State Representative Nate Shannon

State Representative Nate Shannon Rep. Nate Shannon proudly serves the residents of House District 25 which comprises portions of Sterling Heights and Warren in the great state of Michigan.

State Representative Matt Koleszar
09/25/2020

State Representative Matt Koleszar

On Wednesday, we passed the school aid budget for the 2020-21 school year. I voted YES and there are a lot of things in this budget that I will update everyone on, but I want to start with this:

The budget appropriates $1,000,000 to forgive student lunch debt.

Back in July, State Representative Nate Shannon and I introduced HB 6023 and HB 6024 which would establish the “Feed our Future Fund”. These bills would establish a charitable fund that would pay off school lunch debt. I am pleased that by working across the aisle and with the Governor’s team, the spirit of these bills have been implemented into the budget!

At the beginning of the summer there were conversations of cuts, anywhere from $750-$2000 per pupil. We managed to incre...
09/24/2020
Michigan education spared big cuts in budget — but leaders say more money is needed

At the beginning of the summer there were conversations of cuts, anywhere from $750-$2000 per pupil. We managed to increase per pupil funding by $65 per student. There's always more work to be done, especially in regards to personal protective equipment. I'm happy we were able to offer schools the peace of mind by funding at the same level, or higher, than last year.

The budget approved by the state avoided big cuts to schools that were feared earlier this year.

Happy to support Senate Bill 321. This bill will allow for the inclusion on the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memori...
09/24/2020

Happy to support Senate Bill 321. This bill will allow for the inclusion on the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument to include reserve officers and officers qualified to be on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Today, the legislature passed a $62 billion State Budget for 2021.  This budget shows just how resilient Michigan is. Ba...
09/23/2020
Michigan lawmakers unveil, start passing $62B state budget

Today, the legislature passed a $62 billion State Budget for 2021. This budget shows just how resilient Michigan is. Back in March, we had no idea what the budget would bring. We were able to increase per pupil funding, ensure hazard pay for direct care workers, and maintain local revenue sharing, all during a global pandemic.

A few months ago, I introduced the Feed Our Future Fund package, and I was happy to see the budget include $1 million for school lunch debt relief. This money will be used for paying off left over school lunch debt. This is especially important during a time where there is an increased reliance on school provided lunches due to food insecurity at home.

Michigan lawmakers are moving to pass a $62 billion spending plan about a week before the deadline to enact the next state budget.

Macomb county currently has an 81% self-response rate to the Census.  Self-reporting ends September 30th and if you have...
09/16/2020
Census 2020

Macomb county currently has an 81% self-response rate to the Census. Self-reporting ends September 30th and if you haven’t counted you and your family, go to https://my2020census.gov/. It only takes a few minutes!

800-273-8255There is always someone willing to listen.
09/15/2020

800-273-8255

There is always someone willing to listen.

Our country changed forever on September 11, but it personally impacted countless individuals who lost loved ones that d...
09/11/2020

Our country changed forever on September 11, but it personally impacted countless individuals who lost loved ones that day. On Patriot Day, we join them in remembering the men and women who lost their lives that fateful day and those we have lost since in the line of duty. Keeping their memory alive helps us all heal.

We need to do what we can as a state to take care of the families of those that make the ultimate sacrifice. The first bill I worked on after getting to Lansing was to honor those first responders that gave their lives in the the line of duty. State Representative Matt Koleszar 's HB 4426 would guarantee college benefits to the surviving children of our fallen first responders. It is the least we can do.

Today, the House of Representatives held our commemorative ceremony to honor first responders and to remember the sacrif...
09/10/2020

Today, the House of Representatives held our commemorative ceremony to honor first responders and to remember the sacrifices they made on September 11, 2001, along with the sacrifices they continue to make every day on the job.

Our frontline and essential workers have been working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep Michi...
09/07/2020

Our frontline and essential workers have been working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep Michiganders on the right track. From providing timely and comforting healthcare, to making sure our grocery stores are stocked with essentials and delivering mail to those stuck at home.

Labor Day means more than a long weekend away from work or the “end of summer.” Labor Day is about acknowledging the struggles and sacrifices of the dedicated members of our labor force.

Since the beginning of the pandemic we have been working to assist those that were at a standstill with the Unemployment...
09/03/2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic we have been working to assist those that were at a standstill with the Unemployment Agency. Since then we have assisted, and continue to assist, over 800 people in getting their Unemployment Benefits.

There was a lot of uncertainty regarding what people should be expecting for benefits after the $600 federal money ended. On Tuesday, we passed a budget supplemental bill that appropriated $2.8 billion to the Unemployment Agency. Because of this funding, those receiving at least $100 in state benefits will be eligible for an additional $300 in federal assistance. It will be retroactive to August 1st and will apply to up to three weeks of certifications to start. Additional benefits are possible pending aid from the Federal Government.

We take today to honor the Greatest Generation for their sacrifices during the Great Depression and World War II. Those ...
09/02/2020
Greatest Generation Day celebrates the men and women who helped bring an end to WWII

We take today to honor the Greatest Generation for their sacrifices during the Great Depression and World War II. Those born between 1901 – 1927, grew up during the Great Depression and were vital to fighting a two fronted war on opposite sides of the globe, whether at home in the factories or overseas on the battlefield.

No matter the obstacle, they overcame it. No matter the sacrifice needed, they made it. Because of their patriotism and willingness to put country before self, they did what needed to be done. They lifted America out of the Great Depression and made us stronger and more capable – they molded this great country into what we enjoy today. We remember their sacrifices, moments of bravery, and the difficult choices the Greatest Generation made, so that later generations could live in this amazing and prosperous country. Thank you.

Wednesday is Greatest Generation Day in Michigan.

The MSHDA Eviction Diversion Program is helping many Michiganders receive the financial support they need during the pan...
09/01/2020

The MSHDA Eviction Diversion Program is helping many Michiganders receive the financial support they need during the pandemic while also keeping landlords up to date on their payments as well. Visit Michigan.gov/MSHDA to learn more about this essential program and what steps you need to take to receive the financial support you deserve.

The Consensus Estimating Revenue Conference was held on Monday and things look much better than they did in May.  There ...
08/26/2020

The Consensus Estimating Revenue Conference was held on Monday and things look much better than they did in May. There are still budget shortfalls that we will need to address and some uncertainty in the revenue estimates. This improved outlook shows that the quicker we handle the on-going public health crisis, the less we will feel the effects of an economic recession.

Wednesday is the centennial anniversary of women winning the right to vote, and to celebrate 100 years of women making t...
08/25/2020

Wednesday is the centennial anniversary of women winning the right to vote, and to celebrate 100 years of women making their voices heard the Michigan Women's Commission and Michigan Women Forward is holding a virtual event featuring powerful women leaders from across the state. Registration is still open!

The Secretary of State is now offering special appointments to renew driver's licenses before the September 30th deadlin...
08/24/2020

The Secretary of State is now offering special appointments to renew driver's licenses before the September 30th deadline. You can now make an appointment between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, from August 24th through September 30th!

On Monday, while debating House Bill 5913, I proposed an amendment to increase funding for the Early On program. We know...
08/21/2020

On Monday, while debating House Bill 5913, I proposed an amendment to increase funding for the Early On program. We know that early on intervention in developmental delays has a powerful positive effect on a child's academic career. Even in a pandemic, we must ensure adequate funding to set up young children for success once they reach school age. Unfortunately, the amendment failed, without a roll call vote.

I am happy to see that the Governor saw the merit and necessity of my amendment and was able to commit to funding this program. On Wednesday, Governor Whitmer announced $65 million in CARES act funding for schools. This will include additional dollars to the Early On program to help reach more children through remote early intervention.

Michigan's unemployment rate has dropped significantly as we safely continue the process of reopening.  The U.S. jobless...
08/19/2020

Michigan's unemployment rate has dropped significantly as we safely continue the process of reopening. The U.S. jobless rate in June was 10.2% and Michigan's unemployment rate fell to 8.7%. With the number of claim submissions and active claims going down, the Agency's ability to assist claimants will get better as well.

This is another indicator that the sacrifices we made early on, are now paying off.

Saturday in the Senate and today in the House, a package of bipartisan bills were passed that would give districts flexi...
08/17/2020

Saturday in the Senate and today in the House, a package of bipartisan bills were passed that would give districts flexibility and provide funding for schools during the ongoing COVID Crisis.

This bill is far from perfect and many groups have gone to the press to express their dissatisfaction. When the House, Senate, and Governor all must come to an agreement, not everyone is going to be happy. Bipartisanship is often a slow and difficult path, where both sides have to meet somewhere in the middle. Although this was a difficult decision, I voted in favor of this package because we owed our teachers, students, and families flexibility and clarity.

Michigan has been at the forefront of the automotive industry since the beginning.  As technology continues to evolve, i...
08/13/2020
Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

Michigan has been at the forefront of the automotive industry since the beginning. As technology continues to evolve, it is important that our auto industry does as well.

The state of Michigan and private partners are taking steps toward building or assigning dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.

With how pervasive these robocalls have been, I am happy to see some action being taken.  If you receive a scam robocall...
08/12/2020
Dana Nessel shuts down VoIP company supposedly responsible for robocalls

With how pervasive these robocalls have been, I am happy to see some action being taken.

If you receive a scam robocall, you can submit an official complaint here - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/robocallcomplaint.
Additionally, do not give out any personal information to unexpected calls. Keep your information safe!

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has shut down a company which allegedly carrying foreign illegal robocalls to Michiganders, her office announced in a press release on Friday.

Elections are an opportunity to participate in our democracy and let your voice be heard. If you still need to register ...
08/04/2020

Elections are an opportunity to participate in our democracy and let your voice be heard. If you still need to register to vote, it’s not too late! Prop 3 allows you to register at anytime – even on an election day and vote. Be safe by wearing a face mask and practice social distancing.

If you have a student athlete, the MHSAA has released their newest guidance for some lower contact sports and will be de...
07/29/2020
Michigan high school sports council approves ‘phased-in’ plan for fall sports

If you have a student athlete, the MHSAA has released their newest guidance for some lower contact sports and will be deciding on a timeline for high contact sports ((football, volleyball, soccer) by August 20th.

Fall sports for high schools in Michigan will begin with a “phased-in” approach, due to COVID-19, MHSAA announced on Wednesday.

While you are enjoying the great weather that we have been having, make sure you are keeping yourself safe from ticks an...
07/28/2020

While you are enjoying the great weather that we have been having, make sure you are keeping yourself safe from ticks and mosquitoes!

07/25/2020
House Bill 5265

Last Wednesday I spoke on HB 5265 the general omnibus supplemental budget bill that would provide hazard pay to teachers. I am very happy that teachers will receive this, but I also believe that all school employees that are deemed essential should also receive hazard pay.

Yesterday, a colleague and I introduced a bill package to create the Feed our Future fund. Individuals and businesses wo...
07/23/2020

Yesterday, a colleague and I introduced a bill package to create the Feed our Future fund. Individuals and businesses would be able to donate to this fund and receive a tax credit for doing so. This fund will be dispersed to public schools to pay off outstanding student lunch debt. Schools have enough to worry about in their budgets, and unpaid lunches shouldn't be one of them.

While the legislature is trying to ensure hazard pay for First Responders, I am proud to see the city of Sterling Height...
07/22/2020
Sterling Heights to give COVID-19 hazard pay to police officers, firefighters

While the legislature is trying to ensure hazard pay for First Responders, I am proud to see the city of Sterling Heights taking the initiative to pay them what they deserve.

Police officers and firefighters in Sterling Heights will receive $1,000 each in COVID-19 hazard pay, under a spending adjustment approved by city officials.

07/21/2020

Today in session, we passed a bill package that would change the punishment for various violations from criminal penalties to civil infractions. This package addressed hunting, snowmobiling, and other traffic violations.

Last October, I passed my first bill through the house. HB 4628 would lower the amount of time certain offenses remain on your driving record from 7 to 4 years. I am hopeful that today's decriminalization package will motivate the Senate committee to hold a hearing on my bill.

I always found this picture to be so powerful. It would always come up when I would teach my students about the Freedom ...
07/18/2020

I always found this picture to be so powerful. It would always come up when I would teach my students about the Freedom Riders. RIP Congressman.

The State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to help reduce the economic impact of the Pandemic...
07/17/2020
Michigan Small Business Restart Program | Michigan Business

The State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to help reduce the economic impact of the Pandemic on small businesses. The Michigan Small Business Restart Program has opened up applications through August 5th.

If you are a small business, the eligibility requirements and application can be found here! https://www.michiganbusiness.org/restart/

The Michigan Small Business Restart Program will support the needs of Michigan Businesses directly impacted by COVID-19.

Don't forget to file your taxes by tomorrow!
07/14/2020

Don't forget to file your taxes by tomorrow!

Under Michigan law, Auto-Insurance companies are required to give one of these two options at any time.  Either, modifyi...
07/13/2020
Auto insurance companies wrongly telling drivers to wait for savings

Under Michigan law, Auto-Insurance companies are required to give one of these two options at any time. Either, modifying an existing policy or the option to cancel and reissue their policy to reflect the new coverage choices.

Call 833-ASK-DIFS (833-275-3437) with any questions or complaints regarding this new law.

Michigan's insurance director says that some auto insurance companies are wrongly telling customers they must wait months to change their policies.

Join me next Monday for Coffee Hours!
07/09/2020

Join me next Monday for Coffee Hours!

The City of Sterling Heights has created the Sustainability Commission and they will be appointing five residents to ser...
07/08/2020
Sterling Heights looking for residents to fill newly formed Sustainability Commission

The City of Sterling Heights has created the Sustainability Commission and they will be appointing five residents to serve on the commission.

To apply, complete the online form at bit.ly/2VmwB6S. For more information, visit sterling-heights.net/SustainabilityCommission.

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Why are companies not taking cash, only credit/ debit. When I asked why no cash, they say because of Cornoa. What is going on?
Why are companies not taking cash, credit/ debit. When I asked why no cash, they say because of Cornoa. What is going on?
Today I received my Michigan Absent voter ballot appl. I also received one for my daughter who has lived in Texas over the last 5 years. Why is this?
I have a crown that is broke. I need it fixed. But I can't do that. Because Dentist offices are closed. Start opening up the State. Plz..
Shameful that this is the way the Democrats treat somebody who had the virus, was treated and thanks God recovered from the Coronavirus. Shameful that they put politics over lives.
Thousands of people work at auto plants that are still open. It is logical that they shut down for a couple of weeks. As it is known, they are staying open. God knows who is infected and bringing it home to their families. What are YOU doing to have the big 3 in Michigan to shut down thru these hard times?
Nate Shannon what type of brand new fool are you. You really think we need government to tell us or give us the right to declaw our pets? I have psoriasis and the cat claw touching me breaks thru the skin instantly and causes infection in my body. Now that I have disclosed a portion of my personnal medical history, why do you think these are the type of decisions we want our government representatives making? Nothing more important to worry about? A cat was the only pet my children could have when we lived in an apartment which had to be declawed because of my medical issues. Have you even researched how many children will not be allow to experience a pet if your foolship bill is taken serious? Get a clue. Here's praying I can reach enough people in Lansing to consider all the issues before moving on this Bill.
Thank you so much for being an advocate for animals and for trying to protect cats from cruel declawing! #Michigan #WestMichigan #StopDeclawing #AnimalCruelty #Cats
Absolutely not!! Will lead to more strays and people surrendering because they will ruin furniture! And there will some idiots who will try to declaw them themselves- let the people decide and if they choose be able to have it done the correct , safe way! You don’t speak for everyone !
Thank you from Belgium for proposing a bill to ban cat declawing!!! Cats all over Michigan can maybe finally be free of this horrible practice!
Thank you for sponsoring HB 5508 to ban declawing cats in the state of Michigan. I'm a former veterinary technician and was fired from my job for attempting to provide clients with information about the serious risks of declawing and the more humane alternatives. There is a definite need for legislation like this, not only to protect cats from being mutilated for human convenience with an antiquated and medically unnecessary surgical procedure, but also to protect their owners from being financially victimized by unethical professionals who prey on their ignorance to make a quick profit. I hope HB 5508 becomes a law!
Thank you for your support to ban declawing. I will be watching the progress of this closely!