News From Democratic Leader Sam Singh

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats were disappointed tonight with the final form of the education budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, which passed the House 74 to 34 during another long session. Central among the many issues facing the budget is the unbalanced funding of charter schools and the potentially unconstitutional funding for private schools.

“We had an opportunity to truly invest in public education and our children, instead our precious school dollars are diverted in several...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

“The Republican attempt to scapegoat civil servants for the disaster that occurred in Flint is reprehensible. It’s unfortunate the House Republicans are trying to gut the Civil Service Commission, which has served the state well for decades. The way House Speaker Kevin Cotter presents the situation, the casual observer may think Civil Service has no ability to hold state employees accountable. In fact, over 300 state employees were dismissed from their jobs in 2015. Clearly,...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

House Democrats panned the move to give Senate Bill 776 immediate effect after it was passed, setting a new standard for current petition drives circulating around. These include one against hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and one advocating for the end of cannabis prohibition.

“Petition drives have always been about direct democracy, allowing citizens across the state signing a pledge to support a variety of measures designed to be put before voters on the next ballot,”...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The House Committee on Criminal Justice today approved bipartisan legislation introduced by House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) and state Rep. Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) to expand the current Good Samaritan law, extending limited exemptions from prosecution to individuals of any age for overdoses involving all controlled substances.

The committee heard testimony from Reps. Singh and Pscholka, sponsors of House Bills 5649 and 5650. The lawmakers spoke about the success of Rep. Pscholka’s Public Act...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The House Democrats called on Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans to go back to the drawing board and not continue to rush, as they do every year, on their proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which will require several adjustments as the result of lower than expected revenues and increased costs in the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The governor and his Republican leaders promised us that giving corporations billions in tax breaks would...

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