Lawmakers target Michigan's 'pay or stay' cash bail system

// on Thu, Mar 14 2019 / Article

A 10-bill package taking aim at the state’s “pay or stay” cash bail system could be picking up momentum a few months after dying in the Michigan House. The bills seek to stop counties from keeping low-income, low-risk offenders in jail because of an inability… Read More


Bipartisan, Bicameral Package Introduced to Reform Cash Bail System

// on Thu, Mar 14 2019 / Press release

41 percent of county jail inmates held because they can’t post bail LANSING — Today, state Reps. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids) and Tommy Brann (R-Wyoming) along with state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) held a press conference to announce the introduction of a legislative package to reform Michigan’s broken cash bail… Read More


MI Lawmakers May Boost ‘Working Poor’ Tax Credit

// on Wed, Feb 27 2019 / Article

A bill before the Legislature would expand the state income tax credit for low-wage-earning workers.  The credit was reduced while Governor Rick Snyder was in office and Republicans controlled the Legislature. Democratic state Senator Jeff Irwin says it’s time to increase the credit. “People have… Read More


Sen. Irwin introduces bill to reinvigorate Earned Income Tax Credit

// on Thu, Feb 21 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) today introduced a bill that would provide thousands of low-income Michigan workers with more refund money when they file their taxes. Senate Bill 107 would increase the percentage of the federal earned income tax credit (EITC) that… Read More


7 locations being tested for dioxane along Ann Arbor’s Allen Creek

// on Fri, Feb 15 2019 / Article

Two Ann Arbor lawmakers who’ve been concerned about the Gelman plume for years and have been lobbying for more action to address it are announcing new pollution cleanup legislation this week. House Democratic Floor Leader Yousef Rabhi and state Sen. Jeff Irwin, both Ann Arbor… Read More


Sen. Irwin on Senate vote against EGLE

// on Thu, Feb 14 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) today released the following statement after the Michigan Senate voted along party lines to approve House Concurrent Resolution 1 without amendment, striking down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-02, that would restructure the Michigan… Read More


Sen. Irwin on committee vote to overturn executive order, shoot down EGLE

// on Thu, Feb 14 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) today released the following statement after the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee, on which he is the sole Democratic member, voted along party lines to send House Concurrent Resolution 1 to the full Michigan Senate. The resolution disapproves… Read More


Sen. Irwin on Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State Address

// on Tue, Feb 12 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) has issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address, during which she spoke about creating a fair economy, increasing access to clean drinking water and fixing the state’s public schools. “It… Read More


Sen. Irwin on Republican attempts to weaken environmental protections

// on Thu, Feb 7 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) today released the following statement after the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee, on which he is the sole Democratic member, heard testimony from those opposed to Gov. Whitmer’s recent executive order that calls for reorganizing the Michigan… Read More


Sen. Irwin invites local residents to share concerns over coffee

// on Wed, Feb 6 2019 / Press release

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) invites members of the community to join him for coffee and conversation regarding state and local issues of concern. The legislator will host coffee hours on Saturday, Feb. 16th from from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in… Read More

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