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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

“The newly issued report from the Flint Water Advisory Task Force, appointed by the governor himself, concludes what we in the House Democratic Caucus have said all along: that the governor himself bears much of the responsibility for this disaster. The report found that the governor attempted to dodge responsibility by using ‘inappropriate official public relations efforts’ to blame local or federal government officials. In addition, the report calls for an overhaul of the emergency...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"While not perfect, the bipartisan Detroit Public Schools reform package passed by the Senate today is a step in the right direction and the kind of legislation that a significant number of House Democrats may be able to support. I look forward to working with all of my House colleagues to find additional solutions for Detroit schools that will work for students, teachers, administrators and the whole Detroit community.”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

State Representatives Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) introduced a package of four bills today to address various concerns stemming from the Flint water crisis, as the legislators work to correct several problems in state government that led to the humanitarian catastrophe in the community.

Rep. Phelps introduced two of the bills — instituting an emergency response plan to create clear guidelines for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Health...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

“Today, because it is in the best interest of the people of Michigan, I’m calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to resign for his actions pertaining to the Flint water crisis. This is a position I’ve come to after serious thought, reflection and consideration. Given the actions of negligence and indifference by the governor, and a culture he has created that lacks transparency and accountability, the very serious call for resignation is warranted. Gov. Snyder has...

Friday, February 26, 2016

“When House Speaker Kevin Cotter and House Republicans tried to sweep Courser and Gamrat’s misconduct under the rug by expelling them from the House without a criminal investigation, House Democrats boldly insisted that the attorney general and the Michigan State Police investigate criminal wrongdoing as part of the expulsion. The results of their investigation prove that was the right move. We hope that all elected officials, including Speaker Cotter and Gov. Rick Snyder, will be held...

Friday, February 26, 2016

“Emails from top aides and staffers, including former Snyder Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore, indicate that the governor must have known about the concerns last spring. It is absolutely necessary that this committee require the governor to testify under oath. There was clearly a debate in the executive office, and his top aides were recommending action. Mr. Muchmore seemed to be on the losing side, and Gov. Snyder apparently chose not to act. If somebody...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

LANSING — Today, the House passed Senate Bill 136, a supplemental appropriations bill that would allocate $30 million to pay some of the cost of water bills owed to the city of Flint by its residents. Unfortunately, this bill would only cover up to 65 percent of the water portion of bills owed by individuals, meaning the community’s residents would still have to pay for some of the lead-laced water they were unable to drink...

Friday, February 12, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) named state Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) Assistant Democratic Floor Leader for the remainder of the 2015-16 legislative session. Rep. Greig replaces former Rep. Derek Miller, who recently resigned after being appointed to serve as the Macomb County Treasurer.

“Rep. Greig has shown herself to be a forward-thinking leader in the Democratic caucus here in Lansing, and has brought a fresh perspective to many...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his Fiscal Year 2017 budget today during a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The budget has a heavy focus on funding for the water crisis affecting the city of Flint, where Gov. Snyder proposed $195 million in funding.

“I’m pleased to see Gov. Snyder retool his budget for the upcoming fiscal year to put a focus on the needs of Flint, but the problem is...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

“Governor Snyder needs to come forward and in clear terms say whether or not he knew about the dramatic increase in Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County. If he did know and did nothing, he needs to resign immediately. If he did not know, he and his administration are guilty of colossal incompetence. Snyder promised he would bring corporate-like efficiency to state government, but the only thing he has brought is corporate like-neglect of everyday Michiganders.”...

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