One need only look across Washtenaw County to see the tremendously diverse local communities we have here in the State of Michigan. Yet whether we live in the Upper Peninsula or the Lower Peninsula, on a family farm or in an urban core, we all want and expect the same things from our local governments: to know that our police and fire departments will come when we have an emergency, that our trash will be picked up on time, and that our roads will be safe when we need to drive to work and take our children to school. Unfortunately, recent budget cuts at the state level have left many cities and townships unable to guarantee even these most vital of services. Throughout her tenure in Lansing, Rebekah has fought to prioritize funding for our public safety and health and human services, always urging her colleagues to fulfill the state’s commitment to both our local communities and our residents.

An Open Door

Rebekah knows that our local units of government are the building blocks that make up our great state. Yet recent budget cuts have left many of our beleaguered cities and townships on the brink of receivership. While in Lansing, Rebekah has continued to work to maintain strong communities:

  • Ensuring local communities have the resources they need to provide quality police, fire and health and human services.
  • Advancing solutions to the structural budget deficit so the state can meet its financial obligation to our counties, cities and townships.
  • Supporting funds for roads and bridges, to expand rail and bus services, to build trails and bike paths, and to design pedestrian amenities.
  • Advancing legislation to allow our local communities to develop land bank programs that would purchase and appropriately redevelop vacant and blighted properties.
  • Supporting localities that want to lead the way on issues like energy efficiency, health care and homelessness.
  • Advocating for an overhaul of the municipal finance system.
  • Promoting intergovernmental cooperation.