***Media Advisory***

For Immediate Release     
Feb. 27, 2014       

Contact: Patrick Tiedt
(517) 373-1725

Who:  State Sen. Darwin Booher;
Mrs. Oakes and her kindergarten class;
Ms. Spaulding and her kindergarten class; and
Mrs. House and her first-grade class.

What: Sen. Booher, R-Evart, will celebrate March is reading Month by reading to the children.

When:  Monday, March 3 at 12:45 p.m.

Where: Roscommon Elementary School
             175 West Sunset
             Roscommon, MI 48653
       
Brief: In Michigan, we are reminded that all students need to engage in reading opportunities that will enhance thinking and meet rigorous English language arts standards that prepare them for the 21st century. Reading Month is an opportune time to reflect on the quality of literature we are using to inspire students.

Booher will celebrate March is Reading Month by reading selected works to the children of Roscommon Elementary School the afternoon of March 3.

Please call Booher’s Lansing office at 517-373-1725 for more information.

 

Booher: Governor’s plan focuses on investing in schools, roads and local governments

LANSING?Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Wednesday after listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2015 state budget presentation:

“I am proud that the governor’s budget plan continues to be fiscally responsible while also wisely using the expected surplus to further increase support for the key priorities of educating our students, addressing our infrastructure needs and keeping our communities safe.

“The best news is that the plan increases state support for all levels of education. The proposed $11.7 billion K-12 budget plan is $1 billion more than 2011 and features a $150 million increase in the foundation allowance and $270 million more to the school employee retirement system to reduce costs to the schools. 

“I am also pleased to see an increase of $65 million for the state’s Great Start Readiness Program to help ensure children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten and $80.3 million more for our public universities and $8.9 million more for community colleges that will help prepare the next generation for successful careers.

“The governor understands the vital roles that our infrastructure system and local governments play in our economy and lives. So, I was pleased to see the governor plans to use $254 million in existing funds to improve our roads and bridges, increase revenue sharing to locals by 3 percent to $765 million and also provide $211 million to 74 eligible counties.

“With an understanding that the final state budget will depend on revenue and economic numbers to be determined in May, I look forward to working with the governor on enacting a budget that makes important investments in key priorities while ensuring we remain fiscally sound and continue our economic recovery.”

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**PHOTO ADVISORY**

For Immediate Release       Contact: Patrick Tiedt
Feb. 3, 2014         517-373-1725

LANSING? Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, and Centra Wellness Network executive director Chip Johnston (left) tell members of the Senate Health Policy Committee on Wednesday about the importance of improving mental health services. Johnston expressed his support for Booher’s bill, Senate Bill 713, to allow community mental health service programs to partner with health care providers such as hospitals, health systems and physician groups to better provide services to mental health patients.

“This would permit community mental health programs to have an active participation in the total treatment of a patient for the benefit of the health care consumers and the taxpayers,” Booher said. “The coordination of all essential medical and behavioral care will be done more easily, which is very important in our rural areas.”

Under SB 713, a community mental health services program would be able to partner with entities that provide and/or manage health care and rehabilitative services for purposes directly related to fulfilling the general health, welfare and service obligations of the programs.

Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, plans to introduce similar legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives soon.

A print-quality version of the above photograph of Booher and Johnston is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDarwinBooher.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center Tab.