Promoting accessible and affordable transit across Detroit and Hamtramck.
As Detroit and Hamtramck continue to develop, accessibility of the district’s resources for everyone in the community must be a priority. Detroit’s success as a major metropolitan area will largely depend on having a reliable regional transportation system – something that is currently lacking.
If elected, Matt will work with fellow lawmakers in Detroit, Hamtramck, and surrounding regions to make sure that the state invests in effective public transit that will help thousands of District 4 residents access jobs, and sustain the city’s economic development. Specifically, we need to make sure the Regional Transit Authority and DDOT are adequately funded to provide the city and region with the services they need.
Driving city-wide growth across Detroit and Hamtramck’s diverse neighborhoods.
Perhaps the best-kept secret of Detroit and Hamtramck are their neighborhoods. From Woodbridge to Boston Edison and New Center to the East Side, Michigan’s 4th district includes some of the state’s most diverse communities.
While each of District 4’s neighborhoods has much to offer, the degree of economic development and amount of resources available vary significantly between communities. While some neighborhoods have enjoyed surges in business growth, other areas have experienced economic decline. Similarly, some neighborhoods are long-established while others are newly emerging.
Matt believes that strengthening Detroit and Hamtramck means supporting all neighborhoods, and creating plans specific to each area’s needs and current resources. This strategy will ensure long-term growth across the district, and guarantee that no area gets left behind.
Supporting District 4 business owners, entrepreneurs, and residents.
Business investments are coming into Detroit and Hamtramck, but how are these investments affecting the city’s residents?
Matt understands that District 4’s economic successes thus far have not benefited everyone in the city equally. One of his key focuses in building Detroit and Hamtramck’s economies is looking at the development models that have worked in Downtown and Midtown, and learning from their successes and challenges to develop District 4’s locally owned, neighborhood businesses.
Matt’s plan for building economic growth in Detroit and Hamtramck includes collaborating with business leaders and local officials to spur growth across the city’s neighborhoods – without displacing or disrupting the lives of the neighborhoods’ residents. Specifically, Matt hopes to utilize his office to organize and invest in local and black-owned business startups, and to improve support for people whose homes have been foreclosed.
Supporting Detroit and Hamtramck’s children and families through education.
Detroit and Hamtramck’s future depends on how we educate our children. Lansing has taken steps to improve funding for District 4 schools, and Matt knows that a strong voice is needed in the capitol to maintain this commitment to the district’s school system.
As representative of District 4, Matt will fight for Detroit and Hamtramck’s children and families at both the local and state levels. This means advocating for consistent funding of the district’s schools, and supporting local control over local schools.
In addition to fighting for District 4’s schools in Lansing, Matt hopes to utilize the office of the State Representative to organize communities around their local schools. Supporting public institutions locally will help equip schools with the resources necessary to serve students above and beyond what the state provides, making way for opportunities like continuing education and job training programs.