Brandenburg supports new laws to aid students on career track
Senate legislation recently signed into law will help high school students make informed decisions as they plan for their future.
Public Act 242 of 2018 (Senate Bill 343) requires schools to provide students with the most recent available analysis of in-demand jobs in their local region. The new law allows schools to provide the career outlook information electronically.
Public Act 241 of 2018 (Senate Bill 344) allows a student to receive a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) endorsement on their diploma as an incentive to take more STEM classes. Many of the high-skilled and high-paying jobs are in the STEM field. Michigan is the first state in the country to offer the STEM certification opportunity. The endorsement will help give students a competitive advantage in the job market.
Work requirements reinstated for food assistance
Michigan’s improved unemployment rate has prompted the reinstatement of federal work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food assistance beginning Oct. 1. Work requirements were previously reinstated in 14 counties; the requirements are now reinstated in all other counties in Michigan.
Able-bodied adults are recipients ages 18 to 49 with no dependents. There are exemptions for people who are physically or mentally unable to work for 20 hours, are pregnant or care for a child under age 6 or those who are incapacitated. Recipients can contact their Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) case specialist with questions or go to www.michigan.gov/foodassistancefor more information.
Final highway cleanup date set
Michigan’s highway roadsides will be spruced up Sept. 22-30 as volunteer groups remove litter and trash as part of the final 2018 Adopt-A-Highway pickup.
Three times a year, volunteer crews collect debris to help keep the state’s highway roadsides clean, attractive and safe. About 2,800 groups clean 6,300 miles of highway each year, including two-lane roads and business routes. Since 1990, these volunteers have collected more than one million bags of trash! Sections of highway are still available to adopt. Find more information at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.
Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide now available
With more than 100 varieties of trees, four Great Lakes and thousands of sparkling inland lakes and waterways, autumn in Michigan is spectacular!
The 2018 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guidefeatures articles on scenic drives, fall foliage hikes and family getaways along with postcard-worthy photographs. The publication also includes a directory of state parks and campgrounds and a fall calendar of events. Access the digital version and sign up for weekly fall color updates at www.michigan.org/travel-guideor contact my office to receive a print copy.
Check out fall family activities at state parks
Michigan state parks offer plenty of family fun and adventure beyond the summer season. More than 30 state parks host fall harvest festivals in September and October. Selected parks feature hay rides, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, even haunted trails! Activities in state park campgrounds are typically open to registered campers only. Find out about upcoming events at www.michigan.gov/harvestsandhaunts.