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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...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

“Republicans never run out of ideas when it comes to making life more difficult on hardworking middle-class families. What’s worse is pushing a tax plan that will require drastic cuts to our public schools, road funding and local police and firefighters. It’s time we retired this sad old playbook and put building a strong middle class first again.”

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LANSING — Legislative Democrats are preparing to introduce a package of bills that will restore lost income, fees and penalties to people falsely accused of unemployment fraud, improve the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency and hold accountable employers who fail to pay into the state’s unemployment fund. The legislation comes after revelations that the state made approximately 50,000 false accusations of unemployment fraud against 40,000 Michigan workers. Of those, 93 percent have been found to be...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

LANSING — In advance of Gov. Rick Snyder’s delivery of his executive budget on Wednesday, House Democrats announced they would fight for a budget that refocuses Lansing’s attention toward everyday families, local communities and schools. 

“It’s time for our budget to reflect the values of the people of our state and that’s why House Democrats want to prioritize investment in schools, local communities and critical programs that help our friends and neighbors take advantage of...

Monday, February 6, 2017

“I respect Rep. Brian Banks’ decision to resign. Rep Banks was a passionate advocate for his district, and he worked tirelessly for his constituents. I wish him the best moving forward.”

Saturday, February 4, 2017

 “Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency continues to spiral out of control, from wrongly accusing residents of fraud to now potentially failing to protect the sensitive personal information of close to 1.9 million residents. Gov. Rick Snyder has failed to contain the crisis in this agency and was finally forced to make drastic changes this week because of a court settlement. The people who failed our residents should be held accountable and relying on the services of the Unemployment...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

“It is shameful that Michigan is one of only two states that allow the Governor and legislature to hide behind a veil of secrecy – it is time to shed a light on the back room deals and inner workings of our state government so that politicians can be held accountable when they put special interests ahead of the people they are supposed to serve. While this legislation is a step forward, Democrats know that...

Friday, January 27, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) has been elected to serve as chairwoman of the Progressive Women’s Caucus, a group of bicameral Lansing legislators committed to fighting for equal pay, paid sick leave, equal access to affordable health care and other critical issues affecting women and their families. Other leaders elected include state Rep. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) as vice chairwoman, state Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) as secretary and state Rep. Leslie Love (D-Detroit) as treasurer.

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