<![CDATA[Rep. Tim Greimels' Site Feed]]> http://029.housedems.com <![CDATA[Statement from House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) on Transportation Economic Development Fund grants in his district:]]> http://029.housedems.com/news/article/statement-from-house-democratic-leader-tim-greimel-d-auburn-hills-on-transportation-economic-development-fund-grants-in-his-district <p>“I’m grateful that an improvement project on Taylor Road in Auburn Hills has received two grants from the state Transportation Economic Development Fund. The $700,000 from these grants will be used to improve Taylor Road near Lapeer Road so that automotive supplier TI Automotive can expand and bring more jobs to our community. Investing in our infrastructure is integral to improving our economy, and I’m glad that the Michigan Department of Transportation is helping make this project a reality.”</p> <![CDATA[House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel responds to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address ]]> http://029.housedems.com/multimedia/videos/house-democratic-leader-tim-greimel-responds-to-gov-rick-snyder-s-state-of-the-state-address <p>After four years of Republican policies that have left Michigan with a budget deficit and consistently placed Michigan among the states with the worst unemployment rates, it’s time to invest in Michigan and build an economy that works for everyone, said Michigan’s legislative Democrats following Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address on Tuesday night.</p> <![CDATA[Legislative Dems Say It’s Time to Invest in a Michigan that Works for Everyone]]> http://029.housedems.com/news/article/legislative-dems-say-it-s-time-to-invest-in-a-michigan-that-works-for-everyone <p>LANSING – After four years of Republican policies that have left Michigan with a budget deficit and consistently placed Michigan among the states with the worst unemployment rates, it’s time to invest in Michigan and build an economy that works for everyone, said Michigan’s legislative Democrats following Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address on Tuesday night.</p> <p>“Four years of prioritizing big corporations over working families has left too many of our neighbors behind,” House Democratic Leader <strong>Tim Greimel</strong> (D-Auburn Hills) said. “While big corporations are enjoying massive tax breaks and corporate giveaways, regular people are just hoping to find a good-paying job, and our state now faces a budget deficit. This plan hasn’t worked, we need to invest in our communities and families so that all of us can share in a better future for Michigan, and the House Democratic Caucus stands ready to work with Governor Snyder on these goals.”</p> <p>“We know we aren’t always going to agree; in fact, there are lots of times we’ll flat out disagree with our colleagues across the aisle,” Senate Minority Leader <strong>Jim Ananich</strong> (D-Flint) said. “But there’s no shortage of challenges facing Michigan families, and I know there’s plenty of common ground between Democrats and Republicans on issues like education, creating jobs and making our economy work for everyone.”</p> <p>While Republicans shifted the tax burden onto the backs of working families and seniors and cost taxpayers billions of dollars in failed tax incentives for corporations, legislative Democrats pointed to recent benefited regular working families. For instance, a road funding plan highlighted by Gov. Snyder tonight was made possible because of Democratic support in the House and Senate, as was a 2013 plan to create the Healthy Michigan Plan that has brought health care access to more than 500,000 Michiganders.</p> <p>“It’s clear that when Democrats and Republicans work together to solve problems facing the state, Michigan families and seniors win,” House Democratic Floor Leader <strong>Sam Singh</strong> (D-East Lansing) said. “The recent budget deficit shows we need to reconsider Republican fiscal priorities and find a balance solution that works for students, families, seniors and businesses.”</p> <p>“The people of Michigan sent us here to Lansing to find solutions, not play games,” said Senate Democratic Floor Leader <strong>Morris W. Hood III</strong> (D-Detroit). “We’ve seen what we can accomplish for Michigan families when we work together. Our caucus will continue to look for opportunities to find real solutions, and we hope our colleagues across the aisle will join us.”</p> <![CDATA[House Democrats Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.]]> http://029.housedems.com/multimedia/videos/house-democrats-celebrate-the-life-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr <p>Fifty-two years ago Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed: &#8220;I have a dream.&#8221; Today, we celebrate the incredible life of Dr. King. We remember the success of his life and his message for equality and freedom for all Americans. King&#8217;s non-violent activism for civil rights changed our nation and is recognized across the world. While progress has been made, the full extent of Dr. King&#8217;s dream has yet to be realize. That is incumbent upon each and everyone of us. The Michigan House Democrats will continue to fight for you, your civil rights, equality, and freedom for all the residents of Michigan. We hope you join us in thanking Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for everything he gave in order to make this country and this world a better, more peaceful, more equal place. Let freedom ring.</p> <![CDATA[Republican Policy Turns State Surplus into Deficit, HFA Says]]> http://029.housedems.com/news/article/republican-policy-turns-state-surplus-into-deficit-hfa-says <p>LANSING – Disastrous Republican policies that have cost taxpayers billions of dollars in the form of corporate giveaways are projected to lead to a budget deficit by the end of the current fiscal year. A preliminary analysis released by the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency Wednesday said the state’s general fund will see a shortfall of $454 million if no changes are made.</p> <p>“It should be obvious to everyone by now that the Republican policy of all but eliminating taxes on corporations not only doesn’t work, but is downright dangerous,” House Democratic Leader <strong>Tim Greimel</strong> (D-Auburn Hills) said. “Big corporations are living rent-free in Michigan, leaving average working families to foot the bill. That’s wrong, and it’s time we restore fairness to all Michiganders.”</p> <p>The House Fiscal analysis was released ahead of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference meeting, which was held today. The CREC brings together the House and Senate fiscal agencies, the state administration and other leading economists in the state to forecast how much revenue the state can expect to bring in over the coming two years. It is the first step in the state’s annual budget-making process.</p> <p>After giving Michigan corporations a $1.7 billion tax break in 2011, Republicans then accelerated giveaways to corporations through the MEDC. Since Gov. Rick Snyder took office in 2011, the amount of outstanding corporate tax credits has increased by $1.6 billion, while the value of tax credits expected to be redeemed has skyrocketed by $3.2 billion, according to a report from the nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency.</p> <p>“Republicans have allowed the MEDC to become a runaway organization that is devastating the state’s financial health, while not holding it accountable for creating more jobs,” House Democratic Floor Leader <strong>Sam Singh</strong> (D-East Lansing) said. “This policy is irresponsible and harmful to regular, working families, which is why we are committed to restoring fairness and building a Michigan economy that works for everyone.”</p> <![CDATA[Statements from House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (DΒ­-Auburn Hills) and Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) on House Committee Assignments announced today:]]> http://029.housedems.com/news/article/statements-from-house-democratic-leader-tim-greimel-d-auburn-hills-and-rep-pam-faris-d-clio-on-house-committee-assignments-announced-today <p><strong>Statement from House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D­-Auburn Hills) on House Committee Assignments announced today:</strong></p> <p>“Yesterday, in his opening day speech, House Speaker Kevin Cotter said that ‘we can continue to work together,not for our political parties, but for the people of Michigan’. It’s disappointing that just one day later, Speaker Cotter chose to set the tone for the current Legislative session by snubbing the House Democrats in our committee recommendations on the House Appropriations and Education committee. Throughout the dialog on committee assignments, Speaker Cotter assured Democratic Leadership that committee recommendations would be honored. For Speaker Cotter and the House Republican Leadership to start the session off with this tone of disrespect and animosity toward Democrats runs counter to his opening day words. The House Democratic Caucus and the entire Democratic Leadership team will continue to be united in our priorities.”</p> <p><strong>From State Representative Pam Faris (D­Clio) on Committee Assignments:</strong></p> <p>“I am a loyal member of the House Democratic Caucus and I will continue to support my Caucus and my Leader. As a result, the designated Democratic point person on the Appropriations committee is whoever Leader Greimel designates regardless of the title decreed by the Speaker.”</p> <![CDATA[Greimel Announces Leadership Positions]]> http://029.housedems.com/news/article/greimel-announces-leadership-positions <p>LANSING – House Democratic Leader <strong>Tim Greimel</strong> (D-Auburn Hills) announced today who will fill a number of leadership positions for the 2015-2016 legislative session.</p> <p>“This outstanding Democratic Leadership team will help to shape public policy in a positive way for Michigan’s families, kids and seniors,” said Greimel. “I’m proud to have a leadership team from all different backgrounds and I look forward to working with them to better Michigan.” The leadership posts being announced today include:</p> <ul> <li>Assistant Leaders: Reps. <strong>Fred Durhal III</strong> (D-Detroit) and <strong>Vanessa Guerra</strong> (D-Saginaw)</li> <li>Whip: Rep. <strong>Robert L. Kosowski</strong> (D-Westland)</li> <li>Caucus Chair: Rep. <strong>David Rutledge</strong> (D-Ypsilanti)</li> <li>Caucus Vice Chair: Rep. <strong>Leslie Love</strong> (D-Detroit)</li> <li>Minority Vice Chair of Appropriations: Rep. <strong>Brandon Dillon</strong> (D-Grand Rapids)</li> <li>Policy Chair: Rep. <strong>Winnie Brinks</strong> (D-Grand Rapids) </li> </ul> <p>These members will join a leadership team that includes Rep. <strong>Sam Singh</strong> (D-East Lansing) as Democratic Floor Leader. As a result of his being elected chair of the Detroit Caucus, Rep. <strong>Brian Banks</strong> (D-Detroit) is also part of the House Democrats’ leadership team.</p> <![CDATA[Statement from House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) on the proposed road funding plan:]]> http://029.housedems.com/news/article/statement-from-house-democratic-leader-tim-greimel-d-auburn-hills-on-the-proposed-road-funding-plan <p>“Not only is this the comprehensive road repair plan that House Democrats and people around the state have been demanding, but it will also provide tax relief to Michigan families and take a great step forward toward restoring funding to our schools. Asking voters to approve a tax increase isn’t a step we take lightly, but taxpayers will get better roads and better schools in exchange, and provide income tax relief to offset the cost to working families.</p> <p>“This plan represents a real opportunity to move Michigan forward, and I will work with my caucus to secure the votes necessary to pass this plan and put the proposal before voters.”</p>