Dear Neighbor,

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

Gov. Whitmer Announces New Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement and Potential

Gov. Whitmer recently announced the creation of the Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement and Potential, which will work to improve outcomes for students of all ages. The new department will focus on increasing the capacity of the early learning team; making progress toward the state’s education goal of increasing the number of adults with a skill certificate or college degree to 60% by 2030; and collaborating with local and state groups to help students succeed.

 AG Nessel and Rep. Hope Discuss Opioid Settlements


Last week, I joined Attorney General Dana Nessel to tour Mid-Michigan Recovery Services’ new facility in Lansing. The organization provides vital support to people suffering from addiction.

AG Nessel and I discussed the opioid settlements, which total $1.45 billion and will go toward preventing and treating opioid addiction. Specifically, the money will fund medication-assisted treatment, health care and other services for those with substance use disorder.

Gov. Whitmer Signs Bill to Honor Local Trooper 

Gov. Whitmer recently signed my bill (House Bill 4689) naming part of U.S. 127 for Trooper Caleb Starr, who tragically died in 2020 in the line of duty after a drunk driver collided with his vehicle. I proudly sponsored this memorial highway bill and hope it serves as a token of our appreciation for Trooper Starr’s outstanding public service and sacrifice.

VETLIFE to Host Resource Fair for Veterans

VETLIFE is hosting its annual VETFEST event on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds, 8800 W. Grand River Road in Fowlerville. VETFEST is a free event to help veterans and their families access their earned military benefits. Click the link here for more information and to register for the event.


Kara Hope

State Representative