News From Rep. Brinks

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is pleased that legislation passed today will help bring Switch, a major technology company, to the Grand Rapids area. Switch intends to invest $5 billion to transform the former Steelcase headquarters pyramid into a state-of-the-art data center that will employ 400 people and support another 600 high-tech jobs at companies that will co-locate equipment at the center. Brinks was also successful in securing an amendment to the...

Friday, November 13, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is introducing a bill that would create the office of Michigan Veterans’ Facility Ombudsman, a position that would be tasked with investigating and resolving problems encountered by the residents, family and friends of Michigan’s two veterans’ homes. The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette have been the center of several complaints in the past few years.

“It’s important that we...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LANSING – As October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, members of the Progressive Women's Legislative Caucus are urging their Republican colleagues that a package of bills aimed at combating domestic violence has languished in the Legislature for half a year. The measures would give survivors of domestic violence the tools they need to escape violent situations and seek justice.

“Domestic violence is a serious problem in Michigan, and people who are trapped in abusive...

Monday, September 28, 2015

LANSING – Democrats in the state House and Senate announced a defining package of bills today to strengthen Michigan’s middle class and reverse one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history. Called the Blueprint for Michigan’s Families, the bills take aim at stagnant incomes and tax increases that make it difficult to achieve and sustain a middle-class quality of life while coping with the rising costs of living.

“Grand Rapidians are some of the...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LANSING – Legislation unveiled by the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus at a press conference today would help women take charge of their reproductive health and aims to reduce Michigan’s unintended pregnancy rate, which is as high as 80 percent among young woman ages 15-19.

“Family planning is a cornerstone of women’s health, which is why it is so critically important that we give women the tools they need to control their fertility,” said Rep. Winnie...

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