As our state prepares to safely reopen, we’re taking what we’ve learned from the COVID-19 crisis to make sure the people of Troy and Clawson receive the support they need. The road before us is not an easy one, but it is one that we will walk together and I look forward to being right by your side every step of the way.
We continue to respond to constituents’ requests for help with unemployment issues, and want to hear your ideas on how to best support families, students, small and neighborhood businesses, and our critical workforce. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by phone at (517) 373-1783 or email at PadmaKuppa@house.mi.gov, with ideas, questions or any other state-level issue.
State Representative, 41st House District
As the Legislature convened on April 30, there were multiple bills ready for action that would help working people across our state. This included House Bill 5628, which would restore the right of Michigan workers to earn and use sick time for personal or family health needs. Along with House Democratic Leader Christine Greig’s House Resolution 245, which would allow us to meet remotely during the pandemic like many other state legislatures across the country, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, neither of these has been discharged to the House floor from committee yet.
In the meantime, we are working on comprehensive legislation to help small businesses recover and thrive after this pandemic is over, and I was proud to have joined several of my colleagues to form the House’s Downtown Business Coalition. Michigan is home to over 16,500 restaurants and over 15,000 retail shops, employing over 1.25 million Michiganders. Small businesses are the heart of our cities, villages and townships. They define Michigan’s culture, and each district, in a way no other individual industry can. I will be co-hosting a regional round table as part of our Small Business Listening Tour, for more details please see the following “Upcoming Events” section, or register here.
Weekly Facebook Chats
When: Thursday, May 7, beginning at 6 p.m.
How: Facebook Live (@mireppadmakuppa)
Downtown Business Coalition Listening Tour
Join me for a Small Business Round Table with special guests state
Reps. Jim Ellison, Robert Wittenberg and Brenda Carter.
When: Monday, May 11, 2 p.m.
Mental Health Town Hall
Join me for a virtual town hall with special guests
Michael Joy, President of Michigan Counselors Association, and
Penny Luebs, Oakland County Commissioner District 16.
When: Wednesday, May 20, beginning at 7 p.m.
Auto Insurance Town Hall
Join me for a town hall regarding auto insurance in Michigan, with special guests from the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) and state Rep. Lori Stone.
When: Monday, June 1, beginning at noon (12 p.m.)
To join, click here.
Congrats 2020 Graduates!
To all the graduates of the class of 2020: congratulations! Whether you’re graduating from high school or higher education, your hard work, determination and perseverance paid off. Please know that our Troy and Clawson communities are so incredibly proud of you, and cannot wait to see the great things you’ll accomplish next. Michigan’s future is bright with you in it!
Michigan Mental Health Resources
During this difficult time, it’s now more important than ever to ensure we’re prioritizing our mental health just as much as the rest of our physical health. Please remember that you are not alone and that there are countless free resources available to every Michigander as we all work through the stress and challenges of these unprecedented circumstances. For more information regarding these resources, please visit michigan.gov/staywell.
MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline and Email Response
Call: (888) 535-6136
8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Headspace Web Service
While normally a paid service, Headspace is now free to all Michiganders.
National Disaster Distress Helpline
Call: (800) 985-5950
Text: TALKWITHUS to 66746
Michigan PEER Warmline
Call: (888) PEER-753 (888-733-7753)
Available every day from 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Michigan Crisis Text Line
Text: RESTORE to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call: (800) 273-8255
Text: TALK to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline
Call: (800) 273-8255 (TTY 800-799-4889)