Senator Dave Robertson

Michigan's state budget - it's a wrap!

The Legislature recently finished up work on the state's annual budget. It reflects the priorities of Michigan families, including quality education for our students and strong public safety for our communities.

Some of the key investments include:
  • More than $550 million in increased funding for K-12 education;
  • Added funds to hire 100 new state troopers;
  • An additional investment of $285 million to improve our roads;
  • A nearly 6 percent increase in higher education funding; and
  • Increased funds to eliminate the waiting list for the senior meals-on-wheels program.
While our economy is steadily improving, I'm proud to say the plan reflects our continued commitment to fiscal responsibility to ensure government lives within its means.

Robertson backs measures to protect our Great Lakes

Perhaps nothing defines Michigan more than our magnificent Great Lakes, which must be protected. I recently supported legislation that is designed to help stop the proposed construction of a Canadian nuclear waste storage facility near the shores of Lake Huron.

The measures would ask the president and other leaders to start an investigation of the proposed facility and create a special Great Lakes advisory board to study the impacts of such a facility. Senate Bill 948 would also completely ban the long-term disposal of all sources of low level radioactive waste in our state to further safeguard Michigan families and natural resources.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with safety in mind

If your Independence Day celebration includes fireworks at home, be sure to use caution, especially with the more powerful consumer-grade devices such bottle rockets, sky lanterns, and Roman candles. Even low-impact sparklers should be handled with care, especially by children. Sparklers can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause third degree burns.

The state fire marshal urges revelers to make safety the first priority by:
  • Buying products only from authorized retailers;
  • Always having an adult supervise fireworks activities, including sparklers;
  • Lighting fireworks one at a time, then immediately backing away to a safe distance; and
  • Keeping a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
For a list of legal consumer fireworks, legal low impact fireworks and novelty fireworks, go to

At your service

As always, I am here to serve you. Should you ever have any questions or need assistance in a state matter, please feel free to contact my office at (866) 305-2126 or by visiting my website I'll gladly help.


Dave Robertson
State Senator

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Senator Dave Robertson
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll Free: (866) 305-2131 or (517) 373-1777

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