News From Rep. Yanez

Thursday, February 28, 2013

State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) voted against a proposal today to convert Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan â which covers almost 4.4 million Michiganders â from a nonprofit health care corporation to a nonprofit mutual disability insurer. The proposals contain measures that will make it more difficult and expensive for seniors to obtain comprehensive insurance.

“Keeping our seniors’ health care costs affordable is crucial,” Rep. Yanez said. “I couldn’t vote for this legislation because...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) today voted for House Bills 4037 and 4287, which will allow for a special veteran’s designation on driver’s licenses and state identification cards. The bills were reported out of the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs and await being taken up by the full House.

“These bills make it easier for our veterans to take advantage of discounts and services without having to carry around their proof of military...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights), Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and members of the House Democratic Caucus heard how middle-class families have been impacted by tax increases and education cuts in Michigan. The event, held at the Polish Century Club is part of the House Democrats’ Listening Tour, a series of “Town Hall” style events being held across the state.

“What matters most to me and all of my colleagues that joined me...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) today reminded Michigan’s low-income working families that the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can mean extra money back in their tax refund.

“This credit can help working families make repairs on their car or pay off a credit card,” said Yanez. “Although the credit has been reduced, every little bit helps and it should be claimed if you and your family are eligible.”

To qualify for the EITC,...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) urged redirecting $94.9 million in unspent General Fund dollars from 2012 into the state’s School Aid Fund to offset cuts to education funding. Over the past two years, almost $2 billion has been diverted from school funding to pay for massive tax breaks that were supposed to spur job creation but haven’t created any jobs.

“We are transitioning into a knowledge-based economy, and our children cannot fall behind because...