News From Rep. Irwin

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats resoundingly rejected the state omnibus budget tonight because it fails the families, seniors and students of Michigan. Rather than putting the people of Michigan first, it cuts vital programs and spends $3 million for additional state defense costs related to legal liabilities stemming from the Flint water crisis.

“I would have been happy to vote for a bill that matched the needs of the working families, seniors and young people of...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

House Democrats panned the move to give Senate Bill 776 immediate effect after it was passed, setting a new standard for current petition drives circulating around. These include one against hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and one advocating for the end of cannabis prohibition.

“Petition drives have always been about direct democracy, allowing citizens across the state signing a pledge to support a variety of measures designed to be put before voters on the next ballot,”...

Monday, May 16, 2016

“I stand with Congressman Cummings on his vocal rebuke of Gov. Snyder and the inconsistencies in the governor’s brief testimony. Furthermore, the Legislature has the full power of the Joint Select Committee on The Flint Water Public Health Emergency to bring the governor, former Flint emergency managers and any state and local department officials before them to answer fully and truthfully on this matter. The governor should come before the committee and clear up any...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

“I’m disappointed to see that the committee chair has chosen to stop taking testimony and that further meetings are not scheduled. We still have holes in the Flint Water Crisis timeline that cannot be filled by examining the emails. Key players in the crisis never testified before the Michigan legislature, including Gov. Rick Snyder, former Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant, former Treasurer Andy Dillon, and all of the emergency managers. These are the...

Monday, April 18, 2016

ROYAL OAK — State Representatives Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) and Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) held a press conference in Royal Oak this afternoon to unveil the tax equality website calculator – www.MITaxEquality.com. The Democratic lawmakers held the press conference to encourage residents to visit the new website to learn what tax equality means for them.

“Low- and middle-income families are contributing nearly twice as much of their income in state...

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