News From Democratic Leader Sam Singh

Thursday, June 15, 2017

LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives today passed legislation which dramatically alters Michigan’s teacher retirement system. House Bill 4647 passed by a vote of 55-52 with only Republicans in support. The bill shifts the burden of cost and risk onto taxpayers, school districts and educators, while failing to address the existing Michigan Public School Retirees System (MPSERS) debt.

“Taking money out of classrooms to pay for unnecessary, politically motivated programs is just wrong,” said...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

LANSING — House Republicans rejected multiple proposals from House Democrats today which would have provided hundreds of millions of dollars for fixing Michigan roads and funding our classrooms. The proposals, offered as amendments during the Conference Committee on the Transportation Budget and the Conference Committee on School Aid and Education, were rejected along party lines with only Democrats in support of the proposals.

“Today, Republicans in Lansing made it clear that they are more interested in...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

LANSING — House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) introduced a bipartisan resolution today calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to join a multi-state climate alliance observing the tenets of the Paris climate accord. Last week, President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the historic agreement. When the United States withdraws from the Paris agreement, it will join only two other world nations — Nicaragua and Syria — that have not...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

“Never in my lifetime have I seen a piece of legislation that would hurt so many people. Health insurance premiums will skyrocket, and hundreds of thousands of Michiganders will lose their health coverage altogether. Seniors and those with pre-existing conditions will be especially hard-hit. Now that we know the full extent of the damage, it is imperative that the Michigan Legislature pass the House Democrats’ Health Care Bill of Rights to ensure that people in...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"The Republican teacher retirement plan is fiscally irresponsible and will worsen a growing teacher shortage problem in Michigan. As legislators, we should be coming together to address the real problems facing our state, such as our crumbling roads, and putting more resources into classrooms. Instead, legislative Republicans are choosing to demonize our teachers instead of building on the retirement reforms that were made a few years back.”