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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of my monthly e-newsletter. As always, I hope you find the news and information below helpful. Please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone who may be interested.

My staff and I are available should you have any thoughts or concerns about state government. Please feel free to contact my office at [email protected] or at 517-373-1777.

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Kevin Daley
State Senator
26th District

Senate Republicans introduce plan to 'Grow MI State'

Senate Republicans recently introduced a package of bills aimed at rolling back red tape, restoring worker freedoms, and boosting economic growth in Michigan.

The “Grow MI State” economic development plan includes legislation to:

• Make it easier to do business in Michigan by ensuring state regulations are not stricter than those imposed by the federal government, requiring an annual review of all state agency rules to make sure they are still necessary, and forcing bureaucrats to receive approval from the Legislature before imposing costly regulations.
• Help people plant their roots in Michigan by improving licensing reciprocity in over 40 occupations for people from nurses and doctors to barbers and accountants and investing more in apprenticeship scholarships to expand Michigan’s skilled trades workforce.
• End corporate slush funds and reinvest in Michiganders by stopping cash payments to corporations and investing in desperately needed bridge repairs.
• Restore worker freedom to allow workers to decide for themselves whether they want to join a union and let job providers know Michigan is open for business again.

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Help prevent the spread of invasive pests

This spring and summer as we head outdoors to hike, camp, or even plant a garden, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is asking for our help in preventing the spread of invasive plants and other pests.

Undetected pests are easily spread by hitching rides on outdoor gear, vehicles and untreated firewood, or hiding in or on plants, soil, seeds and fresh produce. These invasive species can have devastating effects on native plants and animals, competing with them for limited resources and altering their natural habitats.

There are simple ways to help limit the spread of invasive species:

• Learn to spot invasive pests that might pose a threat to agriculture in your area. Report signs of invasive plant pests and diseases at
• Purchase heat-treated firewood or buy wood where you burn it.
• When traveling, be aware of the pests that live in the area you are visiting and be sure not to bring them home with you. If you will be traveling internationally, always declare food, plants and other agricultural items to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Check out MDARD’s Buggin’ Out video series for information about invasive species, beneficial insects, pest management, and more.

Democrats vote to weaken election integrity

The Democratic majority in the Michigan Senate passed sweeping election reforms that remove fraud, mistakes, and ballot tampering, among other things, as reasons to request a recount of election results.

Senate Bills 603 and 604 would prohibit local officials from investigating potential fraud, illegal activity, or even ballot tampering during a recount by deleting current provisions in Michigan election law that give this authority to the bipartisan county boards of canvassers.

I opposed these bills and will continue to fight for secure and honest elections.

Transportation Career Pathways Program

Do you know a young person who is interested in a career in the transportation sector? The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched its Transportation Career Pathways Program, a unique, paid internship opportunity to gain on-the-job experience in transportation careers at MDOT.

The program runs from May through September. Participants gain hands-on experience exploring various career paths, including transportation maintenance worker, transportation technician and skilled trades helper positions while earning up to $17.50 an hour.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and have a driver’s license. For more information and to apply, visit

Military Appreciation Month

May is National Military Appreciation Month, a time to recognize and honor the brave men and women of our nation's armed forces. This month offers a special occasion to honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform to protect our freedom here at home.

For more information on upcoming ceremonies and activities to honor veterans and military families, please visit the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency events calendar at 

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Give without spending in support of the Family Literacy Center

In May, you can give without spending to support the Family Literacy Center. How it works:

1.) Text "GIVE" to 90412 to sign up.
2.) Choose your cause and give your opinion (up to $1.60 per quality opinion.
3.) Create $120 of impact (75 opinions max).

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Constituent connections

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A big thank you to leaders from Mott Community College who joined me in Lansing to discuss the incredible work being done to support education in our community.

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It was great to see students from Frankenmuth’s St. Lorenz Lutheran School during their visit to the state Capitol on the National Day of Prayer!

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I was honored to present a tribute to Father Richard Treml of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch at his 25th silver jubilee celebration!

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The Spring/Summer 2024 Pure Michigan Travel Guides are here! Whether you want to explore Michigan's woods and waters or cities and culture, this guide has everything you need. To receive a copy, simply reach out to my office at 517-373-1777 or email [email protected] to request yours today!

Helpful Resources

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Michigan Citizen’s Guide: Citizen’s Guide to State Government, 102nd Legislature

Senator Kevin Daley
5200 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: 517-373-1777
FAX: 517-373-5871

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