News From Rep. Brinks

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...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) hailed the passage of Senate Bill 809 by the House of Representatives today as a move that will help ensure veterans and their families receive quality care at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. The bill, patterned after Rep. Brinks’ House Bill 5088, would establish an ombudsman’s office to respond to concerns raised by the residents of state veterans...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) and Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) voted against House Bill 5677 and House Joint Resolution MM as they left the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today. The bill removes workplace protections for civil servants and makes it easier to fire them for mistakes made by their superiors, setting them up to be political scapegoats.

“This legislation makes it easier to fire a low-level...

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