Photo Advisory: Sen. Shirkey welcomes guests to Capitol for State of the State

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, stands in the Senate chamber with Branch County Republican Party Chairman Dennis Armstrong (left) and Hillsdale Hospital Director of Organizational and Business Development Jeremiah “JJ” Hodshire (right). Armstrong and Hodshire joined Shirkey for Gov. Rick Snyder’s seventh State of the State address Tuesday night.

Note: For a print-quality version of this and other Shirkey photos, click the image or clicking Photowire, below.

Home heating assistance is available for those in need

Winter is here, and that can mean harsh conditions and brutally cold temperatures. If you are struggling with winter heating bills, you can take a look at several assistance programs offered through the state, utility companies or charitable organizations.

First — and most important — it is key to know that there are ways to plan ahead to anticipate regular expenses like an energy bill. Then, if you find you are unexpectedly unable to pay your bill, contact the utility company immediately and discuss the situation. Being proactive could help keep the heat on and save you time and energy. You should also know in some areas there are non-government-related options for help.

Consumers Energy is the local utility committed to helping people who face hardships in paying energy bills this winter. Go to for more information on resources that can help.

Also click here for Consumers Energy’s 2016-17 Consumers Energy Resource Guide.

We wish you a safe and happy Pure Michigan winter.

Media Advisory: Sen. Mike Shirkey available for comments following 2017 State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Sen. Mike Shirkey will be available for comments following the governor’s 2017 State of the State address on Tuesday.

Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake.

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

After the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

By phone or in:
House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

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

He also will be available by phone. Please call Shirkey’s office at 1-517-373-5932 or email to schedule an interview time with the senator.

Audio remarks will be available for broadcast from this website. Click Audio under the Media Center tab, below.