Friday, May 15, 2020
After another long week in Lansing, I’m proud to report some good news about some budget funding. I also want to make sure you are aware that changes are coming to our auto insurance policies. Make sure you RSVP to my upcoming auto insurance town hall that’s set for May 27th.
On Wednesday, the legislature passed a $524 million supplemental budget bill to use Federal CARES Act money that will increase staffing at the Unemployment Insurance Agency, provide pay increases for direct care workers, provide bonuses for first responders, give grants for personal protective equipment, ensure the safety of our state’s food processing facilities, and help schools pay for distance learning, summer education and assessments.
As part of this bill, I was able to secure $15 million for summer learning opportunities for communities impacted by COVID-19. While we still have a long road ahead of us, this was a good first step of showing what we can accomplish when both sides work together.
This week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer settled in the Right to Literacy case for Michigan students. I’m glad that she and Attorney General Dana Nessel recognized our children’s constitutional right to read, but I’m also disappointed that their predecessors allowed this lawsuit to even reach this point to begin with. There is still more work to be done to ensure that every child, no matter their ZIP Code, has access to an equitable education, and I’ll continue to do my part and all that I can to help us achieve that.
Over the past few days, Gov. Whitmer has signed more executive orders, the Legislature passed an appropriations bill (which I briefly talked about above), the hateful protests in Lansing continued, and the Michigan Fitness Foundation and I answered some questions from some of you who reached out. Listen to my weekly update below for the full rundown.
PODCAST WITH BILL WELSH OF HEPACO
This week, I posted another episode of the #WeCanDoBetter podcast with special guest, Bill Welsh, Detroit branch manager for HEPACO. We discussed the new normal created by COVID-19, workplace safety and cleanliness, and cleanup efforts underway at the city’s Riverside Park.
AUTO INSURANCE TOWN HALL
I will be hosting an online town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 27 about auto insurance with representatives from the Insurance Alliance of Michigan. This virtual meeting will be an excellent opportunity for Michigan drivers to learn and ask questions about our new auto insurance law, and the choices they will have to make on their policy after July 1, 2020, which is when changes are set to take place.
Here are the details:
You can RSVP to auto insurance town hall on my Facebook event, or simply reply to this email.
Please note that you do NOT need to have a Facebook account to join the conversation! Just visit my Facebook page at 4:00 on May 27th and you’ll be able to watch the video.
Please submit your auto insurance questions ahead of time to Warren Stanfield in my office. His email address is WStanfield@senate.michigan.gov.
#WeCanDoBetter to beat this virus, so please stay home, and stay well.
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