In my first year representing the people of Lenawee County in the Michigan House, we advanced policies to strengthen our economy. We invested in top priorities such as educating our children and fixing our roads, and were fiscally responsible balancing the budget.
We also added more protections for our most vulnerable residents by passing legislation to fight human trafficking and child abuse.
It’s a good start, but the work to benefit the citizens of Lenawee County and Michigan as a whole is just beginning. I will continue to fight for a stronger economy, hard-working taxpayers and our most vulnerable residents when our legislative session resumes in January.
In the past year, four of my bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Additionally, my resolutions dealing with anti-bullying efforts, Alzheimer’s awareness and recognition of family caregivers were enacted by the House.
My bill to expand “safe harbor” protections for victims of human trafficking was signed into law, as was legislation to combat child abuse through female genital mutilation.
The governor also approved my bill updating Michigan’s investment crowdfunding law, expanding options to more small businesses to spark economic growth.
Legislation I sponsored to reduce dental expenses by ensuring bridges, crowns, dentures and similar devices are not subject to state sales tax was approved by the governor in late December.
Education is an important priority, so I am encouraged record funding for K-12 schools was signed into law by the governor this summer, affecting the current academic year. We took steps to ensure more money goes directly into the classroom, where it does the most good. The state budget also boosts road repairs, revenue sharing to support local government services, and vital resources for senior citizens such as Meals on Wheels and in-home service programs.
We passed legislation to help expand professional skills instruction in high schools, helping provide more career-oriented opportunities for students in Lenawee County and across the state. My bill will permit schools to hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise. In addition, several Lenawee County businesses received skilled trades training fund grants to ensure their employees have the skills needed for in-demand jobs.
I will continue to fight for proposals that have not yet become state law – including legislation to lower auto insurance rates for all Michigan drivers. I also continue to support legislation to lower taxes, end punitive driver responsibility fees, and make state government more open and accountable to residents.
There’s no question Michigan’s economy has improved in recent years, and the Legislature has taken steps in the past 12 months to broaden the state’s comeback. But there is still a lot of work to be done to build the future we all want and deserve.
Your input is crucial to this process. I have hosted in-district office hours for 11 consecutive months and I prioritize hearing from the residents of the House’s 57th District. My office may be reached at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov.