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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats resoundingly rejected the state omnibus budget tonight because it fails the families, seniors and students of Michigan. Rather than putting the people of Michigan first, it cuts vital programs and spends $3 million for additional state defense costs related to legal liabilities stemming from the Flint water crisis.

“I would have been happy to vote for a bill that matched the needs of the working families, seniors and young people of...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats were disappointed tonight with the final form of the education budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, which passed the House 74 to 34 during another long session. Central among the many issues facing the budget is the unbalanced funding of charter schools and the potentially unconstitutional funding for private schools.

“We had an opportunity to truly invest in public education and our children, instead our precious school dollars are diverted in several...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats voted against a House Republican Detroit Public Schools plan tonight that would force the closure of DPS schools, rather than giving them the resources and support they need to recover, while allowing failing charter schools to proliferate without accountability inside the city of Detroit. While the new plan sends more dollars to the district, it fails to put in place the reforms needed to ensure DPS will recover from its...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LANSING — State Reps. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) are introducing legislation aimed at helping Michigan women hurt by the disastrous “abortion rider” legislation passed in 2013. That law requires women to purchase extra insurance to cover abortion, even when one is medically necessary to preserve a woman’s health, when a fetus suffers a genetic abnormality or a woman becomes pregnant following a rape or incest. The new...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The House Democrats called on Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans to go back to the drawing board and not continue to rush, as they do every year, on their proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which will require several adjustments as the result of lower than expected revenues and increased costs in the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The governor and his Republican leaders promised us that giving corporations billions in tax breaks would...

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