News From Rep. Roberts

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats said today that a proposed School Aid Fund budget being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives doesn’t do enough to help children living in poverty and favors charter and cyber schools at the expense of the 1.5 million children attending traditional public schools.

“It’s unfortunate that House Republicans missed the mark on bringing more equity to funding our schools. The 41 schools that get the top foundation allowance are all...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LANSING — Representatives Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) and Tom Cochran (D-Mason) introduced a package of bills today to call for more state oversight for oil and gas pipelines throughout Michigan. The bills aim to enhance pipeline safety and increase protection for the people and natural resources of our state. Robert Gordon of the Michigan Sierra Club and Nic Clark of Clean Water Action also spoke in support...

Monday, March 23, 2015

LANSING – As the Michigan House of Representatives moves closer to putting together its annual budget proposal, the Michigan House Democrats are urging the creation of a state budget that reflects the needs of everyday families and small-business owners. House Appropriations subcommittees are expected to release their proposed budgets this week.

"The budget is more than just a financial and legal document – it is a statement of our values and priorities,” House Democratic Leader Tim...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LANSING — Despite the objections of the House Democratic Caucus, the state House passed legislation today to paper over a budget deficit in the current fiscal year. Democrats oppose the bills because, among cuts in other areas, they siphon money away from the School Aid Fund to fill a hole created by overly generous tax incentives for big corporations. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“Legislative Republicans created this situation in 2011...

Friday, February 13, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) has introduced, with bipartisan support, a House Resolution and House Concurrent Resolution encouraging Congress to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. The act was last reauthorized in 2011, although some programs under the act have continued each year since then. Reauthorizing the act now would send a clear signal that serving this population is a high priority.

          “This year is the 50th anniversary of when the...

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