State Rep. Padma Kuppa

State Rep. Padma Kuppa Padma Kuppa is State Rep. for Michigan’s 41st District, serving Troy & Clawson. Fighting for public schools, our Great Lakes, and a strong and healthy Michigan.

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.

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04/18/2021

This year, I became an Advisory Council member of South Asian American Voices for Impact, which works to help Michiganders in need, knowing that we are stronger when we work together and stand together.

04/17/2021
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A Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21. This conference will be broadcast on the internet to be consistent with social distancing recommendations and to ensure the meeting is open to the public.

Mary Ann Cleary, Director of the House Fiscal Agency, will serve as chair of the conference. The other conference principals include Rachael Eubanks, State Treasurer, and Christopher Harkins, Director of the Senate Fiscal Agency.

More at HFA website.

04/16/2021

Just dropped off some certificates to recognize 34 Incredible Kids with Troy Community Coalition to support these kids growing up healthy and drug-free. Congrats to all the 2021 Incredible Kids!

Just dropped off some certificates to recognize 34 Incredible Kids with Troy Community Coalition to support these kids growing up healthy and drug-free. Congrats to all the 2021 Incredible Kids!

04/15/2021

Heading home after 3 days of session - today we had a budget briefing this afternoon with House Fiscal Agency. Rep. Samantha Steckloff who’s on House Approps answered my question - it’s the same as last term: to really fix our roads, we need to fix our road funding formula, Public Act 1951 is outdated to say the least, because it’s based on road miles - not how many lanes, how many people use the roads or anything that would make sure our roads in SE Michigan get the funding they deserve. I’ll be hitting the sidewalks in HD41 this weekend with new walk lit for my second term! Can’t wait to get home and connect with neighbors!

04/15/2021

COVID-19 VACCINE EVENT | APRIL 22 AT TROY COMMUNITY CENTER

Appointments are now available for the Covid-19 Vaccine Event at Troy Community Center on Thursday, April 22. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to anyone age 16 years and older (Oakland County requires a parent or legal guardian to accompany minors to their appointments). Call 313-400-3375 or visit https://bit.ly/2QmBRYm to make your appointment. Spots are limited and you must be available for the 2nd dose on Thursday, May 13. This event is for first doses only. Appointment is required, no walk-ins!

This event is a collaboration of the US Dept of Health & Human Services - Indian Health Service, American Indian Health & Family Services - Detroit, the State of Michigan, Oakland County Health Division, and the City of Troy.

04/15/2021

Normally, your state income taxes would be due today.

However, I proudly voted to extend the filing deadline to May 17 to give people more time to file timely as we continue to face challenges due to the ongoing pandemic.

Normally, your state income taxes would be due today.

However, I proudly voted to extend the filing deadline to May 17 to give people more time to file timely as we continue to face challenges due to the ongoing pandemic.

04/14/2021

Those in power do not get to move the goalpost for voters each and every time there’s an election. Voters deserve a transparent process they can trust, and the freedom to vote must be preserved.

My bills with State Representative Kara Hope & Representative Jim Haadsma (HBs 4360-4362) would do just that.

04/14/2021

Honored to vote for my colleague Rep. Kevin Coleman’s bill, HB 4353. The bill requires schools to excuse any student in 6th-12th grade from school when their absence is to perform “taps” at a military honors funeral for a deceased veteran.

Honored to vote for my colleague Rep. Kevin Coleman’s bill, HB 4353. The bill requires schools to excuse any student in 6th-12th grade from school when their absence is to perform “taps” at a military honors funeral for a deceased veteran.

04/13/2021

Always proud to be on the same team as State Representative Matt Koleszar, whether it’s fighting against voter suppression or supporting our Detroit Tigers!

04/13/2021

In addition to Ramadan which is celebrated by many Indian American Muslims, a new year starts this week for many other Indian Americans of different backgrounds: for #Marathis like Shri Thanedar, it’s #GudiPadwa. Tomorrow is #Vaisakhi, a holy day for Sikhs including Ranjeev Puri. #Ugadi is what those who speak Telugu like me celebrate.
Guess what? I have to call my mom for the actual date because it depends on the movement of the sun and moon - a luni solar calendar. I miss the chutney she makes with all the flavors the year will bring (sweet, sour, bitter, etc.)....hopefully the year will also include a visit to see her and my dad.

In addition to Ramadan which is celebrated by many Indian American Muslims, a new year starts this week for many other Indian Americans of different backgrounds: for #Marathis like Shri Thanedar, it’s #GudiPadwa. Tomorrow is #Vaisakhi, a holy day for Sikhs including Ranjeev Puri. #Ugadi is what those who speak Telugu like me celebrate.
Guess what? I have to call my mom for the actual date because it depends on the movement of the sun and moon - a luni solar calendar. I miss the chutney she makes with all the flavors the year will bring (sweet, sour, bitter, etc.)....hopefully the year will also include a visit to see her and my dad.

04/12/2021

Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate. Wishing many blessings to you and your loved ones in this holy month!

Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate. Wishing many blessings to you and your loved ones in this holy month!

04/11/2021

April 11th in Michigan is Clean Slate Day! You may not need an attorney to represent you to expunge criminal offenses. My office has created this site to help applicants navigate their way through the new laws, and we will be hosting expungement fairs through the state soon.

https://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-359-82917_104464---,00.html

04/10/2021
Michigan's new expungement laws kick in Sunday. Here's how to get help.

Beginning tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Michiganders will be eligible to get their lives back on track. To learn more and apply for the new expungement process, visit courts.michigan.gov/News-Events/Pages/CleanSlate.aspx

Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders are expected to qualify to have their criminal records cleared when new laws take effect this weekend.

04/09/2021
04/08/2021

Excited to hear that Troy School District was named a 2021 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) & the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas for the *14th* consecutive year!

Congrats to all the teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made exemplary music education part of the curriculum!

Excited to hear that Troy School District was named a 2021 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) & the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas for the *14th* consecutive year!

Congrats to all the teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made exemplary music education part of the curriculum!

04/07/2021

Legislative break has been so busy - visited with classrooms this week, planned activities (join our 4/30 event with special guest Voters Not Politicians), researching legislation (the best ideas come from constituents, who are phlebotomists, beekeepers & more), listening to range of concerns from Pipefitters Local 636 Detroit to Troy Continuing Education/Troy School District, catching up with neighbors, and of course - stopping by our March #SmallBiz - Explore Yoga and r.collective salon clawson!
And we still have a few more days in district before heading back to Lansing! Need to stop at Doc Sweets' Candy Company to pick up some goodies! #troy #clawson #hd41

04/07/2021

At sunset this evening, Yom HaShoah -- also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day -- begins and lasts for the next 24 hours. Yom HaShoah commemorates the lives of the 6 million Jewish individuals who perished in the Holocaust and recognizes the heroism of survivors and rescuers.

This Holocaust Remembrance Day, #WeRemember the souls that were lost by speaking their names. GUSCHANSKI, Schaja—Perished at Natzweiler. #YomHashoah #NeverAgain

At sunset this evening, Yom HaShoah -- also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day -- begins and lasts for the next 24 hours. Yom HaShoah commemorates the lives of the 6 million Jewish individuals who perished in the Holocaust and recognizes the heroism of survivors and rescuers.

This Holocaust Remembrance Day, #WeRemember the souls that were lost by speaking their names. GUSCHANSKI, Schaja—Perished at Natzweiler. #YomHashoah #NeverAgain

04/07/2021

#WorldHealthDay, designated as April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, was established to help create a healthier, fairer world for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the deep cracks in our health care system that have created devastating inequality. No matter your race, gender, or socio-economic status -- you deserve the same access to affordable and adequate treatment.

That is why I am proud to have recently voted YES on meaningful legislation to help lower prescription drug costs in the state of Michigan and make health care more accessible.

#WorldHealthDay, designated as April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, was established to help create a healthier, fairer world for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the deep cracks in our health care system that have created devastating inequality. No matter your race, gender, or socio-economic status -- you deserve the same access to affordable and adequate treatment.

That is why I am proud to have recently voted YES on meaningful legislation to help lower prescription drug costs in the state of Michigan and make health care more accessible.

04/06/2021
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The American Rescue Plan’s inclusion of water and sewer infrastructure as acceptable uses for the $360 billion in direct aid to state and local governments will promote community safety, advance environmental sustainability, and put Americans to work.

That’s why four Great Lakes governors recently signed a letter to President Biden calling to sustain these federal investments. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was the first to sign.

View the letter here: https://bit.ly/3ujuiAf

04/05/2021

Starting today, all Michiganders age 16 and up are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine to find a local vaccination site and schedule your appointment!

Starting today, all Michiganders age 16 and up are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine to find a local vaccination site and schedule your appointment!

04/04/2021

As we celebrate the season of renewal and hope, I hope today brings brightness and joy to you and your family. Have a safe and happy #Easter!

As we celebrate the season of renewal and hope, I hope today brings brightness and joy to you and your family. Have a safe and happy #Easter!

04/03/2021

With the first week of the in-district work period down, I'm excited to get back to supporting our communities in Lansing. The House majority adjourned for break without allocating available funds for our schools -- over $10.7 million dollars withheld from #HD41 schools alone.

With the first week of the in-district work period down, I'm excited to get back to supporting our communities in Lansing. The House majority adjourned for break without allocating available funds for our schools -- over $10.7 million dollars withheld from #HD41 schools alone.

04/02/2021

#WorldAutismAwarenessDay is about more than just creating awareness, it’s also about creating a community of kindness and compassion. Our differences are not something to be stigmatized, but celebrated and accepted.

#WorldAutismAwarenessDay is about more than just creating awareness, it’s also about creating a community of kindness and compassion. Our differences are not something to be stigmatized, but celebrated and accepted.

04/02/2021

Whether you're attending services today or observing the day at home, I'm wishing everyone health and safety on this #GoodFriday. 🙏

04/01/2021
New Exclusion of up to $10,200 of Unemployment Compensation | Internal Revenue Service

The federal American Rescue Plan Act excludes unemployment benefits up to $10,200 from income for tax year 2020 for those within certain income brackets, providing tax relief on both federal and state income taxes. Taxpayers who may have anticipated owing taxes may now be entitled to a refund.

Learn more at: https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/new-exclusion-of-up-to-10200-of-unemployment-compensation

If your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than $150,000, the American Rescue Plan enacted on March 11, 2021, excludes from income up to $10,200 of unemployment compensation paid in 2020, which means you don’t have to pay tax on unemployment compensation of up to $10,200.

03/31/2021

Great ending to the month!

Great ending to the month!

03/31/2021
Paycheck Protection Program

Yesterday, the Biden Administration extended the deadline for small businesses to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to May 31 and announced program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable. The program was originally supposed to close today.

During this pandemic, too many small and minority-owned businesses struggled to find help, and were left out of earlier rounds of PPP loans. This extension will be key to the survival of many more beloved small businesses in our communities, and in a more equitable manner.

Small business owners looking to apply for PPP assistance can go to https://sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program to get matched with a lender. Interested applicants can also go to https://culinkmichigan.com/smallbiz to connect with a nearby credit union that is participating in the PPP lending program.

An SBA-backed loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.

03/31/2021

It’s #NationalCrayonDay! Stopped by Troy School District offices to catch-up with Supervisor of Education Equity, Inclusion and Community Relationships, Cornelius Godfrey. I shared with him my fave crayons, that are so appropriate for our diverse student body: Bellen's More than Peach Project multicultural crayons!

It’s #NationalCrayonDay! Stopped by Troy School District offices to catch-up with Supervisor of Education Equity, Inclusion and Community Relationships, Cornelius Godfrey. I shared with him my fave crayons, that are so appropriate for our diverse student body: Bellen's More than Peach Project multicultural crayons!

03/30/2021

Happy #NationalDoctorsDay! As the mother of a health care professional, I know that their work has never been more demanding and important. Thank you for all you do to promote physical and mental wellbeing!

Happy #NationalDoctorsDay! As the mother of a health care professional, I know that their work has never been more demanding and important. Thank you for all you do to promote physical and mental wellbeing!

03/30/2021
Solving Problems — Be it Addressing Inequity or Tackling Racism — We Must Start Where We are Rooted - American Kahani

Check out my latest American Kahani op-ed where I reflect on recent activism, especially in the Asian American community, and how we must start at the local level to ensure lasting change. 👇

READ: https://americankahani.com/perspectives/solving-problems-be-it-addressing-inequity-or-tackling-racism-we-must-start-where-we-are-rooted/

Women’s History Month has served as a reminder that while politics requires a thick skin, the power is rooted in the people. We’ve seen Asian American women being left behind and blamed for their own deaths, and continued misogyny directed at the women elected to Michigan’s Executive bran...

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How can we get a “No patient left alone” bill here in Michigan like they have in other states? It’s been almost 1 year since we have been allowed in to visit our loved ones in assisted Living and nursing homes, and sometimes ER and the hospital. They need our support and they can’t get that through a window or phone call visit. My dad needs to hold my moms hand 💗 Please help.
PLEASE contact your State Representative and ask them to co-sponsor Lilliana's Law. You can find your state representative by clicking this link: https://www.house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/frmFindaRep.aspx PLEASE SHARE THIRD TIME IS A CHARM! This upcoming week, (possibly Thursday) Representative Ryan Berman will be reintroducing Lilliana's Law. This law would require school districts ( public and private) to have yearly school inspections. I'm asking everyone to reach out to their state representative to support and co-sponsor the upcoming law. representative Ryan Berman will also be sending a mass email to all state representatives. We need your help. In one week, January 20th will be four years since Lilliana lost her life while attending a school program. A 350-pound A-framed table that was recalled fell on my three-year-old little girl. In these years I've been fighting for this not to happen to your child. Lilliana was the SECOND child to have lost her life this way. In other cases where families have lost their children were a falling flag pole, collapsed wall, and electrocution. Those were the cases I found and does not include survivors. Please help. I can not do this alone and I would like a piece of mind sending my surviving children to school and yours. OUR CHILDREN DIDNT DIE FROM FREAK ACCIDENTS. LillianasLaw.com
మీరు మిషిగాన్ రాష్ట్ర ప్రతినిధిగా ఎన్నికైనట్లు వార్తా పత్రికల ద్వారా తెలిసింది. భారత దేశంలో పుట్టి తెలుగు రాష్ట్రంలో విద్యాభ్యాసం చేసిన మీరు స్వశక్తితో అత్యున్నత శిఖరాలు అధిరోహించడం ముదావహం-ప్రసంశానీయం. మీకు నా హృదయ పూర్వక అభినందనలు. గొట్టు ముక్కుల బ్రహ్మానందం, విశ్రాంత తెలుగు ఉపన్యాసకుడు, హైదరాబాదు.
Congratulations State Rep. Padma Kuppa 🗳
Did you really just vote to defund the police?? Please share why??
MICHIGAN SAYS NO TO VOTE BY MAIL. THIS WOULD LEAD TO FRAUD.
Hello! I am reaching out as my family is in desperate need of assistance and heard this would be my best option. I have reached out to governor and rep with no progression. As well as UIA and SS. nearing 100 or more calls daily. - have not received taxes (suppose to be coming in mail- not traceable) - have not received stimulus (husbands portion went to child support and mine is MIA) -have not received UIA payment ( approved yet "non monetary issue" since April) - have not received child support - can not get a job, dr. has me off work - can not receive cash assistance (you would need to be part of 40 hour a week program to seek employment) - can not get disability until dr./testing process is complete - husband lost his job due to covid just recently- his UIA has been " approved- non monerary issue" as well caring for a full family and less than zero income due to covid is just about crippling us. I have been keeping kooth and having faith until now.. our lease was up last month, my sons birthday is in two days, our phones are off and have no clue how to make ends meet. I have reached out to the news and will continue to try and reach any able human being who can assist.
Good to see you, State Rep. Padma Kuppa Thanks for standing up to the BLM cause today at Troy.
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?