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Monday, March 23, 2015

LANSING – As the Michigan House of Representatives moves closer to putting together its annual budget proposal, the Michigan House Democrats are urging the creation of a state budget that reflects the needs of everyday families and small-business owners. House Appropriations subcommittees are expected to release their proposed budgets this week.

"The budget is more than just a financial and legal document – it is a statement of our values and priorities,” House Democratic Leader Tim...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

LANSING – In order to strengthen transparency and make public officials more accountable to the people they represent, House and Senate Democrats today used the beginning of Sunshine Week to announce a package of bills to reform government, apply the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the governor’s office and Legislature, require elected officials to disclose their income and investments and shut the revolving door between lobbying groups and public officials.  Sunshine Week, March 15-21,...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LANSING – The Michigan House Democrats have signed onto an amicus brief in the DeBoer v. Snyder case now before the U.S. Supreme Court with 156 elected officials and the Michigan and Ohio Democratic Parties. The case, which arose when a lesbian couple in Michigan sought joint adoption of their children, could establish same-sex marriage rights across the country when the Supreme Court issues its decision in June. However, Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Attorney...

Tuesday, March 3, 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, February 18, 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...

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