Dear Neighbor,

Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful, including some updates and news from your state government.

State of the State Scheduled for Jan. 25; Student Art Contest Announced for Address

Gov. Whitmer will deliver her fifth State of the State address at the state Capitol on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. The State of the State program’s cover will again feature student art. K-12 students are encouraged to submit a design on the theme, “What makes Michigan strong?”. For more information, click here. Submissions must be received by Saturday, Jan. 15.

You can watch the 2023 State of the State speech online here.

Michigan DNR Seeks Input on State Parks and Recreation Plan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently seeking public comment on its Parks and Recreation Division Strategic Plan for 2023-27. The DNR manages 103 state parks and recreation areas throughout Michigan, the state’s boating program, state trail systems, and state forest campgrounds. The draft plan is available to view here. Comments can be sent to through Jan. 20.

New Office Contact Information for the New Year

Happy New Year! I look forward to continuing to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives this term representing the new 74th House District. My new office has a different phone number, which is (517) 373-8900. I can still be contacted via email at


Kara Hope

State Representative