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...

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...

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...

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