Dear Friends,

Welcome to my newsletter for quick Capitol updates. I am grateful for your continued support and to represent you and our Detroit community. This newsletter will provide a little picture into what I’ve been working on here in Lansing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call (517) 373-1776 or email my office at As your representative, I am here to assist you in any way we can.

In service,

State Rep. Joe Tate

House Bills

Senate Bill 627: The content of this bill focused on the Michigan-Indiana state border. SB 627 seeks to establish a Michigan-Indiana State Line Commission within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). SB 627 was passed in the House and has now moved back to the Senate. Please read more about this bill here.


In late April, I proposed a budget amendment to increase funding for the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the oldest and largest African-American museum in the country. It holds more African-American artifacts than any other museum in the world. Unfortunately, it was not accepted.

General Assistance

Unemployment Assistance — You can call our office, leaving a detailed message with your name, number and contact information so we can assist with your request, or reach out to the Unemployment Insurance Agency. For more information and resources, go on their webpage or call (866) 500-0017.

Tax help — If you require tax assistance or information, please call the Department of Treasury at (517) 636-4486.

Elderly Assistance — If you or someone you know needs elderly assistance, please call the Detroit Agency On Aging at (313) 446-444.

General Concerns —  Please feel free to reach out to my office for resources, information and support. Inquiries can be sent to or by calling our office at (517) 667-0740.