News From Rep. Cochran

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...

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...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) said he is deeply disappointed that House Republicans stood in the way of the passage of the “Good Jobs” package, which could have brought thousands of good-paying jobs to Michigan. The House of Representatives remained in session until nearly midnight Tuesday in hopes of passing the legislation only to adjourn for three weeks without passing it because House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) feared Gov. Rick Snyder might have...

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