News From Rep. Dianda

Thursday, January 18, 2018

LANSING —The House passed Senate Bill 574 today, which will allow charter schools to siphon off regional school millage dollars approved by voters. In response, state Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement:

 “I could not vote for Senate Bill 547 because it takes money away from local public school students and their education and gives it to for-profit charter schools and the education management organizations that run them. When local residents support tax...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

LANSING — State Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Joint Resolution BB today to allow Michigan registered voters to elect the director of the state Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS). That position is currently filled by appointment by the governor.

“The director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services duties include regulating the insurance companies that we all have to deal with when it comes to health insurance, and auto and homeowners...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

LANSING — Today, construction and skilled trade workers from across Michigan rallied in front of the state Capitol in opposition to efforts to repeal the state’s prevailing wage laws. In response, state Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement after speaking at the rally:

“Our prevailing wage laws ensure that workers earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. This is money that helps put a new roof on their house, new...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

LANSING — Today, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the 3 percent of teacher pay illegally held back by the state must be refunded. The ruling follows an earlier decision declaring the law that allowed the hold to be unconstitutional. In response, state Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement:

“Our teachers and local communities have reason to celebrate today, now that teachers and school employees will get back the money the state...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Tonight, House Democrats voted to protect the earned health care benefits of Michigan’s retired first responders. Last week, hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied against proposals which could have gutted health care for local heroes. Today, the recommendation of House Democrats to implement the reforms of the bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force was accepted. While these benefits are now protected, communities in the state continue to struggle with...

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