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Michigan Republicans plan raise $1.4 billion for roads AND cut the state budget AND cut the state income tax

Not just predictable. Predicted..

Republicans in the Michigan Senate have a plan to fix the roads and they are going to raise $1.4 billion to git ‘er done. It’s going to happen by raising the gas tax, something I am 100% unequivocally totally completely entirely supportive of. That’ll raise about $700,000,000 by their reckoning.

So, where does the other $700,000,000 come from? By cutting existing programs:

Sen. Mike Kowall, the GOP floor leader, said an emerging plan calls for a 15-cent gas tax hike over three years to generate $700 million when fully implemented and earmarking $700 million in existing general revenue for road repairs.
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CALLING ALL PROGRESSIVE PARTNERS! Eclectablog needs YOUR support!

The time has come for me to make a direct appeal to the progressive organizations that we support every single day here at Eclectablog. Whether your cause is the environment, labor, education, LGBTQ, legislative, or the myriad other issues that we cover on this site, our writers work very hard to make sure your message gets out, particularly here in Michigan.

Now we are coming to YOU, our partners in the fight, to show your support for US. We have a fundraiser coming up on July 11th and we need sponsors. You, your candidate, or your organization can sponsor at one of several levels:

  • PLATINUM Level: $2,500
  • GOLD Level: $1,000
  • SILVER Level: $500
  • BRONZE Level: $250

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CONFIRMED: Education Achievement Authority cheating teachers out of incentive pay

Earlier this month, in an exclusive report here at Eclectablog, I reported that teachers in the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) were not receiving Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) payments as promised. The “District for Wayward Schools” had received millions of dollars in TIF grants from the federal government – $11.5 million over three years – to give teachers financial incentives for being good teachers. However, as I reported on June 9th, those funds were not being dispersed. In a email response to a teacher asking about it, EAA Associate Chancellor David Donaldson had this to say:

That is correct. 13-14 and 14-15 are totally unrelated.…
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Michigan Republican Sen. Colbeck has op-ed pulled for inaccuracies. Again. (UPDATED x2)

Last month, Michigan Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck had an op-ed pulled and then republished at The Detroit News with modifications after he was busted lying about various aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Colbeck is now at it again. He recently published an op-ed in the Canton Observer attempting to convince readers that everything is fine with education funding, Republicans have actually INCREASED it, and that the problems that Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (P-CCS) are having are their own goddam fault. However, shortly after it was published, the Canton Observer posted this on their Facebook page:
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UPDATED: While we celebrated marriage equality & other SCOTUS decisions last week, six black churches were burned in the South

Last Friday while many of us were celebrating the Supreme Court decision making marriage equality law across the USA, two black churches in the South were burned down. That came on the heels of two others in the days just before. Via FaithGardner at Daily Kos, here’s the list:

UPDATE: A seventh black church, not in the South, was burned down on June 27th: College Heights Baptist Church in Elyria, Ohio.

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There was a 3rd SCOTUS decision this week progressives should be thrilled with, one with implications for Michigan

As the celebrations over the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell (which upheld the Affordable Care Act [again]) and their decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (which found same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional) begin settle down, it’s worth looking at a third case they decided this week that should have progressives applauding. This one, Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. involved fair housing practices:

Civil rights groups won a victory Thursday, as the Supreme Court ruled that claims of racial discrimination in housing cases shouldn’t be limited by questions of intent.
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Let’s just call it “marriage” now

Not much more to say right now except “How quick can I get off work to go celebrate with my friends?”

If you’d like to read the 5-4 decision striking down same-sex marriage bans in the USA, you can do so HERE.

Also, too, suck it Bill Schuette, Todd Courser, Gary Glenn, and Cindy Gamrat. Your bigotry and hatred lose today and forever.

Amen.

UPDATE: Oh, hell. I have a LOT more to say as I read through the decision. Here are the highlights for me…

  • There is an “abiding connection between marriage and liberty”.

    Someone go tell Todd Courser.

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SHOCKER! Corporate front group Mackinac Center wants to turn all Detroit Public Schools over to charters

Oh, look. The corporate front group Mackinac Center wants to convert all Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to charter schools. This, they tell us would be “the best safeguard” and would “allow many independent charter school operators to try varying models for converted DPS schools.”

In other words, they once again want to experiment with Detroit school children.

In Highland Park, the emergency manager’s operating plan for the district included turning over educational responsibilities to a charter school, while using existing property tax revenue to pay down accumulated debt.

Muskegon Heights put a similar arrangement in place: Again, the district converted its schools into charter schools, and revenues from the district’s 18-mill nonhomestead property tax were dedicated to paying off Muskegon Heights’ debt.

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UPDATED: MDP Chair Lon Johnson to announce candidacy for MI-01 Congressional seat today

Tonight at 5:00 p.m., Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson will announce his candidacy for Congress in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, challenging Republican incumbent Dan Benishek. He will be making the announcement at the Marquette County Democrats’ annual Summer Sizzle Picnic in Ishpeming.

Word on the street is that House Democrat Brandon Dillon will be replacing Johnson as Chair of the MDP. Dillon is well-known for his fiery floor speeches and high energy, both of which make him a good fit for the position.

UPDATE: Johnson also resigned as Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party with the following statement:

We have worked hard over the past few years to strengthen our infrastructure and grow the party.…
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Announcing three new sponsors of the 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party

We’re pleased to announce three new sponsors of our 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party, all at the Bronze Level.

First we have Planned Parenthood of Michigan, a group whose amazing work and advocacy we write about regularly at Eclectablog.

The second group is Friend of the Blog Clean Water Action. Their amazing work protecting our state’s vital waters is as important as they are effective.

And, last but not least, is DiSano Strategies headed up by the inestimable Joe DiSano. Joe is a veteran political consultant helping Democrats get elected and promoting progressive causes.

We thank ALL of our sponsors for their generous support.…

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