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Community Partnerships is a unit of the Office of Government Relations. 

Bronco Advocacy Network Newsletter

Learn more about the work of the Offices of Government Relations and Community Partnerships in the Bronco Advocacy Network newsletter. We welcome you to join the network by sending us a message.

may 2022

DO you Know your representatives?

Do you know who represents you in the Michigan Legislature? U.S. Congress? Busy lives, term limits and shifting legislative districts sometimes make it difficult to keep track. The U.S. government hosts a website directory where you can quickly search via your address to identify the elected officials representing you at the local, state and federal levels and access links to contact information. Get in touch! Citizen input on issues is helpful and appreciated!

WMU Resiliency Center gets funding from state budget

With the help and support from Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of Michigan House health committee, and WMU’s legislative delegation, Western’s Resiliency Center will receive $750,000 in one time funding through the 2022 state budget process.

The Michigan legislature has passed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2022 in late September with the help of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Western’s allocation one-time, 1% increase which stands to 1.1 million dollars. This one-time funding increases the university’s ability to plan for long term strategies and future investments.  WMU would begin the 2022 fiscal year budget with an annual appropriation of approximately 111 million dollars. State universities received a one-time 3.9% payment through the ARP in order to maintain minimum levels of funding.

Read more at Bronco Advocacy Network.