Melissa Frugé | for MI State Representative

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. Meanwhile, corporations weren’t ask to pay anything, yet still benefit from our investments. It’s time to make everyone pay their fair share.

But infrastructure goes beyond roads and bridges, it includes things like access to high speed internet. For example, only 10 percent of people living in Montmorency County have access to broadband which is essential in this day and age for businesses and students.


EDUCATION

A comprehensive, quality education is something *every* child in our state deserves, regardless of their zip code, gender, or unique learning needs. We need less labeling and standardized testing and more classroom learning for all students so they can be free to learn what they need to grow, thrive, and get the job they want. 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, the same access to resources, and the same commitment to giving our children opportunities to succeed and the best education possible and a safe learning environment.


ECONOMY

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. But working families continue to struggle with stagnant or declining wages under republican leadership. Small businesses are crucial to the economic growth and prosperity of our communities.

Why would a business want to start up or relocate here without better roads, public transportation, high-speed broadband service, and a strong public education system? All of which lead to a higher quality of life. 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. It’s time to invest in what it takes to create an environment where people want to set-up shop.

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, and 13 trillion gallons of groundwater in Antrim County is considered tainted by a plume of toxic waste the funds for the Clean Michigan Initiative have dried up and and a long term solution has yet to be found. 

We need leadership who will put families and our health before the profits of wealthy corporations.


HEALTH CARE

Everyone deserves quality, affordable health care. 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. 

Families are getting priced out of the healthcare they need to be well and work. Instead of focusing on how to protect and expand affordable healthcare options, lowering prescription drug costs and protecting us, Republicans are actively trying to limit Michiganders access to healthcare. No one should ever have to choose between the medicine they need to live a healthy life and putting dinner on the table.


GUN VIOLENCE

I have a young child. I want to make sure he has the freedom to go to school and live without fear of being shot and killed. My heart sinks when I kiss my son good-bye at the bus stop knowing we aren’t protecting our children’s safety to the best of our ability.

I support our 2nd Amendment, but 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, like most of us in HD 105 are. 

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.


VETERAN CARE

Our Veterans deserve to have easy, 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. The current administration tried that and 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 service to protect us. They have deserve more than just gratitude and respect. Now it's time for us to serve them