News From Rep. Brinks

Thursday, April 20, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has introduced House Bill 4521, which would bring back the state’s $600 per-child state tax deduction. The deduction, a critical support once relied on by families across the state, was eliminated by the Republican-led Legislature starting in the 2012 tax year.

“Michigan families have been struggling the last five years,” said Rep. Brinks. “That’s why I’m fighting to see critical tax credits and deductions like this restored,...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has introduced legislation that would implement two Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plans as an integrated, statewide rubric for environmental decisions and policymaking moving forward.

“Having this plan in statute protects the fair, non-discriminatory treatment of all people when environmental laws, regulations and policies are being made,” said Rep. Brinks. “This is a simple, common sense solution that guarantees the environment and the people of our state...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

LANSING — The Progressive Women’s Caucus (PWC) stands behind an effort to require paid sick leave for many workers in the state of Michigan. A new bill introduced by PWC Chairwoman Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) would allow workers to take earned, paid time off to recover from illnesses or care for a sick family member, and would require employers to allow workers to accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours they work. PWC...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

“I am heartbroken by the footage released today of a caregiver abusing an 83-year-old patient at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and I am gratified to hear that charges have been filed against the person who committed such a thoughtless act. Sadly, I am also not surprised by this information, given that two separate audits conducted last year found that abuse was rampant. I have been fighting for residents of the home since 2013,...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

LANSING — State Reps. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City) in the Michigan House, and state Sens. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) and Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) in the Michigan Senate, introduced legislation today that would exempt feminine hygiene products from Michigan sales and use tax. The exemption would include tampons, sanitary napkins and similar feminine hygiene products.

“Women continually and predictably will need to use feminine hygiene products for the majority...

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