Wednesday, January 24, 2007

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Write your state representatives now and demand that they take action now. Our schools are under assault and our teachers and their students are in peril. Lansing has kept its collective head in the sand for too long. Ask them to support a series of bills (for the Senate, ask them to introduce legislation similar to what the House Bills show). Use the links to the right for example email or letter...

First, support Support House Bill 4116 which attempts to keep this years promised funding in place (it is aimed at preventing the proposed mid-year cut of over $214 per student).

Second, support House Bill 4107 which is a move towards fixing the $23 Billion deficit in the state teacher’s pension fund, a deficit which threatens the financial stability of the entire school system.

Third, ask legislators to reconsider bills that bring transparency to insurance programs so true costs can be revealed and cost effective alternatives can be considered. In the past these bills versions of House Bill 4274 which was first introduced in 2005.

Take action now by contacting Chuck Moss in the State House (chuckmoss@house.mi.gov) for BPS residents living in the 40th district (his web link is , http://www.chuckmoss.com/), Marty Knollenberg (martyknollenberg@house.mi.gov ) for BPS residents living in the 41 District (his web link is http://www.martyknollenberg.com/), John Pappageorge (senjpappageorge@senate.michigan.gov) in the State Senate for BPS residents living in District 13 (his web link is http://senate.michigan.gov/gop/senator/pappageorge/index.htm) , and Gilda Jacobs (SenGJacobs@senate.michigan.gov) in the state Senate for BPS residents living in District 14 (her web link is http://www.senate.michigan.gov/dem/gildajacobs/index.htm). If you live in the West Bloomfield part of the BPS district, contact David Law in the House -- District 39 ( davidlaw@house.mi.gov ), he is a co-sponsor of House Bill 4116. In the Senate, contact Nancy Cassis -- District 15 (SenNCassis@senate.michigan.gov).

5 comments:

suemailing said...

If you live in the West Bloomfield part of the BPS district, contact David Law in the House -- District 39 (davidlaw@house.mi.gov). He is a co-sponsor of House Bill 4116.

In the Senate, contact Nancy Cassis -- District 15 (SenNCassis@senate.michigan.gov)

Rob Lawrence said...

Thanks for the added information.

Erik Morganroth said...

Rob

Sent the emails but note the error is the letter to State Rep

Dear Representative Moss:

I'm writing to ask your support of public education. Please help us control our costs *********while while*********** holding the state to its promise of adequate funding. Support House Bill 4116.

At the same time help our district control costs by supporting House Bill 4107 which is an honest attempt to fix the train wreck that has become the state teachers pension plan. This bill will support the existing participants while allowing new teachers to enroll in 401-k type retirement plans.

Also, please consider reintroducing legislation like House Bill 4274 which was introduced in 2005. This bill provides much needed transparency towards healthcare costs.

Thank you for your consideration. Our schools must be allowed to contain the two costs which are killing our system, healthcare and pension costs. Unless we act now, we risk putting the education of our children, and the welfare of our teacher in jeopardy.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Gersonde said...

Taxpayers across our State need to work toward getting our Governor and Rep's to understand and take action on our teacher's and administrators medical expenses and pensions that are bankrupting our schools. Of the $200+ that the schools received from the State last year 2/3 went to fund teacher health care and pension costs. Sickening! Unless we want our schools to end up like the Automotive industry led by an uncompromising and selfish union still affording these high cost benefits we will run out of money. Wake up taxpayers. I am tired of being asked for more money via taxes to offset these expenses. Do your kids and District a favor support a 401k plan be instituted immedidately and a less expensive health care plan (cafeteria style)for our teachers and administrators.

Rob Lawrence said...

Thanks for the edit. Rob.