News From Rep. Chang

Friday, May 5, 2017

Representatives Ask for Attorney General Opinion on AK Steel

Michigan Strategic Fund board approved controversial tax credits

LANSING —State Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Pete Lucido (R-Shelby Township) and Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) announced today that they are asking Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette for an opinion about the legality of the  Michigan Strategic Fund board’s approval transferring Severstal North America’s tax credits to AK Steel. The legislators said that by going around the Legislature, the company may avoid answering questions about...

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).
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

LANSING — State Representative Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced House Bill 4456 today that would repeal Michigan’s rent control prohibition and allow communities to enact policies to address the problems created by increasing rents.

“As rents in Detroit, and other Michigan cities, increase, senior citizens living on fixed incomes face the real possibility of being forced out of apartments they’ve lived in for years,” said Chang. “Some of the local officials in my district support rent...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LANSING — State Reps Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) today brought attention to their legislation regarding water while recognizing World Water Day. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, when an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 2003, as the first World Water Day, and...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

LANSING — A group of bipartisan state representatives spoke out against MEDC negotiations concerning brownfield tax credits for AK Steel’s Dearborn Works steel plant. State Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Pete Lucido (R-Shelby Township) and Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) said by going around the legislature, the company may avoid answering questions about environmental protections for surrounding neighborhoods. Last session, House Bills 5557 and 5558 would have allowed AK Steel to claim MEGA tax credits...

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