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53rd House District
In this Issue:
- Fighting for House District 53 in the State Budget
- Recognizing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day
- Happy Juneteenth!
Fighting for House District 53 in the State Budget
After months of negotiations, my colleagues and I were able to finish the state budget! I promised to get things done for our district, and many of you called and wrote to my office telling me we need the MLK bridge fixed. I am happy to say that I got it done! I was able to secure $10 million to repair the bridge.
I wasn’t done there. Oakland County and the city of Pontiac reached out to tell me of a project they had in mind for downtown. As a Pontiac resident, I have seen the decline of our downtown and I knew I had to act. So I scored another win for our district with a $55 million appropriation for the economic development of downtown! I can’t wait to see how residents from Pontiac and beyond will utilize our soon-to-be revitalized downtown.
Trauma impacts us all, whether you’re serving active military duty, a veteran, a working professional or a student. Our mental health matters, which is why I introduced House Resolution 125 to honor June 27 at Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day in Michigan.
If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD you don’t have to go through it alone — reach out or call 988 if you are in crisis. Together we can beat this terrible disease.
Happy Freedom Day! We had a wonderful Juneteenth celebration in Pontiac. I was so proud to be joined by our Congresswoman, Haley Stevens, state Sen. Jeremy Moss, Mayor Tim Greimel, and City Council members Mike McGuinness, Melanie Rutherford, William Parker and William Carrington.
It is important for us to remember the history of Juneteenth as well as those who came before. We owe so much of who we are, and I owe so much of who I am, to those that opened doors for us. That is why I make sure to always reach back and help uplift our young people so they, too, can succeed.