News From Rep. Elder

Friday, January 19, 2018

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

“Public schools rely on every penny of enhancement millages that come their way. They use these funds to hire qualified professionals, provide students with the latest technology and equip classrooms with the materials they need. Thanks to Senate Bill...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City) introduced a bill to create a tax credit for farmers and food processors who donate edible agricultural products grown, raised and/or processed in Michigan. House Bill 5373 would amend the Michigan Income Tax Act to allow these farmers and food processors to claim a tax credit of up to 50 percent of the value of the donated products or $3,000, whichever is less.

“Michigan has one of the longest...

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...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

LANSING — House and Senate Democrats introduced a legislative package to Prevent Wage Theft today which will put money back in the pockets of Michigan’s hardworking men and women. A report from the Economic Policy Institute earlier this year found that more than 130,000 Michigan workers across all demographic groups are losing $429 million annually as a result of wage theft.

“Every person deserves to take home the wages they earn. But across the...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

LANSING — Legislation offered by a group of House and Senate Democrats would provide parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their children’s education by shedding light on the authorizing organizations that oversee charter schools  and the education management organizations (EMOs) that run them. The School Freedom, Accountability, Choice and Transparency Act, or School FACT Act — House Bills 5286-5294 and companion Senate Bills 674-682 — would empower parents to make...

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