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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LANSING – Today, House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township) and the House Democratic Caucus attempted to stop Republican lawmakers from circumventing the Michigan Constitution. The Republicans tried to violate the constitution in order to get Senate Bill 971, which seeks to undermine Michigan’s judicial system by not classifying graduate research assistants as employees before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission rules next week, sent to the Governor. Today, Senate Republicans put the language...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

LANSING - The House Democratic Caucus today continued their fight to help Michigan’s unemployed workers. Democrats pressed for action on House Bill 4619, sponsored by State Representative Jim Ananich (D-Flint), which restores Michigan’s unemployment eligibility to 26 weeks, the amount that had been available until Republicans reduced it to 20 weeks last year. Democrats also pushed for action on House Bill 5144, sponsored by State Representative Charles Smiley (D-Burton), which would give small businesses a...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

“House Democrats, in anticipation of the Republicans passing Senate Bill 971, are standing united against yet another attack on Michigan’s working families. The bill in its current form represents bad public policy for employment disputes, graduate assistants and the University of Michigan as whole. “The Michigan Employment Relations Commission has a process in place that has worked for decades to resolve issues around employment and that process should be allowed to continue to decide these...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

House Democratic Leader Hammel:

“The bill that House Republicans are trying to shove through the Legislature is short-sighted and could prove detrimental for the thousands of students in Highland Park. Republicans are more interested in winning an ideological argument rather than solving the problem at hand which is providing the children of Highland Park with a proper educational system. Moving these kids into different districts in the middle of a school year simply increases class...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LANSING - The House Democratic Caucus today praised the small steps that appear to be leading to a restoration of school funds in an appropriations bill and the governor’s upcoming budget proposal on Thursday.

“I am thankful that the governor and House Republicans have finally seen the light and recognized the harm their school cuts were causing in our communities,” said House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township). “While we expect to see some of...

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