News From Rep. Camilleri

Monday, August 21, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — State House and Senate Democrats announced today their plan to stop prescription drug price spikes in Michigan. Almost 60 percent of American adults take prescription drugs, and according to the American Medical Association, drug prices increased 10 percent on average in 2016 — well outpacing inflation and wage growth — while some skyrocketed as much as 5,500 percent. This is the third straight year of double-digit increases in drug prices. Under the House...

Monday, July 17, 2017

LANSING — Today, House and Senate Democrats announced their “Michigan Jobs First” plan aimed at keeping jobs and tax dollars in Michigan. Unlike other states, the state of Michigan does not give any meaningful financial preference to Michigan businesses and workers in contracts, even though these homegrown businesses contribute far more to our economy than out-of-state firms. Only 78 percent of state dollars were spent on contracts to Michigan firms, according to a 2013...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives voted today to pass Senate Bills 242-244, legislation that allows a $200 million tax break for corporations. In response, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) issued the following statement:

“Today, I voted against legislation that would take the tax dollars of hardworking Michiganders and give them directly to corporations. These bills further slant the playing field against Michigan’s small businesses and working families. Recent history has shown that...

Friday, June 16, 2017

LANSING, Mich. — Rep. Henry Yanez (D–Sterling Heights) and Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) have introduced resolutions that urge President Donald Trump to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with stronger provisions on jobs and wages, or pull out of the agreement altogether.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, there were more than 850,000 U.S. jobs lost between 1993 and 2013 — including 43,600 in Michigan — from policies attributed to NAFTA. By...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

“House Bill 4647 does nothing to address the unfunded liability in the teacher retirement system. Instead, it raises costs for schools and increases risks for teachers. I could not in good conscience vote for a bill that shifts the burden of these costs onto the backs of teachers and their students.

“This legislation is just the latest in a long series of attacks on teachers, whose profession is becoming less and less attractive in Michigan....

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