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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

LANSING — State Representative Bill LaVoy (D-Monroe), Democratic vice chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, and state Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor), Democratic vice chairman of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, announced legislative Democrats’ principles to increase renewable energy generation in Michigan. The concept will lure investment and business to the state, creating thousands of jobs, while keeping utility costs affordable for residents.

“Through 2014, renewable energy projects have brought nearly $3 billion in...

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

LANSING — Despite the objections of the House Democratic Caucus, the state House passed legislation today to paper over a budget deficit in the current fiscal year. Democrats oppose the bills because, among cuts in other areas, they siphon money away from the School Aid Fund to fill a hole created by overly generous tax incentives for big corporations. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“Legislative Republicans created this situation in 2011...

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

LANSING – Facing a deficit, the governor has proposed cuts to programs and services and recommended a budget that fails to address the source of the state’s shortfall, while punishing regular, working families for the problems created by rampant handouts to big corporations, the Michigan House Democrats said today. In addition, the governor wants to siphon $250.3 million from the School Aid Fund surplus. The Michigan House Democrats believe School Aid Fund money should only...

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

LANSING – With the state facing a deficit and the governor contemplating program cuts, the Michigan House Democrats are demanding a budget that requires big corporations to come back to the table and pay their fair share, instead of yet another budget that forces Michigan families and students to make sacrifices.

“Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans have made giving handouts to big corporations their priority for the past four years, and now we have...

Thursday, 5 February 2015

LANSING – Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), State Representatives Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and other legislators announced at a press conference today that they are introducing legislation that would allow workers to take earned paid time off to recover from illnesses or care for a sick family member. These bills would require employers to allow workers to accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours they work.

“No one...