Dear Neighbor,

I am honored to serve as state representative for the 29th House District and proud to be a strong advocate in Lansing for the residents and families of our community. Please encourage your friends and family to stay connected and subscribe to this e-newsletter. It will keep you up to date on legislation and policies coming from the Capitol, as well as my coffee hours and other community events I host both virtually and in person.

In Service,

State Rep. Brenda Carter, 29th House District

In this issue:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Legislative Updates

Upcoming Events

Please join me at one of my upcoming community conversations. This is an opportunity to ask me anything. I hope to see you there!

  • The Goldner Walsh Coffee Hour with special guest Mattie Hatchett on Monday, Oct. 11, from 8:30–9:30 a.m.
  • The Haus of Brunch Coffee Hour on Monday, Oct. 11, from 10–11 a.m.

Legislative Updates

Introducing Legislation to Fix Auto No-Fault Motorcycle Loophole

I recently introduced House Bill 5307 with bipartisan support. This bill aims to help fix an unforeseen issue with the changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault laws regarding the order of priority for motorcycle accident victims. Should this proposed change be turned into law, the bill will make the insurer of the operator involved in a motorcycle accident responsible for the personal injury protection costs of the accident

Passage of the FY 2022 Budget

This week, the Michigan Legislature passed a $70 billion state budget for the next fiscal year. House Bill 4400, which funds higher education, and Senate Bill 82, which provides funding for general government, passed with broad bipartisan support. I am proud of the work we did here. We were able to come together and find common ground to take care of Michiganders.

A few highlights of the budget include:

  • $200,000 for the Talent Development Coalition to develop the workforce and talent in the district.
  • $50,000 for buoys in the Keego Harbor sandbar.
  • $500,000 to ensure the Japanese Center for Michigan Universities existence and sustainability.
  • A historic investment in child care that will decrease costs for working families, expand access and support child care providers.
  • $196 million for local bridge bundling program (over 100 local bridge projects).
  • New investments in drinking water, the Great Lakes, contaminated site cleanups and high-water infrastructure grants.
  • Fully funding the Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners tuition scholarship programs.
  • Funding new health disparities initiative ($8.4 million) and expanded sickle cell coverage ($6.7 million).
  • Invests in new troopers, professional development training and body cameras for the State Police. Continues grants to local first responders for training and equipment needs.

This budget will grow an economy that works for all Michigan families, expand the path to good-paying jobs, protect our natural resources and drinking water, and rebuild our infrastructure to create a safer Michigan.