News From Rep. Brinks

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

LANSING - State Representative Winnie Brinks (Grand Rapids) urged redirecting $94.9 million in unspent General Fund dollars from 2012 into the state’s School Aid Fund to offset cuts to education funding. Over the past two years, almost $2 billion has been diverted from school funding to pay for massive tax breaks that were supposed to spur job creation but haven’t created any jobs.

“Slashing school funding for corporate tax breaks hasn’t created jobs....

Monday, February 4, 2013

LANSING - State Representative Winnie Brinks (Grand Rapids) shared information today about free taxpayer services for people in households that earned less than $55,000 in 2012. The service is offered through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, and assists people in filing federal and state income tax returns.

“As Grand Rapids families sit down to prepare their taxes this year, they are going to realize that a lot of credits and...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (Grand Rapids) and Brandon Dillon (Grand Rapids) received their House committee assignments today. Brinks has been assigned to the House Education and Health Policy committees. Dillon will serve on the House Appropriations Committee and the Department of Community Health and School Aid subcommittees, and will serve as the minority vice chair of the School Aid Subcommittee.

“Few things are as important to the well-being of...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

LANSING - State Representative Winnie Brinks (Grand Rapids) said today that Republican policies have hurt Michigan’s middle-class families and haven’t kick-started an economic recovery in the state, despite what Gov. Rick Snyder claimed in his annual State of the State address. Brinks attended the State of the State address with Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.

“We heard the governor tell us that all is well in Michigan, but that’s not...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

“This week, I went to work for middle-class families and our kids to change the toxic culture of Lansing. I cast my vote for Jase Bolger for Speaker Wednesday because it’s time to stop fighting yesterday’s battles and to start working for the citizens of Grand Rapids. For too long, we were represented by a career politician who cared more about his self-interest than about what’s best for families in West Michigan. I am ready...

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