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  • Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy

    01/13/2017 1:16:26 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2017 | Tom Gantert
    In 2006, Michigan’s leading industries were in government, with 672,800 jobs, and manufacturing, with 657,000. In that year, business and professional services accounted for 601,900 jobs, while education and health services accounted for another 580,600. A decade later, two sectors — business and professional services, and education and health services — both outnumber government and manufacturing jobs. As of November 2016, business and professional services led all sectors with 671,400 jobs, followed by education and health services with 667,900 jobs. The government sector is down to 606,300 jobs, while manufacturing is the lowest of the four major sectors with 596,600...
  • Manly men need to take on more girly jobs

    01/02/2017 2:54:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot | January 2, 2017 | Betsey Stevenson, Bloomberg
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://pilotonline.com/opinion/columnist/guest/betsey-stevenson-manly-men-need-to-take-on-more-girly/article_e91fa291-8136-5961-9e8c-0e726ca7f905.html
  • What China’s ‘Highway Robbery’-Style Toll Roads Say About its Economy

    11/20/2016 11:02:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | October 30, 2016 | Cai Shenkun
    Why is China’s huge toll road system running massive losses despite billions of income from toll fees? It’s another strategy devised by the communist regime to siphon wealth from the public, says Cai Shenkun, a well-known Chinese economist and blogger.The Chinese state operates the largest toll road system in the world. Toll roads across the country collect more than 400 billion yuan (US$60 billion) each year. But strangely, this profitable monopoly industry reports huge losses year after year. According to recently released data by China’s Ministry of Transportation, revenue from toll roads was 409.78 billion yuan in 2015 while operating...
  • Privatization Remains a Popular Practice with School Districts

    10/13/2016 5:23:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/9/2016 | James Hohman
    The publication of the state’s adequacy study a few months ago had school districts renewing their call for more money from the state taxpayers. But funding is only one side of the coin, and one that is often outside a district’s direct control. Cost is the other side of the school finance coin, and one way that districts can save on costs is to solicit bids to contract out support services. A new survey finds that more districts than ever are doing this. Privatization in Michigan’s public school districts has increased drastically since the Mackinac Center for Public Policy started...
  • High Taxes Lack a Guarantee of Quality Services: See Detroit

    05/31/2016 5:14:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2016 | James Hohman
    It is a common trope in Michigan and elsewhere that the path to state prosperity is to have high taxes and quality services, with Minnesota pointed to as the paragon. Yet high taxes do not guarantee quality services, as Detroit can attest. Detroit has the highest effective property taxes in the country, according to the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence’s 2014 property tax study. For commercial property at all different values, Detroit is No. 1 in the nation. For homesteaded property, only Bridgeport, Connecticut surpasses Detroit. Detroit also has the highest property taxes for most values of industrial property. Only...
  • State Licensing Laws Affecting Where People Choose to Live

    03/23/2016 1:23:26 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 43 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/21/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    In 1950, only about one in 20 workers needed to be licensed to work legally. Today that has risen to nearly one out of three – and for at least 800 occupations across the nation, citizens must pay fees, pass tests, and attain educational requirements to hold a job. The evidence from scholars across the policy spectrum strongly suggests that licensing is usually arbitrary and does not improve public health or safety. (See Dr. Morris Kleiner of the University of Minnesota, the Brookings Institution, the Mercatus Center, the White House Council of Economic Advisers and more.) The libertarian Cato Institute...
  • U.S. trade deficit widens as exports hit 5-1/2-year low

    03/22/2016 6:09:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4 March 2016 | Lucia Mutikani
    The U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in January as a strong dollar and weak global demand helped to push exports to a more than 5-1/2-year low, suggesting trade will continue to weigh on economic growth in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday the trade gap increased 2.2 percent to $45.7 billion. December's trade deficit was revised up to $44.7 billion from the previously reported $43.4 billion. Exports have declined for four straight months. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the trade deficit widening to $44.0 billion in January. When adjusted for inflation, the deficit increased...
  • Homeschool parents sue New Jersey, ‘unlawful, unconstitutional home intrusion’ [Hosea 4]

    09/14/2015 11:30:28 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/13/2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Nothing really changed after a New Jersey state social worker banged on Christopher and Nicole Zimmer’s front door, and yet everything was different. Over the next two hours, the social worker quizzed their 15-year-old son, Chris, including questions on whether his parents fought or did drugs. She wanted to see his homeschool curriculum. She wanted to inspect their firearms. She told the Zimmers to sign papers agreeing to turn over their son’s medical records. And then she left, and the Zimmers never saw her again. But they can’t let it go. They can’t erase the memory of what it felt...
  • BIG UPDATE— Baptist Child and Family Services Withdraws Bid for Palm Aire Resort (Video)

    07/16/2014 9:45:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    The beautiful Palm Aire resort and hotel has an indoor Olympic sized pool and an outdoor pool.  Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the simply decorated guest rooms.The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites is set to be sold to Baptist Child & Family Services (BCFS) operating under a federal contract, pending local government approval, according to reports from Weslaco, Texas where the hotel is located. Weslaco is a few miles north of the Rio Grande in Hidalgo County.The resort hotel for illegal alien children is reportedly the ‘first in the nation’.Now this…Due to backlash the charity received after...
  • Under investigation, American Title CEO dead in grisly suicide

    02/07/2014 4:10:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Denver Post ^ | 2/7/14 | Tyler Durden
    The ugly rash of financial services executive suicides appears to have spread once again. Following the jumping deaths of 2 London bankers and a former-Fed economist in the US, The Denver Post reports Richard Talley, founder and CEO of American Title, was found dead in his home from self-inflicted wounds - from a nail-gun. Talley's company was under investigation from insurance regulators. Via The Denver Post, Richard Talley, 57, and the company he founded in 2001 were under investigation by state insurance regulators at the time of his death late Tuesday, an agency spokesman confirmed Thursday. It was unclear how...
  • Mormons have sub-par Easter services [testimony from a Mormon]

    04/08/2012 6:19:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 139 replies
    Wheat and Tares.org ^ | April 8, 2012 | Mormon Heretic
    There were some interesting comments from the poll yesterday. I won’t say that our poll is representative of Mormons in general, but I do agree with the results. As of the time I wrote this, 75% of people who responded to our poll say that “Mormons have sub-par Easter services”. Why is that?Last Sunday was Palm Sunday. SteveS noted that there were “0 references to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, no shout outs to Palm Sunday festivities celebrating Christ as Lord and Son of God. No hosannas shouted that day. Hardly any references at all to the upcoming Easter holy day.”...
  • Cedars-Sinai to cut most psychiatric services

    12/01/2011 9:45:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/1/11 | Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
    The closing of the in-patient and outpatient programs is prompted by changes in the healthcare system. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will close its in-patient and outpatient psychiatry programs over the next year, a move prompted by significant shifts in the healthcare system, hospital officials said. The decision, which was announced Wednesday, was driven by hospital finances and changes to the delivery and organization ofhealthcare services nationwide. "We are undergoing a massive transformation," said Mark Gavens, the chief operating officer. "It is natural for an organization to focus on what it does well and what it will continue to need to do...
  • Nominees for Top 5 Worst Government Services

    10/13/2011 10:50:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/13/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    To qualify for an award the nominee must be government run, backed or financed, and fail a "Yellow Book" test, meaning that if a private company found in the Yellow Pages can do the work, the government should get out. The nominees are, in reverse order: Veterans Hospitals, Post office, General Motors, Public School System and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • ISM services gauge decelerates but tops forecasts

    10/05/2011 7:37:01 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.5.11 | Steve Goldstein
    The Institute for Supply Management said its September services index decelerated slightly to 53.0% from 53.3% in August...
  • Journalist: Health and Human Servicesnew media policy ‘Soviet-style power grab’

    09/27/2011 3:24:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/27/11 | C.J. Ciaramella
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new guidelines for employees dealing with reporters, and some journalists are none too pleased about it. The new media policy requires all HHS employees to notify the agency’s office of public affairs about contact with the media and coordinate any interview requests with the office. It also discourages off-the-record conversations without prior approval. Jim Dickinson, editor of FDA Webview and FDA Review, issued a scathing critique of the new guidelines.
  • Saudi Arabia gives women the vote... but not until 2015

    09/25/2011 6:57:49 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:25 PM on 25th September 2011 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Women are to be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia. K ing Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced the change yesterday and also said women would be allowed to run in elections. However, the new law will not come into force until 2015. In a speech, the king said the move was in accordance with sharia law.
  • Armed Services chairman: Obama is anti-military

    09/12/2011 7:44:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/12/11 | Shaun Waterman
    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, in a harsh attack on the Obama administration Monday, accused the president of viewing American military power as a negative force in the world, and planning to “gut” defense spending through the congressional deficit-reduction committee. “It is my suspicion that the White House and congressional Democrats” designed the supercommittee process “for one purpose: to force Republicans to choose between raising taxes or gutting defense,” said California Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, the House Armed Services Committee chairman.
  • U.S. service sector expands faster in August: ISM

    09/06/2011 8:04:12 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 5 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.6.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. service sector expanded at a slightly faster pace in August, but growth was spotty and prices paid for raw materials shot up, according to a survey of senior executives. The Institute for Supply Management on Tuesday said its service index rose to 53.3% in August from 52.7% in July. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected the index to fall to 51.0%.
  • Germany fires cannon shot across Europe's bows

    08/25/2011 1:21:01 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/24/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Lindau, Germany
    <p>German President Christian Wulff has accused the European Central Bank of violating its treaty mandate with the mass purchase of southern European bonds.</p> <p>In a cannon shot across Europe’s bows, he warned that Germany is reaching bailout exhaustion and cannot allow its own democracy to be undermined by EU mayhem.</p>
  • America, the Needy-ful

    08/18/2011 7:53:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2011 | Kathy Fettke
    “How can the government help me?” This seems to be a growing sentiment among the American middle class. “The land of opportunity” is quickly becoming the “nation of the needy.” Here’s a question I received from a reader just last week: “I am not happy with how things are going since the Bush Administration allowed tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. These cuts were supposed to end for those who just keep earning more off the middle class. My question is: I am told that investors can invest as little as $1000.00 in real estate, and make a living...