Senator Bert Johnson

Wayne County: Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and all five Grosse Pointe Communities

Crucial Blight Bills Pass MI Senate

Thursday April 18, 2013

Blight is one of the major hurdles which creates an obstacle to living and investing in our urban areas. Five Senators introduced a five-bill package which will add teeth to the enforcement of blight violations, and give Michigan's cities more tools to go after blight violations. They are Senate Bills 35-39 and they have bipartisan support, with Senators Virgil Smith (D-Detroit), Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton), Bert Johnson (D-Highland Park), and Tupac A. Hunter (D-Detroit) each sponsoring a bill.

Metro Detroit Families Join Michigan Democrats to Discuss Devastating Impact of Governor Snyder's Tax Increases

Monday April 1, 2013

DETROIT – Local members of the Senate Democratic Caucus were joined today by Detroit-area tax experts and working families to discuss the devastating effects of the recent tax increases passed by the Republican-led Legislature and signed by Governor Snyder. With the implementation of the Pension Tax, cuts to tax credits such as the Homestead Property Tax Credit and the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit and the elimination of the child, senior and other deductions, many Michigan families and seniors have been struck hard by a major increase in their taxes.

Michigan Families Join Senate Democrats to Discuss Devastating Impact of Governor Snyder's Tax Increases

Tuesday March 19, 2013

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus were joined today by tax experts and working families to discuss the devastating effects of the recent tax increases passed by the Republican-led Legislature and signed by Governor Snyder. With the implementation of the Pension Tax, cuts to tax credits such as the Homestead Property Tax Credit and the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit and the elimination of the child, senior and other deductions, many Michigan families and seniors have been struck hard by a major increase in their taxes.

Johnson Points Out Hypocrisy in Rep. Lyons' EAA Legislation

Wednesday March 6, 2013

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.

Senate Democrats Announce Return of $10,000 Scholarship Competition

Tuesday March 5, 2013

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.

Johnson Critical of Emergency Manger Announcement, Questions Chances of Success

Friday March 1, 2013

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 Johnson Praises Lear Investment in Detroit, Highland Park

Thursday January 24, 2013

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 Johnson Praises Federal Funds for M1 Project

Friday January 18, 2013

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 Johnson Responds to Gov. Snyder's Third State of the State Address

Wednesday January 16, 2013

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.

Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus Condemn Republicans' Cowardly, Self-Serving Recall “Reform”

Thursday December 13, 2012

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.

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