News From Rep. Garrett

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LANSING — Members of the Detroit Caucus voiced concern today regarding the ongoing debate over the direction of Detroit Public Schools, citing the continued refusal to acknowledge Detroit voices as a key failure of the numerous bill packages offered to address issues in the school district. The most recent iteration — a package pushed through by the House Republicans during a late night session in May — has been widely criticized by governmental officials at...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) and Julie Plawecki (D-Dearborn Heights) called for hearings on their bipartisan, bicameral legislative package on water in recognition of World Water Day. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, when an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 2003 as the first World Water Day, and it has...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) Brian Banks (D-Detroit), LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit) voiced support today for portions of the supplemental appropriation bill, House Bill 5296, which passed the House and is now heading to the Senate. The bill is meant to provide bridge funding to Detroit Public Schools (DPS), which will run out of money in April without immediate intervention. While the representatives applauded the $48.7 million offered to the...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LANSING —  State Representative and Minority Assistant Floor Leader LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) today introduced House Bill 5260 that would repeal Michigan’s emergency financial manager law, Public Act 436 of 2012. That law allows the governor to appoint an emergency financial manager to have control of a local government’s finances when they believe a city is having financial difficulties.

“We need to return decision-making in our communities to the elected officials that residents voted into office,”...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

We are one Michigan. Anything that affects one community, affects us all. The water crisis in Flint has been a black eye for our state, a violation of human rights, and an absolute nightmare for the people of Flint. High lead levels and toxicity from the Flint River have created an epic state of emergency for citizens who had believed in their government, and their government failed them. That failure goes all the way up...

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