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Dear Friends,

During the past year, our state has faced many difficulties. However, I am proud of all we have still been able to accomplish. I have seen countless examples of our communities coming together to support one another.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for the actions you have taken to keep you, your families, and our community safe and healthy this year. Thank you to all of our health care workers, educators, and small business owners. You have cared for our most vulnerable, found innovative ways to teach from afar, and found creative new ways to serve your customers.

I know this year hasn’t always been easy. I want to remind you that as we continue to navigate the changes COVID-19 has brought, my staff and I are here for you. Please continue to share your thoughts with me at [email protected] or at 517-373-1635.


Jon Bumstead
State Senator
34th District

Bumstead votes for $465M in COVID-19 relief funding

On Friday, I voted in support of COVID-19 relief funding to help increase testing, ensure safe delivery of the vaccine and support workers and businesses effected by Gov. Whitmer’s repeated shutdowns.

This relief funding is critical for both Michigan’s health care workers battling the virus and the thousands of Michigan workers and businesses struggling to make ends meet. The governor’s shutdowns have had an enormous impact on our state’s economy and the lives of Michigan families. Many workers are losing their jobs and our communities’ small businesses are facing the loss of their livelihoods. This funding was approved with bipartisan support to give them much-needed assistance, including extended unemployment benefits and survival grants for impacted small businesses.

Senate Bill 748 includes:

• $220 million to extend unemployment benefits until April 1, 2021;
• $79.1 million to expand virus testing and vaccine distribution, including funds to ramp up testing of teachers to ensure healthy school communities;
• $115.3 million to hospitals and nursing homes to address nursing shortages, including an extension of the pay increase for direct care workers;
• $45 million in Employee Assistance Grants to restaurant and other workers laid off or furloughed due to Gov. Whitmer’s shutdown orders; and
• $63.5 million in Small Business Survival Grants and other assistance to help small businesses shuttered by the governor’s orders avoid permanent closure.

The bill uses available state and federal dollars and includes a provision that federal funds will be utilized instead of state funds if Congress approves a relief bill that directs more dollars to the states.

Senate Bill 748 now goes to the governor for final consideration.

Bumstead issues statement on election integrity

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Last week, I issued the following statement in response to the ongoing concern about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election results:

Read the full statement here.

I appreciate all of the communications that I have received through my office and I will continue to uphold the United States and Michigan constitutions by exercising authorities granted by each and by following the law.

Bumstead promise zones legislation goes to the governor’s desk

Last week, the state Senate voted to concur with the House of Representatives to approve legislation I sponsored that will provide flexibility and access to student scholarships for Michigan’s Promise Zones.

These reforms would allow Promise Zone Authorities to make decisions that will benefit the individual needs of students within that zone. These programs are a great way to help students pursue an education; however, they do not currently meet the unique needs of students in different areas of the state.

The Michigan Promise Zone Authority Act provides scholarships to students who live and graduate from a high school located within the boundaries of a Promise Zone. The scholarships allow for students to pursue higher education while lessening their financial burden.

Currently, the Michigan Promise Zone Authority Act covers the cost of “qualified educational expenses” for students. Under the current definition, qualified educational expenses cover costs on top of tuition for expenses of books, supplies and equipment required for courses.

Senate Bill 1052 would modify what is considered a “qualified educational expense” and would make the cost of books, supplies and other equipment optional expenses that a Promise Zone Authority can cover if they choose to.

These reforms would put more money in the hands of Muskegon and Newaygo County students seeking tuition scholarships and address the diverse needs of students from different parts of the state.

The legislation will now go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for final consideration.

Bumstead supports extension of unemployment benefits

My colleagues and I approved Senate Bill 604, which would extend unemployment assistance to millions of out-of-work Michiganders through the spring of 2021.

This has been a difficult year for many hard-working families in Michigan, and as many as one in four of our families, neighbors, and friends have been without a paycheck during the continued shutdown of our state.

The latest shutdown was announced right before the holidays, and Michiganders are still suffering through no fault of their own.

The senate worked together to pass Senate Bill 604 to extend unemployment assistance to Michigan Families who need it into the spring of 2021. There are still many Michiganders who are genuinely unable to return to their jobs due to continued shutdowns, and those receiving unemployment should not have to worry about losing their benefits while they are forced out of work.

Late antlerless firearm and archery deer seasons underway

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Michigan’s late antlerless firearm deer season in the Lower Peninsula is officially underway! The season is open on private lands only from Dec. 14 through Jan. 1 and hunters may take only antlerless deer, regardless of the type of license they are using.

Valid licenses include:
• A private land antlerless license valid for the deer management unit (DMU) in which you are hunting.
• A deer management assistance permit valid for that DMU.
• A deer license or deer combo license (valid for antlerless deer only during the antlerless-only seasons).
• A deer kill tag issued under the mentored youth license (valid for antlerless deer only during the antlerless-only seasons).

Archery deer season also continues through Jan. 1 statewide.

For further antlerless firearm deer season information and a map of open DMUs, see the 2020 Hunting Digest. For more information, visit

Continued cuts in auto insurance rates great news for Michiganders

The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) recently announced it is lowering the assessment charged per vehicle to $86 for the period beginning on July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 for people who choose to maintain unlimited lifetime personal injury protection benefit coverage.

This announcement brings a 14% reduction, on top of the 55% reduction from the prior year with a total reduction of 61%, down from a high of $220 per vehicle. The MCCA stated that the reduction in the rates is primarily due to the savings created by cost controls for medical treatment and other changes made to Michigan’s no-fault insurance law. These changes have resulted in an estimated reduction in MCCA liabilities of $3.5 billion and eliminated a deficit position.

The insurance reform bill was signed into law in June 2019. These critical reforms continue to save money for Michigan’s drivers, families and seniors.

Bumstead urges hunters to turn in heads of harvested deer for bovine TB testing

Hunting is a valued way of life in Michigan, and ensuring the health of our deer population is critical.

Deer hunters across the state are being urged to turn in the heads of harvested deer to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) check station or drop box for bovine tuberculosis (TB) testing this hunting season.

As of Nov. 20, Michigan was at less than 50% of its deer bovine TB testing quota required in an agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Failure to meet the testing quota could prompt the USDA to reevaluate Michigan’s TB status, leading to additional testing requirements statewide of the state’s beef and dairy herds.

It is imperative we hit our testing quota numbers. Harvesting a large number of deer and getting the heads tested for TB can help reduce the overall population of deer with TB in areas that have a significant number of deer and will help Michigan show the USDA that we are containing the disease and working to eliminate it.

Check station and drop box locations can be found online at For more information on bovine TB, visit

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 many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the Michigan Secretary of State 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 and keep your family safe while online.

Home heating help

With the winter heating season in full swing, some households may need help with their heating bills. Energy assistance programs to help prevent shut-offs include:

• Winter protection plans for senior citizens and low-income customers;
• State emergency relief;
• Medical emergency shut-off protection; and
• Shut-off protection for active duty military personnel.

Find more information at

Michigan's 34th Senate District

The 34th State Senate District includes the counties of Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana.

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Senator Jon Bumstead
4600 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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