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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

LANSING — Members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus spoke out today against right-to-work legislation being proposed in the state Legislature. Such a law would have several negative consequences, including reduced wages and benefits, poorer working conditions and job losses.

“The governor and legislative Republicans are catering to the extreme wing of their party that values corporate profits and CEO bonuses over paying middle-class workers a fair wage,” House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt....

House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Twp.), with members of the Democratic Caucus, addresses a packed room at the Capitol during a press conference urging Republicans to abandon their plan to pass a right-to-work bill.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

“We have serious concerns about the newly announced personal property tax proposal. For example, how will outstanding bond debt be resolved with respect to our local libraries and schools? Will taxes be raised on homeowners to offset PPT repeal? How will police, fire and emergency services be affected? Our caucus has no details on this reform and will need to review any draft of the bill. A bill of this magnitude should not be rushed...

Monday, November 19, 2012

LANSING - The Michigan House Democratic Caucus chose Rep. Tim Greimel(D-Auburn Hills) to become the House Democratic Leader for the 2013-2014 session. Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield) will serve as Democratic Floor Leader.

“My pledge to the families, seniors and students of Michigan is to work tirelessly on their behalf by fighting for policies that will help them and move our state forward,” Greimel said. “I know that people around the state have been struggling under the...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

LANSING — Today, House Minority Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mount Morris Township), on behalf of his five co-plaintiffs and the House Democratic Caucus, filed an application for leave to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court seeking to reverse the Court of Appeals’ ruling and order the House Republicans to follow the Michigan Constitution.

“Until the constitutionally guaranteed rights of legislators — and, by extension, their constituents —are secured, we will continue to fight for those...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

“I strongly support the effort of Democrats calling for a one-man grand jury to investigate the recent election-rigging attempt by Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) and State Rep. Roy Schmidt (R-Grand Rapids). From the beginning I have called for a complete and thorough investigation, but that has yet to happen. As new information continues to surface, more questions are raised not answered. The fact that questions remain unanswered, that the State Police investigation remains incomplete and...