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  • Analysis: Local Governments Wrong to Call Foul On Property Tax Reform

    05/15/2012 8:53:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/13/2012 | James Hohman
    Local governments are crying poverty over a proposal that would make the state more attractive for businesses — a plan to phase out the state’s tax on business equipment. They’re also raising the alarm that they’ll have to raise taxes on local property owners to make up for lost revenue if the bill passes. School districts, counties, cities and townships should be applauding the state’s approach instead of fighting it. Local governments complain that the revenue from the tax will not be replaced, meaning less revenue for strained their budgets. But the specific proposal actually replaces property tax revenue for...
  • Michigan Republicans welcome state Rep. Roy Schmidt to the GOP after he leaves Democrats

    05/15/2012 6:38:58 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies ^ | 5/15/12 | Nate Reens
    GRAND RAPIDS – Roy Schmidt’s filing deadline switch to the Republican party has been immediately embraced by GOP colleagues who credited the now-former Democrat from Grand Rapids with aligning for the people he represents and not a party platform. Schmidt, who served for 16 years on the nonpartisan Grand Rapids City Commission, said in a statement that his ideals and priorities remain the same. “I am a moderate dedicated as ever to representing the people of Grand Rapids, and will always fight for improving education, public safety and protecting children,” Schmidt said. He was not available for interviews on the...
  • Teachers' Union Fails Accounting 101 - reports revenues as profits

    05/15/2012 5:04:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/12/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In an attack on the bill that would allow more charter online cyber schools, the American Federation of Teachers Michigan union claims that a private company that provides curriculum for charter cyber schools made $522 million in profits in 2011. In fact, K12 Inc. had total revenues — not profits — of $522.5 million, and a net income of $12.8 million, according to MarketWatch. “They are just confusing revenues for profits,” said Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “It blows up their argument that this company is going to make hundreds of millions...
  • City Turns to Residents For Bad Investment Bailout - Loses millions in quest for film business

    05/14/2012 12:23:17 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2012 | Anne Schieber
    Allen Park City Manager John Zech says if a tax increase isn't approved by voters today, the city will likely have to get an emergency manager. Zech says a 4-mill, 2-year tax increase to pay for $28 million it borrowed to buy land for a failed movie studio is much needed. The city also borrowed $2 million against next year’s tax revenue and is asking for another $2 million from the state of Michigan in an emergency loan, Zech said. If the state doesn’t loan the city money, Zech said the city would try to sell “fiscal stabilization bonds” so...
  • Bad news for Obama, Michigan in play

    05/12/2012 8:13:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 12, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    Barack Obama crushed John McCain in Michigan in 2008, 57.33%-40.89%. Obama must win Michigan in 2012, it’s part of every scenario for him to get to 270: (VIDEO AT LINK) Yet a poll just released in the Detroit News shows Obama up by only 5 points over Romney, via The Hill: President Obama is leading Mitt Romney by 5 percentage-points in Michigan, according to a new poll of likely voters in the state. The survey, conducted by the Glengariff Group and reported in the Detroit News, shows an even wider margin for Obama among female voters. He leads the former...
  • Detroit Schools Spending Blues: Contracts That Bind

    05/12/2012 6:21:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | May 12, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    When Detroit Public Schools were assigned an emergency financial manager by the state, we thought he would have the power to turn things around, more or less, with a snap of his fingers. Turns out that’s not the case, due in large part to a thick document known as a teachers contract, or collective bargaining agreement. In Detroit (and most other school districts across the nation) these documents contain seemingly mundane provisions that cost taxpayers and school districts millions of dollars. Those provisions have been sucking a lot money out of Detroit Public Schools, a cash-starved district that can’t afford...
  • Dodge Dart Is Back After 36 Years

    05/10/2012 11:51:39 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 68 replies ^ | May 09, 2012 | ANN M. JOB
    After 36 years, the Dodge Dart is back, and it's no retro model. The 2013 Dart five-seat sedan is modern and stylish, with European handling and heritage, fun features, 10 air bags and fuel-thrifty engines, including two turbos. And smart design and attention to detail inside the Dart successfully groups the information from the gauges with the controls in the center of the dashboard better than any car — Dodge or otherwise. The slew of features, standard on some models and optional on others, include denim material seat inserts, heated steering wheel and a 8.4-inch touch screen with touch screen...
  • There Are Alternatives to Emergency Financial Managers ... But the unions will like them even less

    05/09/2012 6:40:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/6/2012 | Paul Kersey
    In the April 27 edition of The Detroit News, Daniel Howes asks an entirely fair question: "What's the fix, labor, if EM law dies?" The problem is he's asking the wrong party. Asking the unions for alternatives to PA 4 is somewhat like asking the Japanese military for alternatives to bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a means of ending the war in the Pacific. The unions are not likely to give us any workable solutions. To a large extent they are the problem. PA 4 is not without its drawbacks. Its critics have been self-serving, but they raise a fair...
  • Union Dues 'Skim Tracker' Hits $30 Million

    05/08/2012 10:18:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2012 | Jack Spencer
    A dubious milestone — the taking of $30 million from home health care worker paychecks — has been reached and the number is still climbing. The money taken from the workers by the Service Employees International Union is being taken despite Gov. Rick Snyder signing a law last month prohibiting the practice. Under a scheme perpetrated while Jennifer Granholm was governor, tens of thousands of so-called “home health care workers” were railroaded into the SEIU. As a result, dues from the taxpayer-provided checks of those to care for homebound patients has been flowing to the union. Continuation of this practice...
  • Ann Arbor man wants to prevent John Dingell from seeing a 30th term in Congress

    05/07/2012 11:17:58 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 14 replies ^ | 5-7-2012 | Ryan Stanton
    25-year-old Ann Arbor man is challenging U.S. Rep. John Dingell for his seat, claiming the long-time congressman isn't progressive enough.Daniel Marcin, who is pursuing a doctorate in economics at the University of Michigan, filed nearly 1,800 petition signatures with the state on Monday to appear on the ballot.Running as a Democrat, he'll face Dingell, D-Dearborn, in the Aug. 7 primary, competing in Southeast Michigan's newly drawn 12th District."I'm definitely to that guy's left," Marcin said of Dingell, attacking the 85-year-old congressman's record on environmental issues, same-sex marriage and tax policy."John Dingell acts like he's Mr. Senior Congressman," Marcin said. "If...
  • Lawmakers, Governor Seeking To Get Project Labor Agreement Ban Back In Place

    05/07/2012 8:24:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/5/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Dual efforts are underway in Michigan to reinstate a law prohibiting government mandated Project Labor Agreements on public construction projects. On one front is an effort in the courts; the other is in the Legislature. PLA's are pre-hire specifications for construction projects that virtually eliminate non-union contractors from the bidding process. They do this by mandating requirements that only fit union guidelines and practices, which typically come at a higher cost to the taxpayers who pay the bill. Michigan’s Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act (2011 Public Act 98) was passed by the legislature last year. Gov. Rick...
  • Ted Nugent - Why I endorsed Mitt Romney

    05/05/2012 12:11:00 AM PDT · by Tarantulas · 30 replies
    Phoenix radio station KFYI ^ | 5-4-2012 | Mike Broomhead
    Ted Nugent always stops by radio station KFYI here in Phoenix when he's in town, and we have the privilege of listening to this great American. Today he was on the Mike Broomhead show prior to his concert in Phoenix tonight. Among other topics, Mike asked him to explain why he endorsed Mitt Romney. Here's his answer (6 minutes 10 seconds): Ted discusses his recent interview with CBS (6 minutes 14 seconds): Ted talks about Barack Obama, illegal aliens, dead ranchers, OTMs, law enforcement, and slovenly booger people (8 minutes 48 seconds): Ted talks with a fan...
  • Nugent Unloads On CBS Reporter, Producer (Video)

    05/04/2012 10:17:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 48 replies ^ | 5-4-2012
    A rough transcription- CBS Interviewer - "You're not exactly a moderate." Nugent - "I offer you this. Have you done a lot of interviews?" CBS Interviewer - "A decent number." Nugent - "When you find someone that does more for charity, more for dying kids... than I do, call me. And I'll suck your ****!"
  • Michigan welfare recipients get hundreds for car repairs, clothing allowance

    05/04/2012 6:12:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4 May 2012 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan’s welfare recipients may get up to $900 from the state in car repairs every year, but the House of Representatives is trying to cut that to $500. The car repair subsidies are part of a $6.4 million program the Department of Human Services has to help welfare recipients get a job and stay employed. Among many approved expenses, the program also includes up to $1,200 for welfare recipients to buy a car, and up to $500 for clothing allowance for job interviews and work. “You've got to be kidding me,” said Jim Chioda, a tea party activist from Holland....
  • While Taxpayers Shell Out Big For Hollywood Stars, Media Fawns

    05/04/2012 9:20:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/3/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In the April 26 edition of the Detroit Free Press, staff writer Julie Hinds wrote a story that is fairly typical of the type of coverage Hollywood actors get by the mainstream media. The headline read, “SNL alum Chris Parnell has fondness for Ann Arbor after 2 movies.” Hinds wrote that Parnell, who was on Saturday Night Live for eight years, has co-starred in “two veritable love letters to the college town.” They were, “The Five-Year Engagement,” which opened Friday, and “Answer This.” "It seemed like a very warm place and friendly and cool. There wasn't anything not to like...
  • Emergency Manager Repeal Ballot Proposal Likely Headed to State Supreme Court

    05/03/2012 11:44:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/30/2012 | Jack McHugh
    Whether Michigan voters will have a say on the state’s emergency manager law may end up before the state Supreme Court, legal experts and political observers say. On Thursday, the Board of State Canvassers voted 2-2 on whether to approve the petition that would put repeal of the emergency manager act on the ballot in November. At issue was whether part of the petition was in the correct legal print size under state election law. The deadlock vote means the petition was not approved and will not get on the ballot. Supporters of the proposal are expected to file an...
  • Embezzlement charges filed against Warren city workers (Union VP)

    05/02/2012 5:05:40 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 4 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | 5-2-2012 | Norb Franz
    Embezzlement charges have been filed against four Warren employees accused of misusing municipal credit cards. Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said Wednesday he issued warrants for Ronald Joseph Dicicco, 44, Robert Lee Diolordi, 61, Dustin Lial Leutzinger, 40, and Michael Thomas Lonchar, 47. Diolardi and Leutzinger face one count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. The felony offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Leutzinger served as a paid “on call” firefighter for the city of Center Line for several years and recently resigned....
  • Public Sector Workers Still Earn More Than Private Sector Workers

    05/02/2012 9:12:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2012 | James Hohman
    For the first time in four years in Michigan, the gap in compensation between public sector employees and private sector employees declined, according to research by James Hohman, fiscal policy analyst with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The average compensation of public sector employees (state and local government, public schools and universities) dropped from $60,620 in 2010 to $58,400 in 2011. At the same time, private-sector workers had an increase in average compensation from $55,922 in 2010 to $56,234 in 2011. “Throughout the decade, Michigan’s state and local government workers enjoyed robust increases in the value of their wages...
  • General Motors to lay off 100 employees at Warren Tech Center

    05/01/2012 3:12:44 AM PDT · by equaviator · 18 replies
    ClickonDetroit ^ | Apr 30 2012 | Rod Meloni
    GM realigning technology organizations; Warren Research and Development Center will see cuts WARREN, Mich. - At General Motors' Research and Development Center at the Warren Technical Center campus there is pain and still more concern. Local 4 has learned the automotive company plans to cut more white collar jobs. Employees were notified about the cuts this past Friday. GM gave Local 4 the following statement on Monday: "GM leadership recently notified employees working in its Global Research and Development organization of plans to realign the organization's business structure. These moves will enable the organization to better focus on commercializing customer-focused...
  • Reports: Delmon Young arrested in drunken, anti-Semitic clash in NYC

    04/27/2012 8:06:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | April 27, 2012 | Paul Walsh
    News reports out of New York and Detroit are saying that former Minnesota Twin outfielder Delmon Young was arrested in a drunken incident early Friday in Manhattan. The Detroit Free Press quoted New York City police detective Joseph Cavitolo as saying "there was an incident at the hotel [and] some anti-Semitic remarks" during a physical clash between Young and a 32-year-old man at about 2:30 a.m
  • Retired Educator Says He 'Would Not Have Gone Into Teaching' With Proposed Pension Reform

    04/27/2012 1:55:47 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/22/2012 | Tom Gantert
    A retired Michigan teacher says he wouldn’t have gone into the profession had he known his payments for his health care in retirement were going to cost about $116 more a month than what he thought he'd have to pay. A teacher’s pension with 30 years of service from his school district would be more than four times higher than the average private sector pension in the U.S., according to a Mackinac Center for Public Policy analysis. Pension and health care benefit packages for teachers and other government employees generally far exceed the benefits of most private sector workers. Jim...
  • Dodge to stop making the Grand Caravan even though it's their best selling vehicle

    10/10/2011 6:00:11 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/10/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Chrysler is getting rid of the soccer mom staple Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, the company announced on Monday. 2013 will be the last year the Caravan is sold, despite the fact it is currently the best selling Dodge vehicle on the market. The more upscale Chrysler Town and Country minivan will continue on as the only van the company offers. Chrysler created the modern minivan in when they introduced the 1984 model year Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager models. Chrysler will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and the Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedan with a single crossover in 2013, Chrysler...
  • Liberal Nostalgiacs Don’t Understand Jobs of the Future

    04/24/2012 4:26:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/24/2012 | Michael Barone
    I don’t know how many times I’ve seen liberal commentators look back with nostalgia to the days when a young man fresh out of high school or military service could get a well-paying job on an assembly line at a unionized auto factory that could carry him through to a comfortable retirement. As it happens, I grew up in Detroit and for a time lived next door to factory workers. And I know something that has eluded the liberal nostalgiacs. Which is that people hated those jobs. The assembly-line work was boring and repetitive. That’s because management imbibed Frederick W....
  • U-M, MSU Spent Nearly $2 Million Each On Football Bowl Game Trips

    04/25/2012 11:13:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/20/2012 | Tom Gantert
    While the University of Michigan didn’t beat Michigan State on the football field this year, they did on the expense ledger when it came to which college spent more on its 2012 bowl game trips. The Wolverines spent $1.97 million over eight days for its 729 member travel party; the Spartans ran up a $1.8 million tab over nine days for its 680 member travel party, according to information received in a Freedom of Information Act request. None of the expenses were paid for by tax dollars. The conferences and bowl games reimburse the universities for their costs. Leon Drolet,...
  • Michigan: 1,200 Hours To Be a Lawyer, But 2,000 To Be a Barber

    04/25/2012 5:31:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Lee McGrath says a lawyer must spend 1,200 hours in the classroom to be eligible to become an attorney in Michigan. Yet, to be a barber in Michigan, someone must spend 2,000 hours in training. McGrath, the legislative counsel at The Institute for Justice, used that example to highlight how licensing laws in the state are job killers and increase costs to consumers. “The important thing to realize is it is the licensees who benefit from licensure,” McGrath said. “They get to raise their prices from the reduced competition. Consumers benefit much more from a competitive marketplace.” Rep. Tom McMillian,...
  • Despite Environmental Alarmism, Great Lakes Have Not Been Setting Low Water Level Records

    04/24/2012 8:43:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/24/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Over the past decade, alarmists have repeatedly made claims that the Great Lakes were drying up. However, month after month Great Lakes water levels were higher in the 2000s than low level records set in previous decades. Humans have only been keeping consistent Great Lakes water level records for 94 years. In 1918 the Army Corps of Engineers began measuring and recording the lake levels on a monthly basis. This is a very short period in terms of natural history. Yet, with the exception of two summer months on Lake Superior, the monthly measurements of the 2000s didn't even hit...
  • Witness: Troy Teen Arrested for Carrying Rifle 'Was in His Legal Right' (MI)

    04/24/2012 12:01:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies ^ | 17 April, 2012 | Jen Anesi
    Troy High senior Sean Michael Combs, 18, was arrested Friday in downtown Birmingham after he was found carrying a loaded M1 Garand rifle. It was a warm Friday night in April, and Troy High School senior Sean Michael Combs was enthusiastic about the rifle he received a month earlier as a gift for his 18th birthday, so he decided to carry it with him when he headed to downtown Birmingham with a friend. Combs' choice to carry the M1 Garand slung over his shoulder resulted in his arrest by Birmingham Police – an experience his close friend Lia Grabowski calls...
  • Like Father Like Son, George and Mitt Romney

    04/24/2012 6:07:32 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 11 replies
    RightPundits ^ | Feb. 12, 2012 | Andrew Zarowny
    After edging out Rockefeller 51% to 49% in the winner-take-all race in California, Goldwater had a huge majority of delegates, enough to easily win the nomination at the Republican convention. George Romney set about denouncing Goldwater, and even raised a stink at the convention to have Goldwater′s delegates disqualified. Romney was accusing many of Goldwater′s delegates as being everything from racists, members of the Ku-Klux-Klan, the John Birch Society and even accused some of being Communists! Imagine that! Once Goldwater was named the presidential nominee, George Romney still worked to undermine his campaign, refusing to endorse or support him. So...
  • Here Come the Municipal Bankruptcies - government planning attempts gone bad

    04/23/2012 7:29:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/15/2012 | Anne Schieber
    The city of Allen Park has a $2.6 million budget deficit this year and doesn’t know how it’s going to pay for it. The city is asking taxpayers for more money but they’ve said no before and there’s no reason to believe they’ll be in any more of a mood when the May 8 millage election arrives. The problem with Allen Park is not so much due to the recession, declining property values or reduced state revenue. Rather, it is a loss of trust and a lack of confidence that even the city’s new panel of leaders won’t be able...
  • DNR to Kill Hogs and Small Family Farm Incomes

    03/29/2012 2:26:15 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Sherry Tomfeld
    The ISO to be imposed on April 1 considers all but eight breeds of hogs to be feral. Those eight breeds are used in confinement buildings. That means the DNR can drive onto farms and homesteads that raise other breeds of swine and kill them on the spot.
  • Second Michigan man arrested in explosives investigation

    04/21/2012 2:33:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies - News Release ^ | April 20, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: APRIL 20, 2012 DETROIT, MI Second Michigan man arrested in explosives investigation Suspected of possessing more than two tons of bomb-making materials SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A second man suspected to be involved in an explosives investigation was arrested Thursday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and deputies with the Chippewa County Sherriff's Department. Kenneth Kassab, 53, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was taken into custody without incident Thursday on charges related to the...
  • Ted Nugent Rebuffs Democratic Attacks: ‘I’m a Black Jew at a Nazi-Klan Rally’

    04/17/2012 8:07:44 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 17, 2012
    Rock guitarist, conservative activist and Mitt Romney supporter Ted Nugent says he stands by his provocative rant against the Obama administration at last weekend’s National Rifle Association convention, despite mounting pressure from Democrats and an investigation by the Secret Service. “I spoke at the NRA and I will stand by my speech. It was 100 percent positive,” Nugent told the Dana Loesch radio show today. “It’s about we the people taking back our American dream from the corrupt monsters in the federal government under this administration and the communist czars he’s appointed.” Nugent told a crowd of convention-goers that “if...
  • The Mustang Becomes an Obamamobile

    04/20/2012 6:21:08 PM PDT · by rhema · 121 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/20/12 | Daniel J. Flynn
    The greening of a classic car makes it unrecognizable to drivers. The Ford Motor Company is giving its Mustang a unique 50th birthday present: death. Detroit will still market an automobile called the Mustang. It just won't bear much of a resemblance to the iconic roadster driven by the likes of Lt. Frank Bullitt and James Bond. Ford's new "Evos" concept features gull-wing doors, a rounded, aerodynamic body, and a smaller design clearly inspired by Europe. When Ford officially unveils its new Mustang in 2014, company insiders insist it will embrace this visual transformation. More pertinent than its changing look...
  • Michigan University Opens Museum of Racist Memorabilia

    04/19/2012 8:02:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News/AP ^ | April 19, 2012 | Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben
    Ferris State University, in Big Rapids, Mich., has opened a new exhibit -- the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. It is raising some eyebrows. The goal, says founder and curator David Pilgrim, is to also raise consciousness about persecution of African Americans, says the Associated Press. Here are facts about this provocative collection. * According to the AP, Pilgrim, a former sociology professor at Ferris, began collecting racist artifacts in the 1970s. Much of the memorabilia came from flea markets and antique vendors.
  • Newest Michigan museum showcases racist artifacts...ok, which room has the Farakahn artifacts?

    04/20/2012 7:56:26 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 04/20/12 | Mike Householder
    The objects displayed in Michigan's newest museum range from the ordinary, such as simple ashtrays and fishing lures, to the grotesque — a full-size replica of a lynching tree. But all are united by a common theme: They are steeped in racism so intense that it makes visitors cringe. That's the idea behind the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, which says it has amassed the nation's largest public collection of artifacts spanning the segregation era, from Reconstruction until the civil rights movement, and beyond. The museum in a gleaming new exhibit hall at Ferris State University "is all about...
  • Michigan $1 Million Lotto Winner Arrested for Failing to Report Winnings, Employment

    04/17/2012 8:02:38 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/17/2012 | SUSANNA KIM
    Amanda Clayton, who admitted to receiving public food assistance after winning $1 million in the state lotto, was arrested Monday evening in Michigan on two felony counts of welfare fraud. Clayton, of Lincoln Park, Mich., failed to report her winnings and employment while receiving $5,475 in food and medical assistance, the state Attorney General said. "It's simply common sense that million dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance," Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement. "We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to uphold state laws intended to ensure wise stewardship of...
  • Michigan Teacher Fired for Organizing Trayvon Martin Fundraiser

    04/17/2012 5:39:37 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 29 replies
    Afro ^ | 4/14/12 | Alexis Taylor
    A civil rights advocacy group is pressing Pontiac, Mich., charter school officials to reinstate a Black 26 year-old middle school teacher who was fired over what she says was her role in encouraging student support for the family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The plight of Brooke Harris, who twice has been named Teacher of the Year at the Pontiac Academy for Excellence Middle School, is becoming part of the firestorm that has evolved in the aftermath of the Feb. 16 shooting death of the unarmed 17 year-old in Sanford, Fla. So far, an estimated 30,000 signatures calling for...
  • VIDEO: Here Come The Municipal Bankruptcies

    04/17/2012 9:43:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/17/2012 | Youtube
    Allen Park went "all in" on Michigan's film subsidy program. When the deal collapsed, the mid-sized city got stuck with the bill. Adding in skyrocketing public employee legacy costs leaves a recipe for fiscal disaster.
  • Illegal arrangement that netted SEIU $29.4 million from the developmentally disabled comes to an end

    04/17/2012 5:14:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/12/2012 | Mackinac Center
    MIDLAND — Michigan’s 60,000 home health care aides will no longer be deemed government employees — meaning they cannot be forced into a government employee union and have dues withheld — as a result of legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. The next step is for the Michigan Department of Community Health to immediately stop the collection of dues from subsidy payments intended to assist developmentally disabled adults and the diversion of those funds to the Service Employees International Union, said Patrick J. Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. “Ending this lucrative charade is terrific news for...
  • No Lean Times For SEIU 'Dues Skim' Union Bosses

    04/16/2012 6:56:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Marge Faville, head of Healthcare Michigan, the union that functions with dollars extracted from Medicaid checks, got a 7.3 percent raise last year. She wasn't the only one. Most of the top officials in Healthcare Michigan garnered raises as well. On March 30, Healthcare Michigan turned in its annual disclosure report to the national Office of Labor Management Standards. According to the report, Faville's annual salary increased from $144,154 in 2010 to $155,489 in 2011. When disbursements for office business were added in, her pay in 2011 totaled $171,974. Faville's salary increased 14.6 percent between 2008 (when it was $122,700)...
  • Axelrod buys $1.7 million Michigan Ave condo

    04/16/2012 3:08:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/16/12 | Bob Goldsborough
    Longtime political strategist David Axelrod, who helped advise President Obama's presidential run in 2008 and is serving as communications director for Obama's re-election campaign, has paid $1.7 million for a four-bedroom, 3,320-square-foot condo unit in a high-rise condo along Michigan Avenue. Axelrod, 57, also worked as a senior advisor in the Obama White House from 2009 until 2011, when he departed to begin work on the president's re-election campaign. Despite his time in Washington, Axelrod always has kept a home base in Chicago.
  • 25 Reforms in 2011 For Michigan

    04/16/2012 6:58:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/15/2012 | MichCapCon
    Last year saw passage of a number of free-market measures that will help Michigan’s economic recovery, eliminate ineffective government policies and benefit taxpayers. Mackinac Center Senior Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh compiled the 25 top reforms for the year, starting off with the simplification of Michigan’s business tax and the balancing of the state budget. 1. Business taxes cut. For the first time in many decades Michigan has a business tax system that takes much less, is much less burdensome in compliance and doesn’t tax firms even when they lose money. According to the Tax Foundation, we’ve gone from the second...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • Rep. Dave Camp stopping Right To Work Legislation -Video

    04/12/2012 2:28:14 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 1 replies |
  • Congressman Fred Upton says he's not a career politician; Jack Hoogendyk gets endorsements

    04/14/2012 3:17:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | April 10, 2012 | Fritz Klug
    Upton was on The Rocker Morning Show on WRKR-FM 107.7 today, and amid jesting with the hosts, talked about what's coming up in Washington D.C. for him and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which he chairs. At the end of the interview, co-host Mike McKelly told Upton, “I don’t consider you a career politician.” Upton responded, "I'm not." Upton, 58, served his first year in Congress in 1987 and has been in office for 25 years. Before that, he worked on the staff for U.S. Rep. David Stockman from 1976 to 1980 and was in the Office of...
  • Media censored seven hate crime mob attacks in Grand Rapids

    04/14/2012 1:28:46 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 120 replies
    Charleston Conservative Examiner ^ | April 13, 2012 | Kyle Rogers
    You didn't hear about this is the media, but on the weekend of March 24th and March 25th at least seven white people were brutally beaten by mobs of blacks in Grand Rapids, MI. Five of the victims filed police reports. At least two other victims exist, and there are probably others. The local media has refused to report the cruel attacks and the authorities are resisting any serious charges. I talked with one of the victims, 37 year old Jacob Palasek. He is a full time student and does computer work part time. He was attacked by a wolf...
  • The Business Lesson of Pfizer and Ann Arbor - Should cities offer select 'corporate welfare'?

    04/13/2012 1:30:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/12/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In 2001, drug manufacturer Pfizer Inc. was trying to get only the second tax abatement in the city of Ann Arbor’s history and the first since 1982. Frustrated by the City Council’s tepidness to award the incentives, then-Pfizer Senior Vice President David Canter said the council seemed “anti-business” and implied that the drug manufacturer would completely abandon Ann Arbor if a deal wasn’t forthcoming. The City Council eventually worked out an $84.2 million tax incentive deal over 20 years. However, just six years later, Pfizer announced it was closing its Ann Arbor facilities by 2008. Pfizer’s announcement left city officials...
  • National Right to Life, others endorse Romney (Dear Lord)

    04/12/2012 9:01:29 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 297 replies
    Baptist Press/Town Hall ^ | 4-12-12 | Michael Foust
    National Right to Life and two other major pro-family groups have endorsed Mitt Romney for president, saying that on the issues of abortion and marriage, he stands with them. National Right to Life's endorsement Thursday (April 12) came two days after Romney's leading challenger for the Republican nomination -- Rick Santorum -- dropped out, making Romney the presumptive nominee. Also endorsing Romney were the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that supports pro-life women for political office, and the National Organization for Marriage, which has led the charge nationwide in protecting the traditional definition of marriage. In its endorsement, National...
  • Explosion at GM Tech Center; lithium battery is the suspected cause

    04/11/2012 8:51:24 AM PDT · by equaviator · 41 replies ^ | 4/11/12 | David Arnouts
    According to WWJ Detroit, there was an explosion at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday morning. Deputy Fire Chief Gary Wilkinson said the explosion most likely was related to a lithium battery. Wilkinson told Autoweek that a responder notified the HAZMAT team via radio that the explosion involved lithium batteries in the research facility's Alternative Energy Center. The fire was extinguished and portions of the facility were evacuated, but responders were still on the scene. Two people were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Check out WWJ CBS Detroit for up-to-the-minute information. Read more:
  • Another Blunder Affects Taxpayer-Funded EV Battery Company A123

    04/12/2012 1:11:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 12, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Just as the Department of Energy gave A123 Systems a vote of confidence by extending a deadline until 2014 to spend down its $249 million stimulus grant, the deeply troubled electric vehicle supplier experienced another setback. One of their batteries caused an explosion. The blast occurred yesterday morning in Warren, Mich. at General Motors’ Alternative Energy Center – a research facility – while performing on an A123 battery “intensive tests designed to make it fail,” the Detroit News reported. GM confirmed to Crain’s Detroit Business that chemical gases released by the battery caused the explosion. One employee was sent...