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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus traveled to the state Capitol today to begin work on a new plan to raise money to fix Michigan’s roads after voters rejected Proposal 1 at the ballot box. Despite polling ahead of the vote showing a likely defeat, Republican House leadership scheduled a day off so GOP representatives could attend the Tulip Time festival in Holland.

“Michigan voters voiced their opinion loud and clear: they want...

Michigan House Democrats say the Pledge of Allegiance on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the state Capitol. On the day following voter rejection of a road funding plan, House Democrats showed up ready to start work crafting a new plan. However, House Republicans scheduled a day off in order to go to the Tulip Time festival in Holland.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

            LANSING – The House Detroit Caucus responded to Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed changes for Detroit Public Schools (DPS) today, noting they were glad to see some work being done to address the budget crisis for DPS. However, members also urge that conversation and brainstorming must take place to smooth out the details of the governor’s plan, many details of which they are hesitant to embrace.

            “We know there’s a...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

           LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Detroit Caucus Chair Brian Banks (D-Detroit) and Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) said today House Democrats cannot support Senate Bills 248 and 249 because they erode medical care for certain victims by limiting their ability to pay for their care, they do not guarantee rate reductions, and they create more bureaucracy and continue secrecy while prohibiting voters from expressing their opinions of...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LANSING – Calling for a Michigan that is welcoming and fair to all of its citizens, members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses today urged an update of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) that will protect Michiganders from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Placing LGBT Michiganders under the protections of the ELCRA will give them the same protections that already exist for Michiganders on the basis of religion,...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LANSING – House Democrats today unanimously rejected an omnibus education budget that favors charter and cyber school students over kids attending traditional public schools while stripping funding from at-risk students who live in poverty.

“This budget takes a wrong turn when it comes to funding our schools. Some online cyber schools that have significantly less costs to operate are getting the maximum increase of $299 per student, while some traditional brick-and-mortar schools that educate 1.5...