Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! I hope you are all able to gather together with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the dawn of a new year.

Serving the people of the 36th Senate District is 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  SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov. Also, please check out my Facebook page. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

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Restoring many of governor’s cuts, reforming budget process
This month, the Legislature sent the governor measures to make important budget process reforms and restore more than $570 million of her fiscal year 2020 budget vetoes and funding transfers. The new bills restore critical funding for law enforcement, hospitals, local governments, college students, children in charter and rural schools, and more.

While the measures don’t restore all the governor’s vetoes and transfers, it’s a positive step forward for Michigan families — and budget talks on other priorities will continue in the new year.

In the wake of the governor’s cuts and use of an administrative board to transfer $625 million, these government budget reforms will preserve reliability and oversight in the budget process and restore balance in the funding transfer process.

Senate Bills 152 and 154 restore a total of $573.5 million of the governor’s vetoed funding and administrative transfers. SB 152 allows the Legislature to restore funds transferred by the State Administrative Board by a simple majority vote in both chambers through a concurrent resolution.

I want to thank all the families in Northern Michigan who took the time to reach out to the governor and let her know about the impact her cuts were going to have on their communities and their children.

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Memorial highway honors
I recently joined friends and family of Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Szymanski to dedicate a new memorial highway in Midland County in his honor. He answered the call to service and was killed while on duty during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 2014.

House Bill 4485, sponsored by Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, was signed into law in November and designates the portion of U.S. 10 from Jefferson Avenue to Bay City Road in Midland as the “Marine Lance Corporal Steven J. Szymanski Memorial Highway.” Szymanski is survived by his parents, John and Dawn, and sister Ashlie. The tribute will honor his sacrifice and remind us all about the true price of freedom.

I also recently supported sending a bill to the governor to honor another Michigan hero. House Bill 4349, sponsored by Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, declares a portion of U.S. 23 in Iosco County as the “Peter C. Lemon Highway.”

Lemon received the Congressional Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart for his brave actions in the Vietnam war to save several members of the team he fought alongside in Tây Ninh Province in April 1970. Despite receiving numerous wounds, Lemon carried other soldiers to an aid station and refused evacuation for himself while insisting other team members be tended to first.

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Winter driving safety
Over the holidays, many Michigan families will travel to celebrate with loved ones. A happy holiday season is a safe one — which starts with being safe while on the roads.

Although many of us who grew up in Michigan are used to winter conditions, it is always good to remember some driving safety tips. Please drive safely, allow extra room between vehicles, brake softly, turn carefully, turn off the cruise control and check out roads conditions before heading out.

It is also wise to check your tires, make sure your wipers work and keep an emergency kit in the car.

Protect yourself from holiday scams
The holiday season is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. Unfortunately, it is also the season for scammers and cyber criminals. I encourage everyone to be mindful of scams and to take steps to protect their personal information.

While the internet has increased convenience for shoppers, it has also made it easier for scam artists to commit financial or identification crimes. To help protect themselves, residents should keep browser and security software up-to-date, make sure to use only legitimate and secure websites, be wary of clicking on links on social media or in emails and never give out your credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers over the phone.

The attorney general’s office is currently highlighting “15 Days of Scams” on its website at www.michigan.gov/ag. Residents can also see numerous “Consumer Alerts” on the website in the “Resources” section.

Perfect voting record in 2019
The Michigan Senate recorded 370 roll call votes in 2019, and I am proud to have cast a vote on every one of them.

It’s an honor to serve the families of the 36th Senate District as we work to make our state the best place possible for future generations. Even with my extra role leading the budget process in the Senate this term, I have continued regular visits with constituents throughout the district and have also not missed a single vote this year on your behalf.

According to information on MichiganVotes.org, I was one of 24 senators and 76 representatives who did not miss any votes in 2019. A full recording of missed votes is available at www.MichiganVotes.org/MissedVotes.aspx.

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ICYMI – The 2019-20 winter travel guide is available
Are you looking to get away for a winter weekend? If so, the new 2019-20 Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide can help you plan a trip or get an idea for a family getaway. It highlights cold weather fun and adventure, from snowmobiling to snowshoeing. There’s even features on various winter art festivals and Muskegon’s outdoor sports complex — which includes a world-class, 850-foot-long luge track!

The travel guide also contains shopping and culinary destinations and memorable spots for indoor and outdoor family activities.

To order a printed version or view the digital edition of the travel guide, visit www.michigan.org/travel-guide.

Pure Michigan Hunt application deadline nears
The “hunt of a lifetime” offers three lucky winners licenses for spring and fall turkey, antlerless deer, bear, elk and first pick for a reserved hunt at any of Michigan’s premier managed waterfowl hunt areas, along with a prize package valued at more than $4,000. Applications for the 2020 drawing are $5 each and available at license agent locations and online at www.mdnr-elicense.com until Dec. 31.

The 2019 Pure Michigan Hunt generated more than $288,000 to help fund wildlife habitat restoration and improvements in Michigan. Find more information at www.michigan.gov/pmh.

THE 36TH DISTRICT

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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
100 N. Capitol Ave., Room S-324.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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