Senator Patrick Colbeck
 
 
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Senator Patrick Colbeck
 
 

Senator Patrick Colbeck

 

Senate District 7 Legislative Update

Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city.

 
 
 
 
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Dear Friends,

In this issue of my e-newsletter I’ve assembled information on some of the most recent issues we’ve tackled in Lansing in order to help keep you informed about what is happening in your Capitol.

Should you ever have any questions about my work in the district or in Lansing, please contact my office at 517-373-7350 or by email at senpcolbeck@senate.michigan.gov, or visit with me at one of my monthly office hours in the district.

Best Regards,

Patrick Colbeck
State Senator
 
 
 
 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

 
Better Quality Roads

Recently the senate voted on a road funding package that is now over in the House. I have pushed for the reprioritization of spending as a way of ensuring our taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely. I do not believe that we need to raise taxes to invest more in our roads. That is why I voted against the fuel tax and registration fee increases. There were some bills that reapportioned money to roads that I am in favor of and voted for, but I won't make Michigan families throw good money after bad if legislators aren't willing to rein in government spending first.

How do we achieve better roads? We start by taking a very deliberative approach to achieving these objectives. There is an opportunity to realize these objectives in a sustainable manner by decreasing the overall cost of maintaining our road system rather than going to taxpayers for additional funding. The key to doing so is to extend the life of our roads by building higher quality roads.

Why the focus on quality? Higher quality roads will require less frequent construction projects which means less inconvenience for our citizens and lower total lifecycle costs for our road system. In this light, the Quality-Based Road Plan features upfront temporary prioritization of spending for roads as we convert from our current road quality standards to a new "Version 2" road system. The more funding that is provided upfront, the more rapidly our budget can reap the benefits of a higher quality, lower cost road system. As more of the road system is upgraded to the new higher quality standards, more funding can be migrated from roads to other state budget priorities.

How do we get to higher quality roads? We address the most frequent cause of road failure, Alkali/silica reaction, or ASR, which causes concrete to expand and crack when exposed to moisture over time. We have identified at least one method for building roads for up to 15% additional expense that will yield roads that last up to 4 times as long. In other words, we reduce the total lifecycle costs. By going beyond the traditional short-term focus of state budgets, we have worked together to develop a sustainable fix to our roads.

To continue learning about my road plan please visit SenatorPatrickColbeck.com and click on the "Quality Based Road Funding" link. With this plan we can create a Michigan road system that draws in economic development from companies across the country.

Funding Classrooms and Teacher Retirement Funds

The state has continued to fund the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) to the rate of roughly $993,500,000 in the FY 2015-2016 budget. This investment has allowed the schools to free up the money that they would otherwise be putting towards their teachers' retirement programs and instead devote it to the classroom. I will continue to work diligently to provide more equitable funding to our schools while promoting responsible spending of taxpayer money by our school districts.

Protecting Religious Freedom

Recently five unelected Supreme Court Justices in Washington, D.C. issued an opinion that would undermine the votes of 2,688,097 citizens of Michigan that had affirmed that marriage is reserved for a man and a woman. Their decision ignores the constraints that "We the People" placed upon the federal government in the U.S. Constitution. It is time to restore the federal government to the boundaries defined in our Constitution before this document becomes a mere historical artifact.

A series of recent Supreme Court decisions have disregarded the separation of powers between the Legislature and the Judiciary. In response, Michigan legislators are joining together to challenge the controversial decisions. We hope to reestablish the Legislature's longstanding constitutional role as the sole law making branch of government.

We must remember the separation of roles designed in the U.S. Constitution and the responsibility vested in the Legislature through it. I am co-sponsoring the Michigan Senate's concurrent resolution (SCR 12). The purpose of SCR 12 is "to urge the United States Supreme Court to recognize its limited historic role in a federal system and to urge the states to become proactive in defending their sovereignty against federal overreach." Rest assured I will protect the freedom of conscience of all citizens as protected by Article I Section 1 of Michigan's Constitution.
 
 
 
 

DISTRICT HAPPENINGS

 
Livonia Students Compete in National Mathematics Competition

Congratulations to Zachary Obsniuk and Brendan Vande Kieft of Livonia Churchill High School for representing the state of Michigan in the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) national competition. The competition was hosted by the University of Iowa. Obniuk and Vande Kieft competed on the Michigan Al Reals team and were nationally ranked 23rd out of 90 in division A of the competition. They also received 5th place at the University of Iowa. James Jahns, who competed in the A2 division for the Naturals team, ranked 67th nationally and received 13th place at the University of Iowa.

There are four components to the competition -- the first challenge is a team round which is followed by a power question and individual round. Two relays follow the individual round in which one team member solves a problem and then passes their work to the next team member who must use the first teammates answer in order to solve their own question. The ARML is quite a large event considering that there is a total of 150 teams who compete annually with a 15 student maximum for each team.

Local Credit Union Collecting School Supplies for Needy Families

Zeal Credit Union, in partnership with Volunteers of America, will commence a drive to collect school supplies for needy students on July 31st. The drive, Zeal Credit Union's 7th annual, is collecting new backpacks, notebooks, and other school supplies, as well as monetary donations. Once collected, Volunteers of America will distribute the donations to needy students throughout the state as a part of its Operation Backpack initiative. The initiative will continue through August 28th, and donations can be made at any of Zeal's metro Detroit area branches. Please join me in thanking Zeal Credit Union's dedication to those students most in need.

Central Middle School Sold

P-CCS is selling Central Middle School to Mark Malcom, who plans to turn it into a community recreation center. On June 29, P-CCS received the first installment, a payment of $1.5 million, of a total of $3.3 million to be paid out over the next two years. PARC (Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex), will operate the recreation park once the sale is complete, and the school district moves out.

Office Hours

Senator Colbeck meets regularly with constituents in the district on Mondays and Fridays and at his office in Lansing Tuesdays through Thursdays. If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Senator, please contact Penny at (517) 373-5713 or toll-free at (866) 262-7307 to arrange a time that is convenient for you.

Upcoming Office Hours:

Livonia
Date: Friday - August 21, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.-Noon
Location: Livonia Civic Park Senior Center
Address: 15218 Farmington Road, Livonia

Canton
Date: Monday - Sept. 28, 2015
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Summit on the Park senior center
Arts 2 Room
46000 Summit Pkwy., Canton, MI 48188
 
 
 
 

CONSTITUENT CORNER

 
Livonia Chapters of the Disabled American Veterans Extend Hours

Do you need help with filling out veteran's benefits claims? The Disabled American Veterans Livonia Chapters will be extending their hours to help. The new hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm from the previous hours of 10 to 2 on Wednesday. The DAV suggest that you call ahead before heading to the chapter to avoid the event that the office is closed unexpectedly.

Protect Yourself before Purchasing a Used Car

Peace of mind is important when making any transaction, let alone one as large as buying a car. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), a federal database for vehicle records, keeps a list of approved data providers that allow those purchasing a car to search for the car's history, and to check if it has been stolen.

Many of these services cost less than ten dollars, and can provide extra peace of mind and help ensure that you are not buying a stolen car. Beyond just ensuring that the car isn't stolen, the information contained in these reports can also help avoid scams, as they include odometer readings, as well as salvage and total loss records. A list of these authorized providers can be found at www.vehiclehistory.gov/nmvtis_vehiclehistory.html

The Livonia Police Department now also offers some new, and very useful, services for those buying a car online. They encourage those making an online transaction to use the police department parking lot or lobby for the transaction, and will run the VIN number free of charge to help ensure the car is not stolen. The Livonia Police Department is located at 15050 Farmington Rd, Livonia, and the VIN number service is available 9am to 9pm seven days a week.
 
 
 

OUR DISTRICT

 
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The 7th Senate District


The 7th Senate District includes Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city.
 
 
 
 
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Senator Patrick Colbeck

1020 Farnum Bldg. P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-7350

Email: SenPColbeck@senate.michigan.gov
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