Education
Infrastructure
Public Health
Mental Health
Foster Care

EDUCATION

Every child in the state of Michigan has the right to rise to the highest level of education he/she can achieve.  We, as legislators, have the responsibility of making sure that education is unimpeded and promotes understanding of the laws of nature and the benefits of critical thinking.  We must make sure that learning resources are available, appropriate, and free from mismanagement.  We must make sure students and teachers are safe with no compromise.

Public schools should never have to sacrifice their purposes due to unfair budgetary restrictions or redistribution of funding towards sources that do not provide appropriate educational framework.

Private schools have a right to pursue their own educational agendas so long as they meet the basic educational milestones mandated by a fair State. Private and Charter schools have an obligation to providing opportunity to the typically underserved should they pursue government funding for their educational endeavors and framework. Private and Charter Schools have a right to pursue funding through private sources that wish to support those schools’ endeavors.

Bloomfield Hills, Lake Orion, Auburn Hills, Oakland County, and the surrounding areas have schools that are doing wonderful work, and that must always be preserved.  Of course, Schools should always introspectively ask themselves what they can do better, what needs more attention, and how are the needs of the underserved being addressed and met.  This is a continuous process, and truly great educators never rest from evaluation and re-evaluation as times and resources change.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Everyone in the State of Michigan has a right to working and serviceable roads, public safety, fire control, buildings, communication, sewage, water, and power. Legislators have a responsibility to ensure these for all constituents.

In our region, we must make sure that things that work are preserved, and things that don’t work are addressed.  We must hold administration accountable.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Our planet has been vastly limited by a merciless pandemic. We have found ourselves vulnerable to the very connectivity that has created a global market and all the subsequent interchanges.  The last few years have been extremely difficult, though we have found champions in our resilience.

Science has learned so much since the discovery of the Corona virus, and the survival of humanity has come to rely on amazing advents and discoveries.  We know how the virus is transmitted and how it can be limited.  We know the efficacy of vaccines as well as the limited side effects.  We know how to stay safe and what our best chances of staying safe look like.

As a State, we have learned how to continue economic viability through a pandemic, and we are emerging stronger as a result.  Schools have learned how to manage with limiting resources, businesses have learned to adapt to less physical contact, and restaurants have adapted their service models to remain afloat.  Michigan is a success story, but not without hiccups and bumps, controversy and protests.

The public must be served by a combination of common sense, science, and caring for each other in ways we had not considered before.  We must be diligent. Diligence is nothing new for Michiganders, and it is nothing new for me.

MENTAL HEALTH

Michigan must work harder to provide services and resources to all families that have members with mental health concerns. The long-term cost to the state must be balanced and mitigated by short-range funding that can have massive payoff in the future. We must take care of those who need these services the most, and Michigan will benefit from earlier intervention and care for our most vulnerable populations.

THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM

Regardless of the passion of the social workers, foster parents, and administrator’s, Michigan’s foster care system has been understaffed and underfunded for decades.  There needs to be examination of the issues and challenges that are faced in the foster care arena, and there must be particular attention to early intervention for those children who need mental health care, training, and long-range planning.  The scourge of the effects and cost of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, which permeate foster care everywhere, cannot be ignored any longer and must be addressed head on NOW.