Melissa Frugé | for MI State Representative

Families are getting priced out of the healthcare they need to be well and work. People deserve to have their privacy respected, and should be trusted to make informed, responsible decisions with their healthcare provider. No one should ever have to choose between the medicine they need to live a healthy life and putting dinner on the table.

Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care. Instead of focusing on how to protect and expand affordable healthcare options, lowering prescription drug costs and protecting us, there is an effort in Lansing being made to actively limit Michiganders access to healthcare. We need elected officials to protect and expand Medicare, and stand up to the powerful lobbyist to ensure no one is forced into financial ruin because they can’t afford the necessary treatments, prescriptions or doctors visits they need to live a healthy life.


As a parent of a young child, I believe public education is the great equalizer in our society, the only way our children and our state will move forward is through education. As a candidate for State Representative, I am committed to protecting our children's education.

No company should operate at the expense of our children's’ education and using our taxpayer dollars to increase the their own profits. Public, private and charter schools should have the same commitment to transparency, and the same commitment to giving our children opportunities to succeed and the best education possible.

As your Representative I will be fighting to make sure our teachers and public schools have the support and funding they need to make a difference in our children's education, from Pre-K through post high school.


I support our 2nd Amendment, and I believe common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day. That includes supporting red flag laws, eliminating the use of high-capacity magazines, and conducting complete criminal background checks on all gun purchases to make sure dangerous people don’t get access to dangerous weapons-- without infringing on the rights of responsible gun owners.

When I get to Lansing I will take action to ensure all of these common sense practices are put in place to protect our freedom to go to school and work without the fear of being fatally attacked.


INFRASTRUCTURE

Our roads are in perhaps the worst shape in the modern history of Michigan. Republicans have been in charge of the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature for seven years, and our roads are worse off. House Republicans passed a roads package in 2015 that raised taxes and fees for families but doesn’t come close to fixing the roads .Corporations weren’t ask to pay anything, yet still benefit from our investments. It’s time to make everyone pay their fair share.


ENVIRONMENT

Our natural resources are not for sale and as the Great Lake State we should be working hard to protect our environment. The Republican dominated House has been working to undermine the authority of EPA and other organizations with the passage of bills designed to prohibit state agencies from adopting rules more stringent than federal regulations, allow massive amounts of groundwater to be withdrawn without meeting current DEQ requirements, and continued support of Enbridge’s line 5 under the straits of Mackinac. Meanwhile there are people in this state who don’t even have access to clean water.

When I am elected to represent our district, I will put families and our health before the profits of wealthy corporations.


Working families across the country struggle daily to ensure financial security for their future. For them, America’s promise—that if you work hard, you can build a better life—is broken. 

Working Michiganders should be able to earn a wage that sustains a family, with the flexibility to take care of their families. They need to be able to pay for the things our families need. As a person who has had to work three jobs to make ends meet, I understand that there is a shortage of skilled workers, and we need to encourage job training and competitive pay for skilled workers and the repeal of this bill is against these goals. Let’s foster small business growth and make a welcoming environment for them.  Instead of offering handouts to out-of-state corporations using our tax dollars, we need to focus on fixing things like roads, bridges, shipping channels, fiber optic networks, and education.


VETERANS

Our Veterans deserve immediate access to the resources, tools and programs they have rightly earned. Expecting them to drive more than an hour and jump through hoops to see a doctor is unacceptable. Local resources, centers and veteran care should not be put in the hands of private companies. Michigan’s current administration tried privatizing some of those services as a result left veterans to suffer in the Grand Rapids Veterans Home for years. As a community, as a state, we can do better. According to recent finding released by the Veterans Affairs, suicide among Michigan veterans ages 18-54 is double the national average. In northern Michigan alone, it is estimated eight veterans choose to end their own lives each year. These men and women volunteered to protect us. Now it's time for us to serve them.