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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...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

“I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans are once again attacking the ability of Michigan workers to earn a living wage. In passing House Bill 4052, which prohibits local communities from passing local minimum wage laws or benefit requirements, House Republicans are telling Michigan workers that they don’t deserve good wages and paid sick leave, while eroding local municipalities’ ability to take steps toward improving their economies. Instead of cutting wages for Michiganders, we should...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

“I am bitterly disappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of the adoption discrimination bills into law today. Just three months ago, Snyder said he would not support a proposal allowing people and businesses to use their faith as legal grounds to discriminate. I can’t understand his action today as anything other than a betrayal of Michigan’s diverse population. Adoption agencies receive taxpayer dollars, and they shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate against taxpayers who pay them....

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

LANSING — The House Democratic Caucus came out in opposition of Speaker Kevin Cotter’s road funding plan today. Among other things, the House Republican plan would eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit, a credit that many low-income working families rely on to make ends meet.

“When Prop 1 failed in early May, it was a signal from our voters that they want us to come up with a comprehensive road funding solution without putting more...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), state Representative Tom Cochran (D-Mason), minority vice chairman of the House Committee on Insurance, House Insurance Committee member and Detroit Caucus Chair Rep. Brian Banks (D-Detroit), Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) and Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) said today that the Senate plan to cut auto insurance rates for Detroit drivers by severely limiting coverage available for accident victims is a bad deal for Detroit...

Monday, June 8, 2015

LANSING – State Representatives Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) hailed the announcement Monday that Ford Motor Co. has agreed to limit its MEGA tax credits to $2.3 billion and invest up to $3.1 billion in Michigan in order to shore up the state’s revenues and create fiscal stability over the coming decades. The announcement followed negotiations between the automaker and the state after it was announced earlier this year that Michigan faces a...

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