News From Rep. Wittenberg

Thursday, July 9, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) doubled-down on his support of Rep. Jim Townsend’s (D-Royal Oak) plan to bring tax equality to Michigan today.

Wittenberg, along with 35 other House Democrats, is a co-sponsor of Townsend’s House Bill 4341 and House Joint Resolution K, which would create a graduated income tax that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Michiganders.

Due to the current climate in Lansing, there is a growing movement to put...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

“Today I voted in support of House Bills 4637-4640, bills to regulate transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft which are increasingly popular among people in metro Detroit. These bills put necessary safeguards in place for both passengers and drivers as we work to improve the larger problems of our public transportation infrastructure. As one of the youngest members of our Legislature, I am keenly aware that young professionals place a premium on transportation...

Friday, May 8, 2015

LANSING – A new poll of active Michigan voters found widespread support of a graduated state income tax. The findings indicate that voters would likely support the efforts of Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), who has introduced House Bill 4341 and House Joint Resolution K, which would replace Michigan’s flat tax with a graduated income tax.

“Everywhere I’ve gone, residents support our plan for tax equality, which would cut taxes for 95 percent of Michiganders...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LANSING — State Representatives Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), John Chirkun (D-Roseville) and Pam Faris (D-Clio) worked to protect local school districts from state takeover with the so-called “early warning” legislative package. The legislators offered amendments in the House Financial Liability Reform Committee to House Bills 4325 and 4327, two bills in the six-bill package, aimed at giving schools more tools and local input to deal with fiscal distress. Republicans rejected all the amendments, and the...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

“Today, we heard testimony in the House Insurance Committee which cited that Michigan has the eighth-highest auto insurance rates in the country. When people try to say that we have the most expensive rates in the country, it’s simply not true. What is true is that we have the best coverage in the country. To me, that’s a bargain. While I fully support finding a solution to lower auto insurance premiums, I don’t think our...

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