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 at a place near you, to discuss those topics in greater detail. We’ll then take those discussions to the Capitol and fight for the projects you care about.
Investing 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!
To see what we’ve been voting on over the last week, please click here.
Livonia Save Our Youth Coalition Virtual Lecture Series on Addiction
The virtual lecture series Addiction: What you need to know and what you can do continues to inform members of our community. Each FREE virtual session connects substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery with connected issues such as the impact on families, mental health issues, and issues at school, which are relevant topics to many families in our area. Since the onset of this series, over 1,000 participants have attended, and several have asked for a referral to treatment.
This event is casual and confidential. A certificate of attendance is available.
The event is held from 7-8 p.m on the first three Tuesdays of each month through May. Attend one, two or all three sessions. The upcoming dates are below:
- Feb. 8, 15
- March 1, 8, 15
- April 5, 12, 19
- May 3, 10, 17
This event is a collaboration between St. Mary Mercy Livonia, SMML Community Health Needs Assessment, Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, Brian Spitsbergen, PhD, PLLC and Livonia Save Our Youth Coalition.
For more information, please visit this website.
1099-G Update from the Unemployment Insurance Agency
The UIA is advising benefit recipients that programming changes related to waivers granted in 2021 will result in the agency issuing 1099-G tax forms toward the end of February. The agency asked for and received an extension from the Internal Revenue Service.
Once ready, 1099-Gs will be posted to Michigan Web Account Manager (MIWAM) accounts for claimants who have requested an electronic copy. Claimants who previously did not request an electronic copy of their 1099-G can still do so:
- Log into MiWAM.
- Under Account Alerts click on “Select a delivery preference for your Tax Form 1099-G.”
- Choose “electronic.”
If the 1099-G link does not appear under Account Alerts:
- Click on the “Claimant Services” tab.
- Click on “Delivery Preference for Form 1099-G. Modify your delivery preference for Form 1099-G”.
- Choose a delivery preference.
Claimants who do not request an electronic copy will have their 1099-G sent through the mail. Once the 1099-Gs are processed, electronic copies can be accessed online by those who requested them in that format.
- Log into MiWAM.
- Go to the “I Want To” heading.
- Click on the “1099-G” link.
- Click on the 1099-G letter for the 2021 tax year.
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.
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