Welcome to my e-news, and thank you for allowing me to serve you in the 6th House District and act as your voice in Lansing. My team and I remain committed to helping constituents with their questions and issues, keeping residents up to date on new developments related to the pandemic, and providing useful resources.
As your representative, I am most effective at my job when acting on your input. I encourage you to reach out to me and my staff with any questions, comments or concerns you may have about issues in the district or legislation that will impact our state. You can contact me at (517) 373-0823, by email or through my website. Thank you for your commitment to the community we both call home; I look forward to hearing from you!
State Representative, 6th House District
In This Edition:
- Upcoming Coffee Hours
- Executive Budget Update
- Police Discipline Record Transparency Virtual Briefing
Upcoming Coffee Hours
I hope you can join me for one of my upcoming coffee hours! I look forward to having an informal conversation with you about the issues facing families in our community.
When: Monday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.
Meeting ID: 879 7512 3026
Executive Budget Update
Last week I joined Michigan House Democrats in applauding the economic and education priorities outlined by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in her budget presentation to the Legislature.
The executive budget, which the Legislature will now review, calls for significant increases in economic recovery and education funding – marking the largest investment in K-12 schools in Michigan to date.
The executive budget priorities include:
- $200 million for schools faced with declining enrollment.
- $370 million for increased access to affordable child care.
- $300 million to fix Michigan bridges.
- $120 million for the Michigan Reconnect program.
- $60 million for the Futures for Frontliners program.
- $120 million for summer learning options, including school and camps.
- $55 million for a statewide Filters First program.
- Making the $2/hour wage increase for direct care workers permanent.
- Covering the cost for sickle cell anemia treatment for all Michigan residents who need it.
- Increased revenue sharing for local government.
Virtual Briefing on Police Disciplinary Records
Please join me this Friday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. for a virtual briefing on upcoming legislation to make certain police disciplinary records more transparent under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.
I will be joined by two men who were exonerated after spending decades in prison for crimes they did not commit, as well as representatives from the Cooley Innocence Project and University of Michigan Innocence Clinic.
- Representative Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit)
- Kevin Harrington – Exonerated in April of 2020 after serving 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
- Darrell Siggers – Exonerated in July of 2018 after serving 34 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
- Megan Richardson – Clinical Teaching Fellow at University of Michigan Law School Michigan Innocence Clinic
- Marla Mitchell-Cichon – Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Counsel to the Cooley Innocence Project at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Cooley Innocence Project