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Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senate District 7 Legislative Update
Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city.
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Dear Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! This week we will join with our families and friends to give thanks for all we have been given and to enjoy time with those we love. In recognition of this important day, I and several other Senators read historical Thanksgiving proclamations on the Senate floor. I read the proclamation delivered by the Continental Congress on November 1, 1777 denoting a national Thanksgiving Day. You can watch the recitation here: Colbeck Delivers Thanksgiving Statement.

Should you ever have any questions about my work in the district or in Lansing, please contact my office at 517-373-7350 or by email at, or visit with me at one of my monthly office hours in the district.

Best Regards,

Patrick Colbeck
State Senator


Colbeck Submits Suggested Revisions to Proposed Science Standards

The Michigan Department of Education is currently reviewing and updating the K-12 Science Standards. I looked at the proposed standards in-depth and came up with a list of suggested revisions.

My analysis of the proposed Science Standards was driven by the following factors central to the purpose of developing good citizens:

• Adherence to Scientific Method
• Political Neutrality
• Enhancement of Critical thinking

To view the proposed standards click here: Proposed Science Standards

To view my suggested revisions click here: Science Standards Suggested Revisions

Government Swiss Army Knife

What if there were a way that state government could fix the roads, repair potholes in Healthy Michigan, stretch school dollars, free up more resources for local government and reform no-fault? How about one that would accelerate job growth? It turns out that one tool does it all. What is that tool? Direct Primary Care.

What is Direct Primary Care? It eliminates the middleman for routine healthcare services and re-focuses healthcare on the doctor-patient relationship. It provides better care for less money. In fact over 20% less.

Michigan is now seeing rapid growth in Direct Primary Care service providers in the wake of the passage of my bill (MI Public Act 522 of 2014) to protect these providers from insurance regulations. An estimated 150 doctors have already adopted the direct primary care business model in the state of Michigan and more are contacting our office as word spreads. Direct Primary Care is good for doctors, good for patients and good for employers seeking quality health care options for their employees.

How could it help fix our government policy potholes?

We spend $664M per year to provide health insurance for over 51,000 state employees. 20% savings frees up $133M per year.

We spend $17B per year on Medicaid for over 2.4 Million citizens of our 10 Million citizens. 20% savings frees up $3.4B per year of which almost $1.4B comes from state revenue.

We spend $1.25B per year on healthcare costs in Education. A 20% savings frees up $250M per year or over $167 per pupil.

We spend an estimated $775M per year on Local Government healthcare. A 20% savings frees up $155M per year for our communities to hire more policemen and firemen.

Each of us spends $150 per vehicle per year on no-fault insurance. Healthcare services are the principle purpose of no-fault insurance. A 20% savings should reduce the cost of no-fault insurance by up to $30 per vehicle per year. A reduction of 20% in the liabilities for the current $18B Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association Fund would free up $3.6B for further reductions in insurance premiums.

Last but not least, Michigan businesses spend an estimated $31B per year on healthcare. A 20% savings frees up $6.2B per year for employers to invest in their employees and help their business achieve a competitive edge over businesses in other states. This would have a tremendous impact on job growth in Michigan. This job growth would in turn generate additional tax revenue to fill all of the potholes previously cited simply by getting more people back to work.

In short, Direct Primary Care could be used as a “Swiss army knife” tool to fix many of the policy issues facing the State of Michigan. As we expand the use of this tool throughout our state, Michigan has an opportunity to be at the center of a free market healthcare revolution. This revolution will reverse today’s trend towards less care and more money to one that provides better care for less money. Now, isn’t that a worthy pursuit?

For more information on Direct Primary Care Services, see my Healthcare Reform Strategy at or visit



Veterans Event in Canton

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) are hosting a VetTogether at Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza in Canton on December 4 from 6-8pm.

The evening will feature free appetizers and specials on food and drinks. IAVA invites area veterans to come out and socialize with other veterans, reach mentors and connect locally.

Veterans Event in Canton information

Second Freedom Center to be Located in North Terminal

Work is continuing on the second Freedom Center in the North Terminal at Metro Airport, with a grand opening planned for Thursday, December 17 at 11am. The North Terminal Freedom Center will join the original Freedom Center in the McNamara Terminal in serving members of the military, veterans and their families as they travel through Metro Airport.

Freedom Center


WMU Autism Center of Excellence

Senator Colbeck meets regularly with constituents in the district on Mondays and Fridays and at his office in Lansing Tuesdays through Thursdays. If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Senator, please contact Penny at (517) 373-5713 or toll-free at (866) 262-7307 to arrange a time that is convenient for you.

Upcoming Office Hours:

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: City of Wayne Library
3737 South Wayne Rd., Wayne

Date: Friday – December 18, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.-Noon
Location: Livonia Civic Park Senior Center
Address: 15218 Farmington Road, Livonia


Religious Liberty Rally to be Held in Lansing

Religious Liberty Rally info


Michigan’s 7th Senate District

The 7th Senate District

The 7th Senate District includes Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city.

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Senator Patrick Colbeck
1020 Farnum Bldg.   P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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