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Thursday, April 23, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats said today that a proposed School Aid Fund budget being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives doesn’t do enough to help children living in poverty and favors charter and cyber schools at the expense of the 1.5 million children attending traditional public schools.

“It’s unfortunate that House Republicans missed the mark on bringing more equity to funding our schools. The 41 schools that get the top foundation allowance are all...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LANSING — Today, the House Democratic Caucus announced their strong opposition to the Senate Republicans’ dramatic proposal to undo protections guaranteed to Michigan drivers under the state’s no-fault insurance system. 

The plan would impact the care received by those severely injured in automobile accidents while providing no guaranteed cost savings for consumers.

“Michigan’s auto no-fault policy has a long standing history of providing world class care to those in life changing auto accidents,” said state Representative Tom...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats said today that the fiscal year 2015-16 multi-department omnibus budget voted out of the full House Appropriations Committee today is incomplete and does not prioritize the needs of Michigan families.

“The bill does not even meet our constitutional obligation to give Michigan taxpayers a balanced budget, much less invest properly in our communities and families,” said Appropriations Committee member Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids). “We know for a fact that the...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LANSING - Today, Michigan Democrats marked Tax Day by taking aim at policies that are making it harder for people in Michigan to get into or stay in the middle class. Democrats also announced the launch of a new website at MichiganCares.org where Michigan families can tell their stories of paying increased taxes because of the Republican tax shift. 

“Right now, middle-class families and those working to get into the middle class are noticing their tax...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

LANSING – Today, the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus introduced a new wage discrimination policy agenda providing comprehensive solutions to combat Michigan’s wage gap. The legislation would take critical steps to empower workers to negotiate for equal pay, strengthen support and create strong incentives for employers to follow the law, and streamline enforcement efforts.

Michigan law has prohibited wage discrimination based on gender for more than five decades, yet a significant gap persists. According to 2015...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

LANSING – Michigan House Democrats are using this week and next to spend time in their communities during the in-district work period. The two week break from session in Lansing allows legislators to meet with their constituents and discuss what’s happening in their districts and in Lansing, as well as the opportunity to host events on various topics that impact the state and local communities.

Overall, during the break from session, House Democrats will hold:...

Monday, March 23, 2015

LANSING – As the Michigan House of Representatives moves closer to putting together its annual budget proposal, the Michigan House Democrats are urging the creation of a state budget that reflects the needs of everyday families and small-business owners. House Appropriations subcommittees are expected to release their proposed budgets this week.

"The budget is more than just a financial and legal document – it is a statement of our values and priorities,” House Democratic Leader Tim...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

LANSING – In order to strengthen transparency and make public officials more accountable to the people they represent, House and Senate Democrats today used the beginning of Sunshine Week to announce a package of bills to reform government, apply the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the governor’s office and Legislature, require elected officials to disclose their income and investments and shut the revolving door between lobbying groups and public officials.  Sunshine Week, March 15-21,...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LANSING – The Michigan House Democrats have signed onto an amicus brief in the DeBoer v. Snyder case now before the U.S. Supreme Court with 156 elected officials and the Michigan and Ohio Democratic Parties. The case, which arose when a lesbian couple in Michigan sought joint adoption of their children, could establish same-sex marriage rights across the country when the Supreme Court issues its decision in June. However, Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Attorney...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Bill LaVoy (D-Monroe), Democratic vice chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, and state Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor), Democratic vice chairman of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, announced legislative Democrats’ principles to increase renewable energy generation in Michigan. The concept will lure investment and business to the state, creating thousands of jobs, while keeping utility costs affordable for residents.

“Through 2014, renewable energy projects have brought nearly $3 billion in...

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