January 11, 2013

House Dems: Use State Revenues for People, Not Corporations

State must prioritize education, public safety funding

LANSING - Changes in the Michigan tax code that shifted the tax burden from major corporations to middle-class families have failed to produce the jobs Republicans promised and have led...

December 18, 2012

House Dems Agree with Veto of Law Allowing Concealed Guns in Schools

Democrats call for policies that improve schools, mental health services

LANSING - Members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus agree with Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision today to veto Senate Bill 59, which would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried...

December 13, 2012

Dems: More Corporate Tax Giveaways on the backs of local services and schools

Republican tax policies will put Michigan in the red without replacement revenue

State Representatives Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), who serve on the House Tax Policy Committee criticized the path Republicans have laid out today with the elimination...

December 12, 2012

Oakland Dems Vow to Continue Fight Against "Right-to-Work"

Democratic representatives say fight over anti-union laws far from over

LANSING - Democratic representatives from Oakland County today condemned the anti-union laws signed yesterday and promised to work hard to overturn them. Gov. Rick Snyder signed the so-called “right-to-work” bills...

November 29, 2012

Greimel Announces Leadership Positions

Representatives will help guide the Democratic Caucus in 2013

LANSING – House Democratic Leader-Elect Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills) announced today who will fill a number of leadership positions for the 2013-2014 legislative session. “I look forward to working with...

November 20, 2012

House Republicans Push for Fetal Tax Credit, Remove Credit for Born Children

Proposal comes as Michigan families lose $600 per-child tax deduction

LANSING — The same Legislature that got rid of the $600 per-child tax deduction on the personal income tax is now poised to create a dependent exemption for fetuses, a...

June 12, 2012

Statement from Rep. Jim Townsend on restoring local control over firework sales

“Today, I offered an amendment to a bill concerning the new fireworks law that would have strengthened the ability of local governments to determine where fireworks are sold. Under current...

June 12, 2012

Representatives Townsend, Ananich Welcome Work Share Agreement

Law avoids layoffs, allows blend of unemployment and reduced hours

LANSING - State Representatives Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint) said today they stand behind a proposal that will allow workers to collect unemployment while working reduced hours...

May 7, 2012

House Dems Oppose Continued School Funding Cuts

Education budget would leave current year funding cuts in place

SOUTHFIELD - State Representatives Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield), Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods), Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield), Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills), Tim Greimel (D-Pontiac) and Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) held a...

April 26, 2012

Townsend Cheers Bill Giving Tax Relief to More Homeowners

Bill grants Homestead Tax Credit to people who buy homes after May 1

LANSING - State Representative Jim Townsend (Royal Oak) today welcomed the Michigan House of Representative’s passage of a bill that will make the Michigan Homestead Tax Exemption on property taxes...

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