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Thursday, February 23, 2012

House Democratic Leader Hammel:

“The bill that House Republicans are trying to shove through the Legislature is short-sighted and could prove detrimental for the thousands of students in Highland Park. Republicans are more interested in winning an ideological argument rather than solving the problem at hand which is providing the children of Highland Park with a proper educational system. Moving these kids into different districts in the middle of a school year simply increases class...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LANSING - The House Democratic Caucus today praised the small steps that appear to be leading to a restoration of school funds in an appropriations bill and the governor’s upcoming budget proposal on Thursday.

“I am thankful that the governor and House Republicans have finally seen the light and recognized the harm their school cuts were causing in our communities,” said House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township). “While we expect to see some of...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

LANSING - The Michigan House Democrats today introduced an ethics and campaign finance reform package to close the revolving door between the public and the private sectors and to provide citizens with greater transparency and accountability from elected and appointed officials.

“We agree with the Governor in his State of the State Address that government needs to be more open and accountable. In fact, we passed bills to do that last year before the Republican-led...

House Democratic members and special guest, Jocelyn Benson, unveiled the ‘Reform Government Now’ package that would make government fair, transparent and ethical at the Capitol on Feb. 2, 2012.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township) and Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) said today that they are encouraged that Michigan’s transportation needs are front and center on the legislative agenda because good roads and infrastructure will spur job creation in our communities. “Improving our roads and infrastructure are key to growing Michigan’s economy and creating good-paying jobs for our residents,” said Hammel. “This bipartisan package of bills is...

Friday, January 13, 2012

“There should be no question about using this budget surplus in our classrooms to ensure that our students have the resources they need to learn and succeed in college and in their careers. The education cuts that the Governor and the Republican majority pushed through last year were devastating to our schools and left teachers and students in over-crowded classrooms with outdated materials. Last year at this time, the School Aid Fund showed a surplus...