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On Tax Day, it’s worth looking at how the Michigan GOP has shifted the tax burden to the poor & middle class

MORE THAN HALF OF US NOW PAY HIGHER TAXES THANKS TO THE GOP AND YES I’M SHOUTING!

A little over two years ago, I wrote a cautionary post titled “The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought”. In it, I explained how the Republican budget passed in the first year after the 2010 midterm election annihilation of Democrats and signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder created a massive shift of taxation from the wealthy and from corporations onto the poor and middle class. Here’s a bit of that post:

[A]s we all know, last year the Michigan Republicans passed a budget that lowers business taxes by $1.6 billion and increases individual income taxes by $1.4 billion.…
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“The Affordable Care Act was a refuge in my time of need,” says City of Detroit retiree

People continue being helped by Obamacare — and it’s a winning issue. Politicians and pundits, take note.

When City of Detroit retiree Cora Dolley learned that she’d no longer be receiving health insurance coverage from the City, she was worried. For 10 years, $150 had been deducted from her pension check to cover hospitalization expenses and provide other healthcare services at a low cost.

But the benefits Dolley had been promised were taken away, just like that.

The City gave us $125 a month to go buy some healthcare. That’s cruel. Without Obamacare, I would never have known I was eligible for tax credits and I’d have to pay a lot more.…
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VIDEO: Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan – Why you should care & donate

“From V to Shining V”

Lady Parts-friendly U.S. Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Lizz Winstead, photo by Anne C. Savage

As I’ve been mentioning in the pieces I’ve written about our 10-year “Blogaversary” party, Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan this year with a special event at the Capitol Building in Lansing. And they need your help.

Here’s a bit from their fundraising page:

Who the hell are we and why should you give US your hard earned money?

Because we get shit done. Lizz Winstead, “The Daily Show” co-creator, writer and comedian, and Creative Majority 501(c)(4) co-founders Arun Chaudhary and Scott Goodstein formed Lady Parts Justice to create a series of videos that use humor to reach women and pro-choice voters.

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Enroll Michigan connects consumers with coverage through Medicaid expansion

Enrollment started April 1 and it’s going gangbusters. There’s no deadline to enroll, but why wait? Experts are standing by.

Open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace ended March 31, but the people and organizations dedicated to helping people get health insurance haven’t slowed down. This is especially true in Michigan, where you might say that phase two of ACA enrollment kicked in on April 1. That’s when enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program under the ACA started.

It’s known as the Healthy Michigan Plan, and Enroll Michigan has been letting people know it was coming since late last year — even as they worked tirelessly to help people enroll through the ACA marketplace.…

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Expansion of Oil Drilling Threatens Great Lakes, Our Health

A major oil spill in the Great Lakes would be devastating to Michigan’s natural resources, the health of our citizens, and our economy, and the boom in domestic oil drilling and Canadian tar sands makes such a spill a real possibility. But the potential for this kind of a catastrophe has been almost entirely missing from the national conversation about expanding drilling.

Think about what has happened, just in the Great Lakes region, over the last couple of years:

BP spilled up to 1600 gallons of oil into Lake Michigan last week.

The Kalamazoo River – and the health of people who live near it – still haven’t recovered from the 2010 Enbridge spill into the Kalamazoo river.…

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Michigan woman wants people to know the truth about Obamacare: “It saved us”

She and her husband found insurance for just $227/month. What are you waiting for? 2014 enrollment ends March 31.

Dawn Erina is frustrated with all the lies she’s heard about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That’s because she knows first-hand what a difference having affordable health insurance can make in someone’s life.

Her husband, Leonard, lost his job last year. He’s been searching for a new one, but at age 62, it isn’t easy. For now, he’s collecting unemployment and 57-year-old Dawn works part-time in property management. But the couple can’t go without health insurance. Between them, they take 19 different medications and have 14 pre-existing conditions ranging from allergies to heart disease, which isn’t unusual for people their age.…

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Medicaid expansion comes to Michigan April 1: What you need to know

It should have come sooner, but let’s just be glad it’s finally happening.

Finally, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program is almost here. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that Medicaid expansion was delayed by four months because the Republican-led Michigan Senate refused to give it immediate effect — and Gov. Snyder did none of the things in his power to change that. It’s cost the state more than $600 million in funding and prevented nearly 500,000 low-income working Michiganders from getting health insurance until now. Come November, remember that this all happened as a result of political posturing on the part of Michigan Republicans.…

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Federal Court of Appeals grants Gov. Snyder and AG Schuette’s request to halt same-sex marriage until Appeals Court rules

Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

After District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional last Friday afternoon, he did not stay his own decision pending the outcome of any appeals. Because of this, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette, acting on behalf of Gov. Rick Snyder, filed an emergency request to stay the decision. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t weigh in until nearly 24 hours later, during which time over 300 same-sex couples where issued licenses and nearly 300 were married in Michigan. Saturday evening, the Sixth Circuit did issue a temporary stay, halting any further marriages.…

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Right to Life proves they will stop at nothing, which is why we have to stop them

An extremist group’s rights don’t get to trump everyone else’s, unless we let them.

I’m utterly disgusted by Right to Life of Michigan’s latest crusade, this time against U.S. Representative Gary Peters and his daughters. Now I truly understand how disgusted and outraged my parents were when an evangelical relative showed me photos of aborted fetuses when I was 10 years old.

The tactics of groups like Right to Life are always the same: Heap shame on those who disagree with them because they support a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions or the rights of people who wish to die on their own terms by creating a living will.…

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2 years ago Dexter was a record-breaking 75F and hit by a tornado. This week, we hit a record low with record snowfall.

Global climate change, global schlimate change

The day before the Dexter Tornado hit Dexter, Michigan on March 15, 2012, Anne and I were installing a new garage door opener in shorts and t-shirts. Swarmed by mosquitoes, we were forced to slather up with bug spray because it go so bad. The next day, after hitting a record-breaking 75 degrees, we watched as never-before-seen-this-early F3 tornado took out a neighborhood less than a mile from our house.

This year, during the same week, we had a low of -7F breaking a record set in 1896. We also hit a record amount of snowfall for this area.…

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