Building bridges

Building bridges

Work began in the Legislature as soon as my new colleagues and I were sworn into office. The busiest times of the budget season remain ahead of us, and auto insurance rates are a top priority, along with countless other issues affecting the state.

Every year around this time, the Legislature breaks for an in-district work period. This is a time when legislators head back home and hold meetings with residents, business leaders and local government officials regarding recent business in Lansing.

The first in-district period has come and gone, and I had several opportunities to meet with folks back home and learn more about the 34th Senate District. I took time to meet with residents who wished to receive a legislative update, discuss their concerns about state government or share their suggestions about how we can make our state better.

My staff and I also had the opportunity to spend time touring facilities and meeting with community leaders. We had the chance to tour a wide range of places, including the Earnest Brooks Correctional Facility; the new Mercy Health Tower; Swanson Pickle Company; Lake View Lofts; Pigeon Hill Brewery; and Structural Concepts Corporation. These were all great opportunities, especially for my staff, to learn more about the people and the communities that we serve.

It was a pleasure meeting with folks and participating in the various tours. I am here to represent you and bring your perspective, concerns and ideas to Lansing. The most valuable information I receive is from people in the real world, who work hard every day.

If I missed you during this time, I am hosting office hours throughout the district that are scheduled from now through the month of June. Please visit my website for details. Click “Office Hours” under the “Resources” tab. If you are unable to make it to listed dates and times, please feel free to contact my office to set up an appointment. You can reach me at SenJBumstead@senate.michigan.gov or call 517-373-1635.

Now that the in-district period has ended, it’s time to get back to work in Lansing and focus on passing a responsible budget that funds our state’s most crucial programs and services. I will continue working with my colleagues to get another budget approved ahead of schedule.

Sen. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, represents the 34th state Senate District, which includes Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana counties.