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...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) introduced a bill today to protect veterans from financial predators. House Bill 4923 would prohibit any person from requesting payment from a veteran, or a veteran’s spouse, for a DD-214 form showing proof of discharge from active duty.

“Our veterans have made sacrifices for our state and our country, the likes of which many of us cannot even imagine,” Rep. Faris said. “DD-214 papers were earned through service...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) is reminding constituents that students in grades 1-8 can still submit entry forms for her summer reading contest until Labor Day. Contest winners will be announced on Sept. 14.

“I could not be more pleased with the response that we have received from students becoming more engaged in reading throughout the summer,” Rep. Faris said. “Books can open up a world of imagination and creativity while also keeping...

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...

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