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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"While not perfect, the bipartisan Detroit Public Schools reform package passed by the Senate today is a step in the right direction and the kind of legislation that a significant number of House Democrats may be able to support. I look forward to working with all of my House colleagues to find additional solutions for Detroit schools that will work for students, teachers, administrators and the whole Detroit community.”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

State Representatives Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) introduced a package of four bills today to address various concerns stemming from the Flint water crisis, as the legislators work to correct several problems in state government that led to the humanitarian catastrophe in the community.

Rep. Phelps introduced two of the bills — instituting an emergency response plan to create clear guidelines for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Health...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

“Today, because it is in the best interest of the people of Michigan, I’m calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to resign for his actions pertaining to the Flint water crisis. This is a position I’ve come to after serious thought, reflection and consideration. Given the actions of negligence and indifference by the governor, and a culture he has created that lacks transparency and accountability, the very serious call for resignation is warranted. Gov. Snyder has...

Friday, February 26, 2016

“Emails from top aides and staffers, including former Snyder Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore, indicate that the governor must have known about the concerns last spring. It is absolutely necessary that this committee require the governor to testify under oath. There was clearly a debate in the executive office, and his top aides were recommending action. Mr. Muchmore seemed to be on the losing side, and Gov. Snyder apparently chose not to act. If somebody...

Friday, February 26, 2016

“When House Speaker Kevin Cotter and House Republicans tried to sweep Courser and Gamrat’s misconduct under the rug by expelling them from the House without a criminal investigation, House Democrats boldly insisted that the attorney general and the Michigan State Police investigate criminal wrongdoing as part of the expulsion. The results of their investigation prove that was the right move. We hope that all elected officials, including Speaker Cotter and Gov. Rick Snyder, will be held...

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