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Monday, March 23, 2015

LANSING – As the Michigan House of Representatives moves closer to putting together its annual budget proposal, the Michigan House Democrats are urging the creation of a state budget that reflects the needs of everyday families and small-business owners. House Appropriations subcommittees are expected to release their proposed budgets this week.

"The budget is more than just a financial and legal document – it is a statement of our values and priorities,” House Democratic Leader Tim...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

LANSING – In order to strengthen transparency and make public officials more accountable to the people they represent, House and Senate Democrats today used the beginning of Sunshine Week to announce a package of bills to reform government, apply the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the governor’s office and Legislature, require elected officials to disclose their income and investments and shut the revolving door between lobbying groups and public officials.  Sunshine Week, March 15-21,...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LANSING – The Michigan House Democrats have signed onto an amicus brief in the DeBoer v. Snyder case now before the U.S. Supreme Court with 156 elected officials and the Michigan and Ohio Democratic Parties. The case, which arose when a lesbian couple in Michigan sought joint adoption of their children, could establish same-sex marriage rights across the country when the Supreme Court issues its decision in June. However, Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Attorney...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Bill LaVoy (D-Monroe), Democratic vice chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, and state Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor), Democratic vice chairman of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, announced legislative Democrats’ principles to increase renewable energy generation in Michigan. The concept will lure investment and business to the state, creating thousands of jobs, while keeping utility costs affordable for residents.

“Through 2014, renewable energy projects have brought nearly $3 billion in...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LANSING — Despite the objections of the House Democratic Caucus, the state House passed legislation today to paper over a budget deficit in the current fiscal year. Democrats oppose the bills because, among cuts in other areas, they siphon money away from the School Aid Fund to fill a hole created by overly generous tax incentives for big corporations. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“Legislative Republicans created this situation in 2011...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

LANSING – Facing a deficit, the governor has proposed cuts to programs and services and recommended a budget that fails to address the source of the state’s shortfall, while punishing regular, working families for the problems created by rampant handouts to big corporations, the Michigan House Democrats said today. In addition, the governor wants to siphon $250.3 million from the School Aid Fund surplus. The Michigan House Democrats believe School Aid Fund money should only...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LANSING – With the state facing a deficit and the governor contemplating program cuts, the Michigan House Democrats are demanding a budget that requires big corporations to come back to the table and pay their fair share, instead of yet another budget that forces Michigan families and students to make sacrifices.

“Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans have made giving handouts to big corporations their priority for the past four years, and now we have...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

LANSING – Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), State Representatives Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and other legislators announced at a press conference today that they are introducing legislation that would allow workers to take earned paid time off to recover from illnesses or care for a sick family member. These bills would require employers to allow workers to accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours they work.

“No one...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LANSING – After four years of Republican policies that have left Michigan with a budget deficit and consistently placed Michigan among the states with the worst unemployment rates, it’s time to invest in Michigan and build an economy that works for everyone, said Michigan’s legislative Democrats following Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address on Tuesday night.

“Four years of prioritizing big corporations over working families has left too many of our neighbors behind,”...

Friday, January 16, 2015

LANSING – Disastrous Republican policies that have cost taxpayers billions of dollars in the form of corporate giveaways are projected to lead to a budget deficit by the end of the current fiscal year. A preliminary analysis released by the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency Wednesday said the state’s general fund will see a shortfall of $454 million if no changes are made.

“It should be obvious to everyone by now that the Republican policy of...

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