MI State Rep. Padma Kuppa

MI State Rep. Padma Kuppa Padma Kuppa is State Rep. for Michigan’s 41st District, Troy & Clawson.

State Rep. Padma Kuppa is serving her first term representing Michigan’s 41st House District, which encompasses the cities of Troy and Clawson. Kuppa came to the U.S. from India at the age of four and grew up in America before moving to India as a teenager. After receiving her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology Warangal, Kuppa moved home to the U.S. for graduate school. Kuppa moved to the 41st district more than 20 years ago. Since then, she has worked as an engineer and project manager with a career that spans the automotive, financial, and IT industries. Throughout her life, Kuppa has sought to bring people together to solve problems both in the professional world and in the community. Kuppa has been a civic leader, volunteering with the PTA throughout her children’s K-12 education, founding the Troy-area Interfaith Group, created to bring people of all faiths together, and serving on Troy’s Planning Commission. She is currently President of the Troy Historic Society and a board member of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. As the first Indian immigrant and Hindu in the State Legislature, she hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the State House.

Everyday we’re working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, with critical research happening right here in Michigan. Even...
05/19/2020

Everyday we’re working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, with critical research happening right here in Michigan. Even apart we’re stronger together, and we won’t stop until a cure is found. #CFAwareness

Today I’m heading to Lansing- pls join me for this tomorrow!
05/19/2020

Today I’m heading to Lansing- pls join me for this tomorrow!

Taking care of our mental well-being is just as important as keeping our physical bodies in shape. COVID-19 has taken a toll on all of us, but let’s use National Mental Health Month to set aside time for some much needed self-care for ourselves and our loved ones. #StayWell

MI State Rep. Padma Kuppa
05/18/2020

MI State Rep. Padma Kuppa

MI State Rep. Padma Kuppa's cover photo
05/18/2020

MI State Rep. Padma Kuppa's cover photo

05/18/2020
05/18/2020

GOVERNOR WHITMER REOPENS RETAIL, RESTAURANTS, AND OFFICES IN UPPER PENINSULA, TRAVERSE CITY REGIONS ONLY.

Businesses that reopen must adopt workplace safety measures to protect employees, customers

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92, allowing for the reopening, in two regions, of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating. The two regions are both in the northern part of the state—specifically, MERC regions 6 and 8, as detailed in the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy.

The partial reopening will take effect on Friday, May 22. Cities, villages, and townships may choose to take a more cautious course if they wish: the order does not abridge their authority to restrict the operations of restaurants or bars, including limiting such establishments to outdoor seating.

“This is a big step, but we must all remember to continue doing our part to protect ourselves and our families from the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “It’s crucial that all businesses do everything in their power to protect their workers, customers, and their families. And as we approach Memorial Day weekend, I encourage everyone to be smart and be safe. My team and I will continue to work around the clock to protect the people of Michigan.”

“The data shows that these regions in Michigan are seeing consistent encouraging trends when it comes to the number of cases, deaths, and the percent of tests that are positive for COVID-19,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “It’s important to note that these businesses must take special precautions to protect Michiganders. I also encourage everyone to continue to wear a mask in public, maintain a 6 foot distance from others, and to remain vigilant in washing their hands often. This will help prevent a second surge in cases in our state.”

All businesses that will reopen in regions 6 and 8 must adopt the safety measures outlined in Executive Order 2020-91. That means they must, among other things, provide COVID-19 training to workers that covers, at a minimum, workplace infection-control practices, the proper use of PPE, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and how to report unsafe working conditions. Restaurants and bars will also have to limit capacity to 50% of their normal seating, to keep groups at least six feet from one another, to require their servers to wear face coverings, and to follow rigorous disinfection protocols.

“We are thankful to Governor Whitmer as today marks an important first step of reintegrating restaurants into the fabric of our daily lives,” said Justin Winslow, President and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association. “Restaurants in the U.P. and northern Michigan understand that with their opportunity comes an extraordinary responsibility to operate in a manner that ensures the safety of their guests and their employees. I believe they are up to the challenge.”

“Like Gov. Whitmer, Mayors in Michigan support the well-being of all our citizens,” said Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers. “All regions of Michigan have been affected by COVID-19, and Up North, we want to support the Governor by cautiously opening up some of our economy resources. However, in doing so, we must be mindful that wearing masks and continuing to practice social distancing is a must to make this work. Stopping the spread of this virus is still key and if we can’t, then we will have to close it down again.”

“I support the shift to making decisions on a regional level when possible,” said Marquette Mayor Jenna Smith. “As restrictions are slowly eased, it will be important for us to remain vigilant to stop the spread of the virus.”

Region 6 in the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan includes the following counties: Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, and Emmet.

Region 8 in the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan includes the following counties: Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Iron, Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee, Delta, Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac, and Chippewa.

This week is National EMS Week, a time to thank the men and women who work in our emergency medical services. Your dedic...
05/18/2020

This week is National EMS Week, a time to thank the men and women who work in our emergency medical services. Your dedication to saving lives and taking care of us, even in times of great difficulty, does not go unnoticed. Thank you for all that you do! #NationalEMSWeek

Webinar with MSU IPPSR and Senate & House Fiscal Agency Directors. Unanswered question for the day (and for our times): ...
05/18/2020

Webinar with MSU IPPSR and Senate & House Fiscal Agency Directors. Unanswered question for the day (and for our times): We are operating in the dark with the current unprecedented economic and public health crises; where/how do we find economic modeling that can help?

05/18/2020
05/18/2020
Michigan House Democrats

Great colleague makes a great video: teaches you how to make a no-sew mask!

Our very own Representative Laurie Pohutsky is here with a quick tutorial on how to make a face mask out of a bandana and two hair ties - no sewing required! Face masks in public are a key part of staying safe and staying healthy.

Thank you to Chandler for reaching out !
05/18/2020

Thank you to Chandler for reaching out !

05/15/2020
www.house.mi.gov

Weekend reading begins with this: a summary of the agreements reached at the May 2020 Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference on the HFA website.

Anyone interested can apply for the Return to Learn Advisory Council by going to Michigan.gov/appointments and click ‘ap...
05/15/2020
Whitmer - Appointments

Anyone interested can apply for the Return to Learn Advisory Council by going to Michigan.gov/appointments and click ‘apply now’ under boards and commissions. You will be able to choose Return to School Advisory Council under the appointment information tab within the application. Applications are due by Wednesday, May 20.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer - Appointments by the Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer

05/15/2020
content.govdelivery.com

Governor Whitmer Announces Process to Chart Path for the Safe and Equitable Reopening of Schools. Keeping our kids safe is critical as we ensure they also get a good education.

05/15/2020
Michigan House TV

Watch the Concensus Revenue Estimating Conference ie the CREC! We need #budgetsthatreflectourpriorities.

Peace Officers Memorial Day is a day where we pay our respects to those who have been killed or disabled in the line of ...
05/15/2020

Peace Officers Memorial Day is a day where we pay our respects to those who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Thank you for paying the ultimate price to keep us safe - we will never be able to repay you.

Visited Mrs. Galbraith's Boulan Park Middle School class virtually this morning, to speak about advocacy, the issues tha...
05/15/2020

Visited Mrs. Galbraith's Boulan Park Middle School class virtually this morning, to speak about advocacy, the issues that prompted me to run for office, and the issues that inform my legislative efforts. Came away with a reading list - the students are reading from a fascinating list of topics (Breadwinner, Maybe He Just Likes You and How We Roll were among them), and homework: finding an answer to "when are we going to be back to school in person?" #DifficultDecisions, as we want children to learn and socialize but also #besafe.

05/14/2020
Taking care of our mental well-being is just as important as keeping our physical bodies in shape. COVID-19 has taken a ...
05/14/2020

Taking care of our mental well-being is just as important as keeping our physical bodies in shape. COVID-19 has taken a toll on all of us, but let’s use National Mental Health Month to set aside time for some much needed self-care for ourselves and our loved ones. #StayWell

1 in 5 American’s will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. By doing regular self checks for changes in your skin, you ...
05/14/2020

1 in 5 American’s will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. By doing regular self checks for changes in your skin, you can detect skin cancer early and stop it in its tracks. #SkinCancerAwarenessMonth #ShareTheFacts

05/14/2020
Michigan House Democrats

Jon Hoadley did a great school budget town hall with me last year. Can’t wait to hear him shed light on the state budget process!

Join us for part two in our #BudgetInBrief series as State Representative Jon Hoadley breaks down what's new in Michigan's budget process!

Throughout this COVID-19 crisis times have been difficult but we've seen the best of our communities as we step up to ta...
05/13/2020

Throughout this COVID-19 crisis times have been difficult but we've seen the best of our communities as we step up to take care of one another. Comment below a good deed or neighbor you'd like to share a smile with today.

Jagan Nallani, a senior from Troy High School. He started a nonprofit organization called 4OurCommunity to help communit...
05/13/2020
Welcome to 4OC

Jagan Nallani, a senior from Troy High School. He started a nonprofit organization called 4OurCommunity to help communities after the effect of COVID-19. He is planning to do numerous projects throughout the next few months to help our communities recover and hopefully achieve some normalcy again. His first project is the Blessing Bags Project, where He is collecting a lot of day-to-day items and organizing them into blessing bags (ziploc bags) to donate directly to the Hope Hospitality and Warming Homeless Shelter in Pontiac. He has been reaching out in our Michigan communities to attempt to have people donate any of the following items: toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes, chips, beans, granola bars, clothing (even used), socks, gloves, hats, bleach, masks, or even school supplies. People can simply leave any of these items on their front porch and He will safely collect and organize them into separate blessing bags that He can then donate to the Hope Homeless Shelter. (If you wanted any more information on his organization, you can visit his website at (4ourcommunity.org).

first week alone, he was able to raise over $300 in money for the Forgotten Harvest Organization through fundraising on his website and collect more than 45 full bags and boxes of items in one week. He has also expanded 4OC to Virginia and India, and is planning to expand it to other regions as well! At the end of the Blessing Bags Project (in mid-June), Jagan and his volunteers will be donating all the items all at once to the HOPE Shelter in Pontiac, MI. Please visits his website and support this great young man in his efforts.

4OurCommunity is a nonprofit organization geared towards helping our communities worldwide regain balance and normalcy after the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here at my seat, #109, voting on bills to improve telemedicine - so needed during these #covidtimes: HB 5413-5416 and al...
05/13/2020

Here at my seat, #109, voting on bills to improve telemedicine - so needed during these #covidtimes: HB 5413-5416 and also Michigan House Democrats colleague Rep. Tyrone Carter’s bill to establish transit police officers as law enforcement officers.
#nationalpoliceweek #mileg

Michigan has some one the most beautiful land in the world, we may be safe at home but you can still explore your local ...
05/13/2020

Michigan has some one the most beautiful land in the world, we may be safe at home but you can still explore your local community while practicing social distancing!

05/13/2020
Troy-Somerset Gazette

Great to have partnerships - between state and local elected leaders, the business community and media! These strong thoughtful relationships will allow us to come out of the health and economic crises faster and allow for a strong recovery. It’s all about #helpingpeople.

MI State Rep. Padma Kuppa participated in a business listening tour discussion with local businesses this week. Mayor Baker was on that call and shares his thoughts on how businesses are enduring the pandemic.

05/13/2020

Heading to Lansing today! Spoke with city police chief and other law enforcement to ensure I am taking the necessary precautions to serve Troy & Clawson and #BeSafe. Have Committee at the House Office Building followed by session at the Capitol. What we experienced at the Capitol April 30 is disheartening, to say the least. Our law enforcement is vital to protect and keep the peace. #NationalPoliceWeek2020

This week is #NationalPoliceWeek, a time where we honor our hardworking police officers and our fallen officers. In 2019...
05/12/2020

This week is #NationalPoliceWeek, a time where we honor our hardworking police officers and our fallen officers. In 2019 we lost 146 police officers nationwide in the line of duty, including Michigan’s own Sergeant Rasheen Phillipe McClain, a member of the Detroit Police Department. This week we honor you.

Our college students are already worried about what their classes are going to look like and where they’re going to live...
05/11/2020

Our college students are already worried about what their classes are going to look like and where they’re going to live - they shouldn’t also worry about how they’re going to get food. We’re urging Congress to expand SNAP eligibility benefits to ensure EVERYONE has access to the food they deserve.

05/11/2020
WILX News 10

WILX News 10

WATCH: Michigan State Capitol Commission holds meeting--could decide to ban guns from inside State Capitol building.

Taking care of our mental well-being is just as important as keeping our physical bodies in shape. COVID-19 has taken a ...
05/11/2020

Taking care of our mental well-being is just as important as keeping our physical bodies in shape. COVID-19 has taken a toll on all of us, but let’s use National Mental Health Month to set aside time for some much needed self-care for ourselves and our loved ones. #StayWell

05/11/2020
Michigan State Capitol

Watching this live as the Capitol Commission discusses and votes on a motion to create a committee to deliberate and research the issue before making a decision on what to do regarding public safety.

In response to the ongoing threat posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Michigan State Capitol Commission is

The Michigan State Capitol is a National Historic Landmark, which houses the legislative and executive branches of the US state of Michigan.

05/11/2020

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This post is not intended to be political at all. I agree that the Shelter in Place and closing of schools was needed at the time given the uncertainties and unknowns at the time. However, given what we know now, the purpose of this post is to advocate for the reopening of the schools in the Fall of 2020 for the following reasons. 1. Shelter in place was never designed to prevent everyone from getting exposed to COVID. 2. Shelter in place was implemented to control the capacity issues at our hospitals. 3. Currently - our health system capacity is under control. 4. Therefore, unless you are planning on sheltering in place for 2 years, we need to get used to living with Corona virus. 5. There is ZERO evidence that Coronavirus is statistically dangerous to children. The H1N1 flu is contracted at a much higher rate than Coronavirus (as to children) 6. While the teachers have done a great job with online schooling, it is not the same. The children need to go to school to learn, to socialize and to build their immune systems. 7. The larger concern is the safety of the administrative staff, teachers and employees. Obviously safety guidelines will need to be implemented and staff in high risk pools may have to stay home. 8. Even if 5-10% of the staff had to stay home for safety that is better than 100% of children being home-schooled. Just one constituent's opinion.
When a constituent asks a valid question in a polite way it gets censored? Interesting
Thank you for deleting my comment and not answering my question.
Thank you Representative Kuppa for keeping me out of business for another 15 days. Can you please explain to me why legal services and real estate services can't operate in a safe manner?
Message is re-post, but my sentiments exactly Some thoughts from Michael Bane: I am tired of heart-rending stories of people being sick, tired of hearing that I must unconditionally rely on experts whose models have been repeatedly proven wrong, tired of hearing that every place in this country is exactly the same an New York City, tired of hearing about how I lack the brains to understand this that or the other, tired of hearing from medical personnel raging about my ignorance while hospitals in my area are laying-off staff, tired of the endless "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE ON TUESDAY UNLESS YOU STOP GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE!" hysterics from every media outlet, tired of hearing that if I step out my door without a mask half the elderly population of America (of which I am one, BTW) will immediately take sick and die, tired of hearing about "what's wrong with staying home and watching Netflix?" when my friends and family members are losing everything they worked their entire lives for...and on and on. Some points from my side: • The draconian lockdown provisions were presented to us as necessary to "flatten the curve," that is, prevent the secondary effect of collapsing the medical system. Not only did the curve flatten, but the models upon which the curves were based were and are being consistently downgraded. • We have now moved the goalposts, as Dr. William Aprill has said, to require the draconian shutdown until "the virus is eliminated" or "until a vaccine is found." • The virus will never be eliminated because it is in the population now and at a much higher level than predicted (as per the newest studies). Viruses are the predators that HUNT US, and they are very good at it. There are diseases we have fought on a world-wide basis for more than a century and they are still with us. Diseases that we were confident had been eliminated from the planet are now prowling the LA and San Fran homeless camps. • While we and our allies have the most sophisticated medical research facilities on the planet, a vaccine is still not a slam-dunk. We've been searching for a common cold vaccine for a century; influenza vaccines work about 50% of the time. • QED...if we keep the country shut down until we "eliminate the virus" or "find a vaccine," we may well be keeping the country shut down forever. • There are underlying political agendas at work, and those agendas REQUIRE a worst-case shut-down for them to have a chance of succeeding...e.g. beating Trump, e.g. slipping Democratic talking point actions in to relief bills, bailing out pension funds and white elephants like the Kennedy Center and PBS/NPR..."never let a crisis go to waste." • Finally, the notion that somehow my job is to keep you safe. What part of "YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN" do you not understand? My job is to keep me and mine safe. Your job is to keep you and yours safe. We are not "all in this together." New York subways and buses — essentially mobile virus vector delivery systems — are still running; government officials who on their best days are still "tits on a boar" are still being paid; Nancy Pelosi is still eating designer ice cream from a $24,000 freezer. I am in a higher risk group, therefore I stay home, wear an N-95 mask when I go out, wear gloves if I know I'm doing to handle a lot of things, say groceries. I do not need the government to threaten me to get me to do these things, but because I know that I am on my own, and that means I have to take appropriate precautions. • Finally, if we don't find a way to immediately start reopening the country, the country will reopen itself, and that may not be the most optimal solution. Things go on until they can't go on, and then they stop. NUT GRAFS: "There really are two Americas here: Those still getting a paycheck from government, corporations or universities, and those who are unemployed, or seeing their small businesses suffer due to shutdowns. And the America still getting paid is, so far, not showing a whole lot of sympathy for the America that isn’t. ... People don’t appreciate being lectured and condescended to and bossed around. They especially don’t appreciate being urged to sacrifice by people who make no sacrifices themselves. And that’s a different sort of class divide: When rulers ask for sacrifices without making any, they’re displaying a distinct lack of, well, class."
Please check into staff COVID19 testing at hospitals. Sources from a Troy hospital tell me they've received an email letting them know the hospital has a staffer to speak with lawmakers and government officials. The implication being that employees should not contact anyone. Perhaps a contract provision reminder. Their concern is that PPE shortages are getting attention, but the lack of testing for staff is not. They need regular, same day report testing. I'm not in your district. I'm reaching out because they've been told not to. And perhaps inquire how nurses are being furloughed during a pandemic. Thank you, from MI-82.
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I have posted several FB items about Senator Mallory McMorrow's sexual harassment claim against State Senator PL.
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Michigan Maps Lesson Plans and Games, Do the Teachers, parents of students, students, and citizens in all Michigan school districts and communities know about this? If not it should be broadcasted.... Check these maps out: Some are interactive, some printable. Student lesson plans and games? Map of Michigan Counties: https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://geo.msu.edu/extra/geogmich/Countymap.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.geo.msu.edu/geogmich/interactivemaps.html&docid=8l6Ec08FEwQrLM&tbnid=Hul4l2k22LzW9M:&vet=1&w=1019&h=1042&source=sh/x/im and check this out too: http://geo.msu.edu/extra/geogmich/interactivemaps.html Maybe this should be federal and cover more than just Michigan.... Thank You Padma dear