News From Rep. Brinks

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...

Monday, May 22, 2017

LANSING — State House and Senate Democrats announced a “Health Care Bill of Rights” today to resist Congressional Republican health care cuts that have already passed the U.S. House. The Democratic resolution would shield hundreds of thousands of Michigan families who stand to see their costs skyrocket, coverage reduced or health insurance disappear altogether. The last Congressional Budget Office estimate found that 24 million Americans would lose health insurance under the Republican plan.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LANSING — The Progressive Women’s Caucus introduced a 12-bill package today that seeks to end wage discrimination in Michigan. While protecting equal pay is important for everyone, wage discrimination disproportionately impacts women in Michigan. The bills are being introduced to coincide with Equal Pay Day in Michigan. Women have to work into April of the new year in order to earn what men earned in the previous year. April 4 of this year was recognized...

State Rep. Erika Geiss speaks in support of House Democratic legislation to ensure equal pay for women at a rally on the Capitol steps in Lansing on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Behind Rep. Geiss are, from left to right, seated state Rep. Donna Lasinski (D Scio Township), standing Reps. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Pam Faris (D-Clio) and Terry J. Sabo (D-Muskegon).
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,...