Senate adopts Zorn resolution urging support for Cuban people’s fight against communism

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday adopted Sen. Dale Zorn’s resolution declaring support for the people of Cuba in their fight against that nation’s communist regime and urging the U.S. government and the Biden Administration to take action to protect the basic human rights of the Cuban people.

“Earlier this summer, the world saw the Cuban people courageously protesting a brutal Communist regime and demanding free and fair elections and personal liberty,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The failed policies of Fidel and Raúl Castro have continued under President Díaz-Canel and have furthered decades of economic and personal repression.

“The people of Cuba are standing up for freedom and self-determination. This resolution is a statement that we support their fight, and we urge President Biden to do everything possible to stand with the Cuban people.”

Senate Resolution 78 says, “the people of Michigan support the right of the people of Cuba to peacefully protest to secure basic civil liberties and stand with the people of Cuba in support of their quest for democracy, liberty, and freedom.”

It also says “without democracy and free elections, the welfare of the Cuban people will continue to be structurally burdened and protests will continue. As the Communist regime continues to deprive the people of Cuba of peaceful means to improve their lives, everyday Cubans will continue to risk their lives and well-being to protest openly to demand immediate change.”

Copies of SR 78 will be sent to President Biden, the speaker of the U.S. House, the president of the U.S. Senate, and members of the Michigan Congressional delegation.

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Sen. Zorn applauds crowdfunding effort for Milan town square project

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday said area families can help support the creation of a new town square and all-season gathering space in downtown Milan through a new crowdfunding campaign.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and local nonprofit Moving Milan Forward recently announced the campaign, which is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising funds for a project through small donations from a large number of people, typically via the internet.

“The proposed new town square would be a vibrant place for families to gather in downtown Milan and would help attract more people and opportunities to the community,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I applaud Moving Milan Forward and state officials for their hard work on this improvement project, and I want to remind local residents that they have about two months to help make it a reality.”

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by Oct. 24, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. Residents can visit www.patronicity.com/tolansquare for project details and to donate.

The proposed town square would be on one level with six large planters to provide plenty of greenery. The project would also make several important improvements to add to the space and make it more available for all seasons and times, including adding streetlights, electric lines for events, gas lines for two future fire pits during winter, sprinkler lines and stormwater lines under Tolan Square to keep the space dry.

The Public Spaces Community Places program is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from the MEDC.

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Zorn applauds state local road work grants in Lenawee County

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday applauded Morenci and Cement City for being awarded small-town road funding grants for 2022 from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

“Improving our local roads is vital to supporting family businesses and attracting new talent and job creators,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Many small towns simply don’t have the resources to keep up with deteriorating roads, and I supported the creation of this initiative in 2018 to help fund road projects in our small communities. These grants will help Morenci and Cement City improve road safety in their communities.”

The Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B, known as the Community Service Infrastructure Fund program, has awarded $3.73 million in grants to 25 cities and villages with populations of up to 10,000 people for road improvements in 2022.

The village of Cement City has been awarded a $59,069 grant toward a $118,137 project to resurface Perrin Street and Potter Street both from Lewis Road to Jackson Street.

The city of Morenci will receive a $151,208 grant toward a $302,415 project to apply a chip seal and a fog seal to Walnut Court, Lincoln Street, Clark Street, Lincoln Street, Wakefield Drive, Lincoln Street, Chestnut Street, Clark Street, Stephenson Street, Coomer Street and Page Street.

Successful projects were selected, in part, because they are paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinated with other road agencies, focused on extending the useful life of the road, and lacked other funding sources. For more information about the program, visit www.Michigan.gov/TEDF and click on “Category B – Villages and Small Cities.”

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