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State budget keeps Michigan on the right path

It’s a wrap! The Michigan Legislature recently finished work on the FY 2016 budget, a plan that once again provides a strong foundation for economic growth while investing in our state’s future.

Our plan balances the books with a focus on the priorities important to Michigan families--schools, public safety and roads. Some of the key investments include:
  1. $400 million from existing revenues for road repair and construction.
  2. More than $36 million for skilled trades, career and technical education.
  3. $31.5 million for a third grade reading initiative.
  4. Increased funding to hire 88 new state police troopers for our communities.
For the fifth year in a row, the Legislature increased funding for K-12 education. That’s more than $1.5 billion in new state funding for our schools since 2011. At the same time, the budget strengthens the state’s finances by paying down debt, forcing government to live within its means and saving for the future in the Rainy Day Fund.

Click for more information: Senate Bill 133 / House Bill 4115.

Robertson backs bill to create Blue Alert system

Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day.

I recently supported legislation that would create the Blue Alert system to inform the public of attacks on law enforcement officers in an effort to more quickly apprehend the violent offender. Under Senate Bill 336, a Blue Alert would rapidly disseminate information about an offender across television, radio and other media.

The Blue Alert plan is similar to the existing Amber Alert and Silver Alert notification systems that have been successful in locating missing children and seniors. The legislation has been sent to the House for consideration.

Michigan Child Protection Registry protects kids from adult advertising

Now that school’s out and the kids have more free time, you may wonder if they’re safe online.

Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. In fact, the newest marketing effort seems to be texting these advertisements.

Thankfully, there’s a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and is located at As a strong supporter of this registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up and help keep your kids safe from unwanted adult advertising.