Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Welcome to my latest e-newsletter! It continues to be a privilege to represent Livonia, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community in Lansing. I encourage you to stay up to date on what’s going on in Lansing and continue to let me know about the issues that matter to you.
If there is anything I can do to help you and your family, please do not hesitate to call my office at (517) 373-3920, or email me at LauriePohutsky@house.mi.gov. You can also catch me on Facebook.
I was proud to work with my House colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the education budget to fund vital programs that our schools rely on. The governor signed this budget on Tuesday this week, but there is still a lot of work to be done with the rest of the budget.
There were a couple of standout bills that I know will help our schools. Among other items, House Bill 4410 provides funding for the Michigan Reconnect program, small business support and workplace development, a wage increase for direct care workers, and nutrition assistance for senior citizens. Additionally, I was incredibly proud to vote yes on House Bill 4411, which makes a transformational investment in education by bringing every district up to the same level of per-pupil funding.
For an in-depth look at what my colleagues and I have been voting on in session these past few weeks, click here.
It is crucial to have the voices of our community heard in Lansing. As the Legislature transitions to an in-district work period, my staff and I have hit the ground running on our door-to-door legislative check-ins. So far, I have had great conversations about the importance of investing in education and repairing our economy through expanding access to quality, affordable health care. My team and I will be out in the district throughout the summer, and we look forward to meeting you!
Small Business of the Month
I stopped by Heritage Bakery to present them with an award, naming them the June Business of the Month. As someone who loves baking and wishes she was better at decorating, this was an amazing local business to visit! Be sure to check out their delicious sweets.
Livonia Library Grants
I am thrilled to share that our Livonia public library system has been approved for two federal grants, one for the Carl Sandburg branch and one for the Livonia Public Library branch. These funds will go directly towards funding for materials and supplies to improve community literacy, youth engagement and learning or expanding community access to information and technology. Our library system is one of my favorite parts of our city, and I’m grateful for these added funds.
I hope you can join me for one of my upcoming in-person and virtual coffee hours! I look forward to having an informal conversation with you about the issues families face in our community. The in-person coffee hour will be held at Coffee + Cream here in Livonia. For virtual coffee hours, you can join the live stream on my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/RepPohutsky
Virtual: Monday, July 19, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
In-person: Sunday, Aug. 1, from 2-3 p.m.
Never hesitate to reach out to me or my staff if you have any questions or concerns!
19th House District