News From Rep. Brinks

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...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

LANSING — Nov. 16, 2017, will be Dutch-American Heritage Day in the state of Michigan, thanks to a resolution introduced by state Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), the co-chairwoman of the Legislative Dutch Caucus. The resolution, approved by the House last week, marks the day in 1776 when the Dutch fort on St. Eustatius in the West Indies fired the first salute to the flag representing the newly independent United States.

“I’m the proud daughter...

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