Weekly Update


This pandemic isn’t over. COVID-19 isn’t gone. We’ve had more than 124,000 deaths in the U.S., with nearly 6,000 in Michigan alone. California, Texas and Florida have recently set records for new coronavirus cases in a day. The bottom line: We still have a long way to go.

Wearing a mask and practicing safe social distancing are the best ways to protect yourself – and others – from getting this virus.

It’s that easy. Wear a mask. #MaskUpMichigan


This week, I introduced Senate Bill 984 to appropriate $300 million to address the impact of COVID-19 in our Black communities, which have been disproportionately affected by the virus at rates far higher than any other race in Michigan. The legislature and our state must do more than say Black Lives Matter; we must invest in Black community. Ending systemic racism starts with funding systemic change.


On Saturday, June 27, there will be a march down 8 Mile from the intersection at Dequindre to the intersection at Woodward. It’s simple, we demand that police change their policies to stop profiling Black people.

>> See event here

WHERE: Rally and march beginning at the 8 Mile and Dequindre intersection
WHEN: Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m.


On Tuesday, June 23, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Magna International will expand its seat manufacturing facility in Highland Park, a project that will generate $35.4 million in private investment and create 480 jobs for Michigan workers.

Magna International is a mobility technology company with more than 60 years in the automotive supply industry. Magna has been awarded new full-seat assembly contracts, requiring an expansion of its Highland Park site by approximately 5,000 square feet. The project includes remodeling the current space, adding new automated storage and retrieval shipping systems, and redesigning all assembly lines throughout the facility.

The project is expected to generate a total private investment of $35.4 million and create 480 jobs in a range of positions including management, IT, and manufacturing, resulting in a $2.1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund.

The City of Highland Park has offered to provide staff time and resources in support of the project. Individuals can apply for jobs with Magna in several ways:


Friday, June 19 was designated a Clean Air Action Day in most of Michigan. Meteorologists at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will designate a Clean Air Action Day when they determine that weather conditions, combined with pollution in certain areas of the state, are high enough to be a concern to the public. The day is called to protect the most sensitive groups of people.

On warm summer days, harmful pollution such as volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides from vehicle exhaust, manufacturing facilities, and other sources can become trapped closer to the ground to form ground-level ozone. People sensitive to air pollution can follow these tips on Clean Air Action Days to avoid negative effects:

EGLE offers a MIEnvironminute Clean Air Action Day video, which explains how warnings are determined and tips on what to do when a day is declared.

You can subscribe to receive air quality alerts for your area. EGLE also provides data collected from air monitors around the state that allows tracking of air quality.


The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate is looking for Michigan residents to be Clean Water Ambassadors. Ambassadors will play an integral role in improving communication and transparency around water quality issues in Michigan.

Based on its review of the data and citizen input, the Public Advocate can make recommendations regarding state laws, rules, regulations, and procedures so community concerns are addressed. The Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate also acts as an interface between state, local, and private sector stakeholders to ensure that Michigan is more responsive to public drinking water concerns.

Ambassadors play a key role in improving communication because they will not only provide their feedback about existing water quality initiatives but will also inform what information is needed to improve transparency.

Interested and want to learn more? Visit Michigan.gov/CleanWaterAmbassadors.


When does the law take effect?

The current law requires you to have auto insurance that includes unlimited Personal Injury Protection (PIP) medical coverage to pay for your expenses if you are injured in an auto accident. The new auto insurance law allows you to choose a level of medical coverage when your policy is issued or renewed after July 1, 2020.

If you are already receiving payments from your auto insurance policy due to injuries from an auto accident, you will continue to receive the current unlimited benefit regardless of the choice you make for the future. This is also true if you are injured in an accident between now and July 1, 2020.

Will my auto insurance bill be lower when the law goes into effect?

The new auto insurance law will allow you to choose a level of PIP medical coverage. Insurance companies are required to reduce the premium for this coverage so that there will be an average reduction per vehicle based on the level of coverage chosen.

You will also have the ability to choose different levels of Bodily Injury and Property Damage (BI/PD) coverage. This choice will also affect your premium.

Your total premium and potential savings will depend on the coverages you select. A licensed insurance agent can help you select the right coverage options for your budget.

How will I know what choices I have and what to choose?

The new law requires that auto insurance agents and auto insurance companies give you forms that describe the benefits and risks of the coverage options. DIFS encourages you to shop around for a policy that fits your needs. You may also want to talk with an auto insurance agent to discuss your personal auto insurance needs.


Contact the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services at (877) 999-6442 or visit their website, Michigan.gov/AutoInsurance, for additional information about Michigan’s new no-fault auto insurance law.


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