LANSING, Mich., Aug. 17, 2022 — Members of the House Democratic Caucus held a press conference today to denounce the lack of legislative session while Michiganders are paying the salaries of their representatives to tackle the issues affecting them. From high prices on gas and groceries to the threat of reproductive health care being taken away, Democrats have legislation ready to move, but Lansing Republicans who set the calendar won’t come back to work from their summer vacation. After the event, state Rep. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek) issued the following statement: 


“As a state representative, I take my service to the people of Michigan very seriously. Our Republican counterparts want to continue summer vacation, but I think it’s past time for us to get back to work to serve our residents by passing crucial legislation. Here’s a case in point — I sponsored House Bill 6279, which addresses the fact that after two of the most unpredictable and turbulent years of disruption in our schools, students need educational support to get back on track. My legislation to get MI Kids Back on Track would target funds to evidence-based, catch-up curriculum programming to aid students to get to where they need to be and put them on a solid foundation for the path forward. Let’s do what’s right for Michigan kids and families by getting back to work for them.”