News From Rep. Cochran

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Legislation tackles industry practices that keep rates high

LANSING — A group of House Democratic legislators have introduced legislation that could reduce the high cost of premiums while extending consumer protections to those who buy insurance. The bill package would address home and auto insurance rates, in addition to improving the process by which consumers learn about and shop for policies. The bills would also deal with the manner in which insurance companies handle their...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LANSING — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives voted on House Bill 5013, which makes various changes to the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. The bill failed to pass. In response, state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) issued the following statement:

“As a former firefighter, I’ve seen firsthand the kind of devastation and injury that can result from a serious auto accident. The people affected by these collisions often need a lifetime of care, and that’s...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

LANSING — House and Senate Democrats have formally introduced their “Michigan Jobs First” legislation. The four-bill package gives Michigan companies a leg up when bidding on government contracts so that state tax dollars will stay in Michigan, going to companies that will create jobs in local communities.

“Many other states give preference to in-state companies in the bidding process — it’s time for Michigan to join that list,” said state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason), a...

Monday, August 21, 2017

LANSING — 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...

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