LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) was joined by other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus today to address the ill-conceived agenda that the Republican majority is looking to expand on before the end of the year. Senate Democrats discussed the potential expansion of the failed Education Achievement Authority and an initiative to prohibit abortion coverage in health insurance policies unless women purchase an abortion rider in advance, which the Legislature has slated to move forward.
State Senator Bert Johnson praised the ruling of US District Court Judge John Corbett O'Meara requiring the state to act on retroactive parole hearings for prisoners serving life terms for crimes committed as minors.
Senator Johnson Stands with Revolution Flag Group and Suits for Soldiers in Efforts to Revitalize Hart PlazaThursday November 14, 2013
Senator Bert Johnson is joining with Revolution Flag Group of Grosse Pointe Woods and Suits for Soldiers in an endeavor to revitalize Hart Plaza by repairing flagpoles, hanging new American flags and installing new solar lights to illuminate the new homage to our country.
Today Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) introduced a bill in the Michigan Senate to establish Mackinac Island Fudge as Michigan’s ‘state sweet’. In September, Sen. Johnson’s office received letters from Mrs. Kari Mannino’s social studies class at Defer Elementary in Grosse Pointe Park with suggestions for new state symbols.
The last time the government shut down, in 1995, there was at least some semblance of a substantive disagreement between the House of Representatives and the President. This time there is no real disagreement. The Republican-led House of Representatives is not even pretending this is about spending. It is simply about Speaker John Boehner's inability to lead his caucus, instead allowing a rabid and nonsensical extremist wing of his party to feebly attempt to delay or destroy the Affordable Care Act.
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filing for bankruptcy on behalf of the City of Detroit is a regrettable action and one that has come directly from the failings of Governor Rick Snyder. It is the latest and greatest illustration of the ineffectiveness of his leadership and disastrous nature of his policies.
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.
Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) expressed contempt for Republican Senators who left the Capitol today for summer recess without moving legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage to nearly half a million low-income Michigan residents. Governor Snyder cut short his trip to Israel to come back to Lansing to corral votes. Those efforts proved fruitless.
LANSING – Senate Democrats sharply criticized Republicans today for turning their backs on students as they passed legislation designed only to brush the statewide school funding crisis under the rug rather than actually work to solve the problem. The Republican-passed legislation, HB 4813 and 4815, allows the state to selectively dissolve the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts without any consideration for the severe funding crises that will remain in those areas and others throughout Michigan.