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Friday, February 18, 2011

LANSING - House Democrats today blasted Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to finance enormous tax breaks for corporations and wealthy individuals at the expense of Michigan’s children, seniors and working families.

“While the Governor has talked repeatedly about shared sacrifice, his budget proposal doesn’t back that up,” said House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township). “Instead it takes Michigan backward by giving massive tax breaks to corporations and shifting the burden to our seniors, our children...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

LANSING - State Representative Charles Smiley (D-Burton) today voted against legislation that will hurt Michigan families by removing key consumer protections that shield customers from price gouging and fluctuating prices. The House of Representatives passed the plan to repeal Michigan’s item pricing law, which will leave consumers susceptible to being overcharged and victimized by discriminatory pricing practices.

“The item pricing law is an important consumer protection that Michigan residents need now more than...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

LANSING – In an effort to bring accountability to state government, State Representatives Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) and Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) today introduced a plan to dock state elected officials’ pay if they do not pass the state budget by July 1.

“Lawmakers who don’t do their job shouldn’t get paid,” said Townsend, lead sponsor of the plan. “Year after year, partisan budget fights have hurt Michigan’s economic recovery – we can’t allow that...

Monday, January 31, 2011

Calling for state leaders to back up their bipartisan talk with action, House Democratic lawmakers today announced they will reintroduce the Hire Michigan First plan, an aggressive job-creation package that will put Michigan workers back on the job now by making sure they are first in line for the jobs their tax dollars create.

The Hire Michigan First plan supports working families by rewarding companies that employ Michigan workers and cracks down on those that...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

LANSING – Demanding less partisanship and more public input, State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) today introduced a plan to reform Michigan’s redistricting process so that it is more transparent and draws legislative districts that provide fair representation for Michigan residents. Byrum’s plan was not adopted by the House on a partisan vote of 45-63.

“Our current redistricting process is flawed because it is driven by partisan agendas and it shortchanges our residents,” Byrum said. “These...

Representative Barb Byrum (Onondaga) urges her colleagues to support her plan to reform Michigan’s redistricting process on the House Floor on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Byrum’s plan would bring more transparency and public participation to the redistricting process so that it draws legislative districts that provide fair representation for Michigan residents. The plan was not adopted by the House on a partisan vote of 45-63.

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