Dear Neighbor,

Happy March is Reading Month! I hope everyone is staying warm and comfortable in this fluctuating weather. In this update, I will be discussing exciting news regarding what has been going on in the School Aid and Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the fiscal 2025 budget, as well as upcoming Town Hall and Community Conversation dates. I look forward to all the great things to come in the Legislature this year, and I hope to see you around the district sometime soon!

All the best,

Regina Weiss

State Representative

House District 6

Special Listening Tour Coming to the District! 

Please join me and my colleagues for the Detroit Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Listening Tour on Monday, March 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Detroit Police Station 2nd Precinct, 13530 Lesure, Detroit.

Special guests confirmed for the event:

State Reps. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit), Christine Morse (D-Texas Township), Natalie Price (D-Berkley) and Helena Scott (D-Detroit), along with with community leaders Deputy Mayor Bettinson, Police Captain Thrilkill, Chief Hayes and Sheriff Washington to discuss strategies and highlight the new State Office of CVI.

Town Hall and Community Conversation Dates

On April 3, I will host an Education Budget Town Hall meeting at Marygrove Conservancy. This will be a great opportunity to come and learn about how the budget process works and to advocate for any funding you believe will improve student outcomes in Michigan.

  • Location: 8425 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Community conversations are a time where I give a brief update on what is happening in Lansing, and hear about any issues that matter to you in our community. I hope you are able to join me at one of the following events:

Detroit Community Conversation: March 15

  • Location: Detroit Sip, 7420 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Detroit Community Conversation: April 12

  • Location: Marygrove Conservancy, 8425 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221
  • Time: 3-4 p.m.

Berkley Community Conversation: April 26

  • Location: Berkley Library, 3155 Coolidge Highway, Berkley, MI 48072
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.

Huntington Woods Community Conversation: June 7

  • Location: Huntington Woods Library and Cultural Center, 26415 Scotia Road, Huntington Woods, MI 48070
  • Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

School Aid and Education Subcommittee

As chair of the School Aid and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, I am excited to discuss some areas I am hoping to focus on for the fiscal 2025 school aid budget. Bridging the gap in equity for underprivileged students remains an important aspect of the budget this year, as we strive to ensure that all Michigan students are being set up for success. This year, we will continue to do this through increasing funding for at-risk students, English language learners, and fully funding the foundation allowance for special education. Additionally, we will continue to provide funding for early learning opportunities, literacy support, and educator recruitment and retention.

A large area of focus for the budget is the continuation of funding for healthy meals for all students. Last year, 1.4 million public school children were able to receive free meals. This year we plan on continuing to provide free school meals to all children in Michigan. Universal school meals save families money and make sure that all children are fed so they can focus in the classroom.

Legislative Updates

Over the last few months, committees have been continuing to meet and taking up bills on a variety of subjects. We are working hard on legislation that puts people first and a budget that lifts up students, seniors and everyone in between.