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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

LANSING — House Democrats resoundingly rejected a roads plan that will head to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk after passing the Republican-led Legislature on Tuesday. In the new plan, $400 million will come from a gas tax increase with $200 million coming from higher registration fees. The other half of the $1.2 billion needed will be found only by cutting needed services such as public safety, education and health care funding. The roads plan was voted...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

LANSING — Bills that take aim at the ongoing problem of gun violence in Michigan were the subject of a press conference held today in Lansing. State Representatives Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) outlined their common-sense gun safety measures and called for action on their legislation.

“We’ve seen too many children die, too many parents grieve, too many neighbors witness firsthand the scourge of...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LANSING — In the six months since the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus has introduced a plan to make equal pay the law in Michigan, the average full-time working Michigan woman has lost about $6,369 in wages compared to the earnings of the average full-time working man in Michigan. While the Republicans who lead the Michigan House of Representatives continue to deny these bills a hearing, Michigan women are paying the price.

“Men and women both...

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...

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