Schmidt reacts to State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement on Wednesday, in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2019 State of the State address:

“I was both pleased and interested as the governor outlined her priorities for the upcoming legislative term.

“I think most of the things she touched on are issues that are not partisan, but personal. She is correct when she says potholes do not have partisan affiliation. She is correct when she says Michiganders deserve clean drinking water. And she is correct when she says our state’s children are our future.

“It is important to note that the Legislature approved record road funding measures in recent years, and I hope we can continue working together with the new administration to continue these crucial investments.

“A great deal of Michigan’s success is due to Michigan’s fiscal responsibility over the last few years. For eight consecutive years, the Legislature and governor have approved the state budget well before the beginning of the fiscal year. This has put us in a position to increase road funding, invest more in our schools, and increase our savings for a rainy day.

“I hope 2019 brings the ninth consecutive budget signed ahead of time, and we can yet again increase investments in our state’s infrastructure, public education and skilled trades programs.

“Tonight was just the beginning. I look forward to seeing more details of the governor’s plans during her budget presentation in the coming weeks. I support many of the initiatives she discussed. It is my hope that we can get them done without further burdening Michigan’s taxpayers.”


Schmidt welcomes local business owner to state Capitol for 2019 State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed Brad Niergarth to the Michigan Capitol for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2019 State of the State address. Niergarth (left), is a certified public accountant from Traverse City and senior partner at Dennis, Gartland and Niergarth.


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Sen. Schmidt available for comments following 2019 State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Wayne Schmidt will be available for comments following the governor’s 2019 State of the State address on Tuesday.


Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City.


Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.


Immediately following the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.


By phone or in:

House Appropriations Room

Third floor

State Capitol



Schmidt will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Molly Medenblik at 517-373-2413 prior to 5 p.m. on Feb. 12 to schedule an interview time with the senator.



Sen. Schmidt to host February coffee hours

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of February.

The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Schmidt, please visit or call 517-373-2413.

Schmidt’s February coffee hours are as follows:


3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

McDonald’s Restaurant

13921 State Highway M-28



Monday, Feb. 11

Noon – 1 p.m.

Village of Kingsley Town Hall

207 S. Brownson Ave.



Monday, Feb. 18

10 – 11 a.m.

Elk Rapids District Library

300 Isle of Pines Drive

Elk Rapids


Friday, Feb. 22

1 – 2 p.m.

Petoskey City Hall

101 E. Lake St.