Category: Michigan Republicans

Schuette’s ‘bold new ideas’ for Michigan are nothing more than trickle down economics

Schuette’s ‘bold new ideas’ for Michigan are nothing more than trickle down economics

Bill Schuette says he has some “bold new ideas” for Michigan.

Widely expected to run for governor in 2018, Schuette is testing out the planks for his bid at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

So what are these bold new ideas? Tax cuts and school choice.

In other words, the same stale, failed ideology that Republicans have been pushing on this state since John Engler was first elected governor in 1990.

I suppose it could be called bold in the sense that it’s audacious to continue to advocate for trickle-down economics when tax cuts have time and again failed to produce economic gains, and experts have roundly debunked the so-called theory.…

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New report shows Michigan massively underfunding education and the scandalous impact of that is all around us

New report shows Michigan massively underfunding education and the scandalous impact of that is all around us

Last year, as part of the deal over road funding that led to Proposal 1 on the May 2015 ballot, a school financing report was commissioned by the state to determine what it takes to educate a child in Michigan. This week, that report was released and it shows, as anyone who is paying attention to education in our state had already figured out, Michigan is woefully underfunding education.

Here are some of the “highlights” (lowlights?) drawn from reporting by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News:

  • There is significantly more variation in per-pupil revenues and expenditures across districts than is desirable for an equitable school finance system.
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To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

The Detroit News recently published an article highlighting two Michigan tea party activists who are working on a “Dump Trump” campaign to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican nomination for president by changing the rules of the Republican convention.

One of them is Wendy Day, a Howell-based tea partier who is best known, at least to me, as the woman claimed, after failing to derail the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) in Michigan with a ballot initiative petition drve, that “We didn’t fail. We just didn’t succeed enough.”

Day has a long history of failures. She was elected to the Howell Board of Education while she was homeschooling her own kids.…

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GUEST POST: Michigan budget passes state legislature with Flint supplemental

GUEST POST: Michigan budget passes state legislature with Flint supplemental

The following guest post was written by Sean McBrearty, Campaigns Organizer for Clean Water Action in Michigan.

Enjoy.
Nayyirah Shariff of Flint Rising addresses a press conference at the State Capitol on supplemental funding for Flint

Last week in a legislative session that went until the early hours of Thursday morning, both chambers of the Michigan Legislature passed the budget for 2017. Included in the budget omnibus bill is $114.3 million in emergency supplemental funding for solutions to the Flint water crisis. As late as the week before it looked like there was a good possibility that the Legislature would adjourn for summer recess without passing funding for Flint.…

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GUEST POST: Michigan House Republicans redefine the concept of “compromise” in legislation to save Detroit Schools

GUEST POST: Michigan House Republicans redefine the concept of “compromise” in legislation to save Detroit Schools

The following guest post was written by Jen Eyer, Vice President of Vanguard Public Affairs. Jen has spent many years in the world of journalism and most recently managed the newsroom for The Ann Arbor News, part of the MLive Media Group. You can read her full bio HERE.

Enjoy.
As Michiganders, we should all be concerned about the way House Republicans rammed through their “compromise” legislation revamping Detroit Public Schools.

Last week, it was Detroit. But pay attention because your city, your school district could be next.

In the business world our Republican leaders are so fond of, a compromise is a mutually agreeable solution between conflicting stakeholders.…

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Eaton County women highlight GOP Rep. Tom Barrett’s efforts to prevent reproductive justice in our state

Eaton County women highlight GOP Rep. Tom Barrett’s efforts to prevent reproductive justice in our state

Yesterday, women from Eaton County held a press conference to highlight efforts by Republican Rep. Tom Barrett (MI-71) to deny women reproductive justice in their lives. In conjunction with the press conference, they released an issue guide (HERE) that details bills sponsored and supported by Barrett and two of his colleagues, John Bizon and Holly Hughes, that serve to impede a woman’s ability to obtain a safe and legal abortion and to access other reproductive healthcare services.

“Every woman has the right to make decisions about her own body, whether it is to have a healthy pregnancy or to choose not to have a pregnancy.…

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No, Governor Snyder, THIS is what “an historic night” looks like

No, Governor Snyder, THIS is what “an historic night” looks like

This afternoon, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, with no apparent sense of irony or sarcasm, sent out an email titled “An historic night for Michigan”. He was referring to the previous evening when Republicans passed “bailout” legislation for Detroit Public Schools that has inadequate funding for DPS, harms children by putting unqualified, uncertified teachers in their classrooms (illegal in every other classroom in the entire state), and once again attacks the heroic teachers who toil away each day in their struggle to educate Detroit students in working conditions most of us would demand combat pay for. Most galling of all, this legislation was written, amended, and passed without ANY input from Detroit legislators.…

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DEMOCRACY DENIED: Detroit-area Democrats denied permission to speak on Michigan House floor

DEMOCRACY DENIED: Detroit-area Democrats denied permission to speak on Michigan House floor

SILENCED!

Back in 2012 when Republican Jase Bolger was still the Michigan House Speaker, his colleagues began passing bill after bill with “immediate effect”. Immediate effect allows a bill to became law as soon as the governor signs it rather than having to wait the statuatory 90 days. However, in order to pass a bill with immediate effect, there must be, by law, a 2/3 vote of the House members to do so and, since the GOP didn’t have 2/3 of the seats, any time Democrats decided not to go with the flow and support immediate effect, there were not enough votes to do it.…

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GUEST POST: House ‘bathroom inspection’ bill targets local LGBT ordinances, exposes Republicans’ hypocrisy

GUEST POST: House ‘bathroom inspection’ bill targets local LGBT ordinances, exposes Republicans’ hypocrisy

The following guest post was written by my friend Jen Eyer, Vice President of Vanguard Public Affairs. Jen has spent many years in the world of journalism and most recently managed the newsroom for The Ann Arbor News, part of the MLive Media Group. You can read her full bio HERE. This piece was first published at the Vanguard Public Affairs site HERE.

Enjoy.

One year ago, House Republicans boasted about protecting local anti-discrimination ordinances while passing the “Death Star” bill.

Now that seems so quaint. Now, certain Republicans have embarked on a new campaign to mobilize their base by targeting perhaps the most marginalized group of all: transgender kids.…

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As Gov. Snyder touts Michigan’s economy, local municipalities and families circle the drain

As Gov. Snyder touts Michigan’s economy, local municipalities and families circle the drain

In an interview with the Associated Press last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder pointed to Michigan’s economy as heading in the right direction.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday said people should be mindful of Michigan’s continued economic resurgence even as the state grapples with lead in Flint’s drinking water and enormous debt in Detroit’s public school district.

The Republican governor, while acknowledging his administration’s “challenges,” said he is trying to “set the tone that we need to be more positive and proactive.” He said the state’s 4.8 percent unemployment rate has stayed flat despite the addition of 104,000 people seeking work, and its per-capita personal income growth was fourth-fastest in the U.S.…

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Michigan Republicans earn their sweet, sweet corporatist cash by screwing over Detroit school kids in 12-hour session

Michigan Republicans earn their sweet, sweet corporatist cash by screwing over Detroit school kids in 12-hour session

“Sit, dog. Sit. Good legislator! Have a check.”

NOTE: This post has been updated to clarify the changes that have been made with regard to collective bargaining contracts.

In the dog training world, dogs are often trained using delicious treats. When a dog does what it’s told to do, it gets a treat as a reward. Then, over time, the treats are withheld until the dog does what it’s told to do automatically. Only after the dog does its trick does it get its reward. Intermittent rewards are the key to training the dog to behave reliably.

This is exactly the modus operandi of legislative corporate benefactors like the DeVos family in Michigan.…

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