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Thursday, May 5, 2016

House Democrats expressed their anger and disappointment today after the passage of bills failed to help children in Detroit Public Schools. The legislation fails to make reforms that will help kids succeed, instead focusing on state-controlled micromanagement, prioritizing charter schools and punishing the teachers union.

“We all agree that the state needs to take responsibility and fix the issues in DPS,” said state Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), chairman of the Detroit Caucus. “That’s why I’m...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

“The Senate passed a plan for the Detroit Public Schools debt issue that would solve many of the problems facing the district and would benefit students in the short-term and long-term. I’m hopeful leadership in the House will hold a vote on the Senate plan, which has strong bipartisan support from a majority of Democrats. House Democrats are in favor of the Senate plan because it puts more dollars in classrooms and retains and attracts...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

House Democrats are concerned that a continued lack of funding focus on several key areas around the state could produce a budget absent of the needs of Michiganders, while special interests are given a better chance to play politics that will negatively impact lives.

“Though the budget made progress on some key issues Democrats have been fighting for, I was disappointed that the majority rejected amendments for additional transparency and continued its practice to balance...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats railed against the School Omnibus budget that passed the House today over strong concerns that the priorities of House Republicans do little to help most students in Michigan. Through subcommittees, committees and even on the House floor before it was voted on, House Democrats pushed for several amendments aimed at the needs of students and school districts across the state, but were met with resistance on all points. They hope to...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

LANSING — The Progressive Women’s Caucus urged legislative leaders today to take up bills that would end wage discrimination in Michigan. Since introducing the bills a year ago, the Republican-led Legislature has taken no action to consider them — no committee hearings have been held, and no votes have been taken. Meanwhile, Michigan families who depend on women’s earnings to make ends meet continue to suffer from the state’s enduring wage gap.

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Rep. Erica Geiss discusses legislation that would end Michigan's pay gap at a press conference at the Capitol held Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) released the following statements after two more deaths in Flint were linked to the Legionnaires outbreak in 2015.

"We're just learning that two more Flint residents died from Legionnaires’ — months after the fact. Based on that track record, I'm not confident the Department of Health and Human Services can handle another outbreak, never mind this one,” Sen. Ananich said. “We need real...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

“The newly issued report from the Flint Water Advisory Task Force, appointed by the governor himself, concludes what we in the House Democratic Caucus have said all along: that the governor himself bears much of the responsibility for this disaster. The report found that the governor attempted to dodge responsibility by using ‘inappropriate official public relations efforts’ to blame local or federal government officials. In addition, the report calls for an overhaul of the emergency...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"While not perfect, the bipartisan Detroit Public Schools reform package passed by the Senate today is a step in the right direction and the kind of legislation that a significant number of House Democrats may be able to support. I look forward to working with all of my House colleagues to find additional solutions for Detroit schools that will work for students, teachers, administrators and the whole Detroit community.”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

State Representatives Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) introduced a package of four bills today to address various concerns stemming from the Flint water crisis, as the legislators work to correct several problems in state government that led to the humanitarian catastrophe in the community.

Rep. Phelps introduced two of the bills — instituting an emergency response plan to create clear guidelines for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Health...

Friday, February 26, 2016

“When House Speaker Kevin Cotter and House Republicans tried to sweep Courser and Gamrat’s misconduct under the rug by expelling them from the House without a criminal investigation, House Democrats boldly insisted that the attorney general and the Michigan State Police investigate criminal wrongdoing as part of the expulsion. The results of their investigation prove that was the right move. We hope that all elected officials, including Speaker Cotter and Gov. Rick Snyder, will be held...

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