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.
Have a Say in Infrastructure Spending
Last year, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and President Biden signed it into law. This means that Michigan is expecting to receive billions of dollars from the federal government to fix our roads and bridges, improve high-speed internet access, keep our Great Lakes and our drinking water clean, and more.
As your state representative, I want to hear from you about how you think this money should be spent. I invite you to go to this website to take the “Invest in MI Community” survey. You’ll get a chance to make your voice heard on what matters most to you. In addition, listening tour stops will be scheduled across the state, including a stop near you, to discuss those topics in greater detail. Then, we’ll take those discussions to the Capitol and fight for the projects you care about.
An investment in infrastructure is an investment in all of us. These federal dollars are a unique opportunity to make critical improvements, and that’s why I want to hear from you!
The House of Representatives did not meet for session this week due to a significant number of members and staff having been exposed to COVID-19 and awaiting test results. While I appreciate the Speaker’s actions to keep us safe, I want to emphasize that this would have been a great opportunity to allow members to vote remotely. The critical work of the Legislature should continue, and members should be able vote safely and securely. Our constituents are still in need, and we cannot afford to wait.
Parks and Recreation Master Plan Seeking Public Review and Feedback
A draft of the 2022-26 Five-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan is now available! The 30-day public review period is open from Jan. 17-Feb. 16.
To check out a hard copy and review the plan, please stop by the Kirksey Recreation Center front desk, Civic Park Senior Center check-in desk or Bennett Civic Center Library’s adult reference desk during regular business hours. Share your feedback by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At-Home COVID-19 Tests
COVID rapid tests can be ordered at covidtests.gov at no cost. A maximum of 4 can be ordered per household, but the Biden administration is also working with local governments to get additional tests to the areas that need them using means other than the internet.
Please be aware that phishing emails providing fake links to order at-home COVID tests are going out. At this time, I have not heard that USPS is sending out emails, and they are certainly not asking for payment. Any links you receive in your inbox to order tests should be considered phishing.
I’ve also been in contact with our federal partners regarding tests being unavailable for multi-unit housing (as well as a few single unit homes that have encountered issues). As soon as I hear about a resolution, I will let folks know.
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, and for virtual coffee hours, you can join the livestream on my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/RepPohutsky
In-person: Sunday, Feb. 6, from 2-3 p.m.
Virtual: Monday, Feb. 21, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Never hesitate to reach out to me or my staff if you have any questions or concerns!
19th House District