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Thursday, October 8, 2015

LANSING – Emails exchanged between Gov. Rick Snyder’s office and the Michigan Department of Treasury show that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette advocates using exorbitant fees to discourage Freedom of Information Act Requests, and indicate that the state illegally redacted that information in violation of Freedom of Information laws. These abuses underscore the need to pass legislation that would place the governor’s office and state Legislature under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act Laws, which House...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LANSING – As October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, members of the Progressive Women's Legislative Caucus are urging their Republican colleagues that a package of bills aimed at combating domestic violence has languished in the Legislature for half a year. The measures would give survivors of domestic violence the tools they need to escape violent situations and seek justice.

“Domestic violence is a serious problem in Michigan, and people who are trapped in abusive...

Monday, September 28, 2015

 The Blueprint for Michigan Families strengthens Michigan’s middle class and reverses one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history. The plan takes aim at stagnant incomes and tax increases that make it harder to attain and maintain a middle class life and cover rising costs. The plan recoups nearly $1 billion of the over $2 billion in tax breaks corporations received and returns it to middle class and working families.

Monday, September 28, 2015

LANSING – Democrats in the state House and Senate announced a defining package of bills today to strengthen Michigan’s middle class and reverse one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history. Called the Blueprint for Michigan’s Families, the bills take aim at stagnant incomes and tax increases which make it difficult to achieve and sustain a middle-class quality of life while coping with the rising costs of living.

“The cost of living is getting...

State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-Meridian Twp.), left, and House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), right, stand beside state Representative Tom Cochran (D-Mason) as he talks about the Blueprint for Michigan Families in the House Democratic Press Room in Lansing on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Blueprint for Michigan Families is a Democratic-sponsored plan to strengthen Michigan’s middle class and reverse one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and state Representative Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) called today for an expansion of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to include the Michigan Legislature and the governor’s office.

“When it comes to transparency and accountability, our state government has a major problem that needs to be fixed if we want to restore public trust in government,” Greimel said. “Over the last several weeks, we have seen, once...

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