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Monday, January 11, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) has called on Gov. Rick Snyder to request federal assistance for Flint residents. In a letter to the governor, Rep. Phelps wrote:

“I am writing to urge you to request assistance from the federal government to aid Flint residents during this water crisis. I greatly appreciate that you quickly declared a State of Emergency after the city of Flint and Genesee County sent declarations to your office, but...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

“For the second time in two days, Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a bill designed to tamper with our democracy. Senate Bill 571 is designed to keep voters in the dark about important issues in their community, including school millages and bonds to fund police and fire departments. Because of Gov. Snyder’s actions, local governments and school districts will not be allowed to pay for materials to educate voters on these issues. Meanwhile,...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

“It’s deeply disappointing that the governor has chosen to sign Senate Bill 13 into law and end people’s option to cast a straight-ticket ballot. Hundreds of thousands of Michigan voters in both parties prefer voting straight-ticket. Taking this option away doesn't solve any problems, but it will increase the amount of time it takes people to vote and lengthen lines at polling locations. This is just the latest of Republican-backed measures to make voting more difficult. Instead, we should be...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

“For months, the call has been public and aggressive for Dan Wyant to remove himself from his position, or to have Gov. Rick Snyder do the deed for him. There are many culpable parties involved in the continued decline of health and safety during the water crisis in the city of Flint, and Wyant was just one figure in a menagerie of offenders. While there is still much cleanup to be done, I am glad...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

LANSING — The Michigan Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus urges Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a bill passed by the Legislature that would eliminate straight-ticket voting in Michigan because it makes it more difficult for voters — especially women with young children — to get out and vote. If Senate Bill 13 is passed into law, it’s predicted the bill will significantly increase lines at polling places in Michigan, which already sees the sixth-longest voting wait...

Monday, December 7, 2015

“In light of the serious nature of today's whistleblower lawsuit filed by Keith Allard and Ben Graham in U.S Federal District Court, I am requesting the Michigan State Police and state Attorney General Bill Schuette update the Legislature on their investigation into the Cotter-Courser-Gamrat situation. As many people will remember throughout the House's internal investigation into this matter, House Democrats consistently asked and finally were able to secure that the Michigan State Police and the Attorney General conduct an...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

LANSING — House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) applauded Fiat Chrysler’s decision to renegotiate its MEGA tax incentives with the state, a move that will cap the amount the automaker can claim in tax credits through the year 2029. The scope of Michigan’s MEGA tax credit program had threatened to destabilize Michigan’s budget for years to come because of the uncertainty over when large corporations would claim the credits, and the size the claims...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

LANSING — House Democrats resoundingly rejected a roads plan that will head to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk after passing the Republican-led Legislature on Tuesday. In the new plan, $400 million will come from a gas tax increase with $200 million coming from higher registration fees. The other half of the $1.2 billion needed will be found only by cutting needed services such as public safety, education and health care funding. The roads plan was voted...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

LANSING — Bills that take aim at the ongoing problem of gun violence in Michigan were the subject of a press conference held today in Lansing. State Representatives Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) outlined their common-sense gun safety measures and called for action on their legislation.

“We’ve seen too many children die, too many parents grieve, too many neighbors witness firsthand the scourge of...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LANSING — In the six months since the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus has introduced a plan to make equal pay the law in Michigan, the average full-time working Michigan woman has lost about $6,369 in wages compared to the earnings of the average full-time working man in Michigan. While the Republicans who lead the Michigan House of Representatives continue to deny these bills a hearing, Michigan women are paying the price.

“Men and women both...

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