Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LANSING — Earlier today the governor outlined his 2018-19 fiscal year budget proposal for a joint session of the House and Senate Appropriations committees. In response, House Appropriations Democratic Vice Chair Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“It is refreshing to see a budget from Governor Snyder that begins to put our schools, roads and communities first, but for too many working families these small proposals will do nothing to increase their stagnant paychecks or improve...

Monday, February 5, 2018

LANSING — Ahead of Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposal this week, House Democrats have released a video announcing their priorities for the 2018-19 fiscal year budget, calling on the governor and his administration to return the state’s focus to the people of Michigan, not lobbyists or corporate donors.

“A state’s budget is a values statement, and for the last seven years we’ve seen plainly what Republican leadership’s values are,” said House Democratic Leader...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

LANSING — House and Senate Democrats introduced a legislative package to Prevent Wage Theft today that will put money back in the pockets of Michigan’s hardworking men and women. A report from the Economic Policy Institute earlier this year found that more than 130,000 Michigan workers across all demographic groups are losing $429 million annually as a result of wage theft.

“Every person deserves to take home the wages they earn. But across the...

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 Appropriations Democratic Vice Chair Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“Police officers and firefighters have extremely difficult and dangerous jobs, putting their safety and well-being on the line to protect our communities. Any attempt to take away their health care or retirement benefits is an insult to their...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

DETROIT — A week removed from the contentious House Bill 5013 vote, the majority of Detroit Caucus members stand unified in their opposition to the legislation, which would have reduced rates for drivers only if they agreed to large reductions in coverage as well. They reiterated their position today, calling for the conversation on no-fault to continue. 

“The failure of HB 5013 symbolized a bipartisan agreement that more needed to be done, and that different...

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