Sen. Schmidt offers remarks on governor’s 2016 budget plan

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal Wednesday at a joint hearing of the Senate and House Appropriations committees:

“The governor’s budget plan continues to strengthen the foundation that’s been built over the past four years to turn our state around and make it a better place for future generations. I appreciate the governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and paying down long-term debt as we work to move Michigan forward. Perhaps the most important part of forging Michigan’s future is ensuring the next generation receives the best possible education. I am happy to see that this budget continues that focus, particularly in early childhood education, community colleges and vocational education and skilled trades training.

“I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues and the governor’s administration as we begin the budget process.”

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Schmidt: Free fishing weekend Feb. 14-15

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. – Michiganders and out-of-state visitors can enjoy two days of free fishing this weekend, Feb. 14 and 15, said state Sen. Wayne Schmidt.

The twice-per-year event, put on by the state Department of Natural Resources, waives all fishing license fees so participants may fish both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish at no charge. All fishing regulations do still apply.

“There is no better time than a free fishing weekend to get out and enjoy Michigan’s winter wonderland,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “With some of the best inland lakes and easy access to the Great Lakes, northern Michigan is the place to get out and enjoy a free weekend of fishing with family and friends.”

Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.

For more information on the Winter Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

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