Whitmer Blasts Republicans' Move to Increase Special Interest, Big Donor Influence in State PoliticsThursday November 14, 2013
Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer voted in opposition to Senate Bill 661, Republican sponsored legislation to double the amount of money allowed for individual campaign donations that was discharged from committee and passed by the full Senate today. In seeking to keep political power in the hands of the people and not the wealthy, Whitmer also offered an amendment that would actually cut the current cap for campaign contributions in half.
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.
Lansing – The Michigan Senate Democrats today slammed the budgets being passed by their Republican colleagues over the past week for continuing their ongoing trend of favoring corporations at the expense of investing in Michigan's schools, communities and working families.
Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren) hailed passage of his legislation by the State Senate today that would require a bittering agent be added to antifreeze. The measure is aimed at preventing children and animals from ingesting lethal doses of the liquid which often has a sweet taste that is appealing to pets and children.
Senator Bieda will be available to discuss the issues he is currently working on in Lansing with constituents on the morning of Monday, May 6, at Tracey's Corner Café in Warren and that evening at the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum in Eastpointe.
Democratic state Sen. Steve Bieda of Warren seeks to preserve the status quo, which awards Michigan's 16 Electoral College votes on a winner-take-all basis to the candidate who wins the state's popular vote.
State Senator Steve Bieda (D- Warren) is promoting the return of the successful #MI2020 Scholarship Competition 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 Michigan 2020 Plan to offer free college tuition to all students.
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.
State Senator Steve Bieda praised a judge's ruling yesterday that granted a father communication rights so he can begin rebuilding his relationship with his biological daughter, a situation that was made possible due to legislation that Senator Bieda sponsored. The new law allows a possible biological father to file a petition to determine paternity under certain circumstances. Prior to these laws being enacted, state law did not give a possible biological father legal standing to file a paternity action to show he may be the biological father of a child born to a married woman.