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Thursday, June 14, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats today refused to give their support for a Republican-backed supplemental budget that didn’t specify which programs would receive funding and left only blank spaces where lawmakers could fill in dollar amounts at a later date. Instead of passing a fill-in-the-blanks version of a supplemental budget and trusting Republicans to fairly allocate funds at some point in the future, Democrats said the Legislature should be funding programs today that help Michigan schools,...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

LANSING - Members of the House Democratic Caucus grudgingly supported House Bills 5699 and 5700 today saying that a little tax relief is better than nothing, but argued that it is time for the Republicans to offer real relief to Michigan’s middle-class families instead of targeting the greatest relief to higher wage earners.

“Like Michigan’s hard working middle-class families, we will take what we can get from this Republican administration and Legislature, but we will...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats today argued that Michigan residents need more tax relief than legislative Republicans are allowing under bills that were moved in place today for a final vote later this week. The bills give the most tax relief to high wage earners, and little relief to middle-class families and average taxpayers.

“Once again, the Republican majority has given more to their friends and failed to reach out to Michigan’s middle-class families and senior...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

LANSING - Michigan House Democrats today voiced their disappointment in a newly passed 2012-13 state budget that fails to repeal painful tax increases to middle-class families and seniors, puts the public at risk by privatizing prison services and reducing prison patrols, underfunds police and fire services and gives the governor’s hand-picked appointees $3.7 million in salary increases.

“The budget passed by the Michigan House of Representatives today does little to reassure Michigan residents that their...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township), Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) and Democratic members of the House Tax Policy Committee said at a Capitol press conference today that the proposed Republican tax cut offers as little as five cents a day for most of Michigan’s struggling families while offering more relief to higher wage earners. The proposed tax cut is part of the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget under consideration in the Legislature,...

Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (Battle Creek) holds up a nickel, symbolizing the daily tax relief resulting from a proposed tax cut, during a press conference about the need for real tax reform for Michigan’s middle class in the House Office Building Wednesday, May 30, 2012.