Capitol & Community Update

Friday, May 4, 2018

Hello friends,

 

I am very glad we experienced our first taste of warm weather this week! I am looking forward to all the community events House District 52 has planned this summer. I hope I see you out at my Salem Township Coffee Hour this Monday, May 7. Details are below.

As always, you can contact my staff and me at (517) 373-0828, by email at DonnaLasinski@house.mi.gov, or by visiting my website at RepLasinski.com, with any questions, thoughts, or suggestions.

 

Legislative Update

 

SB 897: An Attack on Health Care

You may have already heard about Senate Bill 897, which would change Medicaid requirements in Michigan. SB 897 creates an estimated $25-$50 million in new red tape bureaucracy, while taking away health care from working Michiganders. Michigan families, children and seniors rely on health care to get ahead – this legislation only pushes them backward. Working Medicaid recipients would have to report workforce engagement requirements monthly and verify family income quarterly. Any changes would have to be reported within 10 days. If they fail to provide it in time? Families will lose their health care for an entire year. The bureaucracy the state would have to put in place to track this data is staggering, with no cost savings to the overall program. This bill will make it harder for people to show up healthy to work and to move onto jobs that provide stable incomes for their families.

 

No one should ever have to worry about having their health care taken away. Medicaid is a hand up to those who struggle, not a hand out. I’ve heard from many of you about your opposition to Senate Bill 897. Know that I stand with you and oppose this bill. We all deserve the security and dignity that health care provides, and I’m working hard in Lansing to ensure that those who need it, keep it.

 

 

Upcoming Time with Donna

 

Salem Township Coffee Hour

 

When: Monday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Salem Township Hall, 9600 6 Mile Road in Northville

 

Drafts with Donna

 

When: Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m.

Where: Salt Springs Brewery, 117 S. Ann Arbor St. in Saline

 

What To Do In HD 52

 

Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative

 

Come to this public meeting to learn of the progress being made on Border-to-Border Trail!

 

When: Wednesday, May 23, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: McKune Room in the Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St. in Chelsea

 

Chelsea Community Forum

 

Come discuss a variety of different topics and share information on ideas and issues affecting our community.

 

When: Saturday, May 19, from 10-11:15 a.m.

Where: McKune Room in the Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St. in Chelsea

 

Help! My Computer Has a Virus

 

Learn the basics of what to do if your computer gets a virus.

 

When: Wednesday, May 23, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: The Computer Lab in the Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road in Saline

 

Helpful Resources

 

Michigan’s Recreation Passport

 

As summer quickly approaches, it is important to remember that Michigan offers a Recreation Passport that will give entrance to all 102 state parks, trails, and much more! Additionally, the $11 for the Recreation Passport goes towards preserving and protecting local parks, trails, and historic/cultural sites in state parks.  Information about purchasing this Recreation Passport can be found at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. I encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors this summer and help preserve our green spaces for future generations!

 

Investing in the Future

 

Through the Michigan Education Trust (MET), it is possible to start saving for your child’s tuition today.  A strong education is something that has always been important to me. MET allows parents, grandparents, businesses, and others to prepay for undergraduate tuition at today’s rates. MET is willing to work with individuals to find plans that would work the best for them and their children. More information about this program can be found on their website www.SETwithMET.com or by phone at (517) 335-4767 or (800) 638-4543.

 

I hope you’ve found this information useful. As I’ve said before, please feel free to reach out to my office with any comments or concerns. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

State Representative Donna Lasinski

52nd House District