I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with great food and quality time with loved ones. I also want to wish a happy Hanukkah to all celebrating!
I want to give a special shout out to the Belleville High Tigers, who won their first Division 1 high school football championship in school history on Saturday! They defeated Rochester Adams 55-33 at Ford Field. Earlier in the season, I was able to watch the Tigers play at one of their playoff games. I hope you will join me in congratulating Belleville High School on this outstanding accomplishment! Go Tigers!
This past weekend, we got our first “real” snowfall of the season. This time of year is marked by temperatures that hover around freezing and black ice and snowfall that make driving unsafe. Let’s remember to leave ourselves plenty of time to get where we need to be when the roads can be slippery and stay safe this winter.
As we are quickly approaching the end of 2021, things in Lansing will be wrapping up for the year. Our office will be sending out our final e-news of the year sometime in mid-December. They will start up again biweekly come mid-January when we return to Lansing.
If we can ever assist in any way, please do not hesitate to contact our office. My office is reachable by phone at (517) 373-2575 and by email at RanjeevPuri@house.mi.gov.
State Representative, 21st District
Proudly serving Belleville, Canton and Van Buren Township
In This Edition:
UPCOMING TIME WITH RANJEEV
December Coffee Hour
Our team will be holding our final coffee hour of 2021 in December, and we hope that you’ll be able to join us one last time before the new year.
Monday, Dec. 13, from noon to 1 p.m.
Belleville Library, 167 Fourth St., in Belleville
Michigan has reported more than 10.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of last Wednesday, with 70.9% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose and 61.5% of 16+ residents fully vaccinated.
On Nov. 20, Michigan’s fourth coronavirus surge hit a grim new milestone, shattering the record highest case rate thus far in the pandemic. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an advisory imploring everyone ages 2 and older to wear masks indoors.
Michigan has some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 in the country. Additionally, hospital rates are increasing, and most of the deaths and hospitalizations are from the unvaccinated.
Heading into the winter months, when respiratory viruses are more likely to spread due to the holiday season and chilly weather, boosting our overall protection against COVID-19 is so important.
Last month, the FDA approved the vaccine for kids ages 5-11 years old. That makes all people over the age of 5 eligible for a vaccine.
Additionally, last week the FDA recommended all residents aged 18 and older receive a booster shot 6 months after your last shot. Up until this announcement, only those who met certain criteria were eligible to receive one.
To find and/or schedule a vaccine or a booster near you, you can visit here.
The Unemployment Insurance Agency announced that beginning Nov. 7, unemployed workers filing a new claim for benefits will be required to register for work with Michigan Works! staff and verify their registration with either an in-person or virtual appointment. More information about this announcement can be found on the LEO website.
Visit the UIA website at www.Michigan.gov/UIA for more information about Work Registration.
For a list of local Michigan Works! Service Centers, visit www.MichiganWorks.org.
If you find that you are in need of assistance with your unemployment claim, you can contact my office using this form.
State Resources for Job Searching
There are numerous free resources and programs available to support individuals in taking their next steps. Whether they want to conduct a job search, explore new career pathways, or discover educational or training programs, there are many opportunities they can pursue.
WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO
Visit With General Motors and President Biden
Anyone who has talked to me for more than five minutes knows my passion for mobility and electrification.
November Coffee Hour and SAG Meeting
Our evening started off with a House District 21 Student Advisory Group meeting. We talked about what I’m working on in Lansing and had a great discussion on making Michigan a more welcoming, inclusive place.
We also wrapped up things during my November coffee hour. I was thrilled to see many new faces. It’s always great hearing your questions and concerns.
Thank you to the Village Arts Factory for hosting us and Samosa Factory for the delicious samosas. They were a huge hit!
I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
During this challenging time, it is more important than ever to stay in touch. I want to hear from you. What do you need? How can we help you? My office is here to assist you or answer any questions you may have. Please, reach out to me at RanjeevPuri@house.mi.gov.
Communications from my office will be available via biweekly email updates and social media. With that said, my office is always open — do not hesitate to reach out should you ever find yourself in need of assistance.