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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

“I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans are once again attacking the ability of Michigan workers to earn a living wage. In passing House Bill 4052, which prohibits local communities from passing local minimum wage laws or benefit requirements, House Republicans are telling Michigan workers that they don’t deserve good wages and paid sick leave, while eroding local municipalities’ ability to take steps toward improving their economies. Instead of cutting wages for Michiganders, we should...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

“I am bitterly disappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of the adoption discrimination bills into law today. Just three months ago, Snyder said he would not support a proposal allowing people and businesses to use their faith as legal grounds to discriminate. I can’t understand his action today as anything other than a betrayal of Michigan’s diverse population. Adoption agencies receive taxpayer dollars, and they shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate against taxpayers who pay them....

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

LANSING — The House Democratic Caucus came out in opposition of Speaker Kevin Cotter’s road funding plan today. Among other things, the House Republican plan would eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit, a credit that many low-income working families rely on to make ends meet.

“When Prop 1 failed in early May, it was a signal from our voters that they want us to come up with a comprehensive road funding solution without putting more...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), state Representative Tom Cochran (D-Mason), minority vice chairman of the House Committee on Insurance, House Insurance Committee member and Detroit Caucus Chair Rep. Brian Banks (D-Detroit), Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) and Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) said today that the Senate plan to cut auto insurance rates for Detroit drivers by severely limiting coverage available for accident victims is a bad deal for Detroit...

Monday, June 8, 2015

LANSING – State Representatives Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) hailed the announcement Monday that Ford Motor Co. has agreed to limit its MEGA tax credits to $2.3 billion and invest up to $3.1 billion in Michigan in order to shore up the state’s revenues and create fiscal stability over the coming decades. The announcement followed negotiations between the automaker and the state after it was announced earlier this year that Michigan faces a...

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