News From Rep. Brinks

Thursday, November 10, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), the co-chairwoman of the Legislative Dutch Caucus, has introduced a resolution that would designate Nov. 16, 2016, as Dutch-American Heritage Day in the state of Michigan. Nov. 16 marks the day in 1776 when the Dutch fort on St. Eustatius in the West Indies fired the first salute to the flag representing the newly independent United States.

“As the daughter of Dutch immigrants, I’m proud of my...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

LANSING, Mich. —  State Representative Winnie Brinks (D–Grand Rapids) and State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) and have introduced legislation that would amend Public Act 515 of 2014 to include breast cancer as an eligible condition under the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund.

“This is about parity,” Sen. Hertel said. “Like their male colleagues, female fire fighters make priceless contributions in the name of public safety. When fire fighters develop cancer because of the hazards...

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...

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