News From Rep. Brinks

Thursday, September 22, 2016

"The ideas to improve veteran care outlined by the workgroup have the potential to reverse the course Michigan has been on and begin to take us in the right direction. Our veterans have waited too long for real solutions. I'm pleased to see many of the ideas I've called for over the last few years incorporated into the report, such as building additional veterans homes and establishing a more comprehensive set of services to meet the diverse needs of our veterans....

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is calling for immediate action on a plan to protect student borrowers and contain the escalating cost of a college or university education in the wake of a recent study on higher education funding, tuition and student debt from the Michigan League for Public Policy. Brinks, who sponsored legislation in the Democrats’ Student Borrower Protection Package introduced in April, is urging committee hearings on the legislation so...

Friday, August 19, 2016

“I couldn’t be happier to hear about the planned development of two hotels near the Switch data center. These hotels are being built because the Switch data center is energizing our local economy by creating construction jobs and high-tech careers for people throughout Grand Rapids. I fought to bring Switch to our area because I knew it would open the doors to opportunity in our community, and I’m pleased to see that effort pay dividends...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) are demanding that the state end its failed experiment of outsourcing resident care services at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans following continued reports of neglect and abuse of the veterans who live there. This week, staffing company J2S said that privatization had failed at the home and that it was moving toward suing the state for breach of contract.

“I thought...

Monday, June 13, 2016

“I’d like to thank the chairs and all the members of the House Oversight and Ethics Committee and the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for holding a meeting at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans today. It’s critical that as the committee investigates the findings of substandard care, legislators see and hear these issues from veterans at the home firsthand. I also thank the residents of the home and their family members who testified...

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