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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...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

"Michigan’s police officers and fire fighters joined with House Democrats to help defeat legislation that would dismantle the health care benefits of our first responders and other local government employees. Those who risk their health for our public safety are particularly the ones most deserving of our care and attention. That’s why it was so shocking that House Republicans would attempt to fast-track such a reckless plan to rob public employees of their health care,...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats will fight back vigorously against attacks on the retiree health care promises made to police, fire fighters and other county and municipal workers in the current lame duck session, Democratic members of the House Local Government Committee said today. Under a 13-bill plan introduced late Wednesday afternoon, retirement health care promises made to local government employees — even ones outlined in labor contracts — will be voided if health care...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

LANSING — The Michigan House Democratic Caucus voted today to make Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) the House Democratic Leader for the 2017-2018 session. Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) will serve as the Democratic Floor Leader.

“Our work is as important now as it ever was, and it includes bringing more good-paying jobs to Michigan, making sure that each child in our state gets a world-class education and building an economy that leaves no hardworking...

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