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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

 

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone in Macomb County from my family to yours.

I hope you are all able to gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to spend quality time with loved ones.

 

State budget update

This month, the Legislature sent the governor measures to make important budget process reforms and restore more than $570 million of her fiscal year 2020 budget vetoes and funding transfers. I was proud to support finalizing these measures to restore the funding cut by the governor from vital programs that Macomb residents use every day, such as health care and public safety.

After signing the state budget, the governor cut nearly $950 million in funding approved by the Legislature, including $35 million in a per-pupil foundation allowance increase for public charter schools. She also used an administrative board to transfer $625 million in additional funding.

The governor’s funding cuts and transfers were already impacting our communities. I received many letters from local charter school students about what their schools could do with the funding the governor cut. On the same day we finalized the supplemental budget bills, I gave the governor’s office the 456 letters from students at Huron Academy in Sterling Heights.

I was happy to support the supplemental budget, and I hope that we don’t have this problem again in the future. That is why I also supported the budget reforms, which will bring needed balance and oversight in the process.

Senate Bills 152 and 154 would restore a total of $573.5 million of the governor’s vetoed funding and administrative funding transfers. SB 152 would allow the Legislature to restore funds transferred by the State Administrative Board by a simple majority vote in both chambers through a concurrent resolution.

 

9th-grader wins essay contest

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I recently presented Heritage Junior High School 9th-grade student Ai Thi Ho with a tribute in recognition of her winning my 2019 student essay contest. My goal with this competition was to inspire students to think about how to improve our state, challenge their writing skills and promote the talents of students in Macomb County.

It was a tough decision, but Ai Thi Ho’s essay stood out the most both in terms of writing quality and for her outstanding use of information on the effects of smoking on children to make her argument.

For the contest, middle and high school students in the 10th Senate District were asked to write an essay about what law in Michigan they thought should be changed or should be added. Ai Thi Ho’s essay argued that it should be illegal to smoke in a vehicle with a minor.

I want to thank everyone who wrote and submitted an essay for this year’s competition.

 

Coffee hour on Dec. 20

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 Friday, Dec. 20 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].

Protect yourself from holiday scams

The holiday season is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. Unfortunately, it is also the season for scammers and cyber criminals. I encourage everyone to be mindful of scams and to take steps to protect their personal information.

While the internet has increased convenience for shoppers, it has also made it easier for scam artists to take your money or your ID. To help protect themselves, residents should keep browser and security software up-to-date, make sure to use only legitimate and secure websites, be wary of clicking on links on social media or in emails and never give out your credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers over the phone.

The attorney general’s office is currently highlighting “15 Days of Scams” on its website at www.michigan.gov/ag. Residents can also see numerous “Consumer Alerts” on the website in the “Resources” section.

Holiday update

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We have accomplished a lot during my first year in the Senate, but I am eager to continue working hard for you and your family.

I have heard from many of you at one of my 18 coffee hours or at my tele-town hall where over 1,200 constituents participated. I have listened to your concerns and have been your voice in Lansing.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I was proud to fight for more dollars for Macomb schools. The record funding for schools was done without raising taxes.

Click on the image to see a holiday update featuring legislative news, including updates on some of my legislation to help meet the needs of our communities.

Helping secure overseas military voting

Our service men and women should have every opportunity to vote as they defend our country. That’s why I recently supported legislation that would establish a secure return process for military ballots from active duty members serving overseas, giving those serving the opportunity to vote while still protecting the security of our elections.

Senate Bill 117 and SB 297 would require the state to establish a process to allow for military members serving overseas to vote using an electronic ballot, if they are able and willing to use a U.S. Department of Defense verified electronic signature obtained through a “Common Access Card” (CAC). A CAC is a type of smart card that serves as the identification of active duty military members and as their access to computer systems or other entry points. Requiring the use of the CAC ensures that ballot information is transmitted securely and only to the intended recipient.

The bills have been referred to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

ICYMI – 2019-20 winter travel guide is available

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Are you looking to get away for a winter weekend? If so, the new 2019-20 Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide can help you plan a trip or get an idea for a family getaway. It 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 www.michigan.org/travel-guide.

 

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