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Thursday, December 14, 2017

LANSING — For nearly a year, House Democrats have called for restitution for individuals who were victims of the mismanaged Unemployment Insurance Agency. During that time, Gov. Rick Snyder has been adamant that victims should only be reimbursed for the principal, interest and penalties — nothing else. This week, Gov. Snyder reversed course, admitted responsibility and agreed that a fund should be created to provide UIA victims with damages to get their lives back on...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Tonight, House Democrats voted to protect the earned health care benefits of Michigan’s retired first responders. Last week, hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied against proposals which could have gutted health care for local heroes. Today, the recommendation of House Democrats to implement the reforms of the bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force was accepted. While these benefits are now protected, communities in the state continue to struggle with...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LANSING — This week, Republican legislators are considering efforts to strip away critically important benefits for retired police and firefighters, such as health care. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement: 

“When police and firefighters take an oath to protect their neighbors, they do so knowing that they are putting their own lives on the line. Many police officers incur injuries that need lifelong care, and firefighters often develop diseases from...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan package of bills reforming the Unemployment Insurance Agency to ensure that false fraud allegations against unemployed workers do not happen again. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

“Nine months ago, House Democrats outlined ways to fix the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency and ensure that Michiganders who were falsely accused of fraud were made whole. I am pleased that...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LANSING — Today, an attorney for Gov. Rick Snyder said that public school teachers who didn’t consent to having $550 million taken from their paychecks will get their money back eventually. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement: 

“The Gov. Rick Snyder-Attorney General Bill Schuette administration have treated our teachers like an ATM machine for the state for years and made them fight in the courts to get back the wages...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives voted down House Bill 5013, which would make sweeping changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement: 

“Every member of the House agrees that Michiganders need lower auto insurance rates. House Bill 5013 was not the solution. What it was is a bad deal for Michigan drivers and accident victims. In fact, the only group that benefited from...

Monday, October 30, 2017

LANSING — House and Senate Democrats announced their plan to Prevent Wage Theft today to make sure workers get what they’ve earned. A report from the Economic Policy Institute earlier this year found that Michigan workers across all demographic groups are losing $429 million every year as a result of wage theft. It’s been almost 40 years since Michigan updated many of the state’s laws to protect workers’ pay.

“When we’re talking about nearly...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

LANSING — Legislation introduced today would take steps to make amends to the more than 44,000 people the state of Michigan wrongly accused of unemployment fraud, resulting in millions of dollars in fees, penalties and other financial damages to innocent Michigan families. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), issued the following statement: 

“The bills introduced by the bipartisan workgroup will help ensure this sort of disaster never occurs again. However, the legislation...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LANSING — A bipartisan coalition of Michigan legislators introduced a package of bills aimed at reforming the state’s auto insurance system and lowering costs for Michigan residents last week. A plan for Fair and Affordable No Fault Reform, the 15-bill package takes on the high cost of auto insurance by directly addressing the causes of increased costs for Michigan drivers: unprosecuted fraud, high medical reimbursements, system inefficiencies, high litigation rates, and a lack of consumer...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LANSING — Today, for the second time in two weeks, a coalition of legislators and community leaders proposed a series of no-fault auto insurance reforms to address high auto insurance rates in Michigan. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

“It is a welcome sight to see so many proposals to address the high cost of auto insurance in our state being discussed at the Capitol. I am interested...

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