Capitol Informant

The Weekly Roundup

Ever wonder what your lawmakers are voting on, but don’t have the time to dig through the endless amount of news stories to find out? Back by popular demand, we will recap the week’s top three stories in an easily digestible email that you can read in two minutes or less! After two years of dedication, a bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren) that would allow child sexual…

What you can do, without giving a dime

First and foremost, I want to thank you for your support. With your help, we’re pushing the boundaries to elect leaders — not politicians. The next election is shaping up to be our most successful drive to take back seats in the Republican-controlled legislature. You don’t always have to donate to make a difference, there are other ways: Are you smarter than a fifth-grader? Follow the us on Facebook…

The good, the bad, the ugly.

House and Senate Approve State Budget It took just 15 minutes to pass a $56.7 billion state budget this morning. The new budget includes: The Good: $46.6 million to promote skilled trades, and help match employees with employers. This will help fill a shortage in the skilled trades sector. The Bad: $153 million for schools, but takes $255 million out of the classroom to alter the Michigan teacher retirement…

Whose side are they on?

Last Thursday was another punch in the gut for the education profession after 21 Republicans voted to undermine a reliable retirement plan for Michigan teachers and support staff. The final version of the bill was publicly released around midnight on Tuesday. In those two days alone, Senate offices received thousands of phone calls, and 30,000 Michiganders signed a petition to stand with public schools. Sen. Pavlov (R-St. Clair) drafted…

Showdowns in D.C.

DeVos said what?! Support for LGBTQ rights has skyrocketed in recent years — with 61 percent supporting marriage and 92 percent for employment equality — but Betsy DeVos seems to miss the message that discrimination is no longer tolerated. Lawmakers asked DeVos if she would require schools that receive federal funding to abide by nondiscrimination policies, and her final answer was shocking. DeVos grilled on protecting LGBT students from…

Built Michigan Tough

With all of the things happening in Lansing lately, it can be difficult to reflect on the progress we’ve made together to push our state into the future. It’s no secret that Michigan was one of the hardest hit states during the recession, but when times get tough, so do Michiganders. Since then, we’ve seen a rise in forward, community-based strategy and a change in the way companies are…

Here’s the Heads Up

In the late 90s and early 2000s, employers began to phase out their old retirement systems after more retirees were pulling from the system than there were employees contributing to it. The State of Michigan has had three different retirement systems for school employees over the years: The original system was a true, defined-benefit compensation program that retirees drew from after they turned 65. However, due to cost concerns,…

In Sickness and In Health

There were a lot of votes on Thursday in both Lansing and Washington, D.C. Locally in Lansing, the Michigan Senate wrapped up work on a budget blueprint for for fiscal year 2018. At the same time, nearly 591 miles away at the U.S. Capitol Building, Congressional lawmakers voted on a controversial health care plan that stands to make America sicker. Talk about Trumpcare THE STORY Yesterday, the U.S. House…

A Guide to Politics

Wow, where did Spring go? Our weather is just like our politicians; it can’t seem to get its stuff together. We formed this organization because it’s time to elect candidates who share our beliefs, and, most importantly, who aren’t afraid to get things done. Too often, our elected officials forget that their job is to represent the people in their districts – not political parties or big donors. It’s…

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