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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

“I congratulate Gov. Rick Snyder on his brave decision to veto three of the more egregious bills in the voter suppression package. The package as a whole would have discouraged thousands of Michigan voters from going to the polls and disenfranchised many more while doing nothing to make elections more fair. Studies have repeatedly shown that Michigan has no problem with voter fraud. As the Governor said, voting rights are precious and we need to...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today House Democrats fought against Senate Bill 1040 (H-3). In the end, the bill passed by a vote of 57 to 47. The package of bills will amend the Michigan Public School Employee’s Retirement System (MPSERS).

“Our teachers will be forced to take on the burden in such an extensive way, that it will not only make it more difficult for them to survive, but will also impede on their ability to maintain an effective...

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,...

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