With all of the things happening in Lansing lately, it can be difficult to reflect on the progress we’ve made together to push our state into the future.

It’s no secret that Michigan was one of the hardest hit states during the recession, but when times get tough, so do Michiganders. Since then, we’ve seen a rise in forward, community-based strategy and a change in the way companies are investing.

Here’s a snapshot of the positive changes happening in our state:
Detroit has $63M surplus, deficit free two years in a row
Michigan has energy ‘opportunity of a generation,’ says Consumers CEO Patti Poppe

Here’s an insider’s update on the MPSERS controversy:

Lawmakers in Lansing were hoping to finalize the state budget by June 8th, but two of them recently brought the process to a screeching halt.

Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) and Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) have introduced bills to completely eliminate the new retirement plan for teachers and faculty — at a cost of $46.4 BILLION.

Now, Republicans are threatening to lock Gov. Snyder out of budget talks after he refused to budge on eliminating the new retirement plan because of cost concerns. On Tuesday, Sen. Pavlov quickly pulled his bill from the Senate Education Committee at the last minute after word got out that he was trying to rush it through and pass it — without providing time for voters to share their input.

If you’d like to stay up-to-date on this issue, check out our Facebook page, where we frequently post updates as soon as we hear about new information.

Or if you want to take action, Sen. Pavlov would love to hear from you at (517) 373-7708.
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Everyone Has a Right to Feel Protected and Safe

For 40 years, lawmakers have turned a blind eye to solidifying concrete civil rights protections for the LGBTQ+ community.

A few days ago, Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) asked lawmakers to insert five words into the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to provide universal, legal protections for Michigan’s LGTBQ+ residents, so that all people will be treated fairly under the law.

If you believe that every single human being should be treated with respect, help support Sen. Warren’s legislation by signing the petition!