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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

LANSING — House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) applauded Fiat Chrysler’s decision to renegotiate its MEGA tax incentives with the state, a move that will cap the amount the automaker can claim in tax credits through the year 2029. The scope of Michigan’s MEGA tax credit program had threatened to destabilize Michigan’s budget for years to come because of the uncertainty over when large corporations would claim the credits, and the size the claims...

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...

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