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 AIPscholka@house.mi.gov
Rep. Bumstead JonBumstead@house.mi.gov
Rep. Afendoulis ChrisAfendoulis@house.mi.gov
Rep. Bizon DRJohnBizon@house.mi.gov
Rep. Canfield EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov
Rep. Cox LauraCox@house.mi.gov
Rep. Gamrat CindyGamrat@house.mi.gov
Rep Inman LarryInman@house.mi.gov
Rep. Jenkins NancyJenkins@house.mi.gov
Rep. Kelly TimKelly@house.mi.gov
Rep. McCready MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov
Rep. A. Miller AaronMiller@house.mi.gov
Rep. Muxlow PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov
Rep. Pagel DavePagel@house.mi.gov
Rep. Poleski EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov
Rep. Potvin PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov
Rep. VerHeulen RobVerHeulen@house.mi.gov
Rep. Victory RogerVictory@house.mi.gov
Rep. Santana HarveySantana@house.mi.gov
Rep. Banks BrianBanks@house.mi.gov
Rep. Dillon BrandonDillon@house.mi.gov
Rep. Durhal FredDurhal@house.mi.gov
Rep. Irwin JeffIrwin@house.mi.gov
Rep. Pagan KristyPagan@house.mi.gov
Rep. S. Roberts SarahRoberts@house.mi.gov
Rep. Singh SamSingh@house.mi.gov
Rep. Yanez HenryYanez@house.mi.gov
Rep. Zemke AdamZemke@house.mi.gov
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.
It’s especially urgent if you are a constituent of the conference committee members:
Sen. Arlan Meekhof , R – West Olive, 517.373.6920, SenAMeekof@senate.michigan.gov
Sen. Mike Kowall, R – White Lake, 517.373.1758, SenMKowall@senate.michigan.gov
Sen. Jim Ananich, D – Flint, 517.373.0142, SenJAnanich@senate.michigan.vog
Rep. Jim Stamas, R – Midland, 517.373.1791, JimStamas@house.mi.gov
Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R – Walker, 517.373.8900, RobVerHeulen@house.mi.gov
Rep. Marilyn Lane, D – Fraser, 517.373.0159, MarilynLane@house.mi.gov
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