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Monday, May 16, 2011

“The results of the latest revenue estimates are a positive sign that our state has been moving in the right direction for some time and that the radical tax and budget plan being considered by Governor Snyder and legislative Republicans is not necessary. The report of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference today shows the School Aid Fund has plenty of money and the only reason for cuts to education and increased taxes for seniors and...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

LANSING - State Representative Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) today joined supporters, parents, cadets and staff members of the Battle Creek-based Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA) to call on state lawmakers to fully fund the academy, a program run by the National Guard that gives at-risk youths the chance to transform themselves into successful adults.

“We have seen an amazing outpouring of support for this program over the last two years and today I feel we were able...

State Representative Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) stands with supporters, parents, cadets and staff members of the Battle Creek-based Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA) at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, to call on state lawmakers to fully fund the academy. From left are Command Sergeant Major James Luce, MYCA Program Director; Segal; State Representative Ken Yonker (R-Caledonia); and State Representative Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids).
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

LANSING - House Democrats today blasted House Republicans for blocking legislation that would restore $270 million in current school funding to help ease the deep cuts to education proposed in the Governor’s budget. These cuts could seriously impact Michigan’s ability to prepare children for future jobs.

“We need to restore education funding now instead of using it to finance Governor Snyder’s massive business tax cut next year,” said State Representative Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids), sponsor...

Monday, March 21, 2011

LANSING - With the Governor’s proposed budget slashing hundreds of millions of dollars from Michigan schools, House Democrats today rallied in opposition to the deep cuts and called for the “shared sacrifice” the new administration promised. The lawmakers launched a website - www.fightschoolcuts.com - that shows how the proposed cuts will devastate our school districts across the state.

“We can’t keep cutting our children’s education - the stakes are just too high,” said Democratic Leader Richard...

Friday, February 18, 2011

LANSING - House Democrats today blasted Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to finance enormous tax breaks for corporations and wealthy individuals at the expense of Michigan’s children, seniors and working families.

“While the Governor has talked repeatedly about shared sacrifice, his budget proposal doesn’t back that up,” said House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township). “Instead it takes Michigan backward by giving massive tax breaks to corporations and shifting the burden to our seniors, our children...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

LANSING - State Representative Charles Smiley (D-Burton) today voted against legislation that will hurt Michigan families by removing key consumer protections that shield customers from price gouging and fluctuating prices. The House of Representatives passed the plan to repeal Michigan’s item pricing law, which will leave consumers susceptible to being overcharged and victimized by discriminatory pricing practices.

“The item pricing law is an important consumer protection that Michigan residents need now more than...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

LANSING – In an effort to bring accountability to state government, State Representatives Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) and Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) today introduced a plan to dock state elected officials’ pay if they do not pass the state budget by July 1.

“Lawmakers who don’t do their job shouldn’t get paid,” said Townsend, lead sponsor of the plan. “Year after year, partisan budget fights have hurt Michigan’s economic recovery – we can’t allow that...

Monday, January 31, 2011

Calling for state leaders to back up their bipartisan talk with action, House Democratic lawmakers today announced they will reintroduce the Hire Michigan First plan, an aggressive job-creation package that will put Michigan workers back on the job now by making sure they are first in line for the jobs their tax dollars create.

The Hire Michigan First plan supports working families by rewarding companies that employ Michigan workers and cracks down on those that...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

LANSING – Demanding less partisanship and more public input, State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) today introduced a plan to reform Michigan’s redistricting process so that it is more transparent and draws legislative districts that provide fair representation for Michigan residents. Byrum’s plan was not adopted by the House on a partisan vote of 45-63.

“Our current redistricting process is flawed because it is driven by partisan agendas and it shortchanges our residents,” Byrum said. “These...

Representative Barb Byrum (Onondaga) urges her colleagues to support her plan to reform Michigan’s redistricting process on the House Floor on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Byrum’s plan would bring more transparency and public participation to the redistricting process so that it draws legislative districts that provide fair representation for Michigan residents. The plan was not adopted by the House on a partisan vote of 45-63.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Democrats are encouraged that the Governor sounds prepared to get moving on initiatives we have long supported to create jobs now, such as breaking ground on a second international bridge and giving more tools to small businesses. We stand ready to work with him on developing more specifics about these and other ideas, but his commitment to taking on special interests and helping middle class families is a good start."

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