Thursday, May 5, 2016

House Democrats expressed their anger and disappointment today after the passage of bills failed to help children in Detroit Public Schools. The legislation fails to make reforms that will help kids succeed, instead focusing on state-controlled micromanagement, prioritizing charter schools and punishing the teachers union.

“We all agree that the state needs to take responsibility and fix the issues in DPS,” said state Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), chairman of the Detroit Caucus. “That’s why I’m...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

State Representative Pam Faris (D-Clio) introduced House Bill 5617 today that would allow prosecutors to charge individuals who commit murder during second degree child abuse with first degree murder.

“A Genesee County assistant prosecutor brought the issue to my attention following two fatal child abuse cases in our county,” said Faris. “We need to give prosecutors another tool for making sure these horrible actions stop.”

Currently, someone found guilty of second degree child abuse resulting...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

House Democrats are applauding the bipartisan effort to pass a budget proposal out of the House Appropriations Committee today. While noting there is still room for improvement on the current proposal, House Democrats see adoption of several of their amendments as a positive sign moving forward in the negotiation process.

“I am happy that cooperation in the Appropriations Committee has yielded some good results. This is an important marker in the progress toward protecting seniors,...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

House Democrats voiced strong concerns with the School Omnibus budget passed today in the House Appropriations Committee due to the Republican approach of picking “winners and losers” instead of helping level the playing field for all students. For years, Democrats have been calling for increased funding to support Michigan students and Republicans are starting to listen. Democrats applauded the funding increases for K-12 schools and community colleges, but remain concerned that for-profit charter schools get the...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

State Representative Pam Faris (D-Clio) supported passage of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) budget today as it was moved from subcommittee to the full House Committee on Appropriations. Rep. Faris is pleased the recommended budget includes 29.5 percent increases in funding to both county road commissions and cities and villages.

“Road funding is important for cities and rural areas alike. We can’t favor densely populated urban areas over one-stoplight towns, or vice versa.” Faris...

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