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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.”...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) are applauding their House and Senate colleagues for the fast pace at which House Bill 5220 traveled through both chambers of the Legislature. In its second pass through the House, the bill once again passed unanimously, 106-0. It will now head to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

“Expediency was the key in this legislation, and I couldn’t be happier that my colleagues in...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LANSING —  State Representative and Minority Assistant Floor Leader LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) today introduced House Bill 5260 that would repeal Michigan’s emergency financial manager law, Public Act 436 of 2012. That law allows the governor to appoint an emergency financial manager to have control of a local government’s finances when they believe a city is having financial difficulties.

“We need to return decision-making in our communities to the elected officials that residents voted into office,”...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LANSING — Today, the Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus held a presentation on Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American who refused to go to an internment camp during World War II. Karen Korematsu, executive director of the Korematsu Institute, and daughter of Mr. Korematsu, attended the presentation to serve on a panel of other experts in Asian Pacific American topics.

“Standing here today with Karen Korematsu to speak out on behalf of all Americans seeking fair treatment...

The Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus welcomed Karen Korematsu, daughter of national civil rights hero Fred Korematsu, to the Capitol on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Fred Korematsu challenged the constitutionality of the government's imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Members of the APA Legislative caucus include, from left: State Representatives Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), Kathy Crawford
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LANSING — House Bill 5220, introduced by state Representative Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) that passed earlier today in the House Appropriations Committee, was fast-tracked through the full House during session. The legislation will bring $28 million in funding to the city of Flint to deal with immediate relief needed in the continuing crisis revolving around the lead-tainted water supply and health concerns.

“It was imperative that we acted quickly, and I appreciate that legislators on both...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

“Tonight, Gov. Rick Snyder went before Michigan citizens to tell them our state is doing well. Sadly, that’s not entirely true. Our state isn’t doing well when our own citizens are being poisoned by tap water, and when hardworking families are surviving from paycheck to paycheck because we don’t have enough good jobs in our state. We are living with the consequences of five years of Republican rule in Michigan: tainted water, stagnant wages and...

Thursday, January 14, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) and Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) are leading the House Democrats in a show of support for the people of Flint, who have a rally planned in front of the Capitol Building in Lansing today at noon. Protests and gatherings have been taking place across the city of Flint recently to bring action and awareness now to the water crisis, rather than the slow pace the state government has been...

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