News From Rep. Cochran

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

LANSING - State Representatives Tom Cochran (D-Mason) and Theresa Abed (D-Grand Ledge) today introduced legislation that would require state departments and local governments to give preference to Michigan-based businesses that can provide the goods and services they need over foreign companies.

“When government offices contract with Michigan-based businesses, it creates jobs by injecting money for goods and services right here in our own communities,” said Rep. Cochran. “Buying Michigan first keeps our local...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

LANSING - State Representative Tom Cochran (D-Lansing) and Theresa Abed (D-Grand Ledge) voted today against a proposal to convert Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan - which covers almost 4.4 million Michiganders - from a nonprofit health care corporation to a mutual disability insurer. The proposals contain measures that will make it more difficult and expensive for seniors to obtain comprehensive insurance.

“We need to ensure that our senior citizens have access to quality,...

Friday, February 15, 2013

MASON - State Representative Tom Cochran (D-Mason) invites residents to join him for coffee to discuss their thoughts and ideas about improving state government.

Rep. Cochran will host a February coffee hour on:

  • Monday, Feb. 18, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Sunnyside Cafe, 725 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston.

Rep. Cochran encourages people to sign up for his e-newsletter, which will provide brief updates on his work at the Capitol and in the...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

LANSING - State Representatives Tom Cochran (D-Mason) and Theresa Abed (D-Grand Ledge) said today that Gov. Rick Snyder is wrong to remove language from state budgets giving preference to Michigan-based businesses that can provide the goods and services state departments need over foreign companies.

“When state departments contract with Michigan-based businesses, it creates jobs in our communities, and that helps businesses and local economies grow,” said Cochran. “It makes no sense to let...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LANSING - State Representative Tom Cochran (D-Mason) saw his bill creating an income tax check-off for ALS of Michigan win approval in the House Tax Policy Committee today. House Bill 4085 will next move to the House floor for a vote. ALS, more popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neuromuscular disease that affects a person’s ability to move, speak, swallow, and breathe.

“Those of us who know someone who has Lou...

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