Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Welcome to my latest e-newsletter! I am most effective in my job when acting on your direct input. I encourage you to reach out to me and my staff with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have regarding our community or state and with any policy ideas.
Please do not hesitate to reach out by phone at (517) 373-0853 or send an email to AngelaWitwer@house.gov.
State Representative, 71st House District
In This Issue:
Upcoming Coffee Hours
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Upcoming Coffee Hours:
In the District
Nominations for Small Business of the Month
Each month, I’ll be showcasing a small business in District 71 in this newsletter and on social media. If you own a business or know of a business that you think should be recognized for its outstanding service to the community and its customers, please fill out the form here.
As a small-business owner myself, I appreciate all the hard work that goes into owning and operating a small business. I also know how much small businesses benefit our community. I look forward to showcasing the excellent businesses in our district and reading your submissions!
Nominations for Teacher of the Month
Each month, I’ll also be highlighting one of our district’s teachers. Who among us hasn’t had a teacher who’s deeply affected our lives? We owe these exceptional teachers so much. The least that I can do is to shine a spotlight on these heroes who give so much of themselves for their communities. So, please, nominate one of the wonderful teachers in our district for Teacher of the Month here so we can celebrate all they do for our community!
Tribute to Steve Delaney
On Nov. 18, I presented a tribute to Steve Delaney to celebrate his retirement after 50 years working for General Motors. Steve originally got his job to help save up for college but ended up staying for a little longer than he expected! It was great to come together to celebrate him and wish him a happy retirement!
Cutting the Ribbon at Board & Brush
I was absolutely delighted to join the team at Board & Brush, a DIY creative studio that helps its customers understand and appreciate the beauty of raw materials. We had so much fun admiring the new crafting tricks!
Honoring Our Veterans at Delta-Waverly Rotary Club
Last week, I was honored to sponsor and attend a celebration recognizing the service of our great veterans at the Delta-Waverly Rotary Club’s Veterans Celebration. I appreciated the opportunity to thank our veterans personally for the incredible courage they demonstrated and sacrifices they made to protect our freedom.
Silver Bells in Lansing
The Silver Bells in the City happened last Friday in downtown Lansing. If you get a chance, head to downtown Lansing and take a look at the beautiful state tree and all the small businesses.
Deer Hunting Season Begins!
Deer hunting was always a big gathering for my family. I wish you a safe and happy deer hunting season! I hope that you and yours enjoy the great hunting our state has to offer. You can review the season information for all game in Michigan here.
Gun safety is of utmost importance. As you get ready to enjoy the season, please review the safety reminders here. Reviewing this safety information is especially important for new hunters.
I wish you good hunting for the rest of the season!
Whitmer Proclaims November 2021 Homeless Awareness Month in Michigan
I stand with the governor in her efforts to eradicate homelessness in Michigan. In addition to drawing attention to homelessness by naming November 2021 as Homeless Awareness Month in her MI New Economy plan, Gov. Whitmer set the goal of creating or rehabilitating 75,000 housing units within the next five years. Making sure that everyone has adequate housing isn’t just the right thing to do: It will help us save a significant amount of money on social services. It increases community safety and creates good-paying construction jobs too.
Whitmer Declares November 15-21 Apprenticeship Week
I’m a huge champion of our tradespeople. We are very fortunate to host Lansing Community College West Campus in our district. The campus offers a wide range of trade career training. While lots of people benefit from going to college, I know that trade schools and apprenticeships are better fits for many in our community. That’s why I was pleased to see Gov. Whitmer declare this week Apprenticeship Week in Michigan. Apprenticeships help employees learn valuable skills and help employers cultivate the talent they need. It’s a win-win, and I was glad to see the governor support apprenticeships as paths to employment and rewarding careers.
Employers and career seekers can find more information on how to start registered apprenticeships here.
Child Care Eligibility Expands
Thanks to the bipartisan budget we passed and that Gov. Whitmer signed into law, 105,00 more kids will meet the income eligibility criteria for free and low-cost child care.
Families of four earning up to $49,000 will be eligible under the new criteria. Families can apply to receive childcare support through the Child Development & Care Program at NewMiBridges.Michigan.gov, and you can find child care through GreatStarttoQuality.org.
Expanded Eligibility for Food Assistance
Gov. Whitmer announced all Michigan families eligible for food assistance benefits are receiving an additional monthly payment in November in response to the pandemic and to help them afford groceries over the holiday. More than 1.26 million Michiganders spread over nearly 700,000 households will receive additional food assistance. Eligible clients will see their payments on their Bridge Card from Nov. 13-23 as a separate payment. If you are already receiving benefits, you do not need to reapply to receive the additional payment.
You can check the balance on your Michigan Bridge Card by going to www.michigan.gov/MIBridges or calling a consumer service representative toll-free at (888) 678-8914. If you are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing or speech-impaired, call the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1.
Please enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for the enrichment you have brought to my life and the lives in our community.