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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LANSING — The School Finance Research Collaborative issued a report today that says Michigan school districts are underfunded by about $1,290 to $1,990 per pupil, depending on the needs of children and existing funding in a given school district. The report calls for a base per-pupil funding of $9,590, which is 26.2 percent more than the minimum state per-pupil funding. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“Our...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

LANSING — House and Senate Republicans unveiled a plan today to adjust the state income tax in order to offset the Trump tax increase, including increasing the state personal exemption to $4,800 and — in the House Republican plan — introducing a $100 senior tax credit to all taxpayers over the age of 62. The plans do not address other issues with the tax bill, including new federal incentives to send jobs overseas. In...

Friday, January 12, 2018

LANSING — The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference signaled anemic growth is anticipated in the General Fund and School Aid Fund in the coming fiscal year. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“The Consensus Revenue Estimating Committee figures show that it is  time to reinvest in Michigan, but we have to do it wisely. Too many families in our state are still struggling to get ahead, which is...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

LANSING — For nearly a year, House Democrats have called for restitution for individuals who were victims of the mismanaged Unemployment Insurance Agency. During that time, Gov. Rick Snyder has been adamant that victims should only be reimbursed for the principal, interest and penalties — nothing else. This week, Gov. Snyder reversed course, admitted responsibility and agreed that a fund should be created to provide UIA victims with damages to get their lives back on...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Tonight, House Democrats voted to protect the earned health care benefits of Michigan’s retired first responders. Last week, hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied against proposals which could have gutted health care for local heroes. Today, the recommendation of House Democrats to implement the reforms of the bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force was accepted. While these benefits are now protected, communities in the state continue to struggle with...

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