State Rep. Brett Roberts sent out the following newsletter on March 6, 2017:
Hello and welcome to my newsletter for March 2017!
I am honored to serve as your State Representative in the 65th District and am committed to implementing common-sense reforms that will continue to make our state a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I’ll continue to support reforms that can make our economy healthier and give our children and grandchildren a chance to stay in Michigan and have thriving careers.
I hope you find this email update useful and informative. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns.
Ensuring that I keep in regular contact with those I can’t meet in person is essential to my work in Lansing. As always, I look forward to meeting and speaking with you at any chance I have in the near future.
Our district includes Eaton, Brookfield, Hamlin, Springport, Tompkins, Rives, Blackman, Henrietta, Waterloo, Grass Lake, Leoni, Norvell, Columbia, Liberty, and Cambridge Townships.
I look forward to serving you and encourage everyone to contact my office if I can assist you in any way, or if you have a great idea to help move our state forward.
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Upcoming Office Hours
I will be hosting in-district office this month at the following location:
Monday, March 27th, 2017
10:00 – 11:00 AM
6053 S. Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, MI
School Counselors Bill gains early traction
School counselors are currently required to do 150 hours of training each year. My bill (House Bill 4181) does not add any additional hours of training for school counselors, but ensures that counselors do a portion of their training in career counseling, and another portion in college selection and preparation. This legislation will open the door for more kids to learn about the benefits of skilled trades jobs, which provide great careers for thousands of Michiganders.
This bill has been referred to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. It has already been scheduled for a hearing, and I expect that testimony will be taken on the bill very soon. I’m excited to see this bill moving along in the legislative process, and even more proud to be its sponsor!
Governor presents budget recommendations
Last month, Gov. Rick Snyder presented his budget recommendations during a joint House and Senate budget hearing. I was pleased to see that the Governor called for an increased school budget, which is important to fulfilling our responsibility to provide a quality education to every child in Michigan. It will always be a priority of mine to put students first. The Governor’s thoughtful recommendations will be considered as the Legislature works to craft a responsible and balanced budget that is best for the people of Michigan.
March is Reading Month
In addition to improving vocabulary, reading also enhances memory and reduces stress levels. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between a student’s reading ability and their success in school. Reading is essential to everyday life, both inside and outside the classroom, that’s why each year the House observes March as “Reading Month” in the state of Michigan.
I kicked the month off by reading to six classrooms of kindergarteners at Greyhound Elementary in Eaton Rapids. The book I read tells them all about how fruits, vegetables, and even ingredients for chocolate chip cookies make it from farms around the world and into their lunchboxes!
Feel free to contact my office at any time
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office if there is ever anything I can do to assist you as your state Representative. Again, our office can be reached by phone at (517) 373-1775, or by email at BrettRoberts@house.mi.gov. I look forward to hearing from you!