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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the latest 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 34th Senate District.

Budget discussions are ongoing, but crucial work is being done to provide businesses and families with much-needed relief as we work toward a responsible budget that does not raise taxes on hardworking Michiganders.

I will continue providing updates on the status of the budget and various legislative initiatives as we move forward.

As always, my office is open, and my staff and I are available to assist you. You may contact us by emailing [email protected] or by telephone at 1-855-347-8034.

Also, please check out my social media pages for updates on what’s going on in our state’s Capitol!  You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Jon Bumstead
State Senator
34th District

JCAR chairmen provide statement on proposed MIOSHA rules

As the Michigan House and Senate chairmen of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, Rep. Luke Meerman and I recently expressed deep concerns about the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s request to make emergency pandemic workplace rules permanent.

Last October, when MIOSHA put in place their COVID-19 emergency workplace safety rules, which were initially issued as executive orders from the governor in April of last year, they said these rules were to help stop the spread of the virus and keep workers safe. I am deeply concerned about MIOSHA’s efforts in making these rules permanent, as permanent rules are not appropriate for temporary events. I am looking forward to working directly with the department, other Senate and House members of JCAR, and businesses that will be directly affected as we review the specifics of these new rules and their impact on Michigan.

The department said in its official filing with the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules that these regulations are needed because “Michigan’s experience with COVID-19 demonstrates that the disease can spread rapidly without protective measures in place.” Under the proposal, employers would still have to adhere to many directives, such as requiring that their employees wear masks, implementing and enforcing social distancing measures and requiring that employers create a policy prohibiting in-person work if that work can feasibly be completed remotely, among other items. As part of the proposed rules, MIOSHA could keep these directives in force after emergency orders have been rescinded.

As part of the rule-making process, any department rule changes must be reviewed by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules — a statutorily created, bipartisan legislative committee responsible for legislative oversight of administrative rules proposed or adopted by state agencies.

Bumstead introduces business tax cut legislation

Earlier this week, I introduced tax cut legislation to provide relief for owners of small to medium-sized businesses by keeping Michigan’s business tax rate competitive with other states.

This business tax reduction is not designed for those who didn’t ask for it or for those who don’t need it. It is a tax cut designed to help businesses on the main streets of our communities that are still struggling to keep their doors open.

Senate Bill 392 would provide income tax relief for businesses by lowering the current tax rate of 6% to 4.9% by 2022. Many states in the region and across the nation have already lowered their tax rates. Kentucky’s tax rate is currently 5%, and Indiana previously lowered their rate to 5.25%, and by July 1, their tax rate will decrease again to 4.9%.

I believe it is important that we do all we can legislatively to help local businesses stay open and keep great-paying jobs in Michigan. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an economically challenging time, and I don’t want to see Michigan lose good jobs and good people to neighboring states with a lower tax rate. Lowering the tax rate to 4.9% makes Michigan competitive with neighboring states and across the nation.

SB 392 is part of a larger effort by Senate Republicans to provide tax relief for families and businesses. SB 393 would also provide property tax relief for businesses, and SB 378 would increase the qualified child tax credit for families.

Providing tax relief for families and businesses is the most direct way we can help everyone who is still struggling due to the pandemic. Fewer taxes means more competition, and greater competition will ultimately help increase the wages and benefits of workers across the state.

All three bills have been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance for further consideration.

May office hours now scheduled!

I will be hosting office hours throughout Muskegon county in the coming weeks.

I will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.

Participants are encouraged to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing.

If you are unable to make it to the following dates and times, please feel free to contact my office to set up an appointment.

For more information or to contact my office, please visit or call 517-373-1635.

I will be holding office hours on the following dates, times and locations:

Friday, May 14 — Muskegon County
10 – 11 a.m.
Roosevelt Park City Hall
900 Oak Ridge Road
Roosevelt Park

1 – 2 p.m.
Fruitport Township Hall
5865 Airline Highway

Trusting our elections

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There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding election laws and security since the November election. In the days, weeks and months following the 2020 election, I heard from many who wished to voice their concerns and distrust about how the election was conducted — and many of these concerns were echoed across the country.

Unfortunately, an overwhelming number of voters I have talked to have lost trust in our state’s election process.

Our system of government allows us to have a say in the creation of the laws we live our everyday lives by. An elected voice in government and the ability to choose our leaders are what make our form of government special and the ability to confidently accept the results, whether we like them or not, is what makes the system work.

I believe everyone can agree we need to have confidence in our elections. Election laws like security measures, identification requirements, and similar standards are what protect your fundamental right to vote. We need to reexamine election laws and processes to make meaningful reforms that work to restore the public’s faith in elections.

Over 30 bills were introduced as part of the election integrity package that covers a wide variety of issues dealing with processes before, during and after an election.

The bills include numerous reforms, including improving security at ballot drop boxes, strengthening poll challenger and poll watcher rights, cleaning up outdated voter lists, and requiring photo identification for in-person voting and when submitting an absentee voter ballot application. The reforms also would prohibit the mass mailing of absentee ballot applications and increase transparency in the audit process by ensuring audits are bipartisan and open to the public.

I sponsored two bills in the package. Senate Bill 288 would make audits bipartisan and open to the public. The bill gives each major political party the right to appoint an election inspector to oversee audits. This legislation also would allow each political party to appoint two observers to monitor the audit process, and the secretary of state would be required to stream video of the audit live on their website.

SB 309 would strengthen the rights of poll challengers and poll watchers. Under the bill, poll challengers would be given the right to sit behind the processing table and observe the election process from a reasonable distance. A poll challenger would also have the right to challenge a ballot if an elector is not listed in the poll book or is claiming the identity of another individual, or if the photo identification being used appears fraudulent or invalid.

My office has also created a website to give constituents an opportunity to provide feedback on the newly introduced election integrity package. To view a full summary of the election integrity package, and to provide feedback directly to my staff and me, visit

As elected officials, I believe it is critical we listen to input from the people who elected us to represent them in state government. The election integrity package is a top priority for many of our residents, and I am open to hearing suggestions on the best way to strengthen and improve election integrity in Michigan.

Voting is the foundation of our system of government, and it is my hope that this legislation helps our residents regain confidence that their elections are being conducted honestly.

Bumstead welcomes Muskegon Christian School to state Capitol

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Earlier this week, I had the chance to catch up with a group of students from Muskegon Christian School during their tour of our state Capitol. Thank you to the parents and teachers for bringing your students to Lansing so they can learn more about this historic building.

Every year, the Michigan Capitol welcomes over 115,000 people. Visitors can watch the House and Senate meet for session and see nine acres of hand-painted decorative art.

Our Capitol is currently open Monday through Friday, and anyone can come inside and pick up a self-guided tour book and see why Michigan’s Capitol is one of the best in the country.

You can also take a virtual tour at any time by clicking here.

Bumstead emcees White Cloud National Wild Turkey Federation event

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I had the pleasure of emceeing the White Cloud chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s April 24 banquet at Leighton Hall in White Cloud.

The White River Longbeards had another great turnout at the annual event. I am already looking forward to next year!

The White Cloud chapter was started in 2000. The money raised during the event goes to help support the chapter as well as many community events, including a $500 scholarship to a graduating White Hall student; distributing turkeys to local churches during Thanksgiving; purchasing seeds to plant for habitat for the animals; and hosting hunting events for women and children.

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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