Friday, October 16, 2015

LANSING — A bill meant to deal with the issue of third-grade reading was on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives yesterday, with legislators from the Detroit Caucus voting no due to a retention component of the legislation. Among the provisions of House Bill 4822, one of the most controversial was the mandate that would effectively hold back third-grade students who tested poorly in reading. 

“Teaching kids to read is the most fundamental component...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

LANSING –State Representatives Brian Banks (D-Detroit), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) and Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) are declining to vote to expel state Representatives Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell). Other Detroit Caucus members who are not now voting are Reps. Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit) and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit)

“A vote to expel a legislator is the most serious vote any of us will take, and we should take that vote knowing that a process...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) said today that the Republican plan possibly taking $600 million dollars from funding that helps communities provide police and fire services and programs that benefit families and senior citizens is a non-starter.

“House Republicans haven’t said where this $600 million is coming from, but we already know that they usually target revenue sharing to cities and programs, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, that serve low-wage workers...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) said today that it’s good that the state is ending its prison food service contract with Aramark, but is disturbed by the clandestine manner in which the state signed with a new contractor without exploring other options, which could have included allowing state workers to again provide food services in state prisons

“Aramark never seemed to get a handle on their issues with employees and with keeping...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

“Today, I joined my Democratic colleagues and voted against House Bill 4609, which would repeal Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Once again, the majority party is going to the Michigan residents who have the least, to give the most when it comes to funding road maintenance and repair. Eliminating the EITC is unconscionable because it takes money away from low-income working families who work and still struggle to provide for themselves and their families....

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