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

 
Michigan Social Studies and Michigan Science Standards

The Michigan State Board of Education is proposing new standards for social studies and science. If you would like your voice heard on these standards, please review the standards at this link and then attend one of the following public forums or take the online surveys (links below). We have been in contact with the State Superintendent and he assured us that your comments will be considered. Please make your comments at these forums actionable by providing specific standard revisions or removals that you recommend along with the rationale for doing so.

Michigan K-12 Standards Social Studies

Social Studies Survey

Michigan K-12 Science

Standards Science Standards Survey

These new standards follow the implementation of common core standards for math and language arts.

The Public Forums on the new Social Studies Standards are being held across the state. These new standards follow on the heels of the adoption of Common Core standards regarding Math and Language Arts by the MI State Board of Education.

The General Agenda for Public Information Sessions will include:

- General Overview from the Michigan Department of Education about science and social studies standards
- Breakout sessions for specific science and social studies information
- Opportunities for questions and answers as well as feedback
The remaining Public Forum Sessions will be held as follows:

September 14
Gerald R. Ford Museum (Grand Rapids)
5:00-8:00 pm

September 17
Battle Creek Math Science Center (Battle Creek)
5:00-8:00 pm

September 21
Traverse Bay Area ISD and Math Science Center (Traverse City)
5:00-8:00 pm

September 28
Genesee ISD and Math Science Center (Flint)
5:00-8:00 pm

September 30
Michigan Historical Center and Library (Lansing)
5:00-8:00 pm

Roads

Many of you are wondering why it is so difficult to pass legislation that would fix our roads. Simple answer...some people insist upon it being about much more than roads. According to Gongwer News Service, one of the sticking points in the most recent negotiations revolved around increasing the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax. "What does HICA have to do with roads" you say? HICA revenue goes to pay the state portion of Medicaid payments. OK...what does Medicaid have to do with roads?

The short answer is that some people in state government are relying upon a tax increase to backfill gaps in Medicaid funding with the same money that the House and Senate plans have already earmarked for roads. This problem becomes exacerbated in 2017 due to the passage of Medicaid Expansion (i.e. Section 2001 of HR 3590 otherwise known as Obamacare). In 2017, the Federal government will no longer provide 100% of the funding for the expanded Medicaid population.

So...if you are wondering why it is so difficult to fix our roads, look no further than Medicaid Expansion. The good news is that I have offered solutions to both Medicaid Expansion and our Roads that address the needs while protecting you from tax increases. See www.SenatorPatrickColbeck.com for more information.

Charitable Tax Credits

Legislation sponsored by Senators Colbeck, Schuitmaker and Hansen has been introduced in the Senate to restore tax credits for certain donations that were eliminated in 2011.

Senate Bills 461-464 would restore credits for charitable donations to libraries, colleges and universities, food banks and homeless shelters. Credits also would be reinstated for adoption expenses and automobile donations.

I believe that families and individuals know the most appropriate way to spend their money; they do not need the government's oversight. By restoring these credits we are putting more hard-earned money back into the hands of taxpayers and providing them with an incentive to reach out and help their neighbors in the manner in which they see fit.
 
 
 
 

DISTRICT HAPPENINGS

 
Medicare 101: Healthcare Options for 2015 at the Plymouth District Library

Medicare Informational Forum

Presented by Bettie Hughes of The Senior Alliance, Area Agency on Aging 1-C on Tuesday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. This informational presentation will answer questions about Medicare eligibility, coverage, and enrollment options with Medicare and the new Integrated Care dual program MI Health Link. Registration is requested - please contact the library at 734-453-0750 ext. 4 or online at www.plymouthlibrary.org under "Events".

Medicare Part D Workshops

Are you or a family member eligible for Medicare Part D? Open enrollment starts October 15 and ends December 7, 2015. Whether you are new to the Part D programs, or a current participant who wants to see next year's plan options, join us at one of our free sessions. They are scheduled for Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. on October 20 & 27, November 3, 10, 17 & 24, and December 1.

The library workshop will help attendees compare prescription drug coverage plans available for individual needs. Attendees will be provided with a print-out that compares their top three plans and instructions on how to enroll in the plan they choose. Be sure to bring your prescriptions with you, or a detailed list including dosages. Programs are held in the computer lab, but you do not need to know how to operate a computer. Library staff will be there to facilitate your individualized search!

Registration is required due to limited space - Call the Library at 734-453-0750, ext. 4 or online at www.plymouthlibrary.org under "Events".

Three Local High Schools Make Top 500 in US List

Congratulations to Northville High School, Canton High School and Salem High School's teachers students and parents for earning spots on Newsweek's 2015 Top Public High Schools in America list.

The rankings were compiled using several metrics, including graduation rate, college enrollment rate, SAT and ACT scores, AP and IB scores and participation, teacher-student ratio and dropout rates.

Newsweek: America's Top High Schools 2015

New Headquarters Coming to Livonia

Masco Corp has its eyes set on moving to Haggerty Road near Seven Mile. The purpose of the move is to down size their corporate office. All other functions will stay at the Taylor location. Before the move can be official the Livonia city council must approve the building plans. As long as everything goes smoothly they hope to have this new office up and running by December 2016.

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:

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

 
Expanded Services Now Offered at West Wayne County Secretary of State Branch

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson would like to announce the Michigan Secretary of State's West Wayne County Plus Branch located at 8565 North Lilley Road, Canton, now offers customers the ability to get in line from anywhere online or from their phone receiving text messages or call notification. It also lets you schedule appointments at the kiosk within the branch or via the website at www.mi.gov/mitimeline. An appointment can be scheduled up to 60 days in advance.

Called MI-Time Line, the system will call or send a text message when you are about to be serviced by the clerk at the counter, allowing you to avoid waiting in the office. Customers can also stop by the office to check in at a special kiosk, place their phone number in the system and head out of the office to run errands. The customer will be notified via text message or voice notification as to what clerk station to report.

When an appointment is scheduled, the customer will be texted, called or emailed prior to appointment time confirming appointment. At the time of the appointment, a notification will be received by the customer as to what clerk station to report to in the branch. Appointments nearly eliminate the wait time in the branches by the customer.

Even if you don't get in line with a computer or phone, you are able to get a paper ticket. Visit www.mi.gov/mitimeline to get in line online, text "canton" to (561) 693-6797 or call (734) 864-4824.
 
 
 

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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Visit my website at: www.SenatorPatrickColbeck.com