Panel approves Rep. Cox bill to protect human trafficking victims

The House Law and Justice Committee today unanimously advanced legislation by state Rep. Laura Cox that updates the definition of coercion in a human trafficking offense, adding withholding or threatening to withhold illegal and prescription drugs as a method of control in those cases. “No one could have anticipated the tragic increase in human trafficking…

Rep. Cox, House vote to provide Michigan families well-deserved tax relief

Rep. Laura Cox and the state House today advanced legislation to significantly lower taxes for Michigan families. The bills would increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes – a move that will save families hundreds of dollars overall. “Our state budget is in good condition and our economy continues…

Appropriations Chair Cox responds to governor’s budget proposal

State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year: “I appreciate the governor’s ideas for the coming budget year and look forward to working with him, my House colleagues and the Senate to arrive at an…

Rep. Cox approves bills giving families and seniors broader tax relief

The Michigan House today approved legislation giving Michigan families and seniors broader income tax relief. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens. Rep. Cox, of Livonia, voted for the three-bill package that will enable people to keep more…

House Appropriations Chair applauds governor’s State of the State priorities

Cox reflects on what Snyder’s comments mean for 2018-19 state budget  State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, highlighted the issues from Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address that will impact next year’s state budget. Following the recession of the early 2000s, which depleted the state’s reserved funds, the Legislature and…

Rep. Cox welcomes AlphaUSA president to State of the State address

State Rep. Laura Cox, of Livonia, is joined by her guest, AlphaUSA President and COO Chuck Dardas, at the Capitol for the governor’s State of the State address today. AlphaUSA is an engineering and product development manufacturer with roots in Michigan for the past fifty years. The company is headquartered in Livonia. ###

Senate committee approves Rep. Cox’s child safety bill

Legislation helps keep kids safe while traveling   The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox designed to reduce the number of child injuries in vehicle accidents by updating the guidelines for child booster seats and car seats. Cox, of Livonia, said her bill will help protect Michigan’s most vulnerable…

Chairwoman Cox: Revenue estimate reason for optimism

Fiscal agencies predict continued economic growth   State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today said she is optimistic about Michigan’s future following the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first view of the upcoming economic forecast. “I am encouraged by the numbers we received today that demonstrate we continue to…