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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

Michigan Senate Democrats approves costly energy policy changes

In the later weeks of October, the Michigan Senate Democrats passed a partisan bill package that would overhaul Michigan’s energy policy. The plan would create mandates on energy companies, evidently hurting families and businesses. Other bills still being considered could strip local zoning controls over land use, removing local decision making.

While making a shift to more clean energy is a worthwhile endeavor, Senate Bills 271, 273 and 502 are efforts that will put families and businesses at risk, especially in times when many Michiganders are still adjusting to historic inflation. Instead of investing in energy diversification and reliable energy sources, this plan forces the shift to 100% clean energy by 2040, which could drastically increase energy costs and expose more flaws in our grid.

The bills were passed in the Senate on Oct. 26 and have been sent to the Michigan House of Representatives for consideration.

Senate Republicans urge action on Line 5 permits

All 18 members of the Senate Republican caucus sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging them to expedite the state and federal permitting processes required for the construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel Project for Line 5.

The Great Lakes Tunnel Project, originally scheduled to begin in 2021 and be operational in 2024, is critical to ensuring energy affordability and stability in Michigan. Now, a decision on permitting is not expected until at least 2026.

The tunnel project would not use taxpayer dollars and would allow a more safe and secure way to move petroleum needs to people and businesses in our state. Enbridge would bore a concrete tunnel under the lakebed which will house a new pipeline to replace the segment currently on the bottom of the lake. The tunnel will better connect Michigan’s energy infrastructure safely, while also providing many communities with high-speed internet and the construction will also create thousands of well-paying union jobs.

Line 5 provides jobs to over 6,000 Michigan residents and over $464 million in labor income. Tens of thousands of jobs are dependent upon Line 5 in downstream industries such as refineries, manufacturers, airports, and businesses that rely upon all the energy products coming from the line.

Michigan uses more propane for residential purposes than any other state, and more than half of that propane comes through Line 5. With winter around the corner, the millions of Michigan residents who rely on the propane from Line 5 to keep their families warm deserve better than continued delays from state and federal agencies. The Great Lakes Tunnel Project needs to be completed to protect this critical energy source.

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Confusing new tax bills signed into law

Despite no votes from Senate Republicans, Lansing Democrats have made sweeping changes to the way certain foods are taxed in the state of Michigan.

Public Acts 141 and 142 amend Michigan tax law to expand sales and use taxes on prepared food. The bills add definitions of the terms “food sold with eating utensils provided by the seller” and “food sold in an unheated state by weight or volume as a single item” as they relate to the definition of “prepared food” and the exemption of the sale or purchase of food or food ingredients. Under these new laws, items such as unsweetened iced tea will be taxed, but not sweet tea. Prepackaged candy is untaxed, but prepackaged chips and nuts are taxed.

These confusing and contradictory changes to Michigan tax laws lack any common sense. The rules are complicated and ultimately punish small businesses, making it difficult for mom-and-pop stores to comply.

Report your deer harvest online

All harvested deer must be reported within 72 hours or before transferring possession of the deer to another person, a processor or taxidermist. The easiest way to report a harvest is by downloading the Michigan DNR Hunt Fish app.

A successful harvest can also be reported online. Visit on a computer or mobile device to go directly to the reporting page, enter the kill tag license number and date of birth to begin the report.

For more information on harvest reporting, contact a local DNR customer service center or the main Wildlife Division line at 517-284-WILD (9453) during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Balsam woolly adelgid — an invasive insect in West Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is looking for help from horticultural experts and residents to help prevent the spread of the balsam woolly adelgid. These very small sap-feeding insects are known to attack true fir trees such as balsam, Fraser, and concolor fir. MDARD is currently working with local partner agencies to survey areas and address the balsam woolly adelgid. So far, these insects have been identified in Oceana, Kent and Missaukee counties.

Michigan is home to almost 1.9 million native balsam fir trees in both the Upper and Northern Lower Peninsula. Fraser and concolor, although not native, are popular trees planted around the state.

Symptoms of balsam woolly adelgid infestation include:

• Tiny one-to-two-millimeter white woolly tufts on the lower trunk of the tree and possibly on large branches in the spring and summer.
• Swelling and distortion of the twigs, commonly called “gout.”
• Flagging: A branch or branches that turn brick-red and die.
• Tree crowns that become narrow and misshapen with few needles.
• If you suspect this invasive pest is damaging fir trees, take photos, note the location, and report it to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network or MDARD at [email protected] or call 800-292-3939. For more information on balsam woolly adelgid and other invasive species in Michigan, visit

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are our nation’s highest honors given to teachers for K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Since the program was established by Congress in 1983, more than 5,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom.

Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the public — may nominate an exceptional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teacher. Nominations for this year’s outstanding K-6 educators to receive the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are now open.

Pound Buddies visit in Muskegon

In early October, I was given the opportunity to tour and meet with the amazing team at Pound Buddies in Muskegon. Pound Buddies is an open admission dog shelter, meaning they take in all dogs that are lost, abandoned, neglected or abused.

Pound Buddies takes in these dogs no matter the age, health or breed of the pup. The team members at Pound Buddies are compassionate individuals who donate countless hours to help animals in need. Let’s do our part and make sure we are making conscious decisions before getting an animal. To learn more about Pound Buddies, please visit

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Bumstead highlights upcoming events in the 32nd District

Trinity Lutheran Church Scandinavian Bazaar and Bake Sale
Saturday, Nov. 4
10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
955 James St.
Description: Enjoy locally handmade crafts and baked goods. More information here.
White Lake VFW Post 3256 Dinner
Friday, Nov. 10
5 — 7 p.m.
VFW Post 3256
9370 Walsh Road
Description: VFW Post 3256 shrimp and chicken strip dinner. Dine-in and carryout available. This event is open to the public. More information here.
Veteran’s Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 11
4 — 6 p.m.
American Legion Post 531
18483 Cadillac Highway
Description: A free spaghetti dinner for all veterans! All other adults are $10 and children 12 and under are $7. More information here.
Holiday Open House
Friday, Nov. 17
3 — 7 p.m.
12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Description: Crystal Spa and the Shops at Crystal Mountain are kicking off the holiday season with a festive open house. More information here.
White Lake Area Holiday Walk
Friday, Nov. 17 — Saturday, Nov. 18
Whitehall and Montague
Description: What better way to bring in the holidays than with the 30th Annual White Lake Area Holiday Walk! This year’s Holiday Walk takes place the weekend of Nov. 17 and 18 along the streets of Montague and Whitehall with dozens of participating businesses. More information here.
Christmas in Onekama – Artisan Market
Saturday, Nov. 18
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Onekama Consolidated Schools
5016 Main St.
Description: We look forward to showcasing the handmade work of area artists and craftspeople in an expanded space. In addition to holiday gifts, homewares, apparel and more, we will also welcome farmers market artisans. More information here.
Festival of Wreaths Auction
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Ludington Area Center for the Arts
107 S. Harrison St.
Description: Wreaths created by local artists will be on display and up for silent auction in the lobby of the performance hall. More information here.
Turkey Vulture Trot 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Thursday, Nov. 23
9 — 11 a.m.
12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Description: Start your Thanksgiving with a calorie burning race! More information here.
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, Nov. 23
11 a.m. — 1 p.m.
Perks of Frankfort
429 Main St.
Description: Enjoy a free Thanksgiving dinner at Perks of Frankfort. Meals are available for dine-in or take-out. More information here.
Home for the Holidays Parade and Tree Lighting
Friday, Nov. 24
6:30 — 8 p.m.
Description: Downtown Hart decorated for the holidays! Witness the season come aglow at the community tree lighting at Hart Commons at the corner of State and Main streets downtown Hart. More information here.
Holly Berry Art and Craft Fairs
Saturday, Nov. 25
9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Frankfort High School
534 11th St.
Description: Start the holiday season with by checking out all the unique gift ideas from the craft and art exhibitors at the Holly Berry Art and Crafts Fair. More information here.
Aglow on the Avenue
Saturday, Nov. 25
10 a.m. — 7 p.m.
Downtown Ludington
Description: Bring the family to Ludington’s Aglow on the Avenue Parade. This is a great way to kick off the holiday season and welcome Santa to town! More information here.
Santa on the Green
Saturday, Nov. 25
5 — 8 p.m.
Pentwater Village Green
327 S. Hancock St.
Description: Enjoy the holiday weekend in Pentwater.  The Pentwater Fire Department will continue its tradition of bringing Santa Claus to town. More information here.
Downtown Muskegon Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, Nov. 25
5:30 — 8 p.m.
Hackley Park
350 W. Webster Ave.
Description: Get ready to kick off the holiday season with us! The annual Christmas tree lighting is just around the corner, and we can't wait to celebrate this magical time of the year with the community. More information here.
Manistee Chamber UnTapped
Thursday, Nov. 30
5 — 7 p.m.
Ramsdell Regional Center
101 Maple St.
Description: Join Chamber staff, ambassadors, and members of the community at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts Ballroom for a cheerful evening of hors d’oeuvres, holiday music, a 50/50 raffle, and a cash bar! More information here.

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

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