Senate Democrats Expand Unemployment as Federal Benefits Expire

// on Thu, Jul 2 2020 / Press release

LANSING — The Senate Democratic Caucus has introduced a comprehensive plan to boost Michigan’s unemployment system to expand benefits for unemployed individuals starting July 25, 2020 — the last date of federal benefits for unemployment. Currently, unemployed Michiganders can access a more generous unemployment compensation… Read More

Brinks Leads Bipartisan Call for Federal Response to Revenue Shortfall

// on Thu, Jun 11 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) today introduced a resolution asking the U.S. Congress to help the State of Michigan, schools, and local governments address revenue shortfalls experienced as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic is both a public health… Read More

Senators Brinks and Geiss introduce legislation to support workers

// on Thu, Jun 4 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) today introduced a package of bills that would permit local communities to set their own standards for employee benefits, and for Michigan workers to earn paid leave to care for themselves and sick family members during a… Read More

Brinks introduces bill to establish Task Force on Racial Disparities

// on Thu, May 28 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) today introduced a bill to create the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, codifying Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-55 into law.  Senate Bill 944 would create an advisory task force for the governor to study the causes… Read More

Democrats Introduce Bills to Protect Workers during Re-engagement

// on Tue, May 19 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Winnie Brinks(D-Grand Rapids) and Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) today introduced a bill package to protect workers and public health as Michigan begins to re-engage the economy. Identical bills have been introduced in the House by Democratic Representatives. “Many workers are afraid to… Read More

Stay Home, Stay Safe Order

// on Mon, Mar 23 2020 / Press release

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. For at least the next three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and… Read More

Brinks Secures Funds for United Methodist Community House

// on Thu, Mar 12 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Today, Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) voted in support of a supplemental appropriations bill that would provide $1 million for community programs at the United Methodist Community House (UMCH) in Grand Rapids. “The United Methodist Community House is a vital resource to the greater Grand… Read More

Sen. Brinks on State Panel’s Move to Toughen PFAS Water Standards

// on Fri, Feb 28 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has issued the following statement after the state’s Environmental Rules Review Committee (ERRC) voted to approve Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed, enforceable PFAS drinking water standards: “The approval of these rules is a significant win for our state’s residents, especially those… Read More

Sen. Brinks Responds to Being Named to Prescription Drug Task Force

// on Fri, Feb 21 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has issued the following statement upon being named by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to a bipartisan Prescription Drug Task Force focused on increasing transparency of, and working toward lowering, prescription drug costs: “One conversation I’ve had that’s remained consistent with constituents… Read More

Brinks on Whitmer prioritizing needs of Michigan families

// on Wed, Jan 29 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has issued the following statement on Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State address:  “I look forward to working with Governor Whitmer and my colleagues to take action on the issues that matter most to our constituents. That means new approaches to fixing… Read More

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