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Senator Gregory Announces Ferndale Student in Top Ten for $10,000 Scholarship Competition

Alex Rossman
May 17, 2012

Gregory urges residents to vote online to support local student’s efforts to win money for college

LANSING–Senator Vincent Gregory (D–Southfield) announced today that high school senior Natalie B. from Ferndale has been named one of the Top Ten finalists in the #mi2020 Scholarship Competition. Gregory commended Natalie’s creativity and enthusiasm in promoting higher education and encouraged Oakland County residents to vote for her video entry to help her win $10,000 towards college. People can view and vote for Natalie’s video at

Snyder Policies Cause Michigan Residents to Lose Hope

Michigan Senate Democrats
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Economists say decline in unemployment due mostly to people giving up

LANSING- Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) pointed to testimony given at the state’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference today as further evidence that Governor Snyder’s policies are failing to turn Michigan’s economy around. University of Michigan economist George Fulton told the conference that Michigan’s decreasing unemployment numbers were mostly due to people giving up on looking for work. The testimony directly conflicts with the Governor’s rhetoric that his corporate tax cuts are creating jobs.

Michigan 2020 Plan to Receive Hearing in Senate Finance Committee

Press release from Michigan Senate Democrats
May 1, 2012

Plan would provide college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates

Lansing – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the Senate Finance Committee will be taking up the legislation to enact the Michigan 2020 Plan tomorrow in a historic first step toward making this plan to offer free college tuition a reality for high school graduates across the state.

Bipartisan Passage of Drug Immunity Amendment

From the office of State Rep Ellen Cogen Lipton
Thursday, March 29, 2012

State Representatives Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Fred Durhal (D-Detroit), the Democratic members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, applaud their Republican colleagues for today's passage of Lipton's amendment which requires Michigan's Attorney General to report the money lost by Michigan residents from not participating in the federal class action lawsuits brought by states against drug companies whose products were found to be harmful.

Michigan 2020 Legislation Introduced

Announced Thursday, March 8, 2012

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) announced today that the legislation to enact the Michigan 2020 Plan was introduced in the Michigan Senate this morning. The plan, which would cover the cost of college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates, has been touted by education officials, business leaders and economists as the best investment Michigan can make to rebuild our economy and bring job providers to our state.

A Special Announcement

By Jocelyn Benson
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Two years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that corporations have a first amendment right to spend unlimited money to influence our elections and lobby our elected officials.

Since then, we've all heard plenty of calls for reform. But no change. No reform.

$10,000 Scholarship Competition to Highlight the Michigan 2020 Plan

Announced Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) announced the #mi2020 Scholarship Competition today that will provide the winner with a year’s worth of tuition, up to $10,000, at any of Michigan’s community colleges or public universities. To enter, students are asked to submit a short web video at that explains the importance of investing in higher education and how the Michigan 2020 Plan to offer free college tuition to all students is the right investment to make.

Whitmer Champions January Job Growth, President Obama’s Economic Efforts

From the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus
Friday, February 3, 2012

LANSING – Following the release of the national January jobs numbers today, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer noted that Michigan and the nation continue to benefit from President Barack Obama’s economic policies.

The report showed that the national economy added 257,000 private sector jobs last month, making January the 23rd straight month of private sector job growth under President Obama’s leadership.