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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

LANSING - House and Senate Democrats today announced a plan to boost Michigan’s emerging advanced battery sector, an industry that is putting thousands of Michiganders back to work. The Democrats’ plan would create new, targeted and transparent tax credits for businesses and individuals investing in the advanced battery sector - incentives that Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature announced they would not pursue in the future, putting jobs and the future of Michigan’s electric vehicle...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

“The Governor and legislative Republicans spent much of the first sixth months slashing social safety nets, cutting our children’s education funding and shifting the tax burden onto seniors and working families to facilitate an 83 percent corporate tax cut whose generous benefits are clearly not paying dividends to our working families. What’s worse is that while our unemployment rate is rising, Republicans voted to slash unemployment benefits to our families by six weeks, the first...

Friday, August 12, 2011

MARQUETTE - State Representative Steven Lindberg (Marquette) was joined by House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township), Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (Battle Creek), and numerous Democratic State Representatives from across Michigan today as he hosted a question and answer session with various residents and members of the media. The purpose of the event was to hear residents’ thoughts and concerns on recent Republican cuts to school funding and answer any questions.

“I am happy that my colleagues could...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township) and House Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) today criticized Republicans for failing to create a single job in the first six months of this term. Instead of focusing on job creation, the Governor and Republican lawmakers have raised taxes on seniors, families and low-income workers while also cutting education funding.

“Throughout the campaign, we heard about the need to ‘reinvent’ Michigan,” Hammel said. “Unfortunately I don’t...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

“This budget process has moved far too quickly, and the plan signed by the Governor is risky for the state’s long-term economic growth. You know, just because you turn your test in early doesn’t mean you’re going to get a good grade. In fact, we’ve already seen some of the short-term effects on schools, but we haven’t yet realized what the total damage of the Governor’s cuts will be. The state is in a challenged...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

“It’s extremely disappointing to see the Governor push for and enact such a disastrous tax plan that doesn’t promise a single new job, but instead forces Michigan’s seniors and families to pay the price for Republicans’ misguided ideology that puts corporations over people. For months now, we’ve heard over and over again the same old line from the Governor and Republican leaders about ‘shared sacrifice,’ but we have yet to see them live up to...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

“After more than five months, the Governor and Republican leaders are merely beginning to listen to House Democrats and the people of Michigan, who know that we have to invest in our schools and create jobs for our workers. Tens of thousands of residents stood up for our kids and schools at rallies and town halls across the state, but Republicans chose to ignore them. Our fight is not over, because our residents and kids...

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...

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