News From Rep. Brinks

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) voted for the Michigan House of Representative’s budget today despite having concerns that the proposal fails to help working families and entrepreneurs in Michigan. While she hopes the budget will be improved in the Senate, she said that there were several positive features in the House budget that merited her support.

“I’m grateful that the House adopted an amendment that mirrors my House Bill 5088, which will...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

LANSING — Today, Democratic legislators in the Michigan House and Senate introduced a package of three bills that would protect student borrowers and people currently repaying student loans from predatory lenders.

“Getting an excellent education is no longer optional if a young person hopes to compete for the most promising careers available, and for many, that means going to a two-year college or university,” said state Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids). “As the mother of...

Monday, March 7, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) invites residents to join her at her upcoming coffee hour, which will feature special guest Jon O’Connor, a 1st Ward commissioner for the city of Grand Rapids. This community coffee hour will give constituents a chance to meet with Rep. Brinks and Commissioner O’Connor to share ideas and concerns and hear about what’s going on locally and at the Capitol. The upcoming coffee hours will take...

Thursday, March 3, 2016

“The recent audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans outlined deplorable conditions endured by the resident veterans there. I’m grateful that hearings will be held to get to the bottom of why such poor quality of care was allowed to exist, and how we can make sure that never happens again. However, in order to get all the answers we need, it is vitally important that these committees have subpoena powers in order to...

Friday, February 19, 2016

                “The care of our veterans must be a priority of our state. Yesterday, a devastating audit was released that outlined critical and ongoing problems at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, including chronic staffing shortages and the failure of staff to follow up on important care needs, such as investigating patient fall alerts. I welcome the news that Jeff Barnes is resigning as the director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Administration, and that James...

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