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Dear Friends,

Hello and welcome to the final edition of my monthly e-newsletter for 2019. I consider myself to be truly blessed to have the opportunity to represent you in Lansing. This past year has been nothing short of exciting, and has presented many opportunities to serve you, the people of the 31st Senate District. I’ve been able to take your concerns directly to Lansing and look forward to doing so in 2020.

As we prepare to take a step away from our busy lives and enjoy the holiday with our loved ones, I wanted to give you a brief review of what we accomplished and a look back on some of the excitement 2019 brought us.

Most importantly, from my family to yours, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

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Kevin Daley
State Senator
31st District

2019: A year in review

One of the most important aspects of my job is keeping in touch with you, the residents of the 31st District, who hired me to represent your interests in the state Capitol. This year, I sent 423 congratulatory letters and over 3,000 mail and email responses, and I completed 107 constituent cases.

I have also held office hours meetings in every corner of the district, attended 229 in-district meetings and presented 64 legislative tributes. Members of my staff have also attended several local government meetings on my behalf.

I am so grateful for the opportunity you have entrusted me with in serving as your state senator, and I look forward to hearing from you and working together to continue moving Michigan forward in 2020.

Daley supports no-fault reforms

My colleagues and I have worked hard this year to continue Michigan’s comeback.

The most notable reforms were updates to the state’s costly auto insurance law that take effect next July. This was the most important issue for members as we began the new Legislature, and it was the first bill introduced when we arrived in Lansing.

The changes we made were designed to save money from more than just one angle. This legislation was aimed at reducing uninsured drivers, combatting fraud, reducing medical care costs and most importantly: giving drivers a choice.

It was a tremendous example of a bipartisan solution to try to put some money back into the pockets of hardworking Michiganders. The changes also caused the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to reduce their per-vehicle assessment for the period of July 2, 2020 through June 30, 2021 to $100 from $220, creating additional savings for drivers across the state. Drivers who choose other levels of coverage will pay no annual fee at all.

Many insurance companies have already contacted clients alerting them of the upcoming changes, and I recommend you speak with your carrier as we near the effective date so you can consider what kind of coverage and savings are best for you and your family.

Livestock law rewrite finalized

Earlier this year, I sponsored Senate Bill 174, which has been signed into law and is now Public Act 132 of 2019.

This bill initiated a much-needed update to the Animal Industries Act. The updates largely reflect agreements between industry stakeholders and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The new law lines up state and federal requirements and outlines a clear and consistent process for animal movement and identification to help better prevent the spread of disease. The sooner we can identify and mitigate an animal health issue, the better we can protect our families, businesses, and communities from the spread of diseases and food contamination.

Bay City veteran honored by legislators, Bay City community

Earlier this year, I introduced Senate Bill 169 to name a portion of State Highway M-15 in Bay County after U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Cathcart of Bay City.

Cathcart was killed in November of 2014 during an operation in Afghanistan. His service awards include four Bronze Star medals, a Silver Star medal, two Purple Heart medals and four Army Commendation medals.

Under the legislation, which was signed into law by the governor in October, the Michael Cathcart Memorial Highway will range from Cass Avenue in Portsmouth Charter Township north to the intersection of State Highway M-15 and Ridge Road in Bay City.

We all owe the Cathcart family an incredible debt for Sgt. Cathcart’s bravery. I hope this memorial serves as a reminder of his service and sacrifice, and every day more people realize what a true hero he really was.

We are Caro Strong

For years, state lawmakers worked to solidify funding for much-needed upgrades to the Caro Center. The plan was agreed upon by members of the Legislature and approved by then-Gov. Rick Snyder.

The decision was made for the hospital to remain in Caro, and the state has already spent over $3 million on the project. Local governments have already invested, and many residents are counting on this project for jobs.

Fast forward to 2019: We were only in town a few months when the new administration announced they were going to revisit the feasibility of the Caro Center project — ignoring previous agreements, time spent and money invested. This was a devastating blow to the community — I don’t need to explain to anyone in the 31st District just how important it is to us that the Caro Center stay where it is.

In all of my years holding public office, I have never seen such a genuine effort where folks come together to do what’s right. “Caro Strong” signs lined the Capitol lawn and communities throughout the district. People contacted me to discuss available options and people sent letters to and called the governor’s office letting her know that what she was doing wasn’t right.

The Caro Center provides jobs for the people in the communities I represent and essential services for our entire state. It was critical that the center remained open, and we accomplished that together!

Supporting our schools and crucial state programs

It’s been nearly one year since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed the idea of pushing massive gas and small business tax increases on the hardworking people of Michigan.

While most rejected the drastic tax increase as a solution to our infrastructure needs, no one expected the artificial budget crisis that would soon follow. For nearly a decade, the Legislature approved budgets well ahead of schedule, and they were signed into law by the governor with plenty of time before schools needed their payments and the start of the new fiscal year.

This year, we approved a budget in the spring, ahead of the deadline, only for negotiations to break down over the proposed tax increase.

Fast forward a few months: The Legislature approved a budget yet again for the second time as we neared the end of the state’s fiscal year. This effort ultimately led to the governor issuing a historic number of vetoes that disproportionately affected rural communities. She then took it a step further by transferring $625 million in additional funding away from state programs as she saw fit.

I joined my colleagues in approving measures to restore a total of $573.5 million of the governor’s vetoed funding and administrative funding transfers. The legislation largely focuses on restoring funding to the most critical state services. I voted to restore funding to treat Alzheimer’s, autism, and opioid addiction. Under our plan, cuts to sheriff road patrols that aid local police departments and rural and critical care hospitals would also be restored, and charter and rural schools would receive the payments they were expecting.

Just this morning, the governor signed these measures into law, putting a formal end to the 2019-2020 budget.

As I look to the new year, I can only say this: The people of Michigan deserve better. Many have been left wondering if the assistance or programs they rely on will be available; schools were forced to start without their payments; and local governments were left in limbo. This is not an effective or efficient way to govern, and I can only hope that next year brings a smoother, more efficient process.

Constituent connections

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On Dec. 4, I had the honor of welcoming Miss Michigan Mallory Rivard to the state Capitol.

She won the title of Miss Michigan this past June, receiving a scholarship and a spot to compete in the Miss America Scholarship Program pageant. She attended Bay City Western High School and Saginaw Valley State and is currently a first-grade teacher at MacGregor Elementary. Miss Rivard also is working on obtaining a master’s degree in early childhood education.

I want to thank her for visiting us in Lansing and wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors.

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I had a great time during my visit to Cream and Sugar in uptown Bay City.

This exciting small business uses local dairy and locally grown Michigan sugar to make a delicious afternoon treat, even in December!

Thank you, General Manager Tristan, for taking the time to tell me about your Michigan-made ice cream.

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Earlier this month, I was able to join Bay City Central High School in the “Water is Cool at School” campaign. The school was able to install this filtered water bottle fill station that has already saved over 4,000 bottles of water. This was all made possible with a grant from Delta Dental and the Michigan Education Special Services Association. Keep up the great work and stay healthy with all that water!

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In early December, it was a privilege to meet the Imlay City Middle School iSpartans robotics team during their day at the Capitol. They represented their school and sponsors with great professionalism! They had the opportunity to personally meet industry leaders, along with MACUL President Joe Rommel. The robotics team provides these kids with great opportunities for growth.

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I recently had an opportunity to tour the Bay City location of Oakland Orthopedic Appliances, Inc.

Thank you to owner Cory Smith for showing me the wonderful services he offers to the Bay Region. It is always great to learn more about the resources available to the 31st District.

Visiting Lansing?

My priority is always serving the people of my district. If you plan to visit Lansing for a conference or meeting, please contact my office in advance so I can make every effort to meet with you while you are in town.

Celebrating a special occasion?

My office is happy to offer legislative tributes in honor of noteworthy events such as retirement, anniversaries of businesses in our community, awards and public recognitions.

State government resources

• Michigan Senate website: www.senate.michigan.gov
• Michigan House of Representatives website: www.house.mi.gov
• Michigan Legislative website: www.legislature.mi.gov

Michigan's 31st Senate District

The 31th state Senate District includes all of Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.

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Senator Kevin Daley
5200 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: 517-373-1777
FAX: 517-373-5871

E-Mail: [email protected]
 
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