<![CDATA[Rep. Paul D. Clementes' Site Feed]]> http://014.housedems.com <![CDATA[Reps. Greimel, Segal, Clemente: Medicaid Expansion Benefits Michigan]]> http://014.housedems.com/news/article/reps-greimel-segal-clemente-medicaid-expansion-benefits-michigan <p>LANSING â House Democratic Leader <strong>Tim Greimel</strong> (D-Auburn Hills), Democratic Floor Leader <strong>Rudy Hobbs</strong> (D-Southfield), Democratic Vice Chairman of the Michigan Competitiveness Committee Rep. <strong>Paul D. Clemente</strong> (D-Lincoln Park), and committee member Rep.<strong>Kate Segal</strong> (D-Battle Creek) said the Medicaid expansion plan passed by the House today is a step forward for Michigan. The expansion plan, which will bring health care to over 400,000 people who currently have none, was voted out of the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee yesterday and was passed by a full vote of the House today.</p> <p>&#8220;This bill will finally bring medical relief to nearly a half million people in our state who currently have no access to health care other than costly visits to emergency rooms,&#8221; Greimel said. &#8220;Accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid is a common sense solution that will save the state budget over $200 million a year.&#8221;</p> <p>Added Hobbs, &#8220;All of Michigan is healthier when our citizens can go to a doctor to take care of chronic conditions, treat serious illnesses and get preventive check-ups. The well-being of our state is inextricably linked to the well-being of its people. I&#8217;m glad to see this measure move on to the Senate for approval.&#8221;</p> <p>The bill voted on today is vastly different from the first version of the bill introduced earlier this year. The 48-month cap on benefits that had existed is now gone for pregnant women, individuals who are medically frail or the terminally ill. At the end of four years, able-bodied adults on the program will have the option to continue Medicaid coverage at a slightly higher buy-in rate or to buy health care on the exchange with federal subsidies.</p> <p>The new version of the bill also removes a 2017 funding sunset when the federal government no longer pays 100 percent of the cost. Instead, it allows Michigan to continue offering expanded Medicaid until 2035 if the cost savings to the state is realized. That will bring a measure of economic security and the promise of continuing medical coverage to Michigan&#8217;s lowest-paid workers.</p> <p>&#8220;The bill we voted on is a victory for thousands of families who have lived in fear that they will be left destitute by a medical emergency,&#8221; Clemente said. &#8220;It is a victory for everyone who believes that emergency rooms shouldn&#8217;t be considered primary care centers for people who have nowhere else to turn. All of us will be able to breathe easier knowing that affordable health care will be within reach of hundreds of thousands of people who currently have none.&#8221;</p> <p>House Democrats will continue working to bring better health care access to all people in the state.</p> <p>&#8220;Passage of this bill brings hope to people across the state,&#8221; Segal said. &#8220;It would have been wrong to deny health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of people who currently have none. Moving forward, we hope to make heath care even more affordable for them.&#8221;</p> <![CDATA[House Dems Oppose Continued School Funding Cuts]]> http://014.housedems.com/news/article/house-dems-oppose-continued-school-funding-cuts <p> SOUTHGATE - State Representatives <strong>Andrew Kandrevas</strong> (D-Southgate), <strong>Douglas Geiss</strong> (D-Taylor), <strong>George Darany</strong> (D-Dearborn) and <strong>Paul Clemente</strong> (D-Lincoln Park) held a press conference today to call on Gov. Rick Snyder and Legislative Republicans to restore school funding. The proposed Republican-backed education budget, now in a conference committee, allows last year&rsquo;s nearly a billion dollar raid of education funds to stand, and does not increase the per-pupil foundation allowance which was cut $470 per pupil in the current fiscal year budget.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Republicans in the legislature are not the ones that have to deal with the consequences of these funding cuts,&rdquo; said Rep. Kandrevas. &ldquo;We can stand here and say the facts such as Southgate community schools are in the hole nearly $995,000 but it&rsquo;s what that deduction means for the future of our students that is the real point we are making. We are not setting our children up for a very bright future by creating a learning environment devoid of necessary resources.&rdquo;</p> <p> The proposed budget offers no increase in the per-pupil foundation allowance, so approving it means schools still have to live with the $470 per-pupil cut from this year&rsquo;s budget. The proposed budget also pits schools against each other competing for small increases if they meet vaguely defined &ldquo;best practices&rdquo; - such as maintaining an online dashboard - which do nothing to improve classroom instruction or provide more resources for students. In reality, the total recommended expenditures for schools decline from Fiscal Year 2012 to Fiscal Year 2013 and decline again in Fiscal Year 2014 making the budget a net loss, and the School Aid foundation allowance for schools will actually be at its lowest level since 2006.</p> <p> &ldquo;These vaguely defined &lsquo;best practices&rsquo; were concocted by legislators and not by educators as it should have been,&rdquo; said Rep. Geiss &ldquo;Passing this omnibus budget did not allow for proper input and consideration of amendments. Although all Democratic amendments that we believed would help our schools were defeated we will not stop fighting for Michigan students.&rdquo;</p> <p> Schools have already lost nearly a billion dollars in funding during this current budget year. So far the Southgate Community Schools have lost nearly $994,000, Dearborn City School District is down nearly $8.3 million, Taylor School District has lost nearly $2.2 million, and Lincoln Park Public Schools are out almost $870,000.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our children deserve nothing less than a first-class education,&rdquo; said Rep. Darany. &ldquo;The Republicans believe that cutting budgets to give big breaks to businesses will spur an economic recovery. However, when our students are unable to earn the education they need to enter the workforce, how long-lived will that recovery actually be? It is no secret that a quality education system is a key factor in moving Michigan forward.&rdquo;</p> <p> For a district specific break down of education cuts go to the House Democrats &ldquo;Fight School Cuts&rdquo; website at <a href="http://www.FightSchoolCuts.com">www.FightSchoolCuts.com</a>.</p> <![CDATA[Clemente to Hold Office Hours at Local Libraries]]> http://014.housedems.com/news/article/clemente-to-hold-office-hours-at-local-libraries <p>LINCOLN PARK - State Representative <strong>Paul D. Clemente</strong> (D-Lincoln Park) invites residents to talk with him about any issues or concerns they have during his upcoming office hours at local libraries on <strong>Monday, Oct. 3, in River Rouge and Monday, Nov. 14, in Allen Park</strong>.</p> <p>&#8220;Meeting with residents and hearing their concerns is an important part of my job that allows me to better represent our community at the Capitol,&#8221; Clemente said. &#8220;I want folks to know that my door is always open. That&#8217;s why I hope you will join me at one of these informal events so we can get to know one another and talk about the issues that matter most to you, your family, and our communities here in Wayne County.&#8221;</p> <p>Clemente&#8217;s office hours are scheduled for:</p> <ul> <li><p><strong>Monday, Oct. 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the River Rouge Public Library, 221 Burke St.</strong></p></li> <li><p><strong>Monday, Nov. 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Allen Park Public Library, 8100 Allen Road.</strong></p></li> </ul> <p>Clemente holds office hours and other events throughout the 14th District - which includes Allen Park, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale and River Rouge - to meet with as many residents as possible. For more information about this or other upcoming events, please contact his office at <strong>(517) 373-0140</strong> or send an email to <strong>PaulClemente@house.mi.gov</strong>.</p> <![CDATA[Clemente to Host Office Hours On June 6 in Melvindale]]> http://014.housedems.com/news/article/clemente-to-host-office-hours-on-june-6-in-melvindale <p>LINCOLN PARK - State Representative <strong>Paul D. Clemente</strong> (D-Lincoln Park) invites residents to talk with him about any issues or concerns they have during his upcoming office hours on <strong>Monday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Melvindale Library, 18650 Allen Road.</strong></p> <p>&#8220;Meeting with residents and hearing their concerns is an important part of my job that allows me to better represent our community at the Capitol,&#8221; Clemente said. &#8220;I hope our residents will join me at this informal event so we can get to know each other and talk about the issues that matter most to them, their family, and our communities here in Wayne County.&#8221;</p> <p>Clemente holds office hours and other events throughout the 14th District - which includes Allen Park, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale and River Rouge - to meet with as many residents as possible. For more information about this or other upcoming events, please contact his office at <strong>(517) 373-0140</strong> or send an email to <strong><a href="&#109;&#97;&#x69;&#x6c;&#x74;&#111;&#58;&#x50;&#x61;&#x75;&#108;&#67;&#x6c;&#x65;&#x6d;&#101;&#110;&#x74;&#x65;&#x40;&#104;&#111;&#x75;&#x73;&#x65;&#46;&#109;&#x69;&#x2e;&#x67;&#111;&#118;">&#x50;&#x61;&#x75;&#108;&#67;&#x6c;&#x65;&#x6d;&#101;&#110;&#x74;&#x65;&#x40;&#104;&#111;&#x75;&#x73;&#x65;&#46;&#109;&#x69;&#x2e;&#x67;&#111;&#118;</a></strong>.</p> <![CDATA[Clemente to Hold Office Hours at Local Libraries]]> http://014.housedems.com/news/article/clemente-to-hold-office-hours-at-local-libraries <p>LINCOLN PARK - State Representative <strong>Paul D. Clemente</strong> (D-Lincoln Park) invites residents to talk with him about any issues or concerns they have during his upcoming office hours at local libraries beginning on <strong>Monday, April 4, in Lincoln Park</strong>.</p> <p>&#8220;Meeting with residents and hearing their concerns is an important part of my job that allows me to better represent our community at the Capitol,&#8221; Clemente said. &#8220;I want folks to know that my door is always open. That&#8217;s why I hope you will join me at one of these informal events so we can get to know one another and talk about the issues that matter most to you, your family, and our communities here in Wayne County.&#8221;</p> <p>Clemente&#8217;s office hours are scheduled for:</p> <ul> <li><p><strong>Monday, April 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Library, 1381 Southfield Road.</strong></p></li> <li><p><strong>Monday, May 2, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ecorse Library, 4184&#160;W. Jefferson Ave.</strong></p></li> <li><p><strong>Monday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Melvindale Library, 18650 Allen Road.</strong></p></li> </ul> <p>Clemente holds office hours and other events throughout the 14th District - which includes Allen Park, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale and River Rouge - to meet with as many residents as possible. For more information about this or other upcoming events, please contact his office at <strong>(517) 373-0140</strong> or send an e-mail to <strong><a href="&#109;&#97;&#x69;&#x6c;&#x74;&#111;&#58;&#x50;&#x61;&#x75;&#108;&#67;&#x6c;&#x65;&#x6d;&#101;&#110;&#x74;&#x65;&#x40;&#104;&#111;&#x75;&#x73;&#x65;&#46;&#109;&#x69;&#x2e;&#x67;&#111;&#118;">&#x50;&#x61;&#x75;&#108;&#67;&#x6c;&#x65;&#x6d;&#101;&#110;&#x74;&#x65;&#x40;&#104;&#111;&#x75;&#x73;&#x65;&#46;&#109;&#x69;&#x2e;&#x67;&#111;&#118;</a></strong>.</p>