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Thursday, June 14, 2012

LANSING - Members of the House Democratic Caucus today called for immediate tax relief to help many of Michigan’s struggling middle class families. House Bill 5729 gradually lowers the state income tax rate from the current 4.35 percent to 3.9 percent by the year 2018. Last week State Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Pontiac) offered a proposal to provide immediate relief and drop the rate to 3.9 percent by Oct. 1 of this year. The Republicans refused...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats today refused to give their support for a Republican-backed supplemental budget that didn’t specify which programs would receive funding and left only blank spaces where lawmakers could fill in dollar amounts at a later date. Instead of passing a fill-in-the-blanks version of a supplemental budget and trusting Republicans to fairly allocate funds at some point in the future, Democrats said the Legislature should be funding programs today that help Michigan schools,...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

LANSING - Members of the House Democratic Caucus grudgingly supported House Bills 5699 and 5700 today saying that a little tax relief is better than nothing, but argued that it is time for the Republicans to offer real relief to Michigan’s middle-class families instead of targeting the greatest relief to higher wage earners.

“Like Michigan’s hard working middle-class families, we will take what we can get from this Republican administration and Legislature, but we will...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats today argued that Michigan residents need more tax relief than legislative Republicans are allowing under bills that were moved in place today for a final vote later this week. The bills give the most tax relief to high wage earners, and little relief to middle-class families and average taxpayers.

“Once again, the Republican majority has given more to their friends and failed to reach out to Michigan’s middle-class families and senior...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

LANSING - Michigan House Democrats today voiced their disappointment in a newly passed 2012-13 state budget that fails to repeal painful tax increases to middle-class families and seniors, puts the public at risk by privatizing prison services and reducing prison patrols, underfunds police and fire services and gives the governor’s hand-picked appointees $3.7 million in salary increases.

“The budget passed by the Michigan House of Representatives today does little to reassure Michigan residents that their...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township), Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) and Democratic members of the House Tax Policy Committee said at a Capitol press conference today that the proposed Republican tax cut offers as little as five cents a day for most of Michigan’s struggling families while offering more relief to higher wage earners. The proposed tax cut is part of the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget under consideration in the Legislature,...

Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (Battle Creek) holds up a nickel, symbolizing the daily tax relief resulting from a proposed tax cut, during a press conference about the need for real tax reform for Michigan’s middle class in the House Office Building Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
Thursday, May 24, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township) and Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) today said that Michigan’s middle class families, senior citizens and students deserve better from the proposed state budget that offers a mere $20 in one-time tax relief, after Republicans increased their taxes by hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars last year. This proposal offers little extra funding for over-crowded schools and nothing for senior citizens reeling from the...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats held press conferences throughout the state Monday and called on Governor Rick Snyder and Legislative Republicans to restore school funding to the proposed Republican-backed education budget. The proposed budget now in a conference committee allows last year’s nearly $1 billion raid of education funds to stand, and does not increase the per-pupil foundation allowance which was cut $470 per pupil in the current fiscal year budget. The proposed budget also pits...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

LANSING – The Michigan House Democratic caucus today challenged the Republican-backed plan to lift the cap on virtual charter schools, or cyber schools, in Michigan because the plan fails to provide enough accountability regarding educational quality and could siphon critical dollars from traditional, brick-and-mortar schools to private out-of-state companies. A bipartisan group of lawmakers also were concerned over the lack of reliable evidence on the effectiveness of online instruction. The legislation, Senate Bill 619, passed...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township) and members of the House Democratic caucus today voiced and voted their opposition to the Republican-backed omnibus budget stating that it follows last year’s lack of job creation, taxes raised and increased burdens on seniors and middle-class families, and little or no commitment to reform, transparency or accountability.

“What’s disappointing is that after all the sacrifices the Republicans demanded of our families, our kids and our...

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