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 Tell Lawmakers to restore third grade reading and adult ed

The House Appropriations School Aid Subcommittee today eliminated funding for a new third grade reading initiative (as proposed by Gov. Snyder) and also eliminated all funding for adult education programs. At a time when there is so much emphasis on children being able to read by third grade as noted in a new League report issued today and having a skilled workforce, these are very shortsighted decisions. The recommendations of the subcommittee are now before the full House Appropriations Committee. Please contact committee members, especially if you live in their district, and tell them: please restore funding for the third grade reading initiative and for adult education.

Rep. Pscholka

Rep. Bumstead

Rep. Afendoulis

Rep. Bizon

Rep. Canfield

Rep. Cox

Rep. Gamrat

Rep Inman

Rep. Jenkins

Rep. Kelly

Rep. McCready

Rep. A. Miller

Rep. Muxlow

Rep. Pagel

Rep. Poleski

Rep. Potvin

Rep. VerHeulen

Rep. Victory

Rep. Santana

Rep. Banks

Rep. Dillon

Rep. Durhal


Rep. Irwin

Rep. Pagan

Rep. S. Roberts

Rep. Singh

Rep. Yanez

Rep. Zemke





Don’t take from our kids to fix the roads!

The House plan that passed in lame duck session will divert needed dollars from schools and communities rather than find the funding to pay for roads. The Senate plan for a wholesale gas tax is a far better option.

Now that the road funding bills are assigned to a conference committee, where a small group of legislators will work to find a compromise, it is urgent for you to call you state senator and representative.

You can find the estimated impact on your local district here and then call your senator and representative to tell them not to take from kids to fix the roads.

It’s especially urgent if you are a constituent of the conference committee members:

Sen. Arlan Meekhof , R – West Olive, 517.373.6920,
Sen. Mike Kowall, R – White Lake, 517.373.1758,
Sen. Jim Ananich, D – Flint, 517.373.0142, SenJAnanich@senate.michigan.vog
Rep. Jim Stamas, R – Midland, 517.373.1791,
Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R – Walker, 517.373.8900,
Rep. Marilyn Lane, D – Fraser, 517.373.0159,

Bills in conference:
HB 5477: Replaces the flat gas tax with an increased tax based on the
wholesale price of gas.
HB 4539: Eliminates the sales tax on gas.
HB 4630: Increases various vehicle registration and license renewal fees.

The petition has closed and names have been sent to legislative leaders. Thanks to all who signed!

Updated Dec. 12, 2014


Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Many workers in the United States and in Michigan have been unemployed for more than six months and have exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. Such workers need long-term unemployment benefits, called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, to continue to meet their families’ needs.

Despite that, Congress did not renew Emergency Unemployment Compensation before it expired on Dec. 28. Between Christmas and New Year’s, 1.3 million people nationwide lost benefits, which average less than $270 per week. Each week nothing is done, an additional 72,000 more of the long-term jobless lose Unemployment Insurance.

In Michigan, 113,500 workers lost their benefits by the end of June.

Michigan’s unemployment remains very high. At 7.5% in May, it was the sixth-highest in the country. Unemployed workers need this safety net as they continue to look for work.

Please tell your U.S. Representatives that you want them to renew unemployment insurance and not leave millions of families out in the cold.  To send a message, click here.

Updated June 18, 2014