Thu. Feb 2nd, 2023

From today’s Detroit News:

With new majorities in place, Michigan Democrats outlined their first proposals of the 2023-2024 term that would repeal the state’s right-to-work law, restore a prevailing wage policy and expand anti-discrimination protections.

Democrats announced their initial bills on Wednesday, the first session day of the year and the first session day when they’ve held power in both the House and Senate in nearly 40 years. The measures would undo some of Republicans’ top legislative priorities from their decades in control while instituting targeted tax relief previously championed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

“These initial bills represent our collective commitment to expanding rights and opportunities for the people of Michigan,” Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, said. “Our first and only order of business is to tackle the real challenges that folks are facing by implementing an agenda that makes Michigan an even better place to call home.”

House Speaker Joe Tate, D-Detroit, said the bills “advance the priorities of the people.”

“Michigan families are struggling,” Tate said Wednesday from the House rostrum. “Our job is to recognize their struggles, acknowledge their hardships and support meaningful change that increases their financial security and stability.”

The Democratic proposals will formally debut on Thursday when the full details of the bills will be made available.

Read the complete story here.

By Editor