Pavlov responds to governor’s education address

LANSING—In response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s special message on education reform on Wednesday, Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, issued the following statement:

“I am encouraged by the governor’s proposals. In keeping with his theme of reinventing Michigan, Gov. Snyder laid out a fresh, bold plan recognizing that the educational success of our children is the key to our long-term success as a state.

“Unfortunately we are struggling in the task of educating our young people. Fewer than half of fourth-, seventh-, and 11th-grade students are proficient in writing. A mere 16 percent of high school graduates are ready for college, based on their ACT scores.

“And, perhaps most shocking of all, there are an incredible 238 Michigan high schools that had no students proficient in math or reading last year.

“These sobering facts are unacceptable. The governor acknowledged that one solution to our education problem is empowering parents to make decisions in the best interests of their children. I heartily support his proposals to extend schools of choice to every district and to lift the cap on charter schools.

“The governor also emphasized the need to reward excellence. It makes good sense to tie some of a school’s state aid to its academic achievement, as well as giving schools bonuses for student growth. These are real incentives that will drive success.

“As Gov. Snyder mentioned, we need to ensure we have the best administrators and teachers possible. We need stricter teacher certification tests and we need to reform our tenure system. Every aspect of our educational system must be transparent, and it must be accountable. These are robust, no-nonsense—and absolutely necessary—reforms.

“Finally, we all have a role to play in improving our education system. Parents have a vested interest in our students’ success, but so do neighbors, and so do local communities and the business community.

“Gov. Snyder outlined some very good proposals for ensuring Michigan students are the top of their class, which will in turn restore greatness to our state. I look forward to working with the governor and the Legislature to work out the details so we can make this happen.”

Pavlov participates in workgroup on flood mapping and flood insurance

LANSING—Sen. Phil Pavlov participated Monday in a workgroup in Harrison Township on flood mapping and flood insurance and how they affect local residents.

Michigan homeowners pay more for flood insurance policies than those in more flood-prone southern states, and we subsidize the cost of flood insurance for southerners.

“The way FEMA currently sets flood insurance rates is simply not right,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Why should Michigan residents pay for storm damage in southern states? This is just FEMA offsetting risk and funding their own bureaucracy on the backs of Michigan taxpayers.”

FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In addition to rate inequities, workgroup attendees learned the history of flood events and water levels in Lake St. Clair, how flood mapping has been modernized, and expected changes that will affect area residents in the future.

The meeting was hosted by state Rep. Frank Foster, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation.

In addition to Pavlov and Foster, workgroup participants included Congresswoman Candice Miller; state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine; members of the Michigan Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes; and members of the Michigan House Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation.

Sen. Pavlov, Rep. LaFontaine invite residents to work group on flood mapping and flood insurance

LANSING—State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Richmond, are inviting residents of the 25th Senate District and 32nd House District to a meeting and work group on Monday, April 18 in Harrison Township on the impact of flood mapping and insurance rates.

U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller and several state senators and representatives will participate in the meeting.

Who: State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township;
State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Richmond;
U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller;
Members of the Michigan House Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation; and
Members of the Michigan Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes

What: Flood mapping and insurance meeting and workgroup

Where: Mac and Ray’s Banquet and Conference Center
30675 North River Road
Harrison Township, MI 48045

When: Monday, April 18
6 – 8 p.m.

Brief: Local homeowners have been adversely affected by high flood insurance rates. Michigan has subsidized the cost of southern states for too long. Our residents need to know why their homes are in the flood plain and how their insurance rates were set. We must pursue policies to restore fairness for Michigan property owners.

Governor signs Pavlov bills updating sex offender registry


LANSING—Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation that will bring the state into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection Act, said bill sponsor Sen. Phil Pavlov.

The new laws will require the most dangerous sex offenders to register with the state every three months.

“That’s a very important provision to ensure our residents are aware of who these dangerous people are and where they are living,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “But just as important, these measures enable people to petition the courts if they are wrongfully on the registry list.”

Public Acts 18 and 19, sponsored by Pavlov, and PA 17, sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones, will help ensure that crime prevention in the state is properly funded.

“These laws will allow our state police to receive federal funds to run our sex offender registry,” Pavlov said. “This means adequate protection and safer neighborhoods.”

Editor’s note: The above photograph of Sen. Pavlov at the bill signing with Gov. Snyder and members of the state police is available by clicking on the image. The photo and audio of Pavlov discussing the legislation are available at the senator’s website: (Photowire and Podcast links).

Lieutenant governor, Pavlov to visit Special Dreams Farm


LANSING – Sen. Phil Pavlov will join Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and state Reps. Paul Muxlow and Jud Gilbert at the Special Dreams Farm in St. Clair Township on Friday, April 15, to learn more about the nonprofit’s successful day program for developmentally disabled adults.

Open each weekday throughout the year, adults with developmental disabilities learn and participate in the daily activities of life on a farm including working in the garden and greenhouse, building fences, cutting grass, painting and general farm maintenance.

“The activities this farm provides help special needs adults gain confidence and find meaningful work in a safe environment,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “The benefits of this unique jobs program are incalculable, and I’m pleased to highlight it to our lieutenant governor and the state as an example of a valuable and educational nonprofit organization.”

The farm plans to expand with additional program opportunities which include orchard management and caring for livestock.

“This program is very unique in our state, and is a great example of how we can help people with special needs thrive throughout their lives,” said Gilbert, R-Algonac. “The farm’s president, Larry Collette, has created an excellent program that gives many families support as they meet the challenge to find a way for special needs adults to continue to grow and build their self-esteem.”