News From Rep. Brinks

Thursday, January 11, 2018

LANSING — The state of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality filed a lawsuit against footwear manufacturer Wolverine World Wide Inc. yesterday over perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination left at a former Wolverine World Wide tannery site in Kent County that now threatens the health of families living nearby. In response to the lawsuit and to recent standards for PFAS levels in water established by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, state Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is introducing legislation that will strengthen Michigan drinking water regulations for the dangerous chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOS and PFOA, which are posing a hazard to families in northern Kent County and at other sites around Michigan. The current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s safe drinking water advisory threshold for PFOA and PFOS is 70 parts per trillion (ppt) combined, but one Kent County resident...

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 public servants. 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...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has sent a letter to state Rep. Joseph Graves (R-Argentine Township), the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, to request a hearing on the hazardous water contamination caused by the Wolverine World Wide tannery in Kent County. Toxic chemicals produced by chemical manufacturer 3M and released by the shoe-making company during the waterproofing process have leeched into the groundwater and pose a serious threat to human...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

LANSING — House and Senate Democrats introduced a legislative package to Prevent Wage Theft today which will put money back in the pockets of Michigan’s hardworking men and women. A report from the Economic Policy Institute earlier this year found that more than 130,000 Michigan workers across all demographic groups are losing $429 million annually as a result of wage theft.

“Every person deserves to take home the wages they earn. But across the...

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