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Serving the people of Macomb County is very important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issue. You may email [email protected] or call toll-free at 1-866-303-0110. 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.

Working for you,

Michael D. MacDonald
State Senator

 

Bill would make Veterans Day a school holiday

We can never fully thank the men and women who have served our country so that we may remain the land of the free. I recently introduced legislation with the goal of increasing our expression of appreciation for our veterans by elevating Veterans Day to a public school holiday.

Senate Bill 715 would add Veterans Day (Nov. 11) to the list of legal holidays for public schools in Michigan. The list currently includes New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It is important for our children to learn about the tremendous sacrifices our veterans have made — and continue to make — to protect our freedoms and way of life. We currently have public school holidays to pay tribute to Michigan workers and our fallen soldiers, and I believe it’s worth adding a day to honor the service and dedication of all our brave veterans.

Although Veterans Day is a federal holiday — meaning there is no U.S. mail service and many banks and government offices are closed — the day is not considered a legal holiday for Michigan’s public schools. SB 715 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness for consideration.

 

Coffee hour on Jan. 17

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Since I became your state senator, we’ve had great turnouts at our district coffee hours, and I will continue to hold them throughout the district to hear directly from the people.

To help residents on a regular basis, I am holding coffee hours on the first Monday and third Friday of every month.

Our next scheduled coffee hour is Friday, Jan. 17 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, located at 18309 Hall Road in Macomb. The coffee hour is open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue. No appointment is necessary.

If you are unable to attend the coffee hour, please contact my office toll-free at 1-866-303-0110 or via email at [email protected].

 

Be alert for new scam using fake tax debt letters

Scam artists are constantly trying to disguise who they are and trick people into giving them money. The latest scheme uses fake government-looking letters about overdue state taxes.

According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, taxpayers are told in the fake letter to immediately contact a toll-free number to resolve a state tax debt. The letter contains publicly available information about the person’s real tax debt to trick them into believing the letter is real. It then aggressively threatens to seize a taxpayer’s assets - including property and Social Security benefits - if the debt is not settled.

In official state letters to taxpayers, they will outline taxpayer rights and provide several options for people to resolve outstanding debts. If you get a letter that threatens to seize your property unless you pay immediately over the phone, it’s a scam. Taxpayers who have received the fake letter or have questions about a possible tax debt can call Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265.

 

Prepare for state tax filing season

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While Michigan’s individual income tax season begins in late January, taxpayers can get a head start on viewing and downloading the state 2019 tax year forms and instructions at www.michigan.gov/taxes.

Taxpayers can e-file their state returns when tax season begins at the end of the month at www.mifastfile.org.

The Department of Treasury reports that 85% of all Michigan taxpayers choose to e-file. Tax officials also note that commonly used paper forms will continue to be available at Treasury offices and most public libraries.

 

Keeping your family safe online

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Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minor family members, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography, illegal drug and gambling marketers while online. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using.

Thankfully, the Michigan secretary of state’s office offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching your child or teen on their phone, tablet or other electronic devices.

The ProtectMiChild Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan families. As a strong supporter of this program, I encourage you to register your entire family and to share this information with your friends and colleagues. It’s free, simple and only takes a few minutes to register. Visit www.protectmichild.com and keep your family safe while online.

 

Michigan's 10th Senate District

The 10th District includes the city of Sterling Heights, Macomb Township and most of Clinton Township.

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Senator Michael D. MacDonald
4200 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
Visit my website at: SenatorMichaelMacDonald.com