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Friday, January 13, 2012

“There should be no question about using this budget surplus in our classrooms to ensure that our students have the resources they need to learn and succeed in college and in their careers. The education cuts that the Governor and the Republican majority pushed through last year were devastating to our schools and left teachers and students in over-crowded classrooms with outdated materials. Last year at this time, the School Aid Fund showed a surplus...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

LANSING - At a Capitol press conference today House Democrats said that the Governor and Republican majority made 2011 one of the worst years for Michigan residents by not only refusing to address critical needs that would help seniors, families and unemployed workers, but rather by attacking them. Instead of focusing on job creation, the Governor and Republican lawmakers used 2011 to pass legislation that hurt Michigan residents by raising taxes, targeting unemployed workers, and...

2011 Report Card
Thursday, December 1, 2011

“This is an issue that never should have come up. The Governor has explicitly stated that leaving these two seats vacant would save the state money. The Speaker and legislative Republicans agreed with that when they voted for savings in the 2012 Judiciary budget. To now add hundreds of thousands of dollars to the budget, overspending the budget when many of our residents are facing reduced unemployment eligibility, education cuts and increased taxes on our...

Friday, November 18, 2011

LANSING - State House Democrats said today that job creation needs to be a top priority in order for Michigan to move forward. Since February, less than 5 percent of the legislation passed by the Republican-led House will have any impact on job creation. While Michigan’s hard-working families continue to struggle during these challenging economic times, Republican lawmakers have followed their Governor’s lead and focused their efforts on protecting benefits for big business while failing...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LANSING—-State House Democrats said today at a Lansing press conference that Republican-sponsored House Bill 4936 tries to change Personal Protection Insurance (PIP) benefits that voters have already voted twice to keep as they are. HB 4936 would cap the amount of PIP insurance that drivers can buy.

“House Bill 4936 attacks seriously injured victims—those, who through no fault of their own, will lose insurance coverage forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab,” said Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D-Redford)....

Monday, September 19, 2011

LANSING- House and Senate Democrats today sent a message to Governor Rick Snyder that Michigan’s students are already feeling the impacts of his raid on the School Aid Fund by being forced into larger classes, offered fewer special education and after school programs, and given less of a chance to succeed in the classroom.

Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican legislators cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the School Aid Fund to...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

LANSING - House and Senate Democrats today announced a plan to boost Michigan’s emerging advanced battery sector, an industry that is putting thousands of Michiganders back to work. The Democrats’ plan would create new, targeted and transparent tax credits for businesses and individuals investing in the advanced battery sector - incentives that Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature announced they would not pursue in the future, putting jobs and the future of Michigan’s electric vehicle...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

“The Governor and legislative Republicans spent much of the first sixth months slashing social safety nets, cutting our children’s education funding and shifting the tax burden onto seniors and working families to facilitate an 83 percent corporate tax cut whose generous benefits are clearly not paying dividends to our working families. What’s worse is that while our unemployment rate is rising, Republicans voted to slash unemployment benefits to our families by six weeks, the first...

Friday, August 12, 2011

MARQUETTE - State Representative Steven Lindberg (Marquette) was joined by House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township), Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (Battle Creek), and numerous Democratic State Representatives from across Michigan today as he hosted a question and answer session with various residents and members of the media. The purpose of the event was to hear residents’ thoughts and concerns on recent Republican cuts to school funding and answer any questions.

“I am happy that my colleagues could...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

LANSING - House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township) and House Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) today criticized Republicans for failing to create a single job in the first six months of this term. Instead of focusing on job creation, the Governor and Republican lawmakers have raised taxes on seniors, families and low-income workers while also cutting education funding.

“Throughout the campaign, we heard about the need to ‘reinvent’ Michigan,” Hammel said. “Unfortunately I don’t...

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