Program lets people with disabilities save money without jeopardizing benefits

// on Thu, Jun 13 2019 / Article

In Michigan and nationwide, [a] $2,000 federal asset limit is imposed on people with disabilities who receive government benefits. Miller, a family support services program manager at Disability Advocates of Kent County, said the asset limit is a major concern for many families with disabled… Read More

Gov. Whitmer helps break ground on new Grand Rapids veterans home

// on Mon, May 20 2019 / Article

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined a number of West Michigan politicians Friday afternoon to break ground on the new $49 million Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The 128-bed residence, expected to open by the end of 2021, will sit adjacent to the existing veterans home at… Read More

Brinks to hold PFAS town hall, share latest on clean-up efforts

// on Thu, May 16 2019 / Article

A PFAS town hall happening Thursday evening is giving West Michiganders the chance to have a one-on-one with officials working to clean-up toxic PFAS contamination in local drinking water. State Sen. Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, is hosting the town hall event at the East Grand… Read More

Michigan will draft PFAS standards for public drinking water

// on Fri, Mar 29 2019 / Article

“Enforceable standards based on the best science available put us on the right path — one that holds polluters accountable, deters further contamination and keeps the hardworking people of Michigan safe,” Brinks said. “I look forward to helping (Whitmer’s) administration in any way I can… Read More

Once again, state Dems propose to eliminate the tampon tax

// on Thu, Feb 28 2019 / Article

Two bills proposing to exempt feminine hygiene products from sale and use tax, commonly known as the “tampon tax,” were reintroduced in the state Senate Tuesday.… Read More

GR senator backs bills to stop taxing tampons

// on Wed, Feb 27 2019 / Article

“I’m just hoping that folks will be a little bit more informed and enlightened about the importance providing this kind of tax reform to people who may be struggling just to make ends meet.” Eleven states have eliminated taxes on tampons, including Ohio and Illinois. Read More

To The Point: State Sen. Winnie Brinks

// on Tue, Feb 5 2019 / Article

Hear more from Brinks above on this Feb. 3, 2019, episode of “To The Point.”… Read More

Democrats again seek tough state PFAS drinking water standard

// on Tue, Jan 15 2019 / Article

Sen. Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, introduced a new version of her legislation that would set a legally-enforceable limit of 5 parts-per-trillion (ppt) for two individual PFAS chemicals, PFOS and PFOA, in public drinking water distributed by utilities.… Read More

To The Point: Sen. Nofs, Sen.-elect Brinks

// on Thu, Dec 20 2018 / Article

As the end of the year nears, some Michigan legislators are preparing to leave Lansing and others are readying for a new role.  Grand Rapids Democrat Rep. Winnie Brinks, for example, is moving to the Upper Chamber in the new year. … Read More

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