News From Rep. Yanez

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats voted for proposals Wednesday night that take steps toward improving the quality of care problems caused by privatization at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Two audits of the Grand Rapids facility have found widespread problems at the home following the privatization of direct care workers, including chronic understaffing, unanswered patient location or fall alerts and the failure of the home to follow up on allegations of neglect and abuse....

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) sent a formal request today to the chairmen of the House Oversight and Ethics Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections asking for a joint hearing on the Sept. 10 disturbance at the Kinross Correctional Facility. According to multiple reports, an entire housing unit was shut down and there was severe property damage. Emergency response teams had to be brought in to help restore order.

“I...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) and Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights), along with Sen. Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), have introduced a plan that would end tax breaks for corporations that send work out of state and reimburse Michigan taxpayers for tax abatements the company had received. In the past, several companies have received corporate tax breaks in Michigan, only to turn around and send the jobs overseas or out of state.

“If a...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) are demanding that the state end its failed experiment of outsourcing resident care services at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans following continued reports of neglect and abuse of the veterans who live there. This week, staffing company J2S said that privatization had failed at the home and that it was moving toward suing the state for breach of contract.

“I thought...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats were disappointed tonight with the final form of the education budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, which passed the House 74 to 34 during another long session. Central among the many issues facing the budget is the unbalanced funding of charter schools and the potentially unconstitutional funding for private schools.

“We had an opportunity to truly invest in public education and our children, instead our precious school dollars are diverted in several...

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