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Thursday, May 24, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township) and Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) today said that Michigan’s middle class families, senior citizens and students deserve better from the proposed state budget that offers a mere $20 in one-time tax relief, after Republicans increased their taxes by hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars last year. This proposal offers little extra funding for over-crowded schools and nothing for senior citizens reeling from the...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats held press conferences throughout the state Monday and called on Governor Rick Snyder and Legislative Republicans to restore school funding to the proposed Republican-backed education budget. The proposed budget now in a conference committee allows last year’s nearly $1 billion raid of education funds to stand, and does not increase the per-pupil foundation allowance which was cut $470 per pupil in the current fiscal year budget. The proposed budget also pits...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

LANSING – The Michigan House Democratic caucus today challenged the Republican-backed plan to lift the cap on virtual charter schools, or cyber schools, in Michigan because the plan fails to provide enough accountability regarding educational quality and could siphon critical dollars from traditional, brick-and-mortar schools to private out-of-state companies. A bipartisan group of lawmakers also were concerned over the lack of reliable evidence on the effectiveness of online instruction. The legislation, Senate Bill 619, passed...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township) and members of the House Democratic caucus today voiced and voted their opposition to the Republican-backed omnibus budget stating that it follows last year’s lack of job creation, taxes raised and increased burdens on seniors and middle-class families, and little or no commitment to reform, transparency or accountability.

“What’s disappointing is that after all the sacrifices the Republicans demanded of our families, our kids and our...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

“The continued drastic decline in court filings is validation that Governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of two judges to vacant slots on the Court of Appeals was unnecessary. These appointments brought the court to 28 judges merely a month after the House voted to reduce the number of judgeships to 24 because of reduced caseloads. After taxing our seniors and cutting funding to classrooms across the state, this unnecessary cost to the taxpayers of Michigan is...

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