Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Welcome to my e-newsletter! It continues to be a privilege to represent Northville, Plymouth and eastern Canton, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve our community in Lansing.
I will continue to fight to ensure that every Michigander has access to the tools, resources and opportunities they need to succeed. I encourage you to stay up to date on what’s going on in Lansing and to let me know about the issues that matter to you so I can continue to best represent the interests of our community.
If there is anything I can do to help you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (517) 373-3816, MattKoleszar@house.mi.gov or by stopping by my office in Lansing. You can also catch me on Facebook and Twitter.
State Representative, 20th House District
Building a Better Michigan :
Building a Better Michigan
Last week, I was proud to support Senate Bill 565, a $4.7 billion supplemental budget bill to reverse decades of underinvestment in infrastructure. However, the money that made this possible came from the American Rescue Plan, a once-in-a-lifetime infusion of federal funds. While they saved us today, we can’t continue to rely on the federal government to bail us out due to poor planning on our part. I look forward to working with my colleagues to put Michigan’s infrastructure on a more sustainable path.
The bill includes, among other things:
Fixing the Fix: Auto No-Fault Reforms
You may have heard the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives’ latest statement on auto no-fault revisions, but in case the news missed you, he was clear and concise: “At this point, it’s time to move on.” I want you to know that we have no intention of moving on and ignoring the urgent pleas of vulnerable car-crash victims in their time of greatest need.
Just last week, my Democratic colleagues introduced another package of bills aimed at reforming auto no-fault. While we’re paying the second highest rates in the country, insurance companies are raking in record profits. These bills would introduce key reforms to help catastrophic crash survivors receive the care they need and bring transparency and accountability to our auto insurance system.
POAM Legislator of the Year
Earlier this month, I was honored to receive the Legislator of the Year award from the Police Officer Association of Michigan. My bill, House Bill 4247, which allows all children of police officers and firefighters lost in the line of duty to receive free college tuition, is the least we can do for those that make the ultimate sacrifice. I’m grateful for the award, and I look forward to continuing to support our first responders and the communities they serve.
Celebrating March Is Reading Month
A love of reading is one of the most important gifts we can give to our children. That love will carry them through much of their life and make them a much more thoughtful, well-rounded adult. I was happy to do my part by visiting seven schools and reading a book to over 20 different classes. If you can, take the time to read out loud to a child close to you. It makes all the difference.
Need Help With Your Taxes?
With Tax Day coming up, my office has tax guides and resources available that are sure to make it just a little bit easier this year. If you need help with your taxes, please don’t hesitate to contact my office, and we’ll get you the resources you need.