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Dear Friends:

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and provide updates about what is going on at Michigan’s Capitol.

I am the state senator for the 18th District – covering all of Barry County and parts of Allegan, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent and Ionia counties. Please feel free to contact me with any issues related to state government at [email protected], or by calling 517-373-1734 (toll-free at 855-347-8018).


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Thomas Albert
State Senator

Tax relief should be permanent

Michigan’s individual income tax rate will fall to 4.05% — down from the current 4.25% — for the 2023 tax year. While this is a positive step for Michigan taxpayers, it does not go far enough. I believe the tax reduction should be permanent — despite Attorney General Dana Nessel’s recent opinion stating it should be temporary.

Democrats did not want this rate reduction at all. Gov. Whitmer had tried to take steps that would keep higher tax rates in place even though the state has a $9 billion surplus on the books. But Republicans fought for this rate reduction that is triggered by revenue projections and based on a 2015 state law.

Former Gov. Snyder and lawmakers who approved the 2015 law say the income tax trigger was supposed to be permanent. Now Democrats are trying to change the rules because they want higher taxes to pay for corporate welfare and other unnecessary programs. This fight for long-lasting tax relief is not over, and I would not be surprised if it faces further legislative review or winds up in court.

Barry County natural gas service

Consumers Energy crews are working to restore natural gas service in the Hastings-Nashville area of Barry County. The issue is a leak from a natural gas line near Nashville under the Thornapple River. Consumers reports Thursday that the leak is contained and their goal is to restore service to most of the affected 4,500 customers by the end of the weekend.

As they work to restore service, please be aware that crew members will be going door to door in the affected area. Customers with questions may call the utility’s general support line at 800-477-5050.

April 18 tax filing deadline

Speaking of income taxes — the deadline for most filers related to the 2022 tax year is fast approaching. This year, the deadline is April 18 because the typical due date — April 15 — falls on a weekend.

There are many resources available to help you prepare your taxes prior to the deadline:

• Michigan Department of Treasury individual income tax information line: 517-636-4486.
• A list of places that provide free help with taxes is available through the United Way by calling 2-1-1, or by calling 844-875-9211.
• Free tax help programs are available to those who qualify by visiting the Earned Income Tax Credit Statewide Initiative or MI Free Tax Help.
• Visit the Michigan Department of Treasury for information about how to choose a reputable tax preparer.
• Visit the IRS Free File site for information on filing your federal tax returns for free.

Online survey available for District 18 residents

I want to know which issues are most important to you, your family and community. That is why I have launched an online survey to solicit your feedback — available by visiting

The survey includes questions to rank your priorities or submit your own thoughts on the biggest challenges facing our state today. Thank you for participating.

Spring travel in Michigan

March 20 marked the first day of spring and the beginning of travel season in Michigan. It’s time for spring vacations or looking ahead to summer adventures.

Whether you prefer a weeklong stay in a state park or are looking to plan a day trip close to home, Michigan is home to endless travel opportunities. The Pure Michigan website is a great tool to help you discover your next destination. There is even a customized trip planning tool where you can find events and destinations in any city or region of the state.

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Michigan's 18th Senate District

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Senator Thomas A. Albert
4500 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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