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I would like to extend my family’s warmest wishes to everyone in the 34th Senate District during this holiday season. I hope you and yours had the merriest of Christmases and have a happy, healthy New Year. My thoughts are also with all the brave men and women who are unable to join their families this season while serving our country in uniform. Please keep them in your prayers.

Serving as your state senator is a job that I am honored to hold, and I encourage you to contact me with any questions or ideas you may have on state issues. You may call my office at 517-373-1635, send an email at [email protected], or check out my Facebook or Twitter pages. Please let me know how I can be of service to you.

Gov. Whitmer requests six-month extension for Muskegon County casino project

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For much of the past year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been presented with an opportunity to approve a major job-creating project in Muskegon County. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a bit longer, as the governor formally requested a six-month deadline extension.
The governor’s request for an extension is not the news I was hoping Muskegon County residents would receive. Every day she postpones this project, she is also delaying 1,500 construction jobs and 1,500 high-paying full-time jobs.

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians have been planning to build the casino in our county for many years. After a lengthy approval process, the federal government gave the go-ahead last December. Since the federal government’s approval, the decision on whether to proceed has been on Gov. Whitmer’s desk.

Many state and local officials, as well as countless residents, have previously joined together to support the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians casino project. The collective support speaks volumes about the shared belief in the project’s potential to positively impact our community.

The casino’s residual economic impact will also support additional jobs and businesses, as well as boost tourism in the region with an estimated 1.8 million visitors per year. It is also estimated that the casino will annually generate $15 million in tax revenue for the state and millions more for local governments.

I have been a constant supporter of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians casino project, and I have been encouraging the governor to quickly approve the plan so that construction of this major facility could promptly begin.

My thanks to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for their commitment to Muskegon County, and to all local officials and residents who have been so vocal in their support. I strongly encourage West Michigan residents to continue contacting the governor’s office to let your voices be heard. You can reach the governor’s office by calling 517-335-7858.

You can also submit written comments that will be sent directly to Gov. Whitmer’s office. Please visit my website at to share your thoughts with the governor and encourage her to support the casino in Muskegon County.

Bumstead’s historic water infrastructure bill passed by Senate

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This month the Senate approved a budget supplemental bill I sponsored that would invest $3.3 billion in total funding to preserve and protect Michigan’s water quality, infrastructure and vital natural resources.

The Senate took action toward ensuring our state’s water infrastructure will undergo historic improvements that will benefit every Michigander for generations to come. As chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, I regcognize we must seize this unique moment to make a transformational change for the better. I am hopeful my colleagues in the House of Representatives and the governor will lend their support quickly, so we can get to work improving the water infrastructure in our communities.

Senate Bill 565 would provide $1 billion to replace lead pipes across the state, $700 million to upgrade local drinking water and wastewater facilities and $85 million to ensure students have access to safe water by installing filtered water stations inside schools. The plan also addresses the harmful impacts of PFAS chemicals and would dedicate $100 million in grants to remove the chemicals from so-called orphaned sites.

My water infastructure plan would also invest hundreds of millions of dollars to:

Repair, remove or rehabiliitate dams in critical condition to mitigate and avoid costly catastrophes like what happened in Midland last year;
Assist communities with upgrading and replacing water treatment infrastructure and help homeowners to replace failing septic systems;
Conduct surface water monitoring, including for wetland mitigation; and
To implement recommendations included in the Groundwater Use Advisory Council Report.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously, and it now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Bumstead bills reform veteran property tax exemption, give local governments relief too

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I recently introduced legislation that would reform Michigan’s property tax exemption for 100% disabled veterans by shifting the tax burden from local units of government to the state Department of Treasury.

Senate Bills 783 and 784 would maintain the same level of tax relief for 100% disabled veterans but would transfer the benefit from a property tax exemption to an income tax credit in order to ease the burden on local governments.

This reform will not affect the amount of property tax credit that our 100% disabled veterans could receive, the process that they apply for their credit, or force them to pay their property taxes up front. From an eligible veteran’s perspective, effectively nothing changes.

Local governments are under financial stress, and the goal is to lift the financial burden and administration of the credit off local governments and place these requirements on the state. This will provide cities, villages, townships, and counties financial relief while maintaining the current benefits that veterans receive.

The process for eligible veterans to claim their credit would continue unchanged — a veteran or their spouse would file an affidavit with their local unit of government to claim the exemption, which would then defer property tax collection until the Department of Treasury dispenses payment for reimbursement.

Upon a payment by the state, the local unit shall provide written notification to the individual who filed the affidavit explaining the payment or rejection by the state, as well as any additional amount that may be due and the subsequent due date.

SBs 783-784 were referred to the Senate Finance Committee for review.

Bumstead supports increase to personal property tax exemption, opposes large corporate handout

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Earlier this month I issued the following statement in response to legislation that passed in the Michigan Senate:

I voted in favor of House Bill 5351 to increase the true cash value, from $80,000 to $180,000, of industrial and commercial personal property for which a taxpayer may claim a personal property tax (PPT) exemption because of the positive economic benefit that property owners would receive.

I had initial concerns with this legislation and how the local tax collecting units would be reimbursed for the lost tax revenue. However, before casting my vote, I was assured that the state would hold our locals harmless.

Senate Bill 85 includes funding to hold locals harmless for the revenue shortfall they would see from the change in HB 5351. Unfortunately, this bill also contained $1 billion of unnecessary taxpayer handouts for large corporations, and I voted to oppose the supplemental for this reason. SB 85 ended up passing the Senate by a vote of 25 to 11.

I fully support the concept of increasing the exemption to provide much-needed tax relief to our small businesses and intended to vote to ensure our local governments would not experience a shortfall. However, I could not support a budget bill where the government creates winners and losers by giving away taxpayer dollars for large corporate handouts.

Montague Fire Department's 150th anniversary commemorated

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I was honored to present Montague Fire Chief Ron Anderson with a tribute to commemorate Montague Fire Department's 150th anniversary.

Since their foundation in 1871, the Montague Fire Department has been overseeing the safety and security of those in the City of Montague and the surrounding area. Over the years many men and women have sacrificed their time and risked their lives to protect those in the Montague area from fires and emergencies.

Under the current leadership of the 35-year veteran firefighter Chief Ron Anderson, the Montague Fire Department continues to be active and ready to help save others in a time of need.

Congratulations again to the Montague Fire Department for 150 years of excellent service to the community.

Snowmobile season is underway!

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2021-2022 trail permits are now available!

The snowmobile program is 100% funded with your trail permit dollars. A $52 snowmobile trail permit is valid for one year and covers the cost of trail grooming and signage; bridges, culverts and grading; trailhead maintenance and more.

State-designated trails are open Dec. 1 through March 31 and will be groomed as enough snow accumulates.

Permits can be purchased:

Online through eLicense.
Online with the Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association.
In person at one of these DNR license agents and dealers.

Bumstead highlights upcoming events in the 34th District

I want to remind area-residents of the following events taking place throughout the 34th District in the upcoming weeks and months:

Forest Park Ice Skating
Friday, December 31
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Mercy Health Arena
470 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Description: Looking for something fun to do FREE? Kids, students and adults of all ages are welcome to join Forest Park Kids Ministry and Forest Park Covenant Church to ice skate at Mercy Health Arena. Skate rental is free but number and sizes are limited, if you have skates please bring them. More information can be found here.

Hart Economic and Redevelopment Team Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 5
2 PM – 3 PM
Hart City Hall
407 S State St
Hart, MI 49420

Description: Join us in the Community Center at Hart City Hall for the HEART's regular meeting. Board packet and additional meeting information will be posted at least 18 hours prior to the meeting at this link. More information can be found here.

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Friday, January 14
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Katie & Company
65 W State Rd
Newaygo, MI 49337

Description: It's a new year, new you and we want you to try something new! Embrace the art of macrame and come make a plant hanger with Cornelia of Boho Living! More information can also be found here.

Warning Lights-Human Trafficking Awareness
Thursday, January 20
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dogwood Center
4737 S. Campus Ct
Fremont, MI 49412

Description: Fremont Christian welcomes Jenn Amos Founder and CEO of Warning Lights to speak to the Fremont community about human trafficking and how it’s affecting kids, teens and young adults within our community and the surrounding areas. This program is aimed for high school age teens and older .More information and a full schedule of events can also be found here.

Muskegon Economic Forecast
Friday, January 28
7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Delta Hotels by Marriott
939 Third Street
Muskegon, MI 49440

Description: Join us for breakfast and a view of the economic road ahead. Presented by Economist Dr. Paul Isely, of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. More information can also be found here.

Free Family Movie Days – Soul
Saturday, January 30
2:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Frauenthal Center
425 W Western Ave # 200
Muskegon, MI 49440

Description: The Frauenthal Center invites everyone to attend this family-friendly entertainment series featuring 9 FREE family movies inside the Frauenthal Theater. This series aims to open doors for families in the community to experience the Frauenthal Center together or for those who are simply looking for a free and fun afternoon. More information can be found here.

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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