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Monday, December 19, 2016

LANSING — House Democratic Leader-Elect Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) has named key members of his senior staff team. Jack Schmitt has been named chief of staff, Katie Carey will continue as the press secretary for the House Democratic Caucus, Patti Tremblay-Pluta will continue on as caucus legal counsel, Coffiann Hawthorne will serve as policy director and Erin Zettle will be director of constituent outreach. Singh will become the leader of the House Democratic office on...

Monday, December 19, 2016

LANSING — House Democratic Leader-Elect Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) has named key members of his senior staff team. Jack Schmitt has been named chief of staff, Katie Carey will continue as the press secretary for the House Democratic Caucus, Patti Tremblay-Pluta will continue on as caucus legal counsel, Coffiann Hawthorne will serve as policy director and Erin Zettle will be director of constituent outreach. Singh will become the leader of the House Democratic office on...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus voted in support of a new energy policy that would increase the renewable energy standard and provide utilities with incentives to become more energy efficient. The energy plan could lead to job growth in the renewable energy industry and lead to cheaper, more reliable energy for Michigan families and businesses.

“Michigan has needed a new, forward-looking energy policy for some time now, and this plan moves us...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats voted for proposals Wednesday night that take steps toward improving the quality of care problems caused by privatization at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Two audits of the Grand Rapids facility have found widespread problems at the home following the privatization of direct care workers, including chronic understaffing, unanswered patient location or fall alerts and the failure of the home to follow up on allegations of neglect and abuse....

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus condemned today’s passage of Senate Bill 1008, legislation that transfers millions of dollars to the state’s General Fund from the Unemployment Contingent Fund within the Michigan Department of Treasury. The balance of the Contingent Fund swelled by 400 percent after an automated system caused a spike in fraud cases, nearly all of them unfounded, which means the bill is balancing the state budget on the backs of...

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