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Thursday, March 24, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) and Brian Banks (D-Detroit) voiced support today for portions of the supplemental appropriation bill, House Bill 5296, which passed the Senate earlier this week and was then passed again in the House today. The bill first passed the House last week, and then returned following Senate changes in the language regarding the controversial Detroit Financial Review Commission (FRC). The bill is meant to provide bridge funding to Detroit...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) Brian Banks (D-Detroit), LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit) voiced support today for portions of the supplemental appropriation bill, House Bill 5296, which passed the House and is now heading to the Senate. The bill is meant to provide bridge funding to Detroit Public Schools (DPS), which will run out of money in April without immediate intervention. While the representatives applauded the $48.7 million offered to the...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), Urban Education Reform advisor and chair, and Brian Banks (D-Detroit),  chairman of the Detroit Caucus, along with state Senators Morris Hood (D-Detroit) and Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) spoke today about the necessity of including Detroit lawmakers and other local stakeholders in the decision-making process regarding new leadership for Detroit Public Schools (DPS). While the current emergency manager, Darnell Earley, is resigning, his tenure does not officially end until Feb....

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LANSING – State Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit) said today that House Republicans, who announced their plan to “fix” the Detroit Public Schools, (DPS) need to bring all stakeholders into the conversation because the state has run DPS for years and has failed.

 “The House Republican-sponsored proposal discussed today sticks with the plan already introduced in the Senate and announced by Gov. Rick Snyder, which would create a new community district and leave the ‘old’ DPS...

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...

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