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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder made his annual budget presentation today. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“The small increases proposed in this budget don’t make up for the last seven years of missed opportunities and underfunding of our schools, roads and communities. This is a welcome first step in the right direction, but until we commit to fully addressing our state budget crisis, we are failing...

Thursday, January 18, 2018

LANSING — The House passed Senate Bill 574 today, which will allow charter schools to siphon off regional school millage dollars approved by voters. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“When voters decide to pay more taxes on their houses to support local schools, they do so because they support neighborhood schools and they want their kids to get a great education. They don’t do that because...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LANSING — The School Finance Research Collaborative issued a report today that says Michigan school districts are underfunded by about $1,290 to $1,990 per pupil, depending on the needs of children and existing funding in a given school district. The report calls for a base per-pupil funding of $9,590, which is 26.2 percent more than the minimum state per-pupil funding. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“Our...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

LANSING — House and Senate Republicans unveiled a plan today to adjust the state income tax in order to offset the Trump tax increase, including increasing the state personal exemption to $4,800 and — in the House Republican plan — introducing a $100 senior tax credit to all taxpayers over the age of 62. The plans do not address other issues with the tax bill, including new federal incentives to send jobs overseas. In...

Friday, January 12, 2018

LANSING — The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference signaled anemic growth is anticipated in the General Fund and School Aid Fund in the coming fiscal year. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“The Consensus Revenue Estimating Committee figures show that it is  time to reinvest in Michigan, but we have to do it wisely. Too many families in our state are still struggling to get ahead, which is...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

LANSING — For nearly a year, House Democrats have called for restitution for individuals who were victims of the mismanaged Unemployment Insurance Agency. During that time, Gov. Rick Snyder has been adamant that victims should only be reimbursed for the principal, interest and penalties — nothing else. This week, Gov. Snyder reversed course, admitted responsibility and agreed that a fund should be created to provide UIA victims with damages to get their lives back on...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Tonight, House Democrats voted to protect the earned health care benefits of Michigan’s retired first responders. Last week, hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied against proposals which could have gutted health care for local heroes. Today, the recommendation of House Democrats to implement the reforms of the bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force was accepted. While these benefits are now protected, communities in the state continue to struggle with...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LANSING — This week, Republican legislators are considering efforts to strip away critically important benefits for retired police and firefighters, such as health care. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement: 

“When police and firefighters take an oath to protect their neighbors, they do so knowing that they are putting their own lives on the line. Many police officers incur injuries that need lifelong care, and firefighters often develop diseases from...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan package of bills reforming the Unemployment Insurance Agency to ensure that false fraud allegations against unemployed workers do not happen again. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

“Nine months ago, House Democrats outlined ways to fix the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency and ensure that Michiganders who were falsely accused of fraud were made whole. I am pleased that...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LANSING — Today, an attorney for Gov. Rick Snyder said that public school teachers who didn’t consent to having $550 million taken from their paychecks will get their money back eventually. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement: 

“The Gov. Rick Snyder-Attorney General Bill Schuette administration have treated our teachers like an ATM machine for the state for years and made them fight in the courts to get back the wages...

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