2024 Financial Empowerment Arts Contest

2024 Financial Empowerment Arts Contest

Oakland County Treasurer’s Office Announces

2024 Financial Empowerment Arts Contest Call for Entries

  • The Oakland County Treasurer’s Office—in partnership with Oakland Schools,  Flagstar Bank and the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency—announces the 2024 Financial Empowerment Arts Contest call for entries.


  • Oakland County public high school students are encouraged to participate in the annual arts contest by submitting 2-D (drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, and illustration) and video. Entries will be judged on creativity, artistic execution, and the incorporation of the financial empowerment theme. They must be submitted through the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office website by 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2024.


  • Contest winners and honorable mentions will receive cash prizes from a $10,000 contest fund provided by Flagstar Bank.  The cash prizes are $1,000 (first place), $750 (second place), $500 (third place) and $100 (honorable mention). The winning art and all submitted entries will be displayed in the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office for a year and on the website.


Pontiac, Mich., Nov. 28, 2023 — Oakland County Treasurer’s Office— in partnership with Oakland Schools,  Flagstar Bank and the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency—announces the Financial Empowerment Arts Contest call for entries.


The arts contest is open to all Oakland County public high school students, and entries must be submitted through the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office website by March 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Art submissions may include 2-D (drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, and illustration) and video.


“The annual Financial Empowerment Arts Contest enables Oakland County public high school students to showcase their artistic talent while learning about financial empowerment and responsibility,” said Oakland County Treasurer Robert Wittenberg. “We encourage all students to participate and look forward to seeing their creative entries. I am also grateful for our ongoing collaboration with Oakland Schools, Flagstar Bank, and the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency.


All entries will be judged on creativity, artistic execution, and the incorporation of the financial empowerment theme. Contest winners and honorable mentions will receive cash prizes from a $10,000 fund provided by Flagstar Bank. The cash prizes are $1,000 (first place), $750 (second place), $500 (third place) and $100 (honorable mention) for each grade level.


“Financial literacy and financial empowerment go hand in hand in supporting personal growth,” said Kim Goethe, director of Government Banking at Flagstar. “As a financial institution with its regional headquarters in Oakland County, Flagstar is pleased to sponsor this contest that encourages young people in our community to think about financial concepts and translate their ideas into artwork that never ceases to amaze. At 13 years running now, we’re proud to help make it happen once again.”


The winning art and all submitted entries will be displayed in the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office for a year and on the website.


“We believe in nurturing the talents and potential of every student and wholeheartedly support this initiative,” said Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson. “This contest not only promotes financial literacy but also encourages artistic expression, merging the worlds of economics and creativity in an innovative and inspiring way.”


For more information or to review previous winners and submissions, visit oakgov.com/treasurer.

Nation’s first public EV-charging roadway

Nation’s first public EV-charging roadway

November 29, 2023





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MDOT, City of Detroit and Electreon unveil the nation’s first public EV-charging roadway at Michigan Central

  • Electreon receiver technology charges EVs while they drive across the chargers imbedded in the pavement.

DETROIT – Detroit Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Brad Wieferich and other partners celebrated a major milestone in the future of mobility and electrification today at the Michigan Central innovation district in Detroit as crews have finished installing the nation’s first wireless-charging public roadway.

Using technology from Electreon, 14th Street is now equipped with inductive-charging coils between Marantette and Dalzelle streets that will charge electric vehicles (EVs) equipped with Electreon receivers as they drive on the road. The road will be used to test and perfect this wireless-charging technology in a real-world environment and perfect it ahead of making it available to the public in the next few years, helping to further establish Michigan and Detroit as leaders in innovation and technology.

“We’re excited to spearhead the development and deployment of America’s first wireless charging road,” said Dr. Stefan Tongur, Electreon vice president of business development. “This milestone stands as a testament to our collaborative efforts with the State of Michigan and MDOT, the City of Detroit, Michigan Central, Ford, Mcity, Jacobs, Next Energy, DTE, and others. Alongside Michigan’s automotive expertise, we’ll demonstrate how wireless charging unlocks widespread EV adoption, addressing limited range, grid limitations, and battery size and costs.

This project paves the way for a zero-emission mobility future, where EVs are the norm, not the exception.”

The move toward electrification is widely touted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who announced the pilot initiative in September 2021 to develop the nation’s first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road in Michigan. MDOT and Electreon have entered a five-year commitment to develop the electric road system (ERS), piloting the technology on Michigan roads.

Electreon’s wireless charging technology is based on inductive coupling between copper coils installed below the road surface and receivers installed on electric vehicles. When a vehicle with a receiver nears the in-road charging segments, the road transfers electricity wirelessly through a magnetic field. This electricity is then transferred as energy to the vehicle’s battery. These charging segments can transfer wireless electricity to the receiver either when the vehicle is parked (static charging) or is driving (dynamic charging). The electric road is safe for drivers, pedestrians and wildlife. Each coil in the road is activated only when a vehicle with an approved receiver passes over the coil. This ensures that energy transfer is controlled and provided only to vehicles that require it.

“Michigan has always been at the forefront of innovation in mobility, and that forward-thinking is on display with the latest advances in inductive charging from Electreon, the first deployment of this electric vehicle charging technology in the United States,” said Chief Mobility Officer Justine Johnson of the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification. “This latest milestone supports the goals of the MI Future Mobility Plan to grow Michigan’s mobility leadership, and proves that companies like Electreon can test and deploy the newest innovations right here in Michigan.”

MDOT and Electreon, a Newlab at Michigan Central member company, agreed to install a combined mile of inductive-charging roadway in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood. 14th Street, owned and maintained by the City of Detroit, now has a quarter-mile segment of wireless charging roadway. The charging road runs alongside the Newlab at Michigan Central Building, home to more than 60 tech and mobility startups, allowing for the further testing and advancement of this next-generation technology. In 2024, MDOT will begin seeking bids to rebuild part of US-12 (Michigan Avenue), which will see additional inductive charging installed. Electreon has also installed two static inductive charging stations in front of Michigan Central Station, which will be able to charge Electreon-equipped vehicles while they are parked.

“We are excited to partner with MDOT, the City of Detroit and Electreon to bring the future of roads to Michigan,” said Michigan Central CEO Joshua Sirefman. “This is what Michigan Central is all about, not only convening key partners across the public and private sectors to fuel innovation and create jobs and investment in Detroit, but also providing the environment to safely test and hone technology like Electreon in real time and in the real world. It is through this collaboration and advancement that Michigan Central is helping to tackle global problems and fast-track solutions to many of our greatest mobility challenges.”

As the auto capital of the world, Michigan stands ready to lead the nationwide charge toward electrification of our vehicles and roadways. Partnering with industry to develop and test these new technologies will help develop the blueprint necessary to introduce wireless charging roads nationwide.

“For more than a century, Detroit has been known around the world as the leader in transportation innovation,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “We are the birthplace of the auto industry, and the home of the first mile of concrete road and the first three-way traffic signal. Today, thanks to Gov. Whitmer and our partners at Michigan Central and Electreon, we can add the nation’s first wireless charging public roadway to that list of innovations.”

Remaining work along 14th Street is expected to continue through the end of 2023, with extensive testing of the inductive charging technology beginning in early 2024. Using a Ford E-Transit electric commercial van provided by Ford Motor Co. and equipped with the Electreon receiver, staff will test the efficiency and operations of the vehicle and study potential long-term public transportation opportunities.

“Developing electrified roadways may be the catalyst to accelerate interest and acceptance of EVs for all consumers,” said MDOT Director Bradley C. Wieferich. “Making it easier for EV users to find a reliable charging source without disrupting their commute supports both fleet operations and passenger travel. We’re proud to collaborate with private industry partners and the City of Detroit to support these important initiatives leading us toward a more sustainable future with fewer emissions.”

About Electreon

Electreon is the leading developer and provider of wireless charging solutions for EVs, providing end-to-end charging infrastructure and services to meet the needs and efficiency demands of shared, public, and commercial fleet operators. The company’s proprietary inductive technology charges EVs quickly and safely both while driving and parked, eliminating range anxiety, lowering total costs of EV ownership, and reducing battery capacity needs, making it one of the most environmentally sustainable, scalable, and compelling charging solutions available in the market today. Electreon collaborates with cities and fleet operators on a “sale” business model, and on a Charging as a Service (CaaS) business model, that enables cost-effective electrification of public, commercial, and autonomous fleets for smooth and continuous operation. Electreon operates 18 projects across eight countries, together with more than 100 partners. Electreon’s wireless in-road charging technology was named one of the world’s top 100 inventions for 2021 by Time Magazine. For more information, visit electreon.com.

About Michigan Central

Michigan Central is a center for advancing technologies and programs that address barriers to social, economic and physical mobility. The campus is both a convening place and a call-to-action to advance a more sustainable, equitable future through a community-based approach to mobility solutions. Building on Detroit’s rich history as an engine of change, the transformative Michigan Central project aims to strengthen the city’s existing fabric of community and accelerate its economy, while inspiring collective action on the most pressing challenges at the intersection of mobility and society worldwide.

MDOT Director Bradley C. Wieferich and Detroit Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison sign an Electreon coil.

Photo caption: MDOT Director Bradley C. Wieferich and Detroit Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison sign an Electreon coil, marking the start of the nation’s first electrified public road.

MDOT and partners celebrate the first-in-the-nation electrified public roadway on 14th Street in Detroit.

Photo caption: MDOT and partners celebrate the first-in-the-nation electrified public roadway on 14th Street in Detroit.


Over 168,000 Michiganders were renewed for Medicaid

Over 168,000 Michiganders were renewed for Medicaid

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CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112, Sutfinl1@michigan.gov

Over 168,000 Michiganders were renewed for Medicaid in October
Events with The Salvation Army helped 1,500 Michiganders maintain coverage

LANSING, Mich. – Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced it has renewed Medicaid or Healthy Michigan plan coverage for 168,088 people whose eligibility was up for redetermination in October.

Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries must renew their coverage over the next year to comply with federal legislation that requires states to resume the redetermination of Medicaid eligibility. Annual renewals were paused for three years during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Michigan annual renewals are being staggered to take place monthly through May 2024.

Medicaid renewal events hosted in partnership with The Salvation Army Great Lakes Harbor Light System have assisted Medicaid beneficiaries going through the redetermination process. Recent events helped 1,500 Medicaid beneficiaries in Southeast Michigan with the renewal process.

“MDHHS is working to preserve health benefits for all qualifying residents and will continue to use every option available to achieve that outcome,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “We want to be sure that as many Michiganders as possible can continue to receive Medicaid coverage and appreciate the partnership of The Salvation Army and others in this effort.”

The latest data on Medicaid renewals can be found on MDHHS’ online dashboard.

The dashboard – which is updated monthly – shows that 804,613 people have been renewed to date. The department is awaiting completed enrollment forms from another 85,795 people who were up for renewal in October and have until the end of November to return their paperwork. 

There were 13,618 people who were disenrolled in October because they were no longer eligible and 2,806 whose eligibility was not renewed for procedural reasons – such as not providing requested verification documents like driver’s license, pay stubs and bank statements. MDHHS can reinstate eligibility back to the termination date for people who were disenrolled based on a procedural reason and are subsequently found to be eligible for Medicaid during a 90-day reconsideration period. 

Additional MDHHS efforts to help Michiganders keep their coverage are possible as a result of the federal government releasing new flexibilities and strategies to state officials to lessen the impact of the resumption of Medicaid renewals.

This includes:

  • Extending the renewal date to May 2024 for beneficiaries undergoing life-saving treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy infusions or dialysis.
  • Allowing managed care plans to assist enrollees they serve in completing and submitting Medicaid renewal forms.
  • Sharing lists with managed care organizations of their enrollees who are due for renewal or have not responded to provide additional outreach to those beneficiaries.
  • Reinstating eligibility back to the termination date for people who were disenrolled based on a procedural reason – such as not returning reenrollment forms on time – and are subsequently found to be eligible for Medicaid during a 90-day reconsideration period. 
  • Providing beneficiaries an extra month to submit paperwork to help avoid loss of health care coverage.

MDHHS advises all Medicaid enrollees to check their renewal month and renew online at Michigan.gov/MIBridges. MDHHS will send monthly renewal notices four months before a beneficiary’s renewal date and follow up with text messages, phone calls, and emails during their renewal month.

Updated data on September renewals that were extended through October are also available on the online dashboard.

MDHHS advises families to return any renewal paperwork from the department even if they believe they are no longer eligible for Medicaid. Some members of a household can obtain health care coverage even when others are not eligible. For example, a child may be eligible for MiChild, even if their parent is not eligible for other Medicaid programs. Or some Michiganders may have income that is over the income limit for one program and still be able to obtain health care benefits through another program.

MDHHS will assess a household’s eligibility for all Medicaid programs – not just for the programs in which someone is currently enrolled, and also for each family member in the household.

Michiganders who no longer qualify for Medicaid will receive additional information about other affordable health coverage options available, including on HealthCare.gov. Affected Michiganders will be able to shop for and enroll in comprehensive health insurance as they transition away from Medicaid, and many Michiganders can purchase a plan for less than $10 per month.

Michigan Medicaid beneficiaries can learn more, including what they need to do to prepare for renewals, on the Medicaid Benefit Changes website.  

Bills Supporting Workers, Teachers, and Tribal Communities

Bills Supporting Workers, Teachers, and Tribal Communities

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November 29, 2023

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Gov. Whitmer Signs Bills Supporting Workers, Teachers, and Tribal Communities

Other legislation helps government work better


LANSING, Mich.—Today, Governor Whitmer signed legislation supporting workers, teachers, and tribal communities. The bills also cut red tape, improve the efficiency of state services, and help Michigan residents access and navigate state government.


“Since taking office, we have made real progress improving the efficiency of state government and making Michigan the best place to live, work, invest, and raise a family,” said Governor Whitmer. “Today’s bills take important steps to cut unnecessary red tape, help teachers and workers save money and advocate for better working conditions, fix our infrastructure, and make government easier to navigate for Michiganders with limited English proficiency, among other things. I will continue working hard to help more people envision a bright future for themselves in Michigan.”


Bill Signing



Senate Bill 169, sponsored by Sen. John Cherry, requires public employers to provide collective bargaining representatives with their employees’ employment and contact information.


“In the past, some unions have struggled to contact employees they represent, because new hire information was not transmitted,” said State Senator John Cherry (D-Flint). “The intent behind Senate Bill 169 is to ensure employees receive the representation they are entitled to. Thanks to Gov. Whitmer signing it into law, represented Michigan workers will now have better access to services from their union.”


Senate Bill 185, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Irwin, allows graduate student research assistants and independent university contractors to organize in unions.


“Research assistants at our universities produce cutting-edge innovations that save lives,” said State Senator Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor). “They do important work, and this law respects that work by allowing them to be considered employees and collectively bargain again.”


“I am pleased to see that Governor Whitmer has signed the grad research assistant bill into law,” said Terrence Martin, President of AFT Michigan. “The passage of this bill is a significant step forward in restoring the rightful status of Graduate Student Research Assistants as public employees who are eligible to be represented by their local union”.


House Bill 4230, sponsored by Rep. Jimmie Wilson, and House Bill 4234, sponsored by Rep. Penelope Tsernoglou, would remove the restriction on public bodies setting up a payroll deduction plan for consenting employees for political contributions.


“As a proud supporter of all Michigan workers, I am happy this bill is becoming law,” said state Rep. Jimmie Wilson, Jr. (D-Ypsilanti). “This bill gives public employees the opportunity, if they choose, to participate in payroll deductions for their labor union’s PAC — giving workers an additional way to advocate for their needs and support the organizations that support them in the political sphere.”


“I think most of my colleagues can agree that, as elected officials, we should never be in the business of taking rights away from working Michiganders. For years, working people have seen their freedoms taken away by attacks on their unions — the very institutions whose sole purpose is to fight on behalf of their members,” said state Rep. Penelope Tsernoglou (D-East Lansing). “I sponsored this bill to give workers their rights back, which has been a central priority for the Dem controlled 102nd Legislature.”



House Bill 5021, sponsored by Rep. Matt Koleszar, changes the default retirement plan for new hires in the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System from the 401(k) plan to the pension plus plan, offering them more flexibility.


“A secure retirement is something every public school employee should have,” said state Rep. Matt Koleszar (D-Plymouth). “By changing the default to the Pension Plus 2 program, we can do just that, and do it while being fiscally responsible.”


Tribal Communities

Senate Bill 441, sponsored by Sen. Sue Shink, amends reporting requirements for commercial fishing to keep the state in compliance with a new consent decree between the federal and state governments and several of Michigan’s federally recognized tribes.


“This bill is important as it will bring DNR into compliance with the Decree reached between the State and Tribes regarding fishing in the Great Lakes we all share,” said State Senator Sue Shink (D-Northfield Township). “In signing this bill into law, we are holding up our end of this agreement and prioritizing trust and cooperation between The State of Michigan and all the Tribes. I am proud to work alongside Governor Whitmer and I look forward to building beneficial partnerships for the State and with all the Tribes in Michigan in the future.”


House Bill 4852, sponsored by Rep. Carrie Rheingans, designates manoomin, also known as wild rice, as the official native grain of Michigan.


“It is an honor to carry forward this bill that designates manoomin as the state’s native grain,” said state Rep. Carrie Rheingans (D-Ann Arbor). “This was only possible due to the many years that tribal leaders, elders and rice keepers have worked to restore this sacred grain in Michigan’s waters and elevate its significance across the entire Great Lakes region.”


“This bill places an importance on the recovery and protection of manoomin (wild rice). Designating it as Michigan’s native grain is a monumental step forward. Manoomin is culturally significant to many Tribal nations and is viewed as a gift provided from the creator,” said the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council. “Manoomin provides deep cultural roots to our ancestors through teachings passed down generations, describing the food that grows on water. We remain committed to working with our partners to provide education and outreach on its importance to all residents of Michigan.”


“I’m excited to see what opportunities this new law will do to get all the Federally Recognized Tribes, State agencies, and Federal agencies in Michigan to sit down at the table to address the Manoomin concerns,” said Roger LaBine, Water Resource Technician Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Environmental Department. “I look forward to doing the Education and Outreach to anyone who is interested.”


Modernizing Government

House Bill 4720, sponsored by Rep. Ranjeev Puri, and Senate Bill 382, sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Chang, are the Statewide Meaningful Language Access Coordination Act. They require state departments and agencies take reasonable steps to help Michigan residents with limited English proficiency access state services.


“Michigan has a large and growing immigrant population that should all have access to state government services regardless of ability to speak or understand English,” said state Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit). Over 944,928 Michiganders 5 years old and over speak another language besides English at home. Whether it’s accessing public benefits or getting housing resources, every Michigander deserves to get the help they need from state departments and agencies in order to make sure their needs are met.”


“Every Michigander deserves the ability to easily access state resources and services they are eligible for,” said state Rep. Ranjeev Puri (D-Canton). “This legislation will facilitate equal access to state services for those who are English language learners or have limited English proficiency. These bills go a long way toward building a more inclusive state and ensuring those who are working to make a better life have the opportunities they need to thrive.”


“The Office of Global Michigan is helping Michigan’s economy grow by retaining and attracting global talent and these language access bills will help us further promote the skills, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit of our immigrant and refugee communities,” said Poppy Sias Hernandez, Executive Director of the Office of Global Michigan. “We are thankful for the Governor and the legislature for their continued support and policy to make Michigan a great place they can call home for everyone.”


“With this new law, Michigan signals that it is important for all residents to have meaningful access to our state government,” said Christine Sauvé, Policy, Engagement, and Communications Coordinator at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. “This new act will reduce barriers, advance inclusion, and have a tremendous impact on the lives of people with limited English proficiency and their families, many of whom are members of Michigan’s diverse immigrant communities. No matter what language you speak or where you were born, we all benefit when people with limited English proficiency are able to fully participate in public life and are included in communication about services relating to public health, safety, taxes, and other important matters we share in common. This has long been a goal for MIRC and the communities we serve so we are very excited to celebrate now that Michigan is joining other states across the nation in ensuring meaningful access to state services for all Michiganders.”


Senate Bill 533, sponsored by Sen. Erika Geiss, allows the Secretary of State to issue vehicle titles and establish and implement a system to transfer titles electronically.


“Implementing the use of electronic titles saves Michiganders time and resources,” said State Senator Erika Geiss (D-Taylor). “This legislation promotes convenience and efficiency by eliminating the need for physical paperwork, reducing the chance of lost or damaged titles, and ensures electronic titles can be easily accessed and transferred digitally. Plus, it’s a step towards a more digital and eco-friendly future.”


House Bill 4897, sponsored by Rep. Nate Shannon, allows a county road commission to enter into agreements with non-adjacent counties’ road commissions or the Michigan Department of Transportation to perform work on roadways and to purchase and use machinery and equipment.


“This legislation will improve the efficiency of road agency operations by reducing costs and diminishing obstacles to share special road equipment between MDOT and local road commissions,” said state Rep. Nate Shannon (D-Sterling Heights), chair of the House Transportation, Mobility and Infrastructure Committee. “I’m excited this bill can finally provide clarity in the law to ensure equipment is more accessible to continue to strengthen Michigan infrastructure for years to come.”


House Bill 4717, sponsored by Rep. Kristian Grant, requires real estate brokers to complete training on local, state, and federal fair housing law.


“The Fair Housing Act was a landmark piece of legislation. It was a direct response to the intentional discrimination that people can face when searching for housing. This bill builds on the impact of FHA by ensuring that realtors know and use fair housing law to advocate for their clients,” said state Rep. Kristian Grant (D-Grand Rapids). “Access to safe, stable and healthy housing is important for families and communities to thrive and lead fulfilling lives. This bill is a testament of our commitment to economic opportunity and the pursuit of happiness for all Michiganders. I’m so glad to see it signed into law.”


House Bill 4706, sponsored by Rep. Sharon MacDonnell (D-Troy), allows entities to own or operate electric vehicle chargers without being considered a public utility so they can qualify for funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.


“Electric vehicles are the future of mobility, and we need to update our laws to lay the groundwork for that future,” said state Rep. Sharon MacDonell (D-Troy). “By accelerating the growth of Michigan’s EV charging network, we can stimulate green business and job growth while eliminating range anxiety and encouraging more drivers to choose this cleaner form of transportation.”


Senate Bill 337, sponsored by Sen. Dayna Polehanki, modernizes key provisions governing Michigan land surveys.


“Some of Michigan’s existing laws need updates to facilitate the use of new technology in our state. In this case, the original law governing survey maps hadn’t been updated since 1970,” said State Senator Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia). “I am pleased that Senate Bill 337 will allow professional property surveyors to utilize GPS and computer aided drafting that will improve the accuracy and efficiency in the land surveying process.”


House Bill 4942, sponsored by Rep. Emily Dievendorf, transfers two parcels of land in Lansing to the Michigan House of Representatives.


“The signing of HB 4942 ensures we continue to maintain the structural integrity of Lansing’s Downtown,” said state Rep. Emily Dievendorf (D-Lansing). “It not only improves infrastructure, but it also contributes to the safety of our state workers so they can continue to arrive safely on the job.”





Whitmer & Gilchrist Statements on Remembrance of Oxford Shooting 

Whitmer & Gilchrist Statements on Remembrance of Oxford Shooting 

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November 30, 2023

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Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist Statements on Two Year Remembrance of Oxford Shooting

School district holding a moment of silence and urges people to light candles or luminaries at 7pm


LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement to honor the lives of those we lost in the shooting two years ago at Oxford High School. The Oxford Community Schools district is holding a moment of silence today, Thursday, November 30 at 12:51PM and urges Michiganders to light a candle or luminary in remembrance this evening at 7:00PM.


“Today, Michiganders come together to remember, grieve, and stand with the people of Oxford.


“We honor the memories of four beautiful young souls. Justin, a kind young man and avid golfer who could make you feel better with his big smile. Madisyn, who brightened any room she walked into and was a proud big sister to her brother who has special needs and special gifts. Tate, a leader on and off the football field, whose work ethic and loyalty to his friends was unmatched. And Hana, a freshman known for her silly sense of humor who loved volleyball and basketball.


“These four extraordinary young Michiganders were taken from us too soon. Many were wounded and still bear scars—seen and unseen—from that day. It’s not fair. Michigan will always keep Oxford in our hearts. We have faced a lot of tough times, and the way we got through any of them was by sticking together. After the shooting, we held each other close. We cried together. We had each other’s backs. We need to remember that now more than ever.


“Michigan sends its love. Let us continue honoring the memories of those we have lost with action to protect our children, our families, and our communities.”


Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist Statement

“As we mark two years since the heartbreak and shock of the tragedy in Oxford, we are committed to honoring the memories of Hana, Tate, Madisyn, and Justin and supporting the Oxford community. My family, and the entire state of Michigan, continues to send our love and prayers to everyone impacted by this terrible event. Out of our grief comes our resolve to support each other and keep our families and communities safe. Let us continue working to ensure no Michigander must fear gun violence.”