January 9, 2013 Bookmark and Share

House Dems Pledge to Continue Fighting for Michigan Residents

Improving education, middle-class tax relief top Dems' to-do list

LANSING – The Michigan House Democratic Caucus said it will make protecting education, lowering middle-class taxes and developing an environment that fosters job creation its top priorities in the 97th session of the Michigan House of Representatives, which got underway after a swearing-in ceremony today.

“We know the people of Michigan sent us here to do a job, and that job includes restoring fairness to our tax code and making sure our kids get a quality education in Michigan’s public schools,” House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills) said. “The time for handing out business tax cuts at the expense of Michigan families and strangling funding for public schools is over. Michigan residents want to move forward again.”

There are 51 members of the House Democratic Caucus this session, up from 46 in the 96th session. House Democrats gained seats because the values of the caucus are better aligned with the values and needs of the people of Michigan, Democratic Floor Leader Rudy Hobbs (Southfield) said. House Democrats are cautiously optimistic that their increased numbers will create a more bipartisan atmosphere where legislators will work across the aisle to benefit Michiganders.

“People around the state have made it clear what issues matter the most to them,” Hobbs said. “They want us to work together to create real solutions that improve their kids’ schools and strengthen the middle class, not partisan politics used to push through an extreme social agenda. We look forward to working together with House Republicans on the truly important issues facing Michigan.”

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