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Brinks: Economic policy, civil rights legislation among first priorities for new Democratic majority


The Michigan Legislature officially ended its session Wednesday, leaving a host of priorities for next year

Incoming leadership says monetary policy items, like writing the state’s next budget and increasing tax breaks for low-income workers, are among early goals.

Democratic Senator Winnie Brinks will be her chamber's next leader.

She says her caucus will have to be strategic about how it handles being in charge for the first time in nearly four decades.

“We’re going to take a thoughtful approach and make sure that we’re doing things well. That stuff we’ve introduced in the past is really ready for the moment that we’re in. That it’s not five- or eight-year-old policy that was a good idea then that we kept introducing.”

Other priorities Brinks mentioned include expanding civil rights protections and repealing taxes on retirement income.

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