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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