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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

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 32nd Senate District.

This email highlights the important work we have been doing in Lansing this past month.

Jon Bumstead
State Senator
32nd District

Corporate handout legislation passes Senate

At a time when families are struggling, Senate Democrats are once again picking winners and losers by choosing to create special tax carve-outs for large corporations rather than working toward real solutions to help struggling families and Michigan’s ailing economy.

Last week, the Democratic majority in the Michigan Senate passed yet another partisan bill package that benefits big corporations over struggling families. Last year, they raised taxes on small businesses and now they are once again using tax dollars to support multinational companies. This money should be returned to the hardworking Michigan taxpayers who need financial relief at a time with high gas and grocery prices.

Know before you go

Many critical improvements are underway at state parks across Michigan, and many more are ready to break ground. These projects were made possible by the passage of my legislation, Senate Bill 565 of 2021, which provided a once-in-a-generation $250 million investment plan. This investment addresses the infrastructure backlog at state parks and recreation areas across the state.

Visitors this summer will enjoy new and upgraded camping amenities, toilet and shower buildings, electrical and water distribution systems and park roads, as well as visitor center enhancements and historic preservation work.

Before you visit any of Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas, be sure to visit to check for closures, repairs or weather-related events.

Food and agriculture wastewater funding grant program

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is currently accepting applications for a new Wastewater Infrastructure Fund Grant. This reimbursement grant program is geared toward assisting food and agriculture companies to help and ensure compliance with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) regulations.

The grant is open for existing agriculture and food processors who are operating under an Administrative Consent Order, compliance and enforcement action, or have a Schedule of Compliance found in a Certificate of Coverage or state Groundwater Discharge Permit from EGLE.

To view other MDARD grants or to learn more about the Wastewater Infrastructure Grant, please visit

Small business relief

This winter has been unseasonably warm. Snowfall in Grand Rapids is more than three feet below its seasonal average. On Feb. 27, the temperature in Detroit reached 73 degrees, and in the Upper Peninsula, the annual UP200, Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, and the Copper Dog 150 all had to be canceled due to lack of snow.

Forty-two counties in Michigan are covered by a disaster designation for drought from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making businesses in those counties eligible for federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Economic Injury Disaster Loans, through the U.S. Small Business Administration, are designed to help businesses through disaster situations. Loans up to $2 million are available to help businesses meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Businesses pay no interest on the loan for the first year and a maximum rate of 4% for the rest of the loan period. Businesses must apply by the application deadline for their county.

For more information or to apply, visit or call 800-659-2955.

MI Drive

It is springtime in Michigan, and the orange barrels are going up. While the delays and detours are frustrating, we all play a part in keeping each other safe. When driving through work zones, remember to slow down, follow all posted signs and be alert.

Mi Drive is a construction and traffic website that provides instant and up-to-date information about current and future traffic projects. Before heading out the door, motorists can view traffic cameras and speeds, locate incidents and search construction projects, helping them plan their commute to work or a vacation.

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Spring means bear season in Michigan

Springtime in Michigan means trees are budding, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and black bears are on the move. During the spring season, black bears leave their dens in search of food and water.

Particularly in the Upper Peninsula or the northern Lower Peninsula, residents should be careful to keep bears from finding food sources near their homes. Once a bear finds an easily accessible source, they can quickly become repeat visitors. They can lose their fear of humans, cause property damage or create dangerous situations for people, livestock, and pets.

Following these simple steps can keep bears safely at a distance and prevent dangerous interactions:

• Remove bird feeders. In place of bird feeders, use birdbaths, nest boxes or bird perches to attract spring birds. Adding native plants will also help bring birds to your garden while bird feeders are stored away for the spring and summer.

• Put away pet food and outdoor grills. Bears have a very strong sense of smell and are highly effective at sniffing out any food that’s been left out.

• Store garbage cans in a garage or another locked facility. Wait until morning to put garbage out for pickup, don’t leave it at the curb overnight.

To learn more about how to peacefully coexist with bears this spring, visit

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ORV and trail permits

The 2024-25 ORV season begins April 1 and runs through March 31, 2025.

In Michigan, an ORV license is required to ride eligible county roads, frozen surfaces of public waters, state forest roads (open to ORV use) and eligible national forest roads. An ORV trail permit is required in addition to an ORV license when operating on state-designated ORV trails and scramble areas.

ORV licenses and trail permits are each valid for one year and grant the holder access to 4,000 miles of state-designated ORV trails and scramble areas, eligible county or national forest roads, state forest roads, and more.

ORV licenses and trail permits can be purchased:

• Online through eLicense.
• In person at a number of DNR license agents and dealers.

Fire safety

This spring, before burning yard debris like brush and leaves, check the DNR’s Burn Permit Management System map to see if weather conditions are safe for burning. The interactive map provides detailed information, by county, as to whether or not burning is permitted and is updated daily. The site also provides detailed contact information where permits are issued by local municipalities.

In Michigan, a burn permit is required for open burning any time the ground is not completely covered by snow. Burn permits are available from the DNR for counties in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. In the southern Lower Peninsula, permits may be obtained from the local fire department or local governing body.

Updated Michigan fishing regulations

The 2024 Michigan fishing guide is now available. New regulations go into effect on April 1. The fishing guide is a one-stop resource for current rules, regulations, and license information. An all-species fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 17 to fish in Michigan’s lakes or rivers. Annual and short-term licenses are available online at or at participating retailers. License fees are waived for Michigan residents who are veterans with 100% disability or active-duty military.

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Bumstead highlights upcoming events in the 32nd District

White River Rock Club
Monday, April 1
7 — 8:30 p.m.
St. James Lutheran Church
8945 Stebbins St.
Description: The White River Rock, Gem and Mineral Club connects members who share an interest in rocks, gems, minerals, and fossils. More information here.
Paws and Read
Monday, April 8
4 — 5 p.m.
Hackley Public Library
316 W. Webster Ave.
Description: The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will have friendly therapy dogs that will give children a chance to practice their reading skills for attentive, happy listeners. Learn more here.
Spring Craft Sale
Saturday, April 13
10 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Hamlin Township Hall
3775 N. Jebavy Drive
Description: Local vendors will be putting their work up for sale, including crocheted items, stained glass art, jewelry and more. More information here.
Through the Years with Kenny Rogers Band
Saturday, April 13
2 — 4 p.m.
West Shore Community College
3000 N. Stiles Road
Description: Enjoy music from the band that toured with Country Music Hall of Fame star Kenny Rogers for over 40 years. Learn more here.
What’s New and How AI Can Help Not Hinder Your Work
Wednesday, April 17
11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
Lakeshore Resource Network
920 E. Tinkham Ave.
Description: An informational discussion about the future of artificial intelligence and the positive impacts it could have on everyday work life. Learn more here.
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 20
10:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
United Methodist Church of Ludington
5810 Bryant Road
Description: The United Methodist Church of Ludington celebrates our planet with a live reptile and amphibian show. Learn more here.
Great Lakes Environmental Festival
Saturday, April 20
10 a.m.— 4 p.m.
Manistee High School
525 12th St.
Description: Learn about caring for the earth and learning important ecological information about the Great Lakes Region. Learn more here.
Celebrating Pollinators
Saturday, April 20
2 — 3:30 p.m.
Hackley Public Library
316 W. Webster Ave.
Description: Learn about the importance of our planet’s pollinators this spring. Learn more here.
74th Annual Sauerkraut Supper
Saturday, April 20
5 — 7 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran School
420 Oak St.
Description: Trinity Lutheran School presents the 74th Annual Sauerkraut Supper, including roast pork, mashed potatoes, as well as desserts and beverages. Learn more here.
White Lake Area Trash Bash
Sunday, April 21
1 — 4 p.m.
White Lake Chamber of Commerce
124 W. Hanson St.
Description: The White Lake Area Chamber needs volunteers to help clean up our bike trails, shorelines, and waterways — calling all hands on deck, especially those with waders, kayaks, or canoes. More information here.
Earth Day at Oceana County Fairgrounds
Monday, April 22
9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
Oceana County Fairgrounds
1025 S. State St.
Description: Enjoy Earth Day at the Oceana County Fairgrounds with music, food, educational speakers, tours, and more! More information here.
April Business for Breakfast
Friday, April 26
7:30 — 9 a.m.
Bella Maria’s Event Center
513 W. Pontaluna Road
Norton Shores
Description: Learn about the successes and challenges that face the Muskegon Promise Scholarship Program during an informative breakfast. Learn more here.
Pentwater After Hours
Friday, April 26
5:30 — 7 p.m.
Park Place
310 N. Rush St.
Description: The Pentwater Chamber of Commerce is hosting an after-hours event that will have chocolates, door prizes, and light refreshments for attendees. Learn more here.
Preschool Story Time with Miss Anne at Benzonia Public Library
Friday, April 26
10:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Benzonia Public Library
891 Michigan Ave.
Description: Join Miss Anne for story time for preschoolers. Learn more here.

Senator Jon Bumstead
4600 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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