Last week was the start of the legislative spring break in Michigan. Lawmakers usually take a two-week long spring break that provides them time back in their districts to meet with constituents, attend events and spend time with family. This also gives those working with the legislature the chance to get caught up, revise plans and set strategy for campaigns and issues for the rest of the spring legislative season. That is what we have been doing here at MI ACS CAN.
At the end of April, we will be heading to the Capitol for out annual Day at the Capitol to share our stories and lobby lawmakers on saving and enhancing our cancer prevention and tobacco prevention funding. Over the past several years, both budget lines have taken a hit seeing their money dry up. The biggest example is cancer prevention, where it was budgeted at $6.5 million at its highest time and now only receives $500,000 for its programming. These issues are crucial and needs to be funded and supported even more.
Other items that are on my radar are legislation regulating e-cigarettes, fundraising in schools, the Michigan Medicaid rebidding process, Healthy Michigan Reform and many more. Continue to watch for my updates in the coming months. I will be back once the legislature resumes its spring session schedule. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.