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Thursday, May 31, 2012

LANSING - Michigan House Democrats today voiced their disappointment in a newly passed 2012-13 state budget that fails to repeal painful tax increases to middle-class families and seniors, puts the public at risk by privatizing prison services and reducing prison patrols, underfunds police and fire services and gives the governor’s hand-picked appointees $3.7 million in salary increases.

“The budget passed by the Michigan House of Representatives today does little to reassure Michigan residents that their...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township), Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) and Democratic members of the House Tax Policy Committee said at a Capitol press conference today that the proposed Republican tax cut offers as little as five cents a day for most of Michigan’s struggling families while offering more relief to higher wage earners. The proposed tax cut is part of the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget under consideration in the Legislature,...

Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (Battle Creek) holds up a nickel, symbolizing the daily tax relief resulting from a proposed tax cut, during a press conference about the need for real tax reform for Michigan’s middle class in the House Office Building Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
Thursday, May 24, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township) and Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) today said that Michigan’s middle class families, senior citizens and students deserve better from the proposed state budget that offers a mere $20 in one-time tax relief, after Republicans increased their taxes by hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars last year. This proposal offers little extra funding for over-crowded schools and nothing for senior citizens reeling from the...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats held press conferences throughout the state Monday and called on Governor Rick Snyder and Legislative Republicans to restore school funding to the proposed Republican-backed education budget. The proposed budget now in a conference committee allows last year’s nearly $1 billion raid of education funds to stand, and does not increase the per-pupil foundation allowance which was cut $470 per pupil in the current fiscal year budget. The proposed budget also pits...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

LANSING – The Michigan House Democratic caucus today challenged the Republican-backed plan to lift the cap on virtual charter schools, or cyber schools, in Michigan because the plan fails to provide enough accountability regarding educational quality and could siphon critical dollars from traditional, brick-and-mortar schools to private out-of-state companies. A bipartisan group of lawmakers also were concerned over the lack of reliable evidence on the effectiveness of online instruction. The legislation, Senate Bill 619, passed...

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