As Legislative Republicans Continue Anti-Education Push, Senate Democrats Host Educators and Parents at CapitolTuesday April 22, 2014
LANSING –Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) and Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) hosted a special hearing at the Capitol today to listen to education experts, teachers and parents on House Bill 4369, legislation to expand the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). Senate Democrats also launched an online petition at www.senatedems.com/StopEAA to urge the Senate Republicans to not pass HB 4369.
LANSING – The Michigan Senate Democrats heralded the end of Michigan Republicans’ 90-day delay on Medicaid expansion today, but pointed out the political gamesmanship cost Michigan taxpayers $630 million. A running tally of the waste, along with the impact on real citizens, has been tracked at 7milliondollardays.com.
LANSING - Senate Democrats decried the removal of funding for at-risk students and smaller class sizes from HB 4295, the school aid supplemental budget bill. The bill, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support last week, returned to the Senate without funding for some of the programs that benefit the hardest hit students.
Lansing – Following the ruling of U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman to throw out Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement in support of today’s action:
Senate Democrats unveiled Snydermathtest.com(http://www.snydermathtest.com/ “http://www.snydermathtest.com/”) today, a website featuring five simple math questions highlighting Governor Rick Snyder's flawed math on education funding. When asked for further clarification on school funding during the Governor's budget presentation earlier this month, Budget Director John Nixon snidely quipped “You don't have to be a CPA. My 5th Grader could figure that one out.” The site puts Governor Snyder and Republicans' cuts to education funding in the context of word problems similar to those a 5th Grader would be expected to be able to answer.
LANSING – The Michigan Senate Democrats announced today that over the weekend, the tally of $7 million a day in waste by Michigan Republicans hit $315 million in the first 45 days of 2014. The costly 90-day delay on Medicaid expansion by Michigan Republicans is costing Michigan taxpayers $7 million dollars a day—numbers from the Michigan Department of Community Health itself—and Senate Democrats have been tracking the running total at 7milliondollardays.com.
LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) applauded the Governor's attention to long-standing Democratic priorities in today's budget presentation, but noted that it's too little, too late in the context of the budget cuts he's made over the last three years.
LANSING – Michigan Senate Democrats today pointed out that Republicans' bad budgeting leads to real consequences, noting that the Michigan Corrections Organization is attributing the escape of convicted murderer Michael David Elliot from Ionia Correctional Facility (IMAX) to continued budget cuts to perimeter security at state prisons.
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.
Senator Gretchen Whitmer (D – East Lansing) today reiterated the need for an investigation into and independent review of the hiring and compensation practices of the Michigan Department of Treasury following news that former Treasurer Andy Dillon is on a Caribbean cruise during his final week of work on the state's dime.