sponsored, which calls on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to review the signatures submitted by the Unlock Michigan campaign.

On Oct. 2, 2020, Unlock Michigan organizers submitted signatures that were collected in support of repealing one of the laws the governor used to issue executive orders over several months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s been over four months since the Unlock Michigan campaign submitted 539,000 signatures on behalf of Michiganders to repeal the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945. That is over 140 days in a row that our secretary of state neglected to act on this matter.

The law was deemed unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court, and a bill to repeal the law was approved by the Legislature. Now, lawmakers, including myself, say the citizens’ initiative seeking to repeal the law is being ignored by the Michigan secretary of state.

Senate Resolution 9 calls on Benson to immediately begin the process of reviewing signatures collected as part of this effort and advance the initiative through the process.

A spokesperson for the secretary of state stated that “no amount of grandstanding or political pressure for special treatment will impact the work of the dedicated public servants at the Bureau of Elections.” We are not asking Secretary Benson for special treatment. We are asking her to do the job she was elected to do.

The Bureau of Elections has stated that it takes roughly 60 days to complete the review process. We’re over 140 days in and not a single signature has been reviewed.

SR 9 was adopted by the Senate.

Blue Star Mothers of America resolution adopted by Senate

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The Michigan Senate recently adopted Senate Resolution 10, which commemorates Feb. 1, 2021, as Blue Star Mother’s Day in the state of Michigan and honors the work they do for our nation’s veterans.

Blue Star Mothers are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have a family member serving in the military. The organization was originally founded in Flint in 1942 and has grown to every corner of the nation.

The Blue Star Mothers of America do tremendous work both honoring and caring for the men and women who served this nation. They honor those who gave their lives, visit injured service members in the hospital, and help care for and provide support to families who have lost a loved one. The work they do has countless untold benefits and I don’t believe the good in their hearts can even be quantified.

While we can never truly display our gratitude for their children’s bravery and sacrifices, we can certainly honor the organization’s mission and raise awareness about the work they do.

The resolution had a host of bipartisan co-sponsors and was formally adopted by the Senate.

Having issues with the Unemployment Insurance Agency?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on Michigan workers. Many hard-working residents find themselves out of a job through no fault of their own. Michiganders should be able to rely on the protections of the Unemployment Insurance Agency.

If you live in Muskegon, Newaygo, or Oceana counties, and you are still struggling with Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency, please contact my office for assistance.

Click here or visit and fill out the Unemployment Assistance form or call my office at 517-373-1635, so my staff and I can assist you.

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Support for our student athletes

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted every facet of life in our state and across the country. Perhaps no group of Michiganders has felt the negative impact of the pandemic more than our students. In an instant, their world has been turned upside down. Our students have been missing out on some of the most formative events in their lives, opportunities that often present themselves once and never again.

I was incredibly concerned when Gov. Whitmer announced high school athletics must stop competing immediately and wouldn’t be able to resume until at least Feb. 22. In these challenging times, it is imperative that our governor, lawmakers, school administrators, and organizations like the MHSAA are responsive to our students' needs.

In the wake of Gov. Whitmer’s announcement, I heard from dozens of concerned students, parents, and coaches. I was proud to support Senate Resolution 7, which urged the governor and MDHHS to allow high school sports to resume play immediately. This resolution passed with bipartisan support.

Your voices matter, and they were heard. Gov. Whitmer reversed her decision, allowing contact sports to resume on Monday, Feb. 8.

I am glad her administration was able to recognize that winter sports are a safe, and needed, activity for our students. I wish all of our teams the best of luck this season.

COVID-19 resources

Below is a list of resources available to you if you need any type of assistance. Additionally, you can contact my office at any time for more information.

• General information, resources, testing locations and more:
• Coronavirus hotline for health-related questions: 1-888-535-6136 daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1-800-232-4636 or
• Michigan PEER Warmline for mental health support and substance abuse challenges: 1-888-733-7753 every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• National suicide prevention lifeline available 24/7: Call 1-800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit
• Small business resources: or 1-888-522-0103.

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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