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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...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

“This budget process has moved far too quickly, and the plan signed by the Governor is risky for the state’s long-term economic growth. You know, just because you turn your test in early doesn’t mean you’re going to get a good grade. In fact, we’ve already seen some of the short-term effects on schools, but we haven’t yet realized what the total damage of the Governor’s cuts will be. The state is in a challenged...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

“It’s extremely disappointing to see the Governor push for and enact such a disastrous tax plan that doesn’t promise a single new job, but instead forces Michigan’s seniors and families to pay the price for Republicans’ misguided ideology that puts corporations over people. For months now, we’ve heard over and over again the same old line from the Governor and Republican leaders about ‘shared sacrifice,’ but we have yet to see them live up to...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

“After more than five months, the Governor and Republican leaders are merely beginning to listen to House Democrats and the people of Michigan, who know that we have to invest in our schools and create jobs for our workers. Tens of thousands of residents stood up for our kids and schools at rallies and town halls across the state, but Republicans chose to ignore them. Our fight is not over, because our residents and kids...

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