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Statement from Progress Michigan on Response to FOIA Request

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 LARA responds to FOIA request with pro forma letter, no supporting documentation LANSING – After initially denying two FOIA requests for any documents related to taxpayer resources used in production of a flier promoting the state’s new RTW law that…

Snyder Administration Refuses to Disclose Costs of RTW Promotional Materials

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Thursday, April 25, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, 517.974.6302, jessica@progressmichigan.org Snyder Administration Refuses to Disclose Costs of RTW Promotional Materials State departments deny FOIA request disclosing costs to taxpayers for RTW flyer LANSING — Citizen Watchdog group Progress Michigan is calling on Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Department of…

Watchdog Group Calls for Full Transparency on Snyder Administration’s Secret “Skunk Works” Voucher Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 Snyder officials used private email accounts to circumvent FOIA laws LANSING – Today the citizens’ watchdog group Progress Michigan called on Gov. Rick Snyder to publicly release any and all documents related to the secret “Skunk Works” voucher plan. According…

Rep. MacMaster introduces ALEC Model “Forced Privatization” Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Thursday, April 18, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 HB 4549 copied and pasted from ALEC’s “Public-Private Fair Competition Act” LANSING – Tuesday Rep. Greg MacMaster introduced a bill copied and pasted from the “Public-Private Fair Competition Act,” adopted by ALEC’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force and approved…

Progress Michigan Condemns Snyder for Financing Pro-RTW Propaganda with Taxpayer Dollars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 Letter and flier sent to employers brags about “Freedom to Work” laws LANSING – Citizens’ watchdog group Progress Michigan condemned Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration Tuesday for sending out a letter and flier at taxpayer expense advertising the new so-called “Freedom…

70 Percent Support Raising Michigan’s Minimum Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan & Oakland County Commissioner David Woodward Friday, April 5, 2013 Contact: Zack Pohl (517-980-6190) David Woodward (248-894-6650) New Progress Michigan survey shows strong support for increasing current wage above $10.00 per hour LANSING – A new survey released today by Oakland County Commissioner David Woodward and Progress Michigan shows strong support…

Rep. Amash Calls for Abortion Ban Three Days After Conception, Opposes Some Forms of Birth Control

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, (517) 974-6302 Watchdog group urges Congressman to come clean about extreme views on women’s health care LANSING – In a recent interview with Reason Magazine, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R) voiced his support for a ban on abortion three days after…

Republican Leaders Should Condemn Agema’s Rant Against LGBT Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Monday, April 1, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 After hateful Facebook post against LBGT Americans, Agema continues discriminatory rhetoric in radio interview on WPIQ morning show LANSING – Citizen watchdog group Progress Michigan is calling for Republican leaders to condemn Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema for openly…

Republican Leaders Call on Agema to Resign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Monday, April 1, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 In joint statement, GOP leadership withdraws support for Agema after bigoted Facebook post LANSING – Michigan’s Republican leadership issued a joint statement today condemning Republican National Committeeman for posting on Facebook that many LGBT Americans are pedophiles and responsible for…

Citizen Watchdog Group Calls on Lawmakers to Change Discriminatory Law, Agema to Apologize for Facebook Rant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Monday, March 27, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, 517.974.6302, jessica@progressmichigan.org Michigan law allows employers to discriminate against LGBT Michiganders LANSING — Citizen watchdog group Progress Michigan is calling on Republican politicians to do the right thing by putting a stop discrimination based on sexual orientation and amending the Elliott-Larson…