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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


Car insurance fee to drop by 55% for some, eliminated for others

According to an October 2018 report, Michigan drivers pay the highest auto insurance rates in the country — 83% higher than the national average. Our sky-high rates were impacting Macomb County families and job providers.

Earlier this year, I proudly supported a bipartisan measure to finally reduce car insurance rates while allowing drivers to choose the option that fits the individual needs of their families.

Senate Bill 1 was signed by the governor in May. As a result of this new law, the annual Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) fee of $220 will be reduced to $100 in 2020 for drivers selecting unlimited, lifetime coverage. Drivers who choose other levels of coverage will pay no annual fee at all.

SB 1 will allow Michigan drivers to choose the option that fits the individual needs of their families and will require lower rates for drivers who select limited coverage.


Welcomed Bishop Mar Paulus Benjamin to Capitol

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I recently had the honor of welcoming His Grace Mar Paulus Benjamin to the Michigan Capitol to deliver the invocation before Senate session. He serves as bishop to the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East — Diocese of the Eastern USA.

The Rev. Father Ameer Brikha, parish priest of the St. Mary’s church in Macomb County, also attended session for the bishop’s invocation, which can be watched online by clicking here.

If you know someone from our district who would be interested in delivering the invocation, please share their contact information via email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-866-303-0110.

Coffee hour on Dec. 2

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 will be holding coffee hours on the first Monday and third Friday of every month.

Our next scheduled coffee hour is Monday, Dec. 2 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, located at 36808 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights. 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].

2019-20 winter travel guides now available

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Plan your winter getaway now with the new 2019-20 Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide. The guide highlights cold weather fun and adventure, from snowmobiling to snowshoeing. There’s even features on various winter art festivals and Muskegon’s outdoor sports complex — which includes a world-class, 850-foot-long luge track!

The travel guide also contains shopping and culinary destinations and memorable spots for indoor and outdoor family activities.

To order a printed version or view the digital edition of the travel guide, visit

Home heating help may be available

With the winter heating season in full swing, some households may struggle to pay their winter heating bills. I want to remind area families that help with home heating bills may be available.

First, if you are unable to pay your bills, please contact the utility company ASAP and explain the situation. Being proactive could help keep the heat on and save your life. The Winter Protection Plan safeguards seniors and low-income customers from service shut-offs. It allows eligible customers to avoid shutoffs while paying nothing or just a small percentage of their annual bill during the protection period. To apply, residents should contact their natural gas or utility company.

This is a deferment plan, not a financial assistance program meant to ease the burden of high winter utility bills. However, there are state programs that offer resources to assist low-income families with energy costs, including the State Emergency Relief Program, Home Heating Credit, and Weatherization Assistance Program. For more information, visit

Honoring our veterans

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The snow didn’t stop our amazing veterans from honoring the courageous men and women who have served our country so that we may remain the land of the free.

During my time as your senator and as a part of my work with the Air Force Association, I have seen and heard about the sacrifices our service members and their families made and continue to make to protect us.

Thank you to all our veterans for everything you have done and to those who are currently serving.


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

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