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Thursday, September 21, 2017

LANSING — Michigan House and Senate Democrats today called on their Republican colleagues to adopt the Michigan Health Care Bill of Rights now that session in both chambers has resumed.

The resolutions, House Resolution 139 and Senate Resolution 68, would preserve key aspects of the health care system in Michigan, which remain at risk as Congress prepares to attempt another repeal of existing health care laws before Sept. 30.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

LANSING — The Michigan House Democratic Caucus and Michigan Legislative Black Caucus sent letters to the Michigan Civil Service Commission last week that ask commissioners to reject proposed rule changes that would rob state employees of many of their workers’ rights. The Commission will meet Sept. 20 to vote on the changes, which include ending civil servants’ ability to negotiate items such as overtime pay, seniority and grievances.

“Michigan’s hardworking civil servants go to work...

Friday, September 15, 2017

LANSING — Today, a bipartisan group of legislators in the House proposed a set of no-fault reforms that would address high auto insurance rates in Michigan while maintaining quality coverage for drivers. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

“I’m encouraged to see lawmakers from both sides of the aisle working together to find real solutions to the problem of Michigan’s auto insurance rates, which are the highest in...

Monday, August 21, 2017

LANSING — State House and Senate Democrats announced today their plan to stop prescription drug price spikes in Michigan. Almost 60 percent of American adults take prescription drugs, and according to the American Medical Association, drug prices increased 10 percent on average in 2016 — well outpacing inflation and wage growth — while some skyrocketed as much as 5,500 percent. This is the third straight year of double-digit increases in drug prices. Under the House...

Friday, August 11, 2017

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats called today’s decision by the state of Michigan’s to refund nearly $21 million to people wrongly accused of unemployment insurance fraud in more than 44,000 cases between October 1, 2013, and August 7, 2015, a small step forward. The decision to issue refunds follows a concerted effort by House Democrats to call attention to the problem, including a plan unveiled in February to fully restore funds to families hurt by...