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Thursday, June 14, 2012

LANSING - Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R-Midland) today banned two Democratic women legislators from speaking on the House Floor as the House of Representatives takes up its final legislation before the summer recess. State Representatives Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) and Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) were not told why the ban was put in place, but it is widely believed it stems from their opposition to radical anti-choice legislation that passed the House yesterday.

“Both Representative Byrum and I were...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

LANSING - Members of the House Democratic Caucus today called for immediate tax relief to help many of Michigan’s struggling middle class families. House Bill 5729 gradually lowers the state income tax rate from the current 4.35 percent to 3.9 percent by the year 2018. Last week State Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Pontiac) offered a proposal to provide immediate relief and drop the rate to 3.9 percent by Oct. 1 of this year. The Republicans refused...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats today refused to give their support for a Republican-backed supplemental budget that didn’t specify which programs would receive funding and left only blank spaces where lawmakers could fill in dollar amounts at a later date. Instead of passing a fill-in-the-blanks version of a supplemental budget and trusting Republicans to fairly allocate funds at some point in the future, Democrats said the Legislature should be funding programs today that help Michigan schools,...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

LANSING - Members of the House Democratic Caucus grudgingly supported House Bills 5699 and 5700 today saying that a little tax relief is better than nothing, but argued that it is time for the Republicans to offer real relief to Michigan’s middle-class families instead of targeting the greatest relief to higher wage earners.

“Like Michigan’s hard working middle-class families, we will take what we can get from this Republican administration and Legislature, but we will...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats today argued that Michigan residents need more tax relief than legislative Republicans are allowing under bills that were moved in place today for a final vote later this week. The bills give the most tax relief to high wage earners, and little relief to middle-class families and average taxpayers.

“Once again, the Republican majority has given more to their friends and failed to reach out to Michigan’s middle-class families and senior...

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