Category: Rick Snyder

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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Rep. Elijah Cummings: “Gov. Rick Snyder now appears to be openly defying Congress” regarding the #FlintWaterCrisis

Rep. Elijah Cummings: “Gov. Rick Snyder now appears to be openly defying Congress” regarding the #FlintWaterCrisis

The Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. is Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. He has been a fierce progressive advocate during his tenure as Ranking Member, standing up to Republican absurdity and malfeasance during the Benghazi Inquisition, the Planned Parenthood Inquisition, and during hearing on the Flint water crisis where Republicans seemed more intent on hanging the responsibility for what happened in the beleaguered city on the federal government and the USEPA than on the true culprits: the Snyder administration.

Following the Flint water crisis hearings, Ranking Member Cummings said publicly that the Committee had not received all of the information they had requested from Gov.…

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Let’s raise Rick Snyder’s taxes

Let’s raise Rick Snyder’s taxes

It may be our only way to “thank” him for all he’s done

In a private ceremony on Tuesday, Rick Snyder signed the Detroit Public School’s “rescue” bill into law. The bill abandoned 15 months of bi-partisan negotiations in favor a giveaway to the charter school industry with almost no accountability.

Meanwhile, for the third straight summer, residents of Flint are still depending on bottled water thanks to decisions made by the governor’s direct reports.

Despite evidence that he’s been in any way humbled or enlightened by the damage done to Flint, cries to “arrest” Snyder or even recall him have faded.…

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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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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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ACTION: Tell Gov. Snyder to veto irresponsible ‘abortion coercion’ bills

ACTION: Tell Gov. Snyder to veto irresponsible ‘abortion coercion’ bills

House Bills 4787 and 4830 are poor public policy that do nothing to protect women from the real problem of reproductive coercion.

Let’s just say right from the start here that coercing a woman into having an abortion is a terrible thing no one should ever be able to do. That’s why there are laws already on the books in Michigan that make abortion coercion a crime.

But that wasn’t enough for anti-choice advocates, who lobbied hard for the deceptive “abortion coercion” House Bills 4787 and 4830 — and won. As I’ve written about here before, these bills claim to be an effort to protect women against being coerced into having an abortion when, in reality, they are part of a decades-long public and political anti-choice campaign to market the false theory that abortion is harmful to women.…

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Gov. Snyder’s ongoing experiment with privatizing prison food services still an abject failure

Gov. Snyder’s ongoing experiment with privatizing prison food services still an abject failure

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is clearly not a man who ever concedes he has made a mistake. After his privatizing of state prison food services went horribly awry with Aramark employees having sex with prisoners, bringing in drugs, and the many and repeated cases of vermin in food, he finally fired them. You would think he’d admit it was a bad idea but that was most definitely not the case. He replaced them with another for-profit corporation, Trinity Services Group.

Now we find out that Trinity is having the same problems as Aramark did:

A prison food service worker at Ionia Correctional Facility was fired Tuesday and is under investigation by the Michigan State Police after he was allegedly found in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.…

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I left the country for two weeks and the list of things that happened in Michigan is mind blowing

I left the country for two weeks and the list of things that happened in Michigan is mind blowing

The lack of blog posts over the past couple of weeks is due to the fact that I was in Canada for a week-long business trip two weeks ago that involved me working 8-10 hour shifts, grabbing a quick bite to eat on the fly, and then catching a few hours of sleep before heading back to the plant. I got home Friday night at around 9 p.m. and was back at the airport the next morning to fly to Ireland for a wedding/vacation.

Interestingly and unexpectedly, the day we arrived in Dublin was the 100-year anniversary of the “Easter Rising” that essentially created the nation of Ireland was we know it today.…

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More evidence the Snyder admininstration won’t be replacing ANY lead water lines and other #FlintWaterCrisis news

More evidence the Snyder admininstration won’t be replacing ANY lead water lines and other #FlintWaterCrisis news

Earlier this month, I suggested that the Snyder administration has no intention of replacing a single water line in Flint where the drinking water was contaminated with the powerful neurotoxin lead through the actions of Snyder’s appointed Emergency Managers and the ineptitude of his appointee at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Dan Wyant, a man with zero experience in managing water systems:

Amid all this non-action, the Snyder administration has started to warn municipalities that they should avoid “partial lead service line replacements”. […]

Add to this the fact that Flint water lead levels are beginning to drop as the phosphate added to the water for corrosion protection is building up a protective layer on the inside of water lines and it is starting to look as if the Snyder administration is simply waiting until lead levels have dropped enough for Flint residents to begin using their water again.…

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INTERVIEW: David Alexander Bullock talks about the effort to recall Gov. Snyder and how people can get involved

INTERVIEW: David Alexander Bullock talks about the effort to recall Gov. Snyder and how people can get involved

On March 27th, David Alexander Bullock took on a project nobody has yet dared to do: To see if he can collect nearly 790,000 valid petition signatures in just 60 days to put the recall of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on the ballot. Prior to 2012, signatures had to be gathered in 90 days but Republicans were tired of people trying to get them out of office after their attacks on schools, workers, and democracy itself so they passed legislation signed into law by Gov. Snyder making democracy just that much more difficult.

Bullock has experience at this. He was one of the primary organizers of the successful effort to repeal Public Act 4, the Michigan’s first Emergency Manager law after Republicans swept into office in 2010.…

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Is the Snyder administration planning NOT to replace lead water lines in Flint???

Is the Snyder administration planning NOT to replace lead water lines in Flint???

It’s now been 186 days – over a half a year – since Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder admitted that the drinking water in Flint had been poisoned with the powerful, odorless, tasteless, invisible neurotoxin lead. Since that time, only the lead service lines in only 19 Flint homes have been replaced and that was through the actions of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s “Fast Start” program, not through the efforts of the Snyder administration.

Amid all this non-action, the Snyder administration has started to warn municipalities that they should avoid “partial lead service line replacements”:

The state is now recommending that cities avoid replacing only part of a water service line if it’s made of lead.

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