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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Welcome to the most recent edition of my monthly e-newsletter.

Below you’ll find an update on some items we’ve been working on in Lansing.

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 33rd Senate District.


Rick Outman
State Senator
33rd Senate District

Outman supports FY 2023 state budget, local projects for 33rd District

The Legislature has approved a fiscal year 2023 state budget plan that increases funding for K-12 schools, reduces debt, and saves resources to provide tax relief for everyone in Michigan.

The historic budget plan focuses on the education of Michigan students, support for the economy, road and infrastructure funding, community safety, and investments in the state’s future. The plan also focuses on paying down debt and reserves money for tax relief for Michigan families.

Senate Bill 845 is an education budget that features a nearly $2.6 billion increase in K-12 school funding and boosts the minimum foundation allowance to $9,150 per student. It also provides $295 million to address student mental health, $305 million in scholarship funding to help address teacher shortages, and $168 million in school safety grants.

SB 845 also includes a 5% increase for university and community college operations, $300 million to pay down debt in the higher education retirement system, and $250 million in a fund for a new student scholarship program, details for which will be negotiated this summer.

House Bill 5783 is the general state budget and includes:

• $2.3 billion to help fix local roads and bridges.
• $1.7 billion to fix state highway roadways and bridges.
• $750 million to help local governments meet their pension obligations and free up more funds for critical local services.
• $325 million for a new state psychiatric hospital complex.
• $414.5 million to maintain wage increases for direct care workers.
• $110 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs.
• $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign.
• $15 million for secondary road patrols.
• Funding to train and hire 170 state police troopers and train 800 corrections officers.

In addition to funding critical state needs and programs, I also fought to secure funds that will help folks in communities across my district. Efforts in the 2023 spending plan include:

• $6.6 million for Sheridan Hospital to help improve patient care.
• A $1 million boost to Wheels to Work, which at one time was a self-funding program that helps residents get to work and would assist with COVID-related setbacks.
• $5 million to Isabella County for a new communications tower to allow law enforcement to improve response times and better serve area residents.
• Funding to help recruit and train bus drivers to help with the current shortage. This issue was exacerbated by the pandemic as drivers were unable to update their CDL licenses due to secretary of state branch closures.

The budget now goes to the governor, where I hope it will be signed without delay.

Family-friendly fishing

Michigan is home to over 36,000 miles of streams, more than 11,000 lakes and ponds and more than 150 different fish species. The DNR offers an interactive “Family Friendly Fishing Waters” map to help families locate family-friendly fishing locations across the state.

The family-friendly locations are easy to access and have a high likelihood of catching fish. Locations can be filtered by the type of fish you want to catch, what kind of fishing you are looking for (boat, pier, shore), what amenities you would like (swimming, restrooms, etc.) and entrance fee.

Fall turkey license applications now available

While it may seem like summer has just arrived, fall turkey hunting is right around the corner. Fall turkey hunting license applications for the 2022 season are now available through Aug. 1.

Applications are available for $5, online through eLicense or anywhere DNR licenses are sold. Applicants will be automatically notified of drawing results on Aug. 15 via email.

Senate passes tax cuts for Michiganders

While Michiganders are struggling, state government is sitting on a record surplus of taxpayer dollars.

I joined my Republican colleagues in approving a massive, $2.5 billion tax cut that would put this record surplus in state revenue back in the pockets of the Michiganders who worked to earn it. At a time when Michiganders are struggling with rising costs on everything, I voted to let people keep more of their hard-earned money.

We approved bills to lower the state income tax, create a $500 per child tax credit, and reduce taxes for seniors and veterans. This was a major step to reduce the tax burden on families and seniors who have built their life around a fixed income, while also recognizing the tremendous sacrifice veterans have made for all of us.

We voted to suspend the state’s gas tax to save Michiganders money at the pump as prices rose to record highs, and while the governor called on the federal government to act.

When the federal government failed to act, we did.

Unfortunately, both of these measures were vetoed by the governor.

After the governor vetoed these measures, and as she asked the federal government for help a second time, Senate Republicans again introduced an effort to help reduce the burden on Michigan drivers. We also set money aside in the budget to cover potential tax relief efforts in the future.

The governor is willing to wait for Washington to do the job for her, however, I am not. Folks need help now and we can do better than begging the president for help.

Michigan Hunting Digest now available

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The 2022 edition of the Michigan Hunting Digest is now available. This annual publication, made available by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, contains everything hunters need to know including the latest rules and regulations pertaining to hunting and trapping, as well as species-specific information.

Hunters can use the hunting digest to find license information, hunting zones and hours, rules, regulations and more.

The 2022 Hunting Digest is available online by clicking here and can be downloaded to a smartphone or other personal device for use in the field.

Promoting Michigan’s asparagus industry

I recently joined my colleagues in welcoming the 2021 Michigan Asparagus Queen Tara Oomen to the Michigan Capitol!

Tara was in town promoting Michigan agriculture and celebrating Western Michigan as one of the nation’s leading producers of asparagus.

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Michigan cherries

Michigan cherries are grown from Benton Harbor to Elk Rapids, making Michigan the number one cherry producer in the U.S. In fact, Michigan supplies more than 70% of all U.S. tart cherries!

The first cherry trees were planted by a missionary on Old Mission Peninsula in 1852. The cherry trees flourished there, and soon other farmers began planting trees in the area. The first commercial tart cherry orchards in Michigan were planted in 1893 and by the early 1900s, the tart cherry industry was firmly established. Today, Michigan produces nearly 200 million pounds of cherries each year.

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Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the 33rd Senate District of Michigan. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in receiving the 33rd District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website.

Senator Rick Outman
4400 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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