Speaker-elect Joe Tate talks Democrats’ upcoming legislative priorities

State Rep. Joe Tate says Democrats want to attract and create more jobs in the state.

Joe Tate talks with reporters in November 2022

State Rep. Joe Tate, right, talks with reporters after Michigan House Democrats voted to make him the first Black speaker in state history on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Lansing, Mich.

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Michigan Democrats control the state House for the first time in 12 years. The party made history again last week when House Democrats chose state representative Joe Tate of Detroit, as the new House speaker. He will be the first African American man to lead the chamber when he officially takes over in January.

As speaker, it will be his job to make sure legislation gets passed in the House and that Democrats accomplish their agenda for the residents of this state.

“Keeping money in peoples’ pocket books is incredibly important so they have more dollars to put more food on the table and pay their bills.” — Joe Tate, state representative


Listen: What Democrats plan to do in the next legislative session.

 


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Joe Tate is a Democratic state representative and Speaker of the House-elect. He says Democrats want to increase the earned income tax credit and phase out the retirement tax.

“Keeping money in peoples’ pocket books is incredibly important so they have more dollars to put more food on the table and pay their bills,” says Tate.

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