Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats resoundingly rejected the state omnibus budget tonight because it fails the families, seniors and students of Michigan. Rather than putting the people of Michigan first, it cuts vital programs and spends $3 million for additional state defense costs related to legal liabilities stemming from the Flint water crisis.

“I would have been happy to vote for a bill that matched the needs of the working families, seniors and young people of...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LANSING — Members of the Detroit Caucus voiced concern today regarding the ongoing debate over the direction of Detroit Public Schools, citing the continued refusal to acknowledge Detroit voices as a key failure of the numerous bill packages offered to address issues in the school district. The most recent iteration — a package pushed through by the House Republicans during a late night session in May — has been widely criticized by governmental officials at...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

“Today, I had the privilege of seeing my bill, now known as Public Act 111 of 2016, signed into law by the governor. This law was the culmination of months of conversations with my constituents and collaborations with colleagues on how to best tackle acts of vandalism in Detroit, and I am proud to see that work come to fruition. While I have a number of people to thank for their contributions and insight into...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

House Democrats expressed their anger and disappointment today after the passage of bills failed to help children in Detroit Public Schools. The legislation fails to make reforms that will help kids succeed, instead focusing on state-controlled micromanagement, prioritizing charter schools and punishing the teachers union.

“We all agree that the state needs to take responsibility and fix the issues in DPS,” said state Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), chairman of the Detroit Caucus. “That’s why I’m...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Fred Durhal (D-Detroit) spoke out yesterday in the House Appropriations Committee against Republican proposals to alter the language of Senate Bill 711 and revive discussions of the Financial Review Commission (FRC) appointing the district superintendent. SB 711 is one in a package of bills meant to address some of the issues facing Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

“This has been a mess from start to finish,” said Assistant Democratic Leader Durhal. “The...

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