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

Brinks announces PFAS town hall

// on Wed, May 8 2019 / Press release

Event includes an opportunity for one-on-one conversations with state health experts LANSING — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) invites West Michigan residents to join her for a town hall on Thursday, May 16. The event will include the latest information and actions to clean up toxic… Read More

Brinks on changes to state’s auto no-fault insurance

// on Wed, May 8 2019 / Press release

LANSING — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 1, which changes Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system: “On the surface, Senate Bill 1 might seem like it saves consumers money. But, in reality, this legislation puts the safety… 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

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

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

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

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