enator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) called legislation introduced by Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons today to expand the authority of the Governor's Education Achievement Authority (EAA) offensively hypocritical. Johnson pointed out that while Rep. Lyons' praised the supposed success of the EAA as a reason to expand its' authority statewide, the legislation she introduced specifically allows the Grand Rapids Schools to be exempted from the EAA's reach.
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.
Governor Snyder just does not understand. The people of the State of Michigan rejected Emergency Managers at the ballot box in 2012. To not let the will of the people be the law of the land is reprehensible.
Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) praised the announcement of the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) that Lear Corporation and its subsidiary Integrated Manufacturing and Assembly would be expanding their operations to the cities of Detroit and Highland Park. The total investment between the two facilities is nearly $33 million and is expected to create 1100 new jobs.
Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) joined local, state and federal leaders in welcoming U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to Detroit as he announced $25 million in federal funding for the M1 Rail project. Federal support for the project, which already has $100 million in private investment, follows the passage of legislation in December that created the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority.
Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) criticized Governor Snyder’s third State of the State speech as being strong on praise for his divisive and destructive agenda, but weak on real solutions to improve the quality of life for Michigan’s citizens.
Lansing – Several members of the Michigan Senate Democrats expressed outrage over Republican legislation, House Bill 6060, that seeks to neuter the recall process in Michigan and further silence the voice of the people. Several Senators argued that the legislation is a blatant act of self-preservation by legislative Republicans seeking to defend themselves from the pending repercussions of their misguided policies and even legal investigations.
Analysis of Flawed Right to Work Legislation Shows Governor, Republican Legislators, Had Never Reviewed Language Prior to Signing it Into LawWednesday December 12, 2012
Lansing – Less than 24 hours after Governor Snyder signed his damaging “Right to Work” legislation into law, analysis shows that the flawed legislation may not even have the result the Governor claimed it would, raising serious questions about whether the Republican leadership even read the language of the bills before voting it through and signing it into law.
Lansing – Michigan Senate Democrats continued to voice their support of Michigan workers protesting at the Capitol today and decried the Michigan House of Representatives' passage of so-called Right to Work legislation. The Senate passed Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003 late last Thursday, and the bills were finalized and approved by the House today. These bills now go to Governor Snyder for his signature into law, a move that he has already publicly stated is a foregone conclusion.
LANSING- State Senators Tupac A. Hunter, Virgil Smith and Bert Johnson, all representing Detroit, supported the passage of Detroit Lighting Authority legislation today after successfully negotiating changes to the bills to better serve the city. The most significant of those changes is the make-up of the new Lighting Authority, all of whose members will now be appointed by the City of Detroit.