In the House of Representatives, budget bills are springing up as fast as diplomas for Michigan’s hardworking graduates. Watching my youngest son graduate from high school this past week drove home the importance of planning for Michigan’s future.
The budget we invest in directly reflects the values we have as a state, this is why I voted against proposals that inadequately fund education, infrastructure repair and environmental clean-up. My vote shows that I’m continuing to work toward the best outcomes for our community because we deserve better for our roads, schools and ensuring our access to clean water. The bills will now be sent to the Senate with a clear indication of how we would like them to be reconsidered.
My office is reachable by phone at (517) 373-0828, by email (DonnaLasinski@house.mi.gov) or by coming to one of our District events. Upcoming coffee hours, celebrations and town halls are listed below and I would love to see you there.
Fisher House Groundbreaking
This week I introduced House Resolution 124 in recognition of the first Fisher House in Michigan. Fisher House is a nonprofit organization that provides housing for veterans and their families while receiving treatment in a VA Hospital. Friday, June 14, will be their groundbreaking ceremony. With over 9 million days of lodging provided since their founding in 1990, I am proud to welcome Fisher House to the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and our community.
Protecting Individual Rights in Michigan
The Michigan Legislature had two recent events recognizing the importance of protecting civil rights for every Michigander. The first was the 100th anniversary of Michigan ratifying the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Gov. Whitmer spoke about the importance of inclusion and representation in government.
The second was the introduction of a bill that would update the 1976 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation, which I co-sponsored. Michigan law protects individuals from discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status and marital status. It’s time to include the LGBTQ community to that list and offer them the same protections that others have been afforded.
Upcoming Time with Donna
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Coffee Hour in Scio Township
When: Saturday, June 22, from 10-11 a.m.
Where: Joe and Rosie Coffee and Tea
8074 Main St. in Dexter
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Thank you all again for a wonderful coffee hour in Manchester!
On Sunday, June 2, the Salem-South Lyon District Library had a ribbon cutting ceremony to recognize three big milestones – the new children’s area expansion, their 80th birthday and the start of their summer reading program! Even on a busy day, the librarians and staff I met were as friendly and helpful as ever. Make sure to stop in to say hello!
What to Do in 52
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Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights
Bring your family and friends to downtown Chelsea and enjoy some free live music. Chelsea will be hosting live musical acts that will feature a wide variety of genres. These acts will include folk, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, classical, country, Latin and more.
When: Every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
until August 15
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Summer Solstice Celebration
Any plans to celebrate the longest day of the year? If not, head over to Friends Lake Beach in the evening of the summer solstice to enjoy a potluck dinner followed by a bonfire surrounded by storytelling, thought sharing and singing. People of all ages are welcome to this celebration.
When: June 21, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Michigan Friends Center
Clark Lake Road in Chelsea
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Manchester Third Thursday
On the third Thursday of each month through to October, businesses in downtown Manchester will be staying open late, and the downtown area will be hosting pop-up markets, live music performances, offering food specials, and more. This is a great way to spend time with friends and family while also enjoying the summer evenings listening to music, viewing art, and shopping.
When: (For this month) June 20, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Throughout downtown Manchester
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Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS)
DIFS focuses on the regulation of the insurance and financial service industries to ensure they are safe, sound, and entitled to public confidence. The Department provides consumer protection, outreach, and financial literacy and education services to Michiganders. DIFS offers assistance to consumers who have questions or complaints associated with credit unions, banks, insurance companies, and HMOs.
Phone: (517) 284-8800
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Washtenaw County Food Pantries
There are several food pantries located throughout Washtenaw County that offer assistance to families or individuals. Most of these locations provide free meals and groceries. Additionally, some of these locations provide other free resources such as clothing, and diapers. The locations and contact information for these food pantries are listed below.
Community Resource Center
Location is 410 City Road in Manchester
Faith In Action, Dexter Food Pantry
2822 Baker Road in Dexter
Faith In Action
603 S. St. in Chelsea
Saline Area Social Service
131 E. Michigan Ave. in Saline
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I hope that this information has been helpful and that we will see you at future events.
State Representative Donna Lasinski