News From Rep. Garrett

Monday, October 19, 2015

LANSING — Members of the Detroit Caucus spoke out against a MIRS article that ran early Friday morning and contained false information regarding caucus attitudes toward education and Detroit Public Schools (DPS). The article attributed a quote from a different representative as having been given on behalf of the Detroit Caucus, which was not the case.

“The caucus’s priority is, without question, to work together for our kids,” said state Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), chairman of...

Friday, October 16, 2015

LANSING — A bill meant to deal with the issue of third-grade reading was on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives yesterday, with legislators from the Detroit Caucus voting no due to a retention component of the legislation. Among the provisions of House Bill 4822, one of the most controversial was the mandate that would effectively hold back third-grade students who tested poorly in reading. 

“Teaching kids to read is the most fundamental component...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

LANSING –State Representatives Brian Banks (D-Detroit), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) and Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) are declining to vote to expel state Representatives Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell). Other Detroit Caucus members who are not now voting are Reps. Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit) and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit)

“A vote to expel a legislator is the most serious vote any of us will take, and we should take that vote knowing that a process...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

LANSING – State Representative LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) expressed her disappointment at the passage of a bill that would eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit as a way to pay for road funding. The EITC elimination would raise taxes on 820,000 low-income working families, while only $117 million would be saved. This number is a drop in the bucket of the more than $1 billion needed to fund Michigan roads.

“By name, this bill is part...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and colleagues today hosted 75 attendees at a water affordability and safety hearing at the state Capitol to hear from residents and community organizations about the water issues affecting their communities. Chang hosted the hearing along with Reps. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) and LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit). Other legislators attending were Reps. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), Julie Plawecki (D-Dearborn Heights), Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights), Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Reps....

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