News From Rep. Banks

State Rep. Brian Banks News

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his Fiscal Year 2017 budget today during a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The budget has a heavy focus on funding for the water crisis affecting the city of Flint, where Gov. Snyder proposed $195 million in funding.

“I’m pleased to see Gov. Snyder retool his budget for the upcoming fiscal year to put a focus on the needs of Flint, but the problem is...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

“I am glad to hear that Darnell Earley, the emergency manager for the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) since January 2015, will be stepping down at the end of this month. Given his association with the Flint water crisis, and given the recent DPS teacher sick-outs which revealed the deplorable conditions of many school buildings, there could be no real progress on fixing Detroit schools as long as he remained in charge.

“Now that Mr. Earley...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

LANSING — Despite Gov. Rick Snyder’s assurances to the contrary in tonight’s State of the State address, Detroit families continue to struggle under five years of leadership from Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature, said Detroit Caucus Chairman Brian Banks (D-Detroit) and caucus members Representatives Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) and Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit). Rather than doubling down on Gov. Snyder’s failed agenda, Detroit legislators said it’s time to create a Michigan...

Friday, January 15, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit) announced that he has introduced House Bill 5222, to ensure that the Detroit 36th District Court keeps the 30 judges the court now has. Senate Bill 709, introduced this week by state Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), would remove a judge from this court taking it down to 29 judges. SB 709 is scheduled to be considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

“Everyone recognizes that...

Monday, December 14, 2015

LANSING – State Representative and Detroit Caucus Chairman Brian Banks (D-Detroit) today announced that he has introduced two bills to reform auto insurance by lowering rates for urban and rural drivers while still keeping the current no-fault system in place. The two bill package would give Michigan residents in areas with the highest auto insurance rates affordable policies while maintaining their benefits and protections for accident victims, a new fraud authority, and a tax credit...

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