MacGregor backs bills to prepare students for careers
Michigan will have more than 800,000 career openings to fill through 2024 in fields that are facing a talent shortage, such as manufacturing, information technology, health care and the professional trades.
I recently supported legislation to help ensure our students can develop the skills they need to find a high-paying, in-demand technology job in one of these career fields. Senate Bills 941 and 942 will invest $100 million in scholarships, education programs, workforce development and teacher support through partnerships with schools and businesses.
Called the "Marshall Plan for Talent," the initiative will expand current efforts to close the talent gap and better prepare our high school students for career opportunities, college or both. Plainfield Township sees PFAS reduction, GAC filters a success
Plainfield Township recently received test results showing the installation of the first two granular activated carbon (GAC) filters has been highly successful. The results show the level of all PFAS compounds in the municipal water system has been reduced to non-detect. The PFOS level in the water leaving the plant is currently reduced to 2.1 parts per trillion (PPT) and the PFOA level is currently non-detect. The filtration system is only partially installed, and as the project nears completion, I expect even better results for residents in the future.
Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approved a $750,000 grant, which was initiated by myself and Reps. Rob VerHeulen and Chris Affendoulis, for the installation of GAC filters at the Plainfield Township water facility. The money for the system upgrade comes from a $23 million budget supplemental approved by the Legislature in late 2017. The money from the state also allows for weekly testing for PFAS chemicals.
I worked hard to secure funding to aid the affected residents of Plainfield Township and I am happy to see results coming to fruition. Securing the funding was just the first step in getting our hands around this issue. Now that upgrades have been implemented and more data is available, we are re-evaluating and looking where additional resources are needed. I will continue working with all involved parties to ensure this issue is diligently monitored as we continue to seek a resolution.
Plainfield Township will begin work on installing the next filter in the coming weeks. MacGregor donates Michigan flag to Cedar Springs Library
I recently had the opportunity to donate a state of Michigan flag that was flown over the state Capitol in Lansing to the new Cedar Springs Library to commemorate the first year in their new building.
This new library was built by local workers, with local products and materials and with donated funds and is a true testament to this community. I am pleased to see how successful its first year has been.
The new building features both indoor and outdoor spaces for community events, reading programs, computer terminals, tutoring rooms and several other amenities available to residents.
More and more people are registering for library cards, and visitors have doubled and in some cases even tripled. I was happy to donate a Michigan flag from Lansing to help them continue their mission. MacGregor supports road safety bills
Now that summer weather is here, many bicyclists are sharing the road with other drivers. I recently supported legislation to help increase safety for all motorists and cyclists on Michigan's roads.
The legislation requires drivers to maintain a safe distance of at least three feet or, if that distance is not practical, a safe distance at a safe speed when passing bicyclists. Another provision requires driver education classroom instruction to include at least one hour of training on the laws regarding bicycles, motorcycles and other vulnerable roadway users.
Michigan bicycle fatalities doubled from 2012 to 2016, with about a quarter of the accidents occurring when the driver was passing the bicycle. If signed into law, Michigan would join nearly 40 other states with similar safe passing laws. Fishing in Michigan
If your summer plans include taking the kids or grandkids fishing, be sure to check out the Family Friendly Fishing Waters website.
The water bodies are identified as family friendly based on ease of access, amenities (such as restrooms!) and high likelihood of success in catching fish. Other information includes driving directions, hours of operation, species of fish available, typical bait used and more. Access the site at www.michigan.gov/fishing
Anglers under age 17 may fish without a license but they are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. A fishing license isn't necessary to help someone under the age of 17 fish as long as the young angler is an active participant. Adults can help bait the hook, set up the fishing rod, fix tangles or snags, cast the line, land the fish and unhook the fish.