News From Rep. Brinks

Friday, February 22, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) will take part in a Habitat for Humanity of Kent County “Women Build” project at 307 Robey Place SE in Grand Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Women Build program is designed to teach women leadership and construction skills while addressing the problem of substandard housing in the community. The house under construction will be purchased by a single...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) introduced a resolution today demanding that the state properly care for the men and women who have served our country after they leave the military. The resolution is in response to Republicans cutting more than $4 million in funding from the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, resulting in more than 140 layoffs. Joining Brinks in sponsoring the resolution was state Rep. Brandon Dillon...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

LANSING - State Representative Winnie Brinks (Grand Rapids) urged redirecting $94.9 million in unspent General Fund dollars from 2012 into the state’s School Aid Fund to offset cuts to education funding. Over the past two years, almost $2 billion has been diverted from school funding to pay for massive tax breaks that were supposed to spur job creation but haven’t created any jobs.

“Slashing school funding for corporate tax breaks hasn’t created jobs....

Monday, February 4, 2013

LANSING - State Representative Winnie Brinks (Grand Rapids) shared information today about free taxpayer services for people in households that earned less than $55,000 in 2012. The service is offered through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, and assists people in filing federal and state income tax returns.

“As Grand Rapids families sit down to prepare their taxes this year, they are going to realize that a lot of credits and...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (Grand Rapids) and Brandon Dillon (Grand Rapids) received their House committee assignments today. Brinks has been assigned to the House Education and Health Policy committees. Dillon will serve on the House Appropriations Committee and the Department of Community Health and School Aid subcommittees, and will serve as the minority vice chair of the School Aid Subcommittee.

“Few things are as important to the well-being of...

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