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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LANSING — Members of the Detroit Caucus voiced concern today regarding the ongoing debate over the direction of Detroit Public Schools, citing the continued refusal to acknowledge Detroit voices as a key failure of the numerous bill packages offered to address issues in the school district. The most recent iteration — a package pushed through by the House Republicans during a late night session in May — has been widely criticized by governmental officials at...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

House Democrats expressed their anger and disappointment today after the passage of bills failed to help children in Detroit Public Schools. The legislation fails to make reforms that will help kids succeed, instead focusing on state-controlled micromanagement, prioritizing charter schools and punishing the teachers union.

“We all agree that the state needs to take responsibility and fix the issues in DPS,” said state Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), chairman of the Detroit Caucus. “That’s why I’m...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Reps. Banks, Neeley Announce Urban Workgroup

Local officials, legislators to work together on new urban policies

LANSING — State Representative and Detroit Caucus Chair Brian Banks (D-Detroit) and state Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) joined with members of the House Democratic Caucus and local elected officials representing Michigan’s urban communities today at a Lansing press conference to announce the creation of an urban workgroup to develop state level policy goals for these communities.

"Too often, we...

State Rep. Brian Banks (D-Detroit) speaks at a Lansing press conference with legislators and local elected officials on Thursday, April 28, announcing the formation of a new Urban Policy Workgroup to bring together legislators and local elected officials to work on legislation and policies.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit) said today that news of high lead levels found in drinking water at Detroit Public Schools (DPS) needs to be dealt with now. Detroit Public Schools officials announced yesterday the testing has revealed that 19 out of 62 DPS school buildings tested have elevated levels of lead and copper in the drinking water. Banks is calling for quick action on his bill, House Bill 4061, which creates a...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

 LANSING — State Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit) announced today that a number of important programs and services offered to families and children through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) should see their funding increase in the 2016-2017 budget. Banks is a member of the House Appropriations Health and Human Services Subcommittee.

“At $24.7 billion, the Department of Health and Human Services is Michigan’s largest budget; however, it can also be considered our tightest...