News From Rep. Brinks

Thursday, July 27, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS — Reps. Winnie Brinks (D–Grand Rapids) and Tim Greimel (D–Auburn Hills) hosted a press conference today to demand justice for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans’ residents, and accountability for those responsible for their abuse and neglect.

Eleven employees are facing criminal charges for falsifying patient records.

 “Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette have known about the appalling conditions at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans since 2013,”...

State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) calls for further investigations at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans at a press conference near the home on Thursday, July 27, 2017. She is joined, from left, by Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Vietnam veteran and Grand Rapids Home for Veterans member Tony Spallone and veterans’ advocate Catherine Kooyers.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats announced plans to hold health care town halls across the state this summer the day after they formally introduced a resolution to protect individuals’ right to high-quality, affordable health care options. The resolution, called the Michigan Health Care Bill of Rights, was announced at a press conference in May and was officially introduced to the Legislature yesterday after being signed by every member of the House Democratic Caucus.

“Every person...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is introducing a bill that would create scholarship grants for people who want to pursue a career in law enforcement. The grants are specifically designed to help communities of 80,000 or more residents recruit a police force that more accurately reflects the diversity of their own community.

“A recent report requested by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards came up with 16 recommendations to...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) voted for the fiscal year 2017-18 General Fund and School Aid Fund budgets on Tuesday because they offered increased funding for Grand Rapids schools and other spending important to Grand Rapids. Despite her support, Brinks said the bills were imperfect.

“These budgets did not include everything I would have liked to see, but I believe that the perfect should never be the enemy of the...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has been appointed to the House Agriculture Committee, taking the place of former state Rep. John Kivela, who passed away last month. Rep. Brinks will serve on the committee until Kivela’s replacement takes office.

“It’s an honor to be asked to carry on the work of my colleague and friend, John Kivela, and to serve on the House Agriculture Committee,” Rep. Brinks said. “Agriculture is one...