News From Rep. Brinks

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS – State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) invites residents to join her at her upcoming coffee hours, including events with special guests from the Grand Rapids City Commission. Community coffee hours give constituents a chance to meet with Rep. Brinks in an informal setting to share thoughts, concerns or ideas. Coffee hours that feature special guests are unique because they bring state and local elected officials together to discuss what’s going on locally...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

“This afternoon, just minutes before the House budget was presented for a vote on the House floor, an amendment was introduced to block funding for family planning. This was a tradeoff to appease a handful of ultraconservative representatives in order to secure their votes on the budget. Cutting this funding is an unacceptable affront to women’s ability to decide if, when and under what circumstances to have a family.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS – State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is introducing legislation this week that would strictly regulate the sale and use of Lindane, an ingredient in some treatments for lice and scabies. The proposal would require that these products only be used under the supervision of a physician in his or her office. Lindane, a suspected carcinogen in human beings, has been connected to increased rates of miscarriage, liver toxicity and kidney failure. When...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has introduced House Bill 4453, which would bring back the state’s $600 per-child state tax deduction. The deduction used to be available to parents, but was eliminated by the Republican-led Legislature starting in the 2012 tax year.

“Moms and dads work hard every day to put food on the table and provide a good start in life to their kids,” Brinks said. “When they lost this deduction...

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...