State Representative Vicki Barnett

State Representative Vicki Barnett Proudly representating Michigan State House District 37. http://037.housedems.com/district-map/

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02/12/2016

I am sharing a letter my son has penned in response to Governor Snyder's complicity in poisoning an entire American City.

Dear Son,
Well done!
Love,
Mom

Dear Gov. Snyder,
I respectfully request that you stop calling the Flint water crisis (FWC) your "[Hurricane] Katrina". Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster, while the Flint water crisis is entirely man made, and was 100% preventable.
You sowed the seeds of the FWC when you overthrew local democracy with your Emergency Financial Manager bill, which allowed you to appoint dictators to run cities by fiat. You watered those seeds when you passed a second, referendum-proof EFM bill after we, the People of Michigan, voted to overturn the EFM bill and reinstate democracy at the ballot box.
Now your vision of running government as a business has failed, and you (and your appointees at the DEQ and the EFM of Flint) have poisoned the people of Flint. In a business, the CEO directs operations, and is removed from that post when egregious problems and failures significantly damage the company and its value. Governor Snyder, you have reached this point, and it is time for you to step down.
Sincerely,
Jordan Steckloff
P.S. Please stop calling yourself a "nerd". As someone with a PhD in physics, you are making us look bad. There are plenty of other, more applicable, four-letter-words that you can call yourself.

09/11/2015

The standoff in our State House yesterday and this morning was shameful and completely avoidable. While some twitter writers attempted to blame the Democrats for the situation and others called for a part-time legislature, neither were the cause. Had Speaker Cotter shown a touch of leadership and political diplomacy by meeting with Minority Leader Grimel during the first showdown, the amendment that was adopted well into this morning would have been added to the resolution before dinnertime last night with the same outcome that eluded the Chamber for hours.

The true causes of yesterday’s debacle were arrogance and term limits.

Speaker Cotter has spent his entire legislative career – all 4 2/3 years of it – in the majority, with Republicans in control of the House, the Senate and the Governor’s seat. He has never needed to negotiate with the minority party. He has control over the majority, and since most votes only require a majority for passage, Speaker Cotter has been able to pass everything he has wanted without need of Democratic votes. Until yesterday. When a supermajority of 2/3 votes was necessary. When suddenly, Speaker Cotter needed Democratic votes. And when Speaker Cotter realized that he needed to reach out and at least talk to Democratic Leader Grimel, he instead threw a tantrum -- holding the voting board open for hours with Speaker Pro Tem Leonard pouting about “House Rules” and “Requirements that Members must vote” and forcing all members to remain in their seats. This was arrogance, pure and simple.

The other culprit in this mess is term limits. With strict legislative term limits of 6 years, Rep. Cotter has served in the House only 4 years before his elevation to the Office of Speaker. Going back 50 years, Speaker Joseph Kowalski served 16 years in the House before becoming Speaker in 1965; Robert Waldron served 12 years before his election to Speaker in 1967; William Ryan served 11 years before becoming Speaker in 1969; Bobby Crim had 8 years of House experience when he was elected Speaker in 1975; Gary Owen had served 10 years when he took the gavel in 1983; Lew Dodak served 12 years prior to becoming Speaker in 1989; Curtis Hertel and Paul Hillegonds had 12 and 14 years experience as legislators before sharing power in 1993 (Hillegonds continued as Speaker from 1995-1996, followed by Speaker Hertel from 1997-1998). Then term limits kicked in and the notion of experienced legislators serving in roles of power disappeared. Speaker Pericone became Speaker in 1999 after only 4 years in the House; Speaker Rick Johnson served only 2 before taking control in 2001; Same with Speaker DeRoche in 2005, Speaker Dillon in 2007 and Speaker Bolger in 2011. With no time to learn the practice of politics, the art of compromise and crafting public policy for the good and welfare of the people, our recent Speakers have often lacked the traits of true statesmen. Had Speaker Cotter simply remembered the lessons of kindergarten and just reached across the sandbox to share the pail and shovel, we could have all been spared the disgraceful scene that dragged on in Michigan’s House Chamber from yesterday afternoon through this morning.

06/26/2015

With organized labor leaders' backing, it seems the deal has been struck -- Brandon Dillon as MDP Chair and Lavora Barnes as Ex. Director doing all the work! Don't get me wrong, I personally love Brandon. But as a member of the Democratic Party and as someone who has fought for open government, transparency, fair elections and women's rights, it pains me that my party is installing my leader without my vote. And it cuts at my soul that our future MDP Chair, with whom I served in the Michigan House, argued against common sense hand gun reform, abortion rights, and recently voted to cut families off of public assistance if they have a truant teenager! So much for the Democratic Party actually being democratic . . .

I am hosting my last coffee hours tomorrow from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Farmington Hills City Hall Council Chamber. I ...
12/12/2014
Join Rep. Vicki Barnett for Coffee and Conversation

I am hosting my last coffee hours tomorrow from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Farmington Hills City Hall Council Chamber. I plan give a legislative update and introduce State Representative-Elect Christine Greig. I hope you can stop by!

FARMINGTON HILLS — State Representative Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) will host a coffee hour for residents on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Farmington Hills City Hall - Council Chamber, 31555 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. Rep. Barnett will be available to answer questi…

12/05/2014
Rep. Vicki Barnett Opposes RFRA Bill Giving License to Discriminate

I spoke against RFRA yesterday.

Check out my speech – “the free exercise of religion is one of the most central and basic principles in both our federal and state constitutions...instead of guaranteeing us all freedom to practice our religions, [this bill] requires me and others to practice the faith of our employers, of our pharmacists, of our realtors, of our grocers, and any number of people with whom we come into contact with in our daily lives.”

Rep. Vicki Barnett rises in opposition to the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act. House Democrats are criticizing a bill that would allow individuals...

11/11/2014

To our veterans, thank you for your service, courage, and commitment to our armed forces. Happy Veterans’ Day!

I was proud to celebrate an early Veterans’ Day with community members and veterans at the Stars and Stripes Forever Cer...
11/07/2014

I was proud to celebrate an early Veterans’ Day with community members and veterans at the Stars and Stripes Forever Ceremony. We can never thank our veterans enough for their service and commitment to our country.

CHECK THIS OUT - earlier today, I spoke on WDET's "Detroit Today" show about the importance of voting in local and state...
10/30/2014
Why Local & Statewide Elections Matter

CHECK THIS OUT - earlier today, I spoke on WDET's "Detroit Today" show about the importance of voting in local and statewide elections.

Bankole Thompson sits down with a panel of experts to discuss the importance of local politics and how absentee ballots and voter turnout in the primaries and in non-Presidential elections determine more than we realize.

I hope you can join me for coffee hours tomorrow, 09/27/2014, from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Farmington Hills City Hall ...
09/26/2014
Join Rep. Barnett for Coffee and Conversation

I hope you can join me for coffee hours tomorrow, 09/27/2014, from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Farmington Hills City Hall Council Chambers. please call (517) 373-1793 if you have questions and/or concerns.

State Representative Vicki Barnett will host a coffee hour for residents on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Farmington Hills City Hall - Council Chamber, 31555 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. Please note that this date is a change from her regularly scheduled monthly coffee hou…

09/17/2014

I need your help and input. Did your home telephone system (not your cell phone) go out from the storm two weeks ago or this past Sunday/Monday? When you cannot call your service provider to report an outage or call 911 in the event of an emergency because your provider’s electric server power has gone out (unless you have a cell phone), a serious public safety issue results. This needs to be addressed and I am trying to assess the extent of the problem. Thank you, in advance, for your comments.

#NeverForget / #MichiganFirstResponders / #PatriotsDayCHECK IT OUT: interoperability among our first responders has cont...
09/11/2014
Democratic Whip Vicki Barnett

#NeverForget / #MichiganFirstResponders / #PatriotsDay

CHECK IT OUT: interoperability among our first responders has continued to be a problem across our country and today I renew my pledge to ensure our first-responders receive the tools they need to do their jobs because they do them so well for all of us. I thank you for your service.

Rep. Vicki Barnett thanks our first responders for all they do to keep us safe, and pledges to help solve communication interoperability.

09/05/2014

Good Afternoon! For those who attend my monthly Coffee Hours, my next one will be Saturday, 09/27/2014, from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Farmington Hills City Hall's Council Chamber. There will be NO Coffee Hours tomorrow! If you have questions, please call my office and have a GREAT weekend.

I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend.  In the spirit of fair working conditions and recognizing the labor ac...
09/03/2014
Higher Minimum Wage Rates Take Effect In Michigan - CBS Detroit

I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. In the spirit of fair working conditions and recognizing the labor achievements of hardworking Americans, we have increased Michigan’s minimum wage to $8.15 per hour, a seventy-five cent increase from the past $7.40 per hour minimum wage. I look forward to seeing it increase to $9.25 per hour by 2018; however, I wish the Legislature allowed the voters decide whether increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour was fair and reasonable policy.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation in May to raise the state’s minimum wage by 25 percent gradually over the next four years.

08/28/2014
Rep. Vicki Barnett Speaks Against Initiative Petition Denying Citizens Wolf Hunt Vote

CHECK THIS OUT - my speech on the House Floor regarding my strong opposition to the Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act.

“They [the majority] know they’re wrong, so they’re using loopholes and tricks to circumvent your constitutional rights, and I won’t stand for it.”

Rep. Vicki Barnett speaks against the Citizens' Initiative Petition which keeps intact the state's power to allow wolf hunts, preventing Michiganders from vo...

#Detroit313 ~ Happy 313th Birthday, Detroit!Detroit still has many obstacles to overcome; however, the energy and enthus...
07/24/2014
Take a look back at early Detroit history on its 313th birthday

#Detroit313 ~ Happy 313th Birthday, Detroit!

Detroit still has many obstacles to overcome; however, the energy and enthusiasm for the city's recovery has never been stronger. I was proud to play a role in that recovery in the Legislature through supporting the bi-partisan grand bargain.

In a city that uses the area code "313" as a trademark, the 313th birthday celebration for the city of Detroit is special. A lot has...

I want to congratulate Longacre Elementary School for earning "Leader in Me Lighthouse School" status.  After visiting t...
07/16/2014
Longacre Elementary School Earns Elite ‘Lighthouse’ Status

I want to congratulate Longacre Elementary School for earning "Leader in Me Lighthouse School" status. After visiting their fourth grade students in March and reading to them for "March is Reading Month," I acknowledge the enthusiasm and expertise of Longacre’s teachers and staff when it comes to instilling leadership qualities among their students. Education reform requires strong curriculum and teaching styles and Longacre's example makes our entire community and public schools proud and stronger.

Only five other Michigan schools and 94 school worldwide have met the rigorous academic criteria required to achieve “Leader in Me Lighthouse School”

07/08/2014

Most charter schools are a state embarrassment and it's a shame Governor Snyder and many legislators are blind to their persistent records of low academic performance scores for charter students and they refuse to require fiscal transparency when it comes to how these charters are spending our tax dollars on students. I'm glad to see State Superintendent Mike Flanagan stand up against poor performing charter schools and put our kids first!

hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day Holiday! As for the crazy fireworks going off throughout our neighborh...
07/05/2014

hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day Holiday! As for the crazy fireworks going off throughout our neighborhoods until after midnight, I want you to know that I voted "NO" for this terrible law!

I greatly enjoyed speaking with everyone yesterday on the dangers and current statewide policies on horizontal hydraulic...
06/25/2014

I greatly enjoyed speaking with everyone yesterday on the dangers and current statewide policies on horizontal hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). We discussed how fracking has impacted Farmington and Farmington Hills, as well as the Tri-County Region, and legislative bills that call for more regulation and liability on fracking companies and increases setback requirements for fracking operations near schools, hospitals, public parks, and residential areas. I want to thank those who came out yesterday.

I look forward to seeing everyone tonight at the town hall meeting Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash ...
06/24/2014
Rep. Vicki Barnett & Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash to Hold Town Hall on Hydraulic...

I look forward to seeing everyone tonight at the town hall meeting Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash and I are hosting on fracking. It's from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Farmington Hills City Hall.

FARMINGTON HILLS — State Representative Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ on Tuesday, June 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Farmington Hills City Hall, 3…

I’m disturbed over Michigan’s continued emphasis on horizontal hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).  While the Michigan De...
06/19/2014
Officials: 'Fracking' odors don't pose risks

I’m disturbed over Michigan’s continued emphasis on horizontal hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). While the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) founding nothing “hazardous” on site of the Fowlerville Road well, citizens were rightly alarmed. Fracking is a dangerous process and should be better regulated before it poses a health risk for our local communities and residents. I hope you can join the fracking town hall meeting Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, Jim Nash, and I are hosting this upcoming Tuesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Farmington Hills City Hall.

Strong odors emanating from a Conway Township well are not posing health risks and will continue fading as an hydraulic fracturing operation is completed, state environmental officials said.

06/17/2014
Legislation Introduced to Repeal Controversial Abortion Law

I stand with State Representative Sarah Roberts and Senator Gretchen Whitmer on calling for the repeal of the anti-woman legislation known as "rape insurance". This law passed so recklessly by the Republican legislature has real consequences for women and their families. #womenarewatching

State Representative Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) and State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) introduced bills today that would repeal a controver...

06/11/2014

Our most precious resources are our children -- our future. In passing this school budget today, we have failed them.

I am excited to be on CNN’s Newsroom with Carol Costello today at ~10:50am to discuss Michigan’s GOP war on women.  Stay...
06/09/2014

I am excited to be on CNN’s Newsroom with Carol Costello today at ~10:50am to discuss Michigan’s GOP war on women. Stay tuned.

06/06/2014

I look forward to seeing you at my next Coffee Hours tomorrow at the Farmington Hills City Hall from 10:00am to 11:30am. We will be meeting in the City Council Chamber.

It was a pleasure to speak with students and adults involved in the Muslim community today at the MMCC - Michigan Muslim...
05/13/2014

It was a pleasure to speak with students and adults involved in the Muslim community today at the MMCC - Michigan Muslim Community Council's Capitol Day. Members demonstrated both their strength and determination to improve Michigan through engaging with legislators and advocating for state issues. I would like to thank them for their commitment.

05/11/2014

#HappyMothersDay

I was proud to stand alongside my colleagues in recognizing the horrific incidence that occurred in Nigeria.  #bringback...
05/08/2014

I was proud to stand alongside my colleagues in recognizing the horrific incidence that occurred in Nigeria. #bringbackourgirls

As the Great Lakes State, we have an obligation to protect our water, voice criticism and pass new regulations on horizo...
05/05/2014
DEQ - National Drinking Water Week, May 4 – 10, 2014

As the Great Lakes State, we have an obligation to protect our water, voice criticism and pass new regulations on horizontal fracturing, and ensure the quality of water remains uncontaminated and therefore, drinkable for generations to come. I fight for our clean water and happy National Drinking Water Week!

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