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News from Progress Michigan 

June 6, 2017

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Progress Michigan Names Senator Jim Ananich ‘Legislator of the Month’

Ananich honored for his commitment to Flint students and ensuring educators have access to pensions after years of service to our children 

LANSING — Progress Michigan has named State Senator Jim Ananich the Legislator of the Month for May. Senator Ananich was chosen for his fight to ensure that the current teacher pension plan remains an option for new teachers. Ananich was also recognized for his work to create a Flint Promise Zone to give Flint students an opportunity to go to college.

“We are proud to present this award to Senator Jim Ananich. His commitment to ensuring fall working people get the pay and benefits they deserve is needed in Lansing,” said Hugh Madden, communications director of Progress Michigan. “Senator Ananich understands what it’s like to work with students in the classroom. He knows first-hand how demanding the job is and that teachers deserve a secure retirement at the end of a long career. Senator Ananich also recognizes that financial barriers that many students face when deciding to go to college. We applaud Senator Ananich for his work on these issues and urge other elected officials to follow his lead.”

“Michigan is a place where everyone should have the chance to succeed, but Republicans in power have made it clear that their number one target is Michigan’s working families. My mission is to make sure that everyone has a voice at the table. After all, Flint’s water still isn’t safe to drink from the tap, our roads are still a mess and Michigan’s classrooms are still under-funded and under-supported,” said State Senator Jim Ananich. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I appreciate Progress Michigan recognizing the work the Senate Democrats and I have done together to make this state a better place.”

The Legislator of the Month award is given to an elected official who demonstrates a commitment to a government of the people, by the people and for the people.


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