Wednesday, April 27, 2016

House Democrats are concerned that a continued lack of funding focus on several key areas around the state could produce a budget absent of the needs of Michiganders, while special interests are given a better chance to play politics that will negatively impact lives.

“Though the budget made progress on some key issues Democrats have been fighting for, I was disappointed that the majority rejected amendments for additional transparency and continued its practice to balance...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit), was pleased to see his bill, House Bill 4187, pass the Senate unanimously today. After passing the House in January, the bill will now head to the governor for his signature. HB 4187 was introduced last year, and is meant to combat vandalism of public signs and property by establishing criminal penalties for the removal or destruction of traffic control devices, light posts or signs.

“I am so grateful...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) introduced an amendment today in the House Appropriations Committee that would earmark $12 million in the budget to reinstate state employees as prison food service providers. Currently, prison food services are handled by Trinity Services Group, with whom the state signed a contract after their initial partnership with Aramark was dissolved due to severe misconduct by the company and its employees. Now Trinity is facing similar allegations,...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

“While I was happy to see the showing and support at the Capitol press conference and rally yesterday, it is frustrating that in 2016 we still need to have an ‘Equal Pay Day’ conversation. The fact that a typical Michigan woman is earning 75 cents for every dollar a man makes is ridiculous, but the fact that women of color are disproportionally affected is absolutely heartbreaking. Despite all the rhetoric claiming that this disparity is...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Fred Durhal III (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 representative applauded the $48.7 million offered to the schools, he spoke out against the stipulation that the...

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