News From Rep. Townsend

Friday, June 3, 2016

“Passing House Bill 5457 and 5458, which end a tax loophole that benefited only the insurance industry at the expense of middle-class families, is the right thing to do. Passing these bills shows that Republicans are listening to our message of tax fairness, and understand that we need to help the working families who are carrying an increasing share of the state’s tax burden. I’m hopeful that this is just the first step toward addressing...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) and Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) voted against House Bill 5677 and House Joint Resolution MM as they left the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today. The bill removes workplace protections for civil servants and makes it easier to fire them for mistakes made by their superiors, setting them up to be political scapegoats.

“This legislation makes it easier to fire a low-level...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats voted against a House Republican Detroit Public Schools plan tonight that would force the closure of DPS schools, rather than giving them the resources and support they need to recover, while allowing failing charter schools to proliferate without accountability inside the city of Detroit. While the new plan sends more dollars to the district, it fails to put in place the reforms needed to ensure DPS will recover from its...

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...

Friday, February 5, 2016

Please join me tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 6, for a Water Quality Town Hall from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Royal Oak Senior Center for a community discussion on water quality, aging infrastructure and potential solutions. 

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Royal Oak native who serves as the pediatric residency director at Flint’s Hurley Children’s Hospital and who first discovered rising lead levels in Flint children, will be joining our guest panel.

 

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