News From Rep. Brinks

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...

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...

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