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...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his Fiscal Year 2017 budget today during a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The budget has a heavy focus on funding for the water crisis affecting the city of Flint, where Gov. Snyder proposed $195 million in funding.

“I’m pleased to see Gov. Snyder retool his budget for the upcoming fiscal year to put a focus on the needs of Flint, but the problem is...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LANSING — House Bill 5220, introduced by state Representative Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) that passed earlier today in the House Appropriations Committee, was fast-tracked through the full House during session. The legislation will bring $28 million in funding to the city of Flint to deal with immediate relief needed in the continuing crisis revolving around the lead-tainted water supply and health concerns.

“It was imperative that we acted quickly, and I appreciate that legislators on both...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

LANSING — Despite Gov. Rick Snyder’s assurances to the contrary in tonight’s State of the State address, middle-class families have struggled under five years of leadership from Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature, state Reps. Pam Faris (D-Clio), Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Charles Smiley (D-Burton) said Tuesday night. Rather than doubling down on Gov. Snyder’s failed agenda, the legislators said it’s time to create a Michigan that works for school kids,...

State Representative Pam Faris (D-Clio) attends the State of the State address at the Michigan State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. With Rep. Faris is her guest, Chancellor Susan E. Borrego of the University of Michigan-Flint.

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