Skip to comments.Michigan City Turns Down Millions of Dollars, Saying Federal Money Is Not Free
Posted on 12/23/2011 4:50:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Water flows uphill.
A city turns down $8.5 million in federal grant money.
In what could be a new high water mark of anti-Washington sentiment, the city of Troy, Mich., is rejecting a long-planned transportation center whose construction would have been fully financed with federal stimulus money.
The terminal, which would help Troy become a transportation node on an upgraded Detroit-to-Chicago Amtrak line, was hailed by supporters as a way to create jobs and to spur economic development. But federal money is federal money, so with the urging of the new mayor, who helped found the local Tea Party chapter, the City Council cast a 4-to-3 vote this week against granting a crucial contract, sending the project into limbo.
Theres nothing free about government money, Mayor Janice Daniels said in an interview. Its never free, and its crippling our way of life.
Other Republican officeholders have said Thanks, but no thanks to federal money for high-speed rail: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin rejected an $810 million federal grant to extend passenger rail from Milwaukee to Madison; Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey killed a project to dig a new commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River. But those actions have generally involved criticism of the underlying logic of the projects, or projections of enormous costs to be borne down the line by state and local governments.
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This new mayor is great!
South FL Leftists actually filed suit (and lost) to force him to accept the money.
Wow...a sane politician in Michigan?? Something’s happening out there......
Its the way it has to happen. Nobody ever cut spending by holding their hand out.
My congressman ran on the promise that he wasn’t going to bring a lot of pork to the district. He says that we shouldn’t take in more than we produce.
Some large banks were also forced to accept TARP money in 2008.
Wells Fargo, Bank of America (before they too over Countrywide) and JP Morgan Chase come to mind.
The rationale was if only some banks received TARP money and not all, there WOULD be a major bank ran from those who accepted to those who did not because depositors will get the impression that these banks are in trouble ( and they were ). Better everyone take the money and dampen the panic.
Federal Money Is Never Free
Dependency is slavery.
Somebody put Willie Green on suicide watch.
How long has Willie been gone? He and A+Burt were fun. Or is that funny?
Willie has been gone for a least a year.
He got into an argument with JimRob and stomped off never to return.
“He and A+Burt were fun. Or is that funny?”
Remember “TheOtherHarry”, now deceased, one of my all time favorites.
There was definitely something “other” about Harry. He was hilarious but I’m not sure it was intentional.
What a concept.
Ha, it was Willie Green who answered the question correctly.
See 60 and 65 on this thread. Oct of 2010.
Another breath of fresh air is Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson (R)
Read about her and the “Safe and Fair Elections Initiative”-