Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats said today that the fiscal year 2015-16 multi-department omnibus budget voted out of the full House Appropriations Committee today is incomplete and does not prioritize the needs of Michigan families.

“The bill does not even meet our constitutional obligation to give Michigan taxpayers a balanced budget, much less invest properly in our communities and families,” said Appropriations Committee member Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids). “We know for a fact that the...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

“Today I stand with my neighbors of the historic Russell Woods-Sullivan Area Association. At this moment, we are currently in a foreclosure crisis. There are 62,000 homes facing foreclosure in the city of Detroit. In Russell Woods, where I grew up and still live today, we face 300 foreclosures alone, which would have a devastating effect on this community. These homes may become subject to blight, crime and a host of other issues. As you...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) blasted a Republican move that would significantly cut state revenue sharing to Detroit today, an effort to redistribute state dollars to other municipalities. Michigan distributes a portion of its sales tax revenue to local governments and limits their taxing powers as a tradeoff. Since Gov. Rick Snyder took office and Republicans gained the majority in both chambers of the Legislature, revenue sharing has remained at 30 percent...

Monday, March 23, 2015

LANSING – As the Michigan House of Representatives moves closer to putting together its annual budget proposal, the Michigan House Democrats are urging the creation of a state budget that reflects the needs of everyday families and small-business owners. House Appropriations subcommittees are expected to release their proposed budgets this week.

"The budget is more than just a financial and legal document – it is a statement of our values and priorities,” House Democratic Leader Tim...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) introduced House Bill 4187 yesterday, which would raise vandalizing road signs, including graffiti, to a misdemeanor-level offense. Durhal sees this as common-sense legislation to help make driving safer.

“I hear, time and again, the concerns raised by graffiti in our community,” Durhal said. “When any sign that’s supposed to be directional is tainted, that makes driving harder and more dangerous.”

The bill not only covers traditional “tagging”...

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