News From Rep. Brinks

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS – State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is introducing legislation this week that would strictly regulate the sale and use of Lindane, an ingredient in some treatments for lice and scabies. The proposal would require that these products only be used under the supervision of a physician in his or her office. Lindane, a suspected carcinogen in human beings, has been connected to increased rates of miscarriage, liver toxicity and kidney failure. When...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has introduced House Bill 4453, which would bring back the state’s $600 per-child state tax deduction. The deduction used to be available to parents, but was eliminated by the Republican-led Legislature starting in the 2012 tax year.

“Moms and dads work hard every day to put food on the table and provide a good start in life to their kids,” Brinks said. “When they lost this deduction...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

LANSING – Today, the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus introduced a new wage discrimination policy agenda providing comprehensive solutions to combat Michigan’s wage gap. The legislation would take critical steps to empower workers to negotiate for equal pay, strengthen support and create strong incentives for employers to follow the law, and streamline enforcement efforts.

Michigan law has prohibited wage discrimination based on gender for more than five decades, yet a significant gap persists. According to 2015...

Friday, March 27, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) hosted state representatives and senators, representatives of the Grand Rapids Public Schools and members of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren at an Urban Education Tour event held at Burton Elementary School today. The tour focused on how the Grand Rapids Public Schools met unique challenges it faces as an urban school district, and shared strategies urban districts can utilize to improve their schools.

“It...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is introducing a bill that would support survivors of domestic violence, rape and stalking as they seek to recover from abusive situations. The bill would require employers that offer sick leave to allow employees to use that leave to receive assistance, such as moving to a domestic violence shelter, getting a medical exam at a hospital following rape or meeting with police or prosecutors.

“Seeking help after...

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