News From Rep. Irwin

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Rep. Jeff Irwin: “Unfortunately, after months and months of study, they’re calling for a study to determine what to do. The report’s boldest proposal is to prevent heavy crude from going through Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. The thing is, heavy crude does not flow through the pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. Essentially, they are touting the recommendation that does nothing to add to pipeline safety. While they simply suggest considering legislation,...

Monday, July 13, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) again called for Michigan to join the majority of states and embrace tax equality. He joined with Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) and Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) to support putting the graduated income tax on the November 2016 ballot by passing HB 4341 and HJR A or K.

Irwin is the sponsor of HJR A, and, along with 35 other House Democrats, is a co-sponsor of...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LANSING — Today, State Representatives Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) and Tom Cochran (D-Mason) are calling for public hearings on a package of bills recently introduced creating stronger safety and transparency measures for oil and gas pipelines throughout Michigan. The bills aim to enhance pipeline safety and increase protection for the people and natural resources of our state. 

On the other hand, Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) introduced House...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

LANSING — State Representatives Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) introduced resolutions today asking Gov. Rick Snyder and the U.S. Congress to reverse policies limiting Michiganders’ access to federal funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps. Irwin’s resolution calls for the governor to leverage Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds to qualify people for increased SNAP benefits. Driskell’s resolution urges Congress to restore funding cut...

Friday, May 8, 2015

LANSING – A new poll of active Michigan voters found widespread support of a graduated state income tax. The findings indicate that voters would likely support the efforts of Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), who has introduced House Bill 4341 and House Joint Resolution K, which would replace Michigan’s flat tax with a graduated income tax.

“Everywhere I’ve gone, residents support our plan for tax equality, which would cut taxes for 95 percent of Michiganders...

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