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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"The School Aid Omnibus budget bill that passed out of committee this morning does not do right by our students. The Republican majority has used this budget, as they have other department budgets, to carve out money to give a tax cut to their wealthy friends instead of ensuring that our kids get a good education to prepare them for the future. My House Democratic colleagues and I will fight to change this budget to...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

LANSING — Members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus will be holding a series of listening tour town halls throughout the state of Michigan in the coming weeks in order to hear state residents express their top concerns about our state. The “This is Your House” listening tour events kicked off with a town hall event hosted by state Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) yesterday, and eight more events will take place through April 17....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

LANSING –– House and Senate Democrats announced their plan during Sunshine Week that will make Michigan a national model for transparency and accountability. Under the Democratic package, state elected officials will be required to disclose their personal finances. And presidential candidates must release their most recent tax returns in order to appear on the Michigan ballot.

“The people of Michigan deserve elected officials who will represent them — not take votes to personally benefit themselves...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

LANSING — State Reps. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) and Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) introduced legislation today to financially strengthen working families in Michigan by revitalizing the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC is a refundable tax credit available to low- and middle-income individuals to offset taxes that are paid on wages. Cochran’s bill would restore the state ETIC to 20 percent of the federal level, and Pagan’s bill would raise it to 25 percent. State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) joins Cochran and...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

LANSING — Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and state Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) announced at a press conference today that they are introducing legislation in the House and Senate that would allow workers to take earned paid time off to recover from an illness or care for a sick family member. The legislators were joined at the press conference by Detroit mother Christina Hayes who spoke of her experience. The...

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