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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus continued to criticize Republicans after today’s scheduled session was essentially canceled. The majority party scheduled only a handful of session days through the summer to work toward a solution that would fund desperately needed road repairs throughout Michigan. Twice last week, the House was called to session and adjourned without a vote. Today, although the House will technically be in session, no attendance or votes will be...

Monday, July 13, 2015

“Gov. Rick Snyder did the sensible thing when he decided to end Aramark’s contract to operate food services in Michigan prisons. From the very start, Aramark’s track record in our state has been one disaster after another, ranging from allegations of trafficking drugs into our prisons, to sexual relations between Aramark employees and inmates to maggot-contaminated kitchens. It’s plainly obvious now that cutting corners to save money on prison services not only doesn’t work, but puts...

Monday, July 13, 2015

“After much thought and conversation with my family, I have made the decision to step down as the state representative for the 75th Michigan House District, effective Monday, Aug. 3. The next few weeks will ensure a smooth transition, as the people of Grand Rapids will continue to be served by my staff even after my departure.

“I look forward to the next chapter in my career and I have no doubt that the next...

Friday, June 26, 2015

"Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for all of the same-sex couples who have been waiting for the chance to be legally wed in Michigan, as well as for their friends, family and all who support equal rights. With this historic decision, the Supreme Court has established that the joys, responsibilities and rights of marriage are open to everyone. I celebrate this decision along with all who worked so hard for so...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

“The U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision when it upheld the Affordable Care Act tax credits for people in states such as Michigan that rely on the federal health care exchange. The ability to affordably access health care is a cornerstone of a family’s financial security, which is why this ruling is so crucially important to the 228,388 people in Michigan who get tax credits to buy health insurance on the federal exchange. These...

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