Governor Gretchen Whitmer will provide a COVID-19 response update at 1:30pm today. You can join at:
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.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer will provide a COVID-19 response update at 1:30pm today. You can join at:
ICYMI: Thanks to our healthcare workers, we are moving to the next phase of vaccinating Michiganders. Anyone 65+ and frontline workers like teachers and childcare workers can receive the vaccine starting Jan. 11. Visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVACCINE for more info!
Join below to watch my colleagues and I address yesterday’s shameful and tragic events in DC. 👇
The right to peacefully protest is a cornerstone of our democracy. However, what we are seeing in DC right now is anything but peaceful. In this country, we do not govern through violence. Election concerns have been hashed out in the courts, and now it is time for Congress members to complete the final formalities of the 2020 election cycle. For individuals to impede the peaceful transition of power in this way is a waste of tax dollars at best and also a threat to public safety. Hoping DC police officers, journalists, and residents are able to return home safe tonight.
Very happy to see these evidence-based criminal justice reform initiatives signed into law. There’s always more work to be done to make our criminal justice system more fair and effective, and also to relieve the burden that mass incarceration places on taxpayers, but it’s great to start the year on the right foot!
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills to reform Michigan's criminal justice system including a bill that curbs driver's license suspensions.
Thank you Michigan Policast for having me on your podcast to discuss my Election Reform bill package (HB 6523-6525)!
Gov Whitmer blocks use of general funds to pay unemployment benefits, HouseDems introduce election reform bills, Weisner v Cox for MIGOP Chair
A new year is like a fresh, clean start. It’s like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on, full of possibilities! Let's put the difficulties of 2020 behind us - here's wishing everyone a happy 2021!
This past week, I presented our Troy and Clawson Small Business of the Month for December to Uncle Luke's Feed Store and Kahve House! I had a great time meeting the staff at Luke’s, and I always enjoy stopping in at Kahve to get a coffee. I encourage everyone to stop by Luke’s and Kahve to support our local small businesses!
Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to apply for Futures for Frontliners, a program that offers free tuition and services for essential workers without a college degree or a high school diploma. If you are a frontline worker thinking about going back to school either full-or part-time while you work to pursue a career or personal dream, do it today!
Learn more at http://michigan.gov/Frontliners
Happy Kwanzaa to all those celebrating! #HabariGani? Want something to do? Join the Wright Museum's virtual celebration of this holiday centered on history, values, family, community and culture of the African American community at https://www.thewright.org/kwanzaa-2020.
HABARI GANI? Welcome to our virtual celebration of Kwanzaa! Each night, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will stream songs and dances, storytelling, poetry reading, and more to mark the occasion. Be prepared to take in the festive sights and sounds of the holiday, and replica...
Monday was the last day of the 101st Session; Tuesday, the legislative team and I began laying out our plans for the second term, and yesterday, my family continued our tradition of cookie baking & giving. On this Christmas Eve, we wish everyone a safe, happy holiday season: video call your loved ones, open presents over FaceTime or Zoom, and bake your favorite holiday treats - and make sure to leave some out for Santa!
Yesterday, I got sworn in for my second term as the State Representative for Michigan House District 41, representing the communities of Troy and Clawson. It has been an honor to serve the constituents of HD 41 these past two years in the 100th Michigan Legislature, and I am so excited for the next two in the 101st. Thank you, HD 41!
As session goes into the night, I hope that those who celebrate had a great last day of Hanukkah!
I will miss Brian Elder, my seatmate in the 100th Legislative session - we’re in seats 109 and 110 of the House chamber. On our last days together in Lame Duck 2020, we stood side by side to repeat the last phrase of the Pledge of Allegiance, as we have done since Jan. 2019.
“Justice for ALL!”
The first really cold days of winter can be a real shock to the system. Don’t forget these cold weather tips:
- Bundle up head to toe
- Dress in layers
- Keep a blanket in your car for emergencies
- Make sure you bring your pets inside as the temperatures continue to fall. Pets need warm shelter and fresh water. Also remember to use pet friendly salt to melt the ice from your driveway and sidewalks.
There are only about 2 weeks left to apply for the #FuturesForFrontliners program! Applications are due by the end of the year, Dec. 31. Learn more at: https://www.michigan.gov/frontliners/
Futures for Frontliners - LEO - Michigan Reconnect Scholarship Program
On this day in 1791, the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, were ratified. Today we celebrate the anniversary of the ratification of all ten amendments that make up the Bill of Rights and lay out the basic rights and freedoms we are all entitled to as Americans.
In co-sponsoring HR 344, I am proud to join my colleague State Representative Nate Shannon in calling for educators and other school personnel to be prioritized for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Energy usage is a huge contributor to global warming. This World Energy Conservation Day, there are several ways to conserve energy and help the planet. You can limit your energy usage during peak times, turn off lights and fans when they aren’t needed, and lower the temperature by a couple degrees in your house!
December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month! As you’re purchasing gifts for the loved ones in your life, make sure everything is age and skill-level appropriate to prevent a potential safety risk.
Keeping Michiganders healthy includes making sure we all have a safe place to rest our heads at night. The MSHDA Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) is helping both tenants and landlords receive the financial support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about how the EDP is keeping Michiganders in their homes, visit: Michigan.gov/MSHDA
Time for our Facebook live!
Join me for a Facebook Live Q&A tonight at 6:00pm! Hope to see you there: https://rb.gy/sfz1lu
Applications for Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative grants go live on Dec. 15 at 9am to support small businesses disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 crisis & recent DHHS epidemic orders. Learn more at www.michiganbusiness.org/relief
The program will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide $10 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted the COVID-19 virus.
Haven’t finished raking leaves? Do it this weekend... In Clawson, Tringali will stop picking up Yard Waste after Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Details here: https://www.cityofclawson.com/your_government/dpw_and_engineering/leaves_brush_and_logs.php
And Troy info is below.
Yard waste collection ends the week of December 14. Routes begin at 7am so please have your items at the curb the day before or before 7am the morning of your collection day.
Human Rights Day is held annually to work towards a world where everyone is treated equally. No matter your race, gender, age, sexual orientation or religion, you are entitled to basic human rights. #StandUp4HumanRights
Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah to everyone that is celebrating, may you have a safe and joyous 8 nights!
House Democratic Leader Christine Greig and Leader-Elect Donna Lasinski Call for Civility and an Immediate End of the Divisive Rhetoric, Threats of Violence and Partisan Political Theater
“There is no doubt that this election cycle has been rife with hyperpartisan political rhetoric, theatrics and dangerous threats of violence toward elected and public officials and their loved ones which continue to escalate amid the most significant public health crisis in our state and country. ...
Our latest e-newsletter went out this morning with useful information￼￼ and links like this one. Please sign up for future ones, and make sure to check out our past newsletter at kuppa.housedems.com!￼
MEDC is here to help Michigan businesses. Through a range of programs, services and connections, MEDC can help your business reach its new potential.
It’s National Flu Vaccination Week. As hospitals and frontline workers continue to be under stress due to COVID-19, this year is more important than ever to get you and your whole family a flu shot. #FightFlu and find a location near you at http://vaccinefinder.org!
With 6,000 average daily COVID-19 cases, MDHHS has extended our #PauseToSaveLives.
You can read more about the order here: https://bit.ly/33PNNWg
You can also submit comments via email to [email protected].
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) -
Governor’s latest covid update.
Here’s the attendee link: https://bit.ly/37nf2so for Meeting 4 of the Prescription Drug Task Force; we are discussing Legislative and Administrative Actions to Lower Drug Prices, with Rep. Hank Vaupel, chair of the House Health committee is talking about a bill package on this topic HB 4937-45.
I’m attending from 1 – 3 p.m., and look forward to taking action so we can reduce the cost of prescription medications for the people of HD 41 and across Michigan.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff today, to honor the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. #unity #pearlharbor
Great day connecting with constituents - out and about supporting local businesses, shopping for stocking stuffers- and decorating trees at home and in #HD41!
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