State Senate Democratic Leader-Elect Jim Ananich (D-Flint) announced appointments today for additional caucus roles next session. Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) has been tapped to serve as the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) as Associate Senate President Pro Tempore, Senator-elect David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) as Caucus Chair, and Senator-elect Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing) as Caucus Whip.
Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and other members of the Senate and House Democratic Caucuses joined today to expose the real impact of Snyder's budget proposals that have been built on school cuts and tax increases. Democrats also questioned the Governor's election year about-face and the motives behind many of the budget recommendations he is expected to make tomorrow.
Expanding Medicaid in Michigan would extend health care coverage to Michigan residents who are under 133% of the federal poverty level. In total, 320,000 Michiganders would be covered in the first year of the expansion, and an estimated 470,000 would be covered by 2021. Michigan’s uninsured population will drop by approximately 46% if the expansion is enacted.
LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the entire Senate Democratic caucus will be in the Capitol on July 3rd and ready to vote on Medicaid expansion. Senate Republicans said last week they did not see a need to convene the full Senate again until late August despite failing to pass this critically important legislation last week. Whitmer said that the Department of Community Health officials made it clear that it was absolutely necessary to pass Medicaid expansion immediately if there’s any hope of getting the program in place in time.
LANSING–Several members of the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus issued the following statements on the announcement yesterday by PulteGroup that they are moving its headquarters from Bloomfield Hills to Atlanta, Georgia in 2014. PulteGroup is one of the nation's largest home building companies. They have been based in the Detroit area since 1950 and currently have about 380 employees there.
Michigan Senate Democrats called on Governor Snyder today to explain comments from his Chief of Staff that were uncovered by The Detroit News' continued investigation into his secretive “Skunk Works” group. In an e-mail obtained via FOIA, Snyder's Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore was quoted as saying, “Frankly, there's nothing I enjoy more than seeing the education community in a fratz.” This comment makes it clear that despite Governor Snyder's claims that the group's goal was to improve technology in the classroom, it instead was part of the administration's ongoing efforts to attack Michigan's public education system.
Lansing – The Michigan Senate Democrats today slammed the budgets being passed by their Republican colleagues over the past week for continuing their ongoing trend of favoring corporations at the expense of investing in Michigan's schools, communities and working families.
LANSING - Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus announced the return of their successful #mi2020 Scholarship Competition today that will award up to $10,000 to one Michigan high school senior graduating this spring. To enter, students are asked to submit a short web video at www.michigan2020.com/competition that explains why Michigan needs to enact the Senate Democrats' Michigan 2020 Plan to offer free college tuition to all students.
Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer along with members of the Senate Democratic Caucus reintroduced the Michigan 2020 Plan today and said that passing it would be their highest legislative priority in 2013. Under the plan, originally introduced last year, Michigan high school graduates would be eligible to have tuition and associated costs paid for in their entirety at one of Michigan’s community colleges or public universities. Since its initial introduction, the Michigan 2020 Plan has received widespread support from a variety of stakeholders, including business leaders, economic experts, educators, parents and students. After receiving a Senate hearing on the legislation last year, people from around the state are eager to see the bill passed this year.
The West Nile Virus has now spread to at least 160 people across the state of Michigan. But did you know that Wayne County has one of the highest concentrations...