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Stamas honor well-deserved

If ever there was a legislator deserving of special recognition, it would be state Sen. Jim Stamas.

Stamas, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Northeast Michigan’s state senator, this week was recognized by the Michigan Information and Research Service as its Senator of the Year.

Specifically, Stamas was singled out by the MIRS staff for his work a preparing a state budget in a tough year overshadowed by coronavirus concerns and being at the scene to help his hometown of Midland deal with historic spring flooding.

“Sen. Stamas helped lead state government through a series of sticky budget issues in the shadow of explosive negotiations from the year prior. He forged several bipartisan agreements that received near unanimous support in both chambers, which is extremely rare,” said MIRS Editor and Vice President Kyle Melinn. “Sen. Stamas blazed compromise and bipartisanship in a year marked by division, strife and consternation. It earned him respect from his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, making him a strong pick for Senator of the Year.”

We believe Stamas’ selection was especially fitting.

Stamas has consistently been a strong leader for his district, whether it be Midland issues, Gaylord issues, or Northeast Michigan issues.

We appreciate the senator for his commitment, leadership, and availability. He interacts well with everyone and has a knack at being able to understand issues and solve problems.

Certainly, he was deserving of this honor from MIRS, one of the leading news sources for Michigan government issues.

(THE ALPENA NEWS)

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