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Monday, December 10, 2012

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus called on Republicans in the Legislature to stand up to their leadership and do what’s best for middle-class workers and the democratic process by sending controversial right-to-work legislation to conference committee. Leading the call were House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Twp.), House Democratic Leader-Elect Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills) and Representative-Elect Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids).

“This legislation went from floor introduction to passage in 90...

House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Twp.) speaks at a press conference with current and future members of the House Democratic Caucus asking Republicans to send right-to-work bills to conference committee for discussion. To the left and right of Hammel, respectively, are Representative-Elect Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and House Democratic Leader-Elect Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills), who also spoke at the press conference.
Thursday, December 6, 2012

“The House Democrats are voting no on virtually all bills because of the toxic environment created by extremist politicians pushing ‘right-to-work’ bills at the 11th hour. Republicans, who the voters rejected in November, are doing a disservice to a full-time Legislature by pushing sizable and substantive public policy changes in the final week of session without full consideration of the consequences. We had almost two full years to debate these bills, but Republicans, in a...

Thursday, December 6, 2012

“This afternoon, the House Democrats, standing in unity with the thousands of middle class families who were shut out of their state Capitol during the floor debate on ‘right-to-work’ legislation, walked out of the House chamber and refused to vote on HB 4054 until the people were let back into the Capitol.

“The House Democrats left the chamber to make sure the citizens of the state, who pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

LANSING — Members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus spoke out today against right-to-work legislation being proposed in the state Legislature. Such a law would have several negative consequences, including reduced wages and benefits, poorer working conditions and job losses.

“The governor and legislative Republicans are catering to the extreme wing of their party that values corporate profits and CEO bonuses over paying middle-class workers a fair wage,” House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt....

House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Twp.), with members of the Democratic Caucus, addresses a packed room at the Capitol during a press conference urging Republicans to abandon their plan to pass a right-to-work bill.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

“We have serious concerns about the newly announced personal property tax proposal. For example, how will outstanding bond debt be resolved with respect to our local libraries and schools? Will taxes be raised on homeowners to offset PPT repeal? How will police, fire and emergency services be affected? Our caucus has no details on this reform and will need to review any draft of the bill. A bill of this magnitude should not be rushed...