News From Rep. Brinks

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...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

LANSING — House Democrats filed a discharge petition to bring House Bill 5124, which would provide immediate auto insurance rate relief for seniors aged 62 and older, to the House floor for a vote. Republican leadership refused them the opportunity for the bill to be considered. In response, state Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement: 

“Seniors who get comprehensive medical coverage through Medicare or another retirement health plan already have the health...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives voted down House Bill 5013, which would make sweeping changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. In response, state Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement: 

“I voted against House Bill 5013 because it’s a bad deal for the people in my community. This bill cuts necessary medical benefits, fails to deliver long-term rate reduction, and forces families who experience tragic accidents to spend down their hard-earned assets...

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