I hope this newsletter reaches you and your family safe and healthy. As all of us know, it has been a tragic time at MSU. My office has heard from numerous individuals throughout our state echoing the point that thoughts and prayers are not enough. I want to share that last week Senate Democrats re-introduced legislation that has been held back by Republicans over the past four years.
These bills will be taken up in the next week, which address three areas:
Featured in this newsletter:
- Gov. Whitmer’s FY23/24 Budget Recommendations
- Screening tests can help prevent sudden cardiac arrest for student athletes
- AG Nessel: Phishing Scam Notice
- Michigan Achievement Scholarship
- District Map
If you have any questions, want to comment on pending legislation, or resolve any issues in state government, please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (517) 373-8360 or by email at SenPWojno@senate.michigan.gov.
GOV. WHITMER’S FY23/24 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS
On Wednesday, February 8, Gov. Whitmer introduced her executive budgetproposal to lower costs, grow our economy, and build a brighter future for Michiganders. The budget proposal includes investments to put money back in people’s pockets, help students thrive in school, put more people on paths to higher education and good-paying jobs, improve public health, keep our communities safe, and rebuild our infrastructure—all without raising taxes by a dime.
SCREENING TESTS CAN PREVENT SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST FOR STUDENT ATHLETES
Simple screening tests can help doctors identify young athletes at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The tests are an electrocardiogram, commonly known as an EKG, and an echocardiogram. Corewell Health, formerly Beaumont Health, began offering such screenings for free to high school athletes in 2007.
The health system has tested the hearts of over 19,000 students, according to Jennifer Shea, manager of the Beaumont Student Heart Check Program. Of them:
Parents who are interested in having their student-athlete tested for heart abnormalities can email Shea at Jennifer.Shea@Beaumont.org to be put on a notification list for the next screening event. Registration is required.
AG NESSEL: PHISHING SCAM NOTICE
Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are reminding Michigan consumers to be aware of phishing text messages that claim their EBT benefit cards are locked. The message includes a phone number to call for help. Responding to these messages may allow scammers to access to the card’s funds.
EBT cards provide government food assistance, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps. This scam is serious as those who receive benefits rely on these funds to feed their families.
If you are a SNAP recipient and receive a text message that your EBT card is locked, this is a scam. Do not respond.
Visit Michigan Attorney General Government Imposter Scams alert to learn more.
MICHIGAN ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
The Michigan Achievement Scholarship application has opened for all high school seniors! This scholarship provides:
There is no deadline for this scholarship. Students have 15 months from either their high school graduation or high school equivalency completion to enter college and use the funds they are awarded.
High school seniors can get started by following these steps: