News From Rep. Brinks

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...

Friday, June 19, 2015

“The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans’ board of managers did the right thing today when it voted to apply for the license that will allow the facility to serve food to visitors, staff and volunteers. Along with many in the community, I was outraged to learn that the home had neglected to get the license and would no longer serve visiting family members meals from the cafeteria. I vowed to do anything it took fix...

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