News From Rep. Brinks

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...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

LANSING — A report issued today by the state’s auditor general that outlines multiple instances of neglect, understaffing and a callous disregard for residents and their families at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans underscores the need for immediate, corrective action and for the establishment of a veterans ombudsman’s office to handle concerns and complaints. According to the report, the home is routinely understaffed, and workers at the facility falsely claimed to follow up on...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"I’m deeply disappointed that Gov. Rick Snyder is recommending that operating funding for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans be cut by $424,900 in the coming fiscal year. The quality of care for residents at the home has been an ongoing concern for several years. Last year, I was troubled when the home temporarily suspended food service for residents’ visitors. Just last week, we learned there was an emergency staffing problem at the facility, which required...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

LANSING — Despite Gov. Rick Snyder’s assurances to the contrary in tonight’s State of the State address, middle-class families have struggled under five years of leadership from Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature, Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) said Tuesday night. Rep. Brinks said it’s time to create a Michigan that works for school kids, college students, families, seniors and small-business owners who are being left behind by the Republican agenda. 

“Regular working families...

Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) attended the 2016 State of the State address at the state Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, with special guest Grand Rapids City Commissioner Jon O’Connor.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

LANSING — The Michigan Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus urges Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a bill passed by the Legislature that would eliminate straight-ticket voting in Michigan because it makes it more difficult for voters — especially women with young children — to get out and vote. If Senate Bill 13 is passed into law, it’s predicted the bill will significantly increase lines at polling places in Michigan, which already sees the sixth-longest voting wait...

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