Thursday, April 23, 2015

LANSING — Democratic legislators announced the Powering Michigan’s Future legislative package today to build upon the success of Michigan’s thriving clean energy sector which is creating jobs, reining in costs and protecting the health of Michigan kids, families and seniors. The bills will increase Michigan’s use of renewable energy while reducing energy waste.

“Michigan’s clean energy industry has been a true success story and I’m proud to announce the Powering Michigan’s Future legislative package to build...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

LANSING – Today, the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus introduced a new wage discrimination policy agenda providing comprehensive solutions to combat Michigan’s wage gap. The legislation would take critical steps to empower workers to negotiate for equal pay, strengthen support and create strong incentives for employers to follow the law, and streamline enforcement efforts.

Michigan law has prohibited wage discrimination based on gender for more than five decades, yet a significant gap persists. According to 2015...

Friday, March 27, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) is introducing a bill that would support survivors of domestic violence, rape, human trafficking and stalking as they seek to recover from abusive situations. The bill would establish legal standards of confidentiality for victims of these crimes as they seek to rebuild their lives after violence. This proposal is similar to laws that exist in 32 other states that give victims substitute, government-managed addresses (often a post office...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) welcomed the news that Muskegon Community College’s Downtown Center will receive a $4.1 million grant that will be used to train skilled trades students in fields such as welding, machining and manufacturing automation.

“These are skills that are highly sought after by area employers, which will give Muskegon Community College graduates a good start on establishing promising careers,” Hovey-Wright said. “This grant will allow the college to install...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

LANSING – A bill authored by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) that is part of a package that would make more youthful offenders eligible for participation in the Michigan Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) has been passed by the House and advanced to the Senate for consideration. The bill is part of a three-bill package aimed at reducing youthful recidivism, reducing incarceration costs and protecting young offenders who are incarcerated in Michigan.

“Young people who have...

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