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”...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

“This budget proposal offers items both good and bad. My major concern is that working families are being asked to pay for the state’s deficit through cuts to DHS and DCH, a deficit caused by overly generous tax credits to profitable corporations. Working families already had to make sacrifices after we taxed retirement income and slashed school funding. My hope is that we can bring the business community to the table, and see how they...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) announced today that he will serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. The main purpose of this committee is to draft and amend the state’s budget. Additionally, he has been placed on the subcommittee which reviews the Department of Correction budget, and will be the Democratic vice chairman of the General Government subcommittee.

Durhal’s vice chairmanship brings with him an important task, the review of the multiple...

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