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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus traveled to the state Capitol today to begin work on a new plan to raise money to fix Michigan’s roads after voters rejected Proposal 1 at the ballot box. Despite polling ahead of the vote showing a likely defeat, Republican House leadership scheduled a day off so GOP representatives could attend the Tulip Time festival in Holland.

“Michigan voters voiced their opinion loud and clear: they want...

Michigan House Democrats say the Pledge of Allegiance on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the state Capitol. On the day following voter rejection of a road funding plan, House Democrats showed up ready to start work crafting a new plan. However, House Republicans scheduled a day off in order to go to the Tulip Time festival in Holland.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

LANSING – The House Detroit Caucus responded to Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed changes for Detroit Public Schools (DPS) today, noting they were glad to see some work being done to address the budget crisis for DPS. However, members also urge that conversation and brainstorming must take place to smooth out the details of the governor’s plan, many details of which they are hesitant to embrace.

“We know there’s a crisis in Detroit for our schoolchildren,...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LANSING – Calling for a Michigan that is welcoming and fair to all of its citizens, members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses today urged an update of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) that will protect Michiganders from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Placing LGBT Michiganders under the protections of the ELCRA will give them the same protections that already exist for Michiganders on the basis of religion,...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats today unanimously rejected an omnibus education budget that favors charter and cyber school students over kids attending traditional public schools while stripping funding from at-risk students who live in poverty.

“This budget takes a wrong turn when it comes to funding our schools. Some online cyber schools that have significantly less costs to operate are getting the maximum increase of $299 per student, while some traditional brick-and-mortar schools that educate 1.5...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Detroit Caucus Chair Brian Banks (D-Detroit) and Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) said today House Democrats cannot support Senate Bills 248 and 249 because they erode medical care for certain victims by limiting their ability to pay for their care, they do not guarantee rate reductions, and they create more bureaucracy and continue secrecy while prohibiting voters from expressing their opinions of the so-called reforms at the...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

LANSING – The Michigan House Democrats voted against a misguided General Fund omnibus budget Tuesday because it isn’t balanced and short-changes Michigan’s families, students and communities while spending lavishly on new offices for Legislators.

“The budget passed by House Republicans today reflects misguided priorities that are out-of-touch with the needs of everyday working families,” House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) said. “When it comes to how to spend taxpayer dollars, the people of Michigan want great...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats said today that a proposed School Aid Fund budget being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives doesn’t do enough to help children living in poverty and favors charter and cyber schools at the expense of the 1.5 million children attending traditional public schools.

“It’s unfortunate that House Republicans missed the mark on bringing more equity to funding our schools. The 41 schools that get the top foundation allowance are all...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LANSING — Today, the House Democratic Caucus announced their strong opposition to the Senate Republicans’ dramatic proposal to undo protections guaranteed to Michigan drivers under the state’s no-fault insurance system. 

The plan would impact the care received by those severely injured in automobile accidents while providing no guaranteed cost savings for consumers.

“Michigan’s auto no-fault policy has a long standing history of providing world class care to those in life changing auto accidents,” said state Representative Tom...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats said today that the fiscal year 2015-16 multi-department omnibus budget voted out of the full House Appropriations Committee today is incomplete and does not prioritize the needs of Michigan families.

“The bill does not even meet our constitutional obligation to give Michigan taxpayers a balanced budget, much less invest properly in our communities and families,” said Appropriations Committee member Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids). “We know for a fact that the...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LANSING - Today, Michigan Democrats marked Tax Day by taking aim at policies that are making it harder for people in Michigan to get into or stay in the middle class. Democrats also announced the launch of a new website at MichiganCares.org where Michigan families can tell their stories of paying increased taxes because of the Republican tax shift. 

“Right now, middle-class families and those working to get into the middle class are noticing their tax...

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