Since 2010 when you chose me to be your State Representative, I have always kept in mind the fact that I work for you. You sent me to Lansing to be your voice and to fight for efficient and effective government. Every day growing up I saw examples of people who worked hard and lived within their means, and expect their government to do the same. I have taken those lessons with me to Lansing and used them to advance the cause of efficient and effective government. You work hard for your income, and I am proud to fight for a state government that respects that fact. While there is still work to be done, I am immensely proud of what has been accomplished since you sent me to Lansing. Michigan has created more than 400,000 new private sector jobs and our unemployment rate has fallen to 4.5%, the lowest it has been since January of 2001. We repealed the job killing Michigan Business Tax on small business and eliminated dozens of special tax breaks and carve outs, including the Hollywood film subsidy. Over 2,000 burdensome regulations have also been eliminated, making Michigan more job and business friendly. We passed responsible, balanced budgets all six years, months before the deadline. We eliminated a perennial $1.5 billion deficit by focusing on long-term reforms instead of patchwork budgeting. We prioritized spending to focus on key areas important to Michigan families, and increased funding to critical areas like road maintenance, education and law enforcement to insure that Michiganders have the best services and programs possible. I will continue to work on your behalf to make Michigan an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. Please do not hesitate to contact my office by calling toll-free at (800) 577- 6212, or emailing me at AricNesbitt@house.mi.gov, if you ever have any questions, concerns, or comments.
The Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program, run by the Berrien County Health Department, is a program for women who are having their first baby. The program is designed to help first time parents succeed. Through the program, families develop confidence and skills for parenting and economic self-sufficiency by volunteering to work with a nurse home visitor from this proven program. Specialized nurses visit families regularly during a 2-1/2 year period, beginning in pregnancy. NFP nurses help families achieve their goals by fostering healthier pregnancies, improving the health and development of children, and encouraging self-sufficiency. Together, nurses and parents create a vision for the future that includes a plan for future pregnancies, steps towards continuing education, and securing adequate employment. Nurse Family Partnership is free to all eligible women in Berrien County. A nurse visits every week or two during the pregnancy and up until the baby is two years old. Together the nurse and parents work on making their home a safe place for parents and baby to live and play. They also work on getting referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in their community. Nurse Family Partnership encourages fathers, family members and even friends to be involved in the visits and learn how they can best support the mother. More than 20 years of research studies demonstrate the Nurse Family Partnership’s power in helping diverse families succeed. For more information, call the Health Department at (269) 926-7121 or visit www.bchdmi.org.
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