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Thursday, June 25, 2015

“The U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision when it upheld the Affordable Care Act tax credits for people in states such as Michigan that rely on the federal health care exchange. The ability to affordably access health care is a cornerstone of a family’s financial security, which is why this ruling is so crucially important to the 228,388 people in Michigan who get tax credits to buy health insurance on the federal exchange. These...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

“I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans are once again attacking the ability of Michigan workers to earn a living wage. In passing House Bill 4052, which prohibits local communities from passing local minimum wage laws or benefit requirements, House Republicans are telling Michigan workers that they don’t deserve good wages and paid sick leave, while eroding local municipalities’ ability to take steps toward improving their economies. Instead of cutting wages for Michiganders, we should...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

“I am bitterly disappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of the adoption discrimination bills into law today. Just three months ago, Snyder said he would not support a proposal allowing people and businesses to use their faith as legal grounds to discriminate. I can’t understand his action today as anything other than a betrayal of Michigan’s diverse population. Adoption agencies receive taxpayer dollars, and they shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate against taxpayers who pay them....

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."

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