Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) voted no today on House Bill 4323, a budget bill that provides Fiscal Year 2018 funding for all state governmental functions, except education. The bill passed the House and now is awaiting approval in the Senate before heading to the governor’s desk for his signature.

“We had multiple opportunities for bipartisan cooperation, yet once again, what passed the House today fell significantly short of what the state...

Friday, June 16, 2017

“I am absolutely disgusted that House Bill 4647 made its way out of our chamber yesterday, given how completely irresponsible it is fiscally and morally. This legislation will severely hamper our ability to attract and retain talented, dedicated teachers — the backbone of any public school system. Without a well-educated student body we jeopardize our ability to produce a well-equipped workforce in the future. We rank 35th in the nation for school performance, but it...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

LANSING — House Democrats offered a host of amendments to House GOP budgets this evening to repair Michigan’s roads, support public safety, restore cuts to important programs for Michigan’s seniors, provide a quality education for Michigan’s children and to protect our Great Lakes. Resorting to procedural moves that fly in the face of the Michigan Constitution, the House GOP pushed its budget through anyway.

 “I have just one question for Republican leaders of this chamber:...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Despite our best efforts to fight for the people of Michigan, my House Democratic colleagues and I are extremely disappointed in the budgets that have passed out of the House Appropriations Committee. Drastic funding cuts are being made across the board to desperately needed services, so House Republicans have room to give massive tax breaks to their wealthy friends. We all know that Michigan families are in desperate need of tax relief, but this is...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"The School Aid Omnibus budget bill that passed out of committee this morning does not do right by our students. The Republican majority has used this budget, as they have other department budgets, to carve out money to give a tax cut to their wealthy friends instead of ensuring that our kids get a good education to prepare them for the future. My House Democratic colleagues and I will fight to change this budget to...

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