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December 5, 2018
1:05
I was happy to vote to support moving forward with legislation allowing construction of a utility tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The original version of Senate Bill 1197 tasked the Mackinac Bridge Authority with responsibility for the tunnel. Over the last few days, I have had many discussions and folks from my district have voiced their concerns with previous versions of the bill. I sponsored an amendment to the legislation that would remove the bridge authority from bearing any responsibility for the tunnel and place that job in the hands of the newly created Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority. Many folks in my district rely on propane coming through Line 5, and I believe this is the best way to ensure residents get the supplies they need, while also doing our best to keep the Great Lakes safe.
October 3, 2018
:35
The state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy announced an agreement that will lead to major safety enhancements along the entire length of the Line 5 pipeline crossing the state, permanently shut down the current segment that crosses the Straits of Mackinac, and construct a multi-use utility tunnel beneath the straits. All costs for the tunnel will be paid by Enbridge.
June 13, 2018
1:55
My colleagues and I in Lansing have worked hard in recent months to once again approve a balanced budget ahead of schedule. I am proud to announce that the Legislature has formally sent the final 2018-2019 budget to the governor for approval. This budget includes investments in roads, public safety and our schools, while also putting away money for the future needs of our state. I am proud to deliver this budget to Michigan's hardworking taxpayers.
June 6, 2018
:26
Michiganders are fortunate to never be too far from a body of water. Twice a year - once in the summer and once in the winter - the state waives all licensing fees for residents and nonresidents alike for a weekend. These free fishing weekends allow everyone to enjoy the world-class fishing opportunities our state has to offer. Anglers of all ages can get outdoors and enjoy Pure Michigan. Though licensing fees are waived, all regulations still apply. Entry fees for state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas are also waived. For more information, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.
May 24, 2018
1:06
Memorial Day is a time to remember those who selflessly gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that you and I were able to enjoy the freedoms Americans are blessed with. It is also a time when many Michiganders choose to enjoy those freedoms by taking a vacation and getting away from their busy lives. I want to remind residents to stay safe this holiday and to take the time to participate in a parade or event that honors our country's fallen soldiers.
May 16, 2018
:54
I was happy to hear today's news that the state's revenues are up from the projections earlier this year. This gives us a bit more flexibility as we continue through the budget process in the next few weeks. I look forward to working with my colleagues to come up with a plan for the money, whether it is funding crucial programs at a higher rate, paying down debt, or saving the money for future needs and investments.
May 10, 2018
:42
This was something that was suggested to us by the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force. Members of the task force spent a great deal of time and effort studying the issue from all aspects and limiting the use of drones on Mackinac Island was one thing that gained traction. The report specifically cites Mackinac Island as an area that should be protected because instances of drones startling horses has created a safety concern. These horses typically do well around crowds of people, but anyone can see that a frightened horse mixed with a crowd of people is bad news. I think there is a valid safety concern there and this bill seeks to remedy that so everyone can safely enjoy one of Michigan's busiest and oldest tourist attractions.
May 9, 2018
1:12
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, discusses the Mackinac County Road Commission's recent announcement that the county will see a $1,010,000 investment in its roadways after a deal was reached between local townships, the county board and the county road commission.
May 3, 2018
1:40
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, applauds the Senate for approving the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget which includes record K-12 funding increases, investments in public safety by hiring 50 new troopers, training 80 additional troopers and adding corrections officers to our state's prisons. Also, with this budget, the Legislature will have added an accumulative investment of $2.1 billion to our roads since 2017.
April 25, 2018
:37
Suits and Sneakers has been raising awareness and money for cancer research for two decades. It was originally geared toward basketball coaches, but soon spread to numerous professions. I am proud to have once again joined my colleagues in bringing attention to cancer and cancer research and standing in support of the brave individuals fighting this battle.
April 24, 2018
1:05
Scouting allows young adults an opportunity to learn about the importance of hard work, serving your community along with countless other valuable, life-saving skills. It was my pleasure to welcome all of the eager young scouts, as well as senior members and parents to the state Capitol in Lansing. My colleagues and I certainly enjoyed the visit as well as the update on what the organization is doing.
April 18, 2018
:25
The Michigan State Waterways Commission (MSWC) recently passed Resolution 02-2018-01, which recommended the Legislature pursue an effort to require the registration, with a new fee, of all rigid-hulled kayaks, canoes and paddleboards eight feet or longer. Currently, such vessels are exempt from registration fees when used recreationally. I recently joined my colleagues in co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 153, which formally opposes the recent MSWC recommendation. I will fight any legislative effort to impose such fees on Michiganders enjoying our state's beautiful resources.
April 11, 2018
:39
The recent shipping incident that left the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline and other underwater cable lines damaged only further strengthens the skepticism surrounding the underwater lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. It is time we shut down Line 5 and pursue other, safer alternatives before irreversible damage to our environment takes place.
June 22, 2017
1:08
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, discusses the fiscal year 2018 budget, which includes several initiatives important to northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
January 18, 2017
:37
Gov. Rick Snyder's call to upgrade the Soo Locks as part of his 2017 State of the State address.
October 18, 2016
1:06
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, discusses bipartisan legislation, which the Senate approved Tuesday, that would streamline existing laws governing the state's brownfield redevelopment program.
April 19, 2016
4:22
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, joined the Michael Patrick Shiels radio show on Tuesday, April 19 to discuss the importance of tourism in northern Michigan with Chris Hale of the Shanty Creek Resort.
February 3, 2016
:32
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issues a public service announcement inviting Michiganders to attend the 48th annual I-500 snowmobile race in Sault Ste Marie this weekend. The race features some of America's top snowmobilers on North America's only one mile oval ice track.
January 20, 2016
1:37
Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, comments on the Flint water crisis and the need to upgrade the Soo Locks in reaction to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address.
November 4, 2015
:25
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, comments on the passage of a comprehensive road funding plan.
November 4, 2015
17:34
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, talks with WTCM-AM radio about the passage of a comprehensive road funding plan.
July 8, 2015
7:28
Senator Wayne Schmidt (R) Traverse City: Discussed baseball and the National Cherry festival on the Michael Patrick Shiels radio show. Tuesday night senator threw out the first pitch at the Lansing Lugnuts game.
July 7, 2015
2:50
Senator Wayne Schimdt R Traverse City: Discusses Pure Michigan with Michael Patrick Shiels about, The 90th Annual National Cherry Festival is going on in Traverse City Michigan. July 4th thru the 11th.
June 10, 2015
5:56
Michigan Senator Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, appears on Michael Patrick Shiels' "The Big Show" and speaks about the Pure Michigan advertising campaign.
May 29, 2015
10:07
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, talks with radio host Michael Patrick Shiels about the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.
May 14, 2015
:52
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, talks about the economic benefits of allowing pedal pubs in Michigan