Brinks applauds Whitmer’s latest move to set enforceable PFAS standards

// on Tue, Mar 26 2019 / Press release

LANSING — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to file a request for rulemaking and establish PFAS drinking water standards: “Gov. Whitmer’s decision to begin developing PFAS drinking… Read More


Brinks issues statement on state budget proposal

// on Tue, Mar 5 2019 / Press release

LANSING — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D–Grand Rapids) today issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal: “Our hardworking families have waited for a budget that will give us the opportunity to clean up our drinking water, make sure every child has access… Read More


Michigan teachers quitting at record rate

// on Wed, Feb 27 2019 / Press release

State Senator Winnie Brinks says teachers feel under assault. They don’t feel supported, morale is low, and pay and benefits have been flat for more than a decade. “Teachers are talking about how this isn’t just about money. It’s about valuing educators and about putting… Read More


Brinks and McMorrow team up to strike ‘tampon tax’

// on Tue, Feb 26 2019 / Press release

Legislation would make feminine hygiene products more affordable for women LANSING — State Sens. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) today introduced legislation to make Michigan the next state to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales and use tax — a move… Read More


Brinks on GOP’s latest move to reject Whitmer executive order

// on Thu, Feb 14 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement on legislative Republicans’ move to reject Executive Order 2019-2, which prevents special interest oversight of corporate polluters: “The safety of our drinking water, families and communities must… Read More


Brinks issues statement on Whitmer’s State of the State

// on Tue, Feb 12 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D–Grand Rapids) today issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address and her commitment to fight for Michigan families: “West Michigan families deserve clean water, affordable education, pathways to a good-paying job and… Read More


Brinks on Whitmer reorganization of DEQ, prioritizing water

// on Mon, Feb 4 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to prioritize Michigan’s water resources by creating the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and expanding the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team:… Read More


Sen. Brinks on investigation of PFAS contamination at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids

// on Fri, Jan 18 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s addition of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to the list of locations containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl… Read More


Sen. Brinks makes drinking water protection first order of business

// on Mon, Jan 14 2019 / Press release

Legislation would set enforceable PFOA and PFOS levels, hold polluters accountable LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) made protecting drinking water her first order of business in the new legislative session with the introduction of a bill that would establish the lowest… Read More


Sen. Brinks on federal decision to delay PFAS meeting amid shutdown

// on Thu, Jan 10 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. – Sen. Winnie Brinks (D–Grand Rapids) has issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s decision to reschedule a Jan. 23 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency informational meeting in Rockford about its ongoing investigation into PFAS contamination by Wolverine World Wide: “Michiganders have already… Read More

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