Dear Neighbor,

Welcome to this month’s Capitol and Community Update e-newsletter!

Please encourage your neighbors and friends in House District 56 — Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Birmingham and Bloomfield Township — to also sign up for these updates at And let us know if you have any thoughts on state-level issues or want to meet with me. Reach out to us by phone at (517) 373-2617 or by email at

I can also be found on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. I would be happy to hear from and work with you to make the 56th House District a better place!

In Service,

Sharon MacDonell

State Representative

House District 56

In this newsletter you will find information on:

  • Local and statewide wins in this year’s state budget
  • Celebrating Disability Pride Month

Funding secured for projects in Clawson and Troy!

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Last week, the Michigan Legislature passed the final state budget for the 2025 fiscal year. Democratic leaders crafted a budget focused on strategic, targeted investments that improve the lives of people and hometowns across Michigan without raising taxes.

As part of this investment in our community, this budget secures $1 million in funding for water main repair in Clawson and full funding for a new fire truck for the Troy Fire Department. We’ve also increased funding for our local schools, by dedicating excess retirement funding , resulting in an average increase of $400 per pupil statewide. I am happy that this budget directs funding back into local communities and school districts, where it belongs.

July is Disability Pride Month!

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July marks the 34th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as Disability Pride Month! Equity and inclusion for people with disabilities have improved since the ADA was first signed, but there is much more work to be done. As the chair of the Michigan Legislative Disability Caucus and a person with a disability myself, I will always fight for the quality of life and independence of Michiganders with disabilities.

Community Recognitions and Resources

Submissions for Small Business of the Month AND Teacher of the Month

Each month, I recognize a small business in the community from our communities as our small business of the month. To nominate your favorite company for this recognition, please fill out this form for Small Business of the Month. I am also excited to recognize a Teacher of the Month! Teachers are the backbone of this nation, and our district has the BEST! Please fill out this form to recognize a Teacher of the Month.

Tributes, Letters and Certificates

Do you know someone in the district who is retiring and would like a legislative tribute to celebrate their years of service? Has a local team or group reached a milestone that they would like to be acknowledged with an official certificate for each member? Our office can provide legislative tributes, letters, and certificates on a wide range of recognitions for constituents. If you would like to request any of these materials for yourself or others, please email my office at with as much information as possible on the requested recognition, and we will work with you to arrange delivery or presentation of the recognition!