Happy International Woman’s Day Houghton/Keweenaw FAM!

A reminder about some of the things you can do to celebrate International Women’s Day can be found here and here. I’m going to try something different today and place some direct actions up at the top, regardless of their scale, and then include local, state, and federal issues that warrant a phone call or a letter down below.

Action You Can Take Today

  • Houghton City Council meets this evening at 5:30, it would be great to have a member(s) at all of the local council meeting. If you attend let me know what you heard!
  • If you took part in Representative Bergman’s telephone town hall last night I would love to hear your thoughts on any of the questions and answers, I am trying to put together at least a summary of the event.
  • The organizers of the unofficial Town Hall for Rep. Bergman in Marquette on April 13th @ 7:00 PM have sent an invitations to all of the representative’s offices via certified mail, so he knows he is invited. The cost for to advertise, rent a venue, send postage, etc. may reach up to $3000. If you are able and interested the organizers would love a small donation via paypal.
  • Let me know if there are meetings or volunteer opportunities happening locally that should be shared with our group!

Issues with Local Impact
With the budget talks looming in Congress one often overlooked but important federal program that benefits our area is the Essential Air Service, which provides subsidies to small, rural airports that may not otherwise be commercially viable, including Houghton County Memorial Airport. See this column in the Daily Mining Gazette for more info.

Issues with State Impacts
A partnership approach has been proposed by the state Superintendent Brian Whiston to avoid closure of 38 schools. This approach would partner local school districts, ISDs, and the state to develop 18-month action plans for low performing schools.
Critics of bills to change state education standards point to a section in the bill that allows parents to opt their children out of any ‘testing that the parent finds unacceptable with no negative repercussions’.
According to survey data from MSU & YouGov, 59% of Michiganders support protecting the environment over ensuring economic growth when the two are in direct conflict (my two cents: good environmental stewardship will lead to long-term economic growth, which is more important than short-term profits). This is good information to use in conversations with neighbors, family, and political staffers.

Issues with National Impacts
A bill introduced into the Michigan State Senate would require candidates for President and Vice-President to make publicly-available 5 years of tax records in order to appear on the ballot. It is currently in the Elections and Government Reform Committee (Senator Casperson is not a member).



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