News From Rep. Brinks

Thursday, February 15, 2018

LANSING — Members of the Progressive Women’s Caucus’ Women’s Health Task Force introduced legislation today to protect access to contraceptive methods, free of interference from elected officials or employers. Allowing a woman the freedom to choose if, when and how to have a family is not only in the best interest of the woman herself, but also reaps widespread economic benefits as well. In 2010, it was found that providing publicly funded family planning services...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his final State of the State address this evening. In response, state Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement:

 

“While it's good to hear the proposals Gov. Rick Snyder outlined tonight to invest more in developing career and technical training programs, I'm disappointed he didn’t do enough to address the neglect of our crumbling infrastructure and the failure to protect Michigan families from harmful contaminants in...

State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) attends the 2018 State of the State address at the Michigan State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, with guest Carlos Sanchez, member of the board of trustees of Grand Rapids Community College and director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.
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...

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