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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

LANSING — The House Democratic Caucus came out in opposition of Speaker Kevin Cotter’s road funding plan today. Among other things, the House Republican plan would eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit, a credit that many low-income working families rely on to make ends meet.

“When Prop 1 failed in early May, it was a signal from our voters that they want us to come up with a comprehensive road funding solution without putting more...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), state Representative Tom Cochran (D-Mason), minority vice chairman of the House Committee on Insurance, House Insurance Committee member and Detroit Caucus Chair Rep. Brian Banks (D-Detroit), Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) and Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) said today that the Senate plan to cut auto insurance rates for Detroit drivers by severely limiting coverage available for accident victims is a bad deal for Detroit...

Monday, June 8, 2015

LANSING – State Representatives Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) hailed the announcement Monday that Ford Motor Co. has agreed to limit its MEGA tax credits to $2.3 billion and invest up to $3.1 billion in Michigan in order to shore up the state’s revenues and create fiscal stability over the coming decades. The announcement followed negotiations between the automaker and the state after it was announced earlier this year that Michigan faces a...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats said the state’s omnibus general fund budget approved by the Michigan House of Representatives today offers some improvements for Michigan residents, but frequently ignores the priorities of average, working families.

“Our state’s budget isn’t just a financial plan; it’s a reflection of the values and priorities of our state,” House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) said. “Although the budget includes some positives, it fails to adequately invest in roads and fails to...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus were united in opposition today against House Bill 4052, legislation designed to take away the ability of local governments to enact ordinances that benefit their citizens. The bill is broadly worded and possibly violates the Michigan Constitution, which guarantees local control. Despite bipartisan opposition, the bill passed with only Republican support and now moves to the Senate.

“Republicans are supposed to be the party of small government...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LANSING – As the state budget enters final negotiations, state Democrats rallied with angry citizens today to demand that the $134 million dollar expense on lavish new offices for legislators be stopped in the budget process.  Democrats also announced legislation to prevent future similar boondoggles from ever happening again.

“The more people learn of the Republican plan to spend $134 million on new offices for legislators to reward for one of their campaign donors, the...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Rachel Jacobs, daughter of former state Senator Gilda Jacobs. I join my colleagues in the Michigan Legislature in extending our deepest condolences to Senator Jacobs and her family during this very difficult time."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Democratic Vice Chairwoman state Representative Marilyn Lane (D-Fraser) said today that Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter’s (R-Mt. Pleasant) plan to fix the roads relying on tax changes and future revenue growth is, at best, a Band-Aid approach that won’t guarantee that roads will be repaired or maintained now or in the future.

“Relying on imagined future revenue growth is...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

“Today I introduced House Resolution 80, which calls on the Legislature to meet throughout the summer until we find a solution to fund our critically needed road repairs. Michigan’s citizens are counting on us to find a real solution that will finally fix our crumbling roads and damaged bridges. They expect us to get to work – not take a vacation – and we owe it to them to stay in session until we create...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), state Representative Marilyn Lane (D-Fraser) and state Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren) today said that before talk on any long-term road funding plan starts, the Legislature should take preventive measures by agreeing to pass bipartisan bills that will preserve and protect our roads while legislators work on a long-term funding plan. The legislators suggested they start by passing Lane’s and Bieda’s bills, House Bill 4257 and Senate...

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