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Monday, June 8, 2015

LANSING – State Representatives Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) hailed the announcement Monday that Ford Motor Co. has agreed to limit its MEGA tax credits to $2.3 billion and invest up to $3.1 billion in Michigan in order to shore up the state’s revenues and create fiscal stability over the coming decades. The announcement followed negotiations between the automaker and the state after it was announced earlier this year that Michigan faces a...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats said the state’s omnibus general fund budget approved by the Michigan House of Representatives today offers some improvements for Michigan residents, but frequently ignores the priorities of average, working families.

“Our state’s budget isn’t just a financial plan; it’s a reflection of the values and priorities of our state,” House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) said. “Although the budget includes some positives, it fails to adequately invest in roads and fails to...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus were united in opposition today against House Bill 4052, legislation designed to take away the ability of local governments to enact ordinances that benefit their citizens. The bill is broadly worded and possibly violates the Michigan Constitution, which guarantees local control. Despite bipartisan opposition, the bill passed with only Republican support and now moves to the Senate.

“Republicans are supposed to be the party of small government...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LANSING – As the state budget enters final negotiations, state Democrats rallied with angry citizens today to demand that the $134 million dollar expense on lavish new offices for legislators be stopped in the budget process.  Democrats also announced legislation to prevent future similar boondoggles from ever happening again.

“The more people learn of the Republican plan to spend $134 million on new offices for legislators to reward for one of their campaign donors, the...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Rachel Jacobs, daughter of former state Senator Gilda Jacobs. I join my colleagues in the Michigan Legislature in extending our deepest condolences to Senator Jacobs and her family during this very difficult time."