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Thursday, February 4, 2016

“Governor Snyder needs to come forward and in clear terms say whether or not he knew about the dramatic increase in Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County. If he did know and did nothing, he needs to resign immediately. If he did not know, he and his administration are guilty of colossal incompetence. Snyder promised he would bring corporate-like efficiency to state government, but the only thing he has brought is corporate like-neglect of everyday Michiganders.”...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) are applauding their House and Senate colleagues for the fast pace at which House Bill 5220 traveled through both chambers of the Legislature. In its second pass through the House, the bill once again passed unanimously, 106-0. It will now head to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

“Expediency was the key in this legislation, and I couldn’t be happier that my colleagues in...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LANSING —  State Representative and Minority Assistant Floor Leader LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) today introduced House Bill 5260 that would repeal Michigan’s emergency financial manager law, Public Act 436 of 2012. That law allows the governor to appoint an emergency financial manager to have control of a local government’s finances when they believe a city is having financial difficulties.

“We need to return decision-making in our communities to the elected officials that residents voted into office,”...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LANSING — Today, the Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus held a presentation on Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American who refused to go to an internment camp during World War II. Karen Korematsu, executive director of the Korematsu Institute, and daughter of Mr. Korematsu, attended the presentation to serve on a panel of other experts in Asian Pacific American topics.

“Standing here today with Karen Korematsu to speak out on behalf of all Americans seeking fair treatment...

The Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus welcomed Karen Korematsu, daughter of national civil rights hero Fred Korematsu, to the Capitol on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Fred Korematsu challenged the constitutionality of the government's imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Members of the APA Legislative caucus include, from left: State Representatives Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), Kathy Crawford
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LANSING — House Bill 5220, introduced by state Representative Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) that passed earlier today in the House Appropriations Committee, was fast-tracked through the full House during session. The legislation will bring $28 million in funding to the city of Flint to deal with immediate relief needed in the continuing crisis revolving around the lead-tainted water supply and health concerns.

“It was imperative that we acted quickly, and I appreciate that legislators on both...

Thursday, January 14, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) and Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) are leading the House Democrats in a show of support for the people of Flint, who have a rally planned in front of the Capitol Building in Lansing today at noon. Protests and gatherings have been taking place across the city of Flint recently to bring action and awareness now to the water crisis, rather than the slow pace the state government has been...

Monday, January 11, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) has called on Gov. Rick Snyder to request federal assistance for Flint residents. In a letter to the governor, Rep. Phelps wrote:

“I am writing to urge you to request assistance from the federal government to aid Flint residents during this water crisis. I greatly appreciate that you quickly declared a State of Emergency after the city of Flint and Genesee County sent declarations to your office, but...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

“For the second time in two days, Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a bill designed to tamper with our democracy. Senate Bill 571 is designed to keep voters in the dark about important issues in their community, including school millages and bonds to fund police and fire departments. Because of Gov. Snyder’s actions, local governments and school districts will not be allowed to pay for materials to educate voters on these issues. Meanwhile,...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

“It’s deeply disappointing that the governor has chosen to sign Senate Bill 13 into law and end people’s option to cast a straight-ticket ballot. Hundreds of thousands of Michigan voters in both parties prefer voting straight-ticket. Taking this option away doesn't solve any problems, but it will increase the amount of time it takes people to vote and lengthen lines at polling locations. This is just the latest of Republican-backed measures to make voting more difficult. Instead, we should be...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

“For months, the call has been public and aggressive for Dan Wyant to remove himself from his position, or to have Gov. Rick Snyder do the deed for him. There are many culpable parties involved in the continued decline of health and safety during the water crisis in the city of Flint, and Wyant was just one figure in a menagerie of offenders. While there is still much cleanup to be done, I am glad...

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