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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LANSING — The Progressive Women’s Caucus introduced a 12-bill package today that seeks to end wage discrimination in Michigan. While protecting equal pay is important for everyone, wage discrimination disproportionately impacts women in Michigan. The bills are being introduced to coincide with Equal Pay Day in Michigan. Women have to work into April of the new year in order to earn what men earned in the previous year. April 4 of this year was recognized...

State Rep. Erika Geiss speaks in support of House Democratic legislation to ensure equal pay for women at a rally on the Capitol steps in Lansing on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Behind Rep. Geiss are, from left to right, seated state Rep. Donna Lasinski (D Scio Township), standing Reps. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Pam Faris (D-Clio) and Terry J. Sabo (D-Muskegon).
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"The School Aid Omnibus budget bill that passed out of committee this morning does not do right by our students. The Republican majority has used this budget, as they have other department budgets, to carve out money to give a tax cut to their wealthy friends instead of ensuring that our kids get a good education to prepare them for the future. My House Democratic colleagues and I will fight to change this budget to...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

LANSING — Members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus will be holding a series of listening tour town halls throughout the state of Michigan in the coming weeks in order to hear state residents express their top concerns about our state. The “This is Your House” listening tour events kicked off with a town hall event hosted by state Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) yesterday, and eight more events will take place through April 17....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

LANSING –– House and Senate Democrats announced their plan during Sunshine Week that will make Michigan a national model for transparency and accountability. Under the Democratic package, state elected officials will be required to disclose their personal finances. And presidential candidates must release their most recent tax returns in order to appear on the Michigan ballot.

“The people of Michigan deserve elected officials who will represent them — not take votes to personally benefit themselves...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

LANSING — State Reps. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) and Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) introduced legislation today to financially strengthen working families in Michigan by revitalizing the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC is a refundable tax credit available to low- and middle-income individuals to offset taxes that are paid on wages. Cochran’s bill would restore the state ETIC to 20 percent of the federal level, and Pagan’s bill would raise it to 25 percent. State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) joins Cochran and...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

LANSING — Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and state Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) announced at a press conference today that they are introducing legislation in the House and Senate that would allow workers to take earned paid time off to recover from an illness or care for a sick family member. The legislators were joined at the press conference by Detroit mother Christina Hayes who spoke of her experience. The...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

“Republicans never run out of ideas when it comes to making life more difficult on hardworking middle-class families. What’s worse is pushing a tax plan that will require drastic cuts to our public schools, road funding and local police and firefighters. It’s time we retired this sad old playbook and put building a strong middle class first again.”

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LANSING — Legislative Democrats are preparing to introduce a package of bills that will restore lost income, fees and penalties to people falsely accused of unemployment fraud, improve the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency and hold accountable employers who fail to pay into the state’s unemployment fund. The legislation comes after revelations that the state made approximately 50,000 false accusations of unemployment fraud against 40,000 Michigan workers. Of those, 93 percent have been found to be...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

LANSING — In advance of Gov. Rick Snyder’s delivery of his executive budget on Wednesday, House Democrats announced they would fight for a budget that refocuses Lansing’s attention toward everyday families, local communities and schools. 

“It’s time for our budget to reflect the values of the people of our state and that’s why House Democrats want to prioritize investment in schools, local communities and critical programs that help our friends and neighbors take advantage of...

Monday, February 6, 2017

“I respect Rep. Brian Banks’ decision to resign. Rep Banks was a passionate advocate for his district, and he worked tirelessly for his constituents. I wish him the best moving forward.”

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