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Monday, September 28, 2015

LANSING – Democrats in the state House and Senate announced a defining package of bills today to strengthen Michigan’s middle class and reverse one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history. Called the Blueprint for Michigan’s Families, the bills take aim at stagnant incomes and tax increases which make it difficult to achieve and sustain a middle-class quality of life while coping with the rising costs of living.

“The cost of living is getting...

State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-Meridian Twp.), left, and House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), right, stand beside state Representative Tom Cochran (D-Mason) as he talks about the Blueprint for Michigan Families in the House Democratic Press Room in Lansing on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Blueprint for Michigan Families is a Democratic-sponsored plan to strengthen Michigan’s middle class and reverse one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and state Representative Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) called today for an expansion of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to include the Michigan Legislature and the governor’s office.

“When it comes to transparency and accountability, our state government has a major problem that needs to be fixed if we want to restore public trust in government,” Greimel said. “Over the last several weeks, we have seen, once...

Friday, September 11, 2015

House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) and Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) issued the following statements today on the resignation of state representative Todd Courser and expulsion of Rep. Cindy Gamrat.

House Speaker Kevin Cotter:

“Now that the House has fulfilled its constitutional responsibility to investigate and judge the qualifications of its members, we are wrapping up our part in this process by accepting the resignation of Representative Courser and expelling Representative Gamrat.

“Given the...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LANSING — Democratic legislators called for action today on the Powering Michigan’s Future legislative package to build upon the success of Michigan’s thriving clean energy sector, which is creating jobs, controlling costs and protecting the health of Michigan kids, families and seniors. The bills will help meet goals of the recently announced Clean Power Plan by doubling Michigan’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

“Michigan’s clean energy industry has been a true success — creating...

Monday, August 10, 2015

“The allegations of wiretapping, blackmail and the use of taxpayer dollars to cover-up an affair between Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) are serious and demand a full and impartial investigation. Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mount Pleasant) has asked Tim Bowlin, director of the House Business Office, to lead this investigation. However, since Bowlin serves at the discretion of Speaker Cotter, and because Courser has made allegations against Cotter’s office, this inquiry must...

Monday, August 3, 2015

“Today's release of the Clean Power Plan sets long-overdue limits on pollutants that harm our air and Great Lakes and put our public health at risk. The Clean Power Plan creates opportunities for Michigan to become a healthier, cleaner state powered by energy sources that do not harm our communities and our natural resources. Michigan is well-positioned to chart a course toward meeting Clean Power Plan goals by increasing our renewable energy and energy efficiency...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus continued to criticize Republicans after today’s scheduled session was essentially canceled. The majority party scheduled only a handful of session days through the summer to work toward a solution that would fund desperately needed road repairs throughout Michigan. Twice last week, the House was called to session and adjourned without a vote. Today, although the House will technically be in session, no attendance or votes will be...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

LANSING – Democrats in the state House announced a plan today that would raise $1.2 billion to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges by requiring corporations pay their fair share in fixing Michigan’s infrastructure. The move takes aim at one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history, which gave billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations that were paid for by increasing taxes on Michigan families. 

“Every time Michigan faces a problem, Republicans...

Monday, July 13, 2015

“After much thought and conversation with my family, I have made the decision to step down as the state representative for the 75th Michigan House District, effective Monday, Aug. 3. The next few weeks will ensure a smooth transition, as the people of Grand Rapids will continue to be served by my staff even after my departure.

“I look forward to the next chapter in my career and I have no doubt that the next...

Monday, July 13, 2015

“Gov. Rick Snyder did the sensible thing when he decided to end Aramark’s contract to operate food services in Michigan prisons. From the very start, Aramark’s track record in our state has been one disaster after another, ranging from allegations of trafficking drugs into our prisons, to sexual relations between Aramark employees and inmates to maggot-contaminated kitchens. It’s plainly obvious now that cutting corners to save money on prison services not only doesn’t work, but puts...

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