Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
I was honored to kick off the month of March with the annual Michigan Legislative Polar Plunge. The plunge into icy cold water on the Capitol steps was worth it to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics of Michigan. Thank you to those who participated and to those who donated. PS - My mug was filled with Vernors
March is Reading Month
Yertle the Turtle and I have been having fun reading to kids across the 32nd District for March is Reading Month. Pictured here is a great group of 4th graders from Torrey Hill Intermediate School in Fenton. A solution for our local schools - Senate Bill 173
As you may have read about or heard on the local news, I've been working on legislation regarding the dismantled Buena Vista School District. While the district was dissolved in 2013, we're still seeing issues surrounding the dissolution today for both the residents of Buena Vista and the surrounding school districts who took on new students.
After many weeks of research and drafting, I introduced Senate Bill 173
. Last week, SB 173 was voted out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the next step will be a vote before the full Senate. We still have work to do, but we're encouraged by the positive progress we're making. I'm grateful for the assistance and support of many local residents and school officials.
If you'd like to learn more, our local news has provided a good synopsis of what I've been working on in the following stories: ABC 12 Saginaw News
For a nonpartisan assessment of SB 173, you can review the Senate Fiscal Agency analysis by clicking here
. Michigan Senate supports expansion of job training program
It's a win for the Michigan economy when students can get training for skilled jobs and employers can get the qualified workers they need.
I recently supported legislation that expands a statewide program where community colleges provide training for new jobs and graduates receive a competitive wage when they enter the workforce. The Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP) helps job providers collaborate with community colleges to create targeted training programs that eliminate the skills gap. Since it was created in 2008, the program has produced nearly 12,000 new jobs.
Senate Bills 69-71 have been sent to the Michigan House of Representatives for consideration. Veteran-Friendly Employer program
Skills acquired in the military are often hard to translate into a civilian resume. In addition, many employers are unaware of the value veterans can add to the companies that hire them.
That's why the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is recognizing organizations that are committed to recruiting, training and retaining top veteran talent. The Certified Veteran-Friendly Employer program helps connect veterans with employers who understand the value of their military training and discipline, so that more veterans can find a rewarding civilian career.
Find more information at www.MichiganVeterans.com/certifiedvetfriendlyemployers
. Renew your boat registration online
With spring on its way, it's never been easier to renew your watercraft registration! Visit www.ExpressSOS.com
to renew - all that's required is the boat's registration number. In 2014, more than 47,000 watercraft renewals were submitted online. Boat owners can also renew by mail or at a Secretary of State branch office.
Michigan boasts nearly 900,000 registered watercraft. Registrations are issued for three years and expire on March 31 of the third year.