Michigan Gov Rick Snyder to make another fake concession, this time on school funding

Rick Snyder is the master of the “fake concession”. He takes money away from something, gives a little back and then paints it as a “concession”. It’s not.

He did it on the Earned Income Tax credit in late April:

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget eliminates the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which helps the working poor, especially those with kids.

In a dramatic concession, he’s agreed to give qualifying families $25 per child . This represents 5.8% of the EITC the average family would have received.

He will now tell everyone he made a concession. But, if his budget passes in May as it most likely will, he will have actually slashed an important bit of assistance for many poor Michiganders with families by 94.2%.

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Podcast of my “appearance” on First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

If you missed my discussion on the Governor’s State of the State address on Tony Trupiano’s radio show and are interested in hearing it, the podcast can be found HERE.…

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Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder moves ahead despite friendly fire from detractors

After reading a number of disparaging comments on the Facebook page of First Shift with Tony Trupiano, aimed at the organizers of Michigan Rising (formerly known as the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder, CRRS), I thought it would be a good idea to dig deeper and sort out truth from fiction.

I have a piece up today at A2Politico titled “Michigan Rising: Aiming to Recall Snyder—While Disgruntled Former Volunteers Target Michigan Rising” that is the result of my inquiries.

In the process of preparing the article, I met with most of the core organizing committee for Michigan Rising. I spoke with folks from Daily Kos and Fieldworks who helped them in the latter stages of the first recall effort.…

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Steve Benen helps debunk the myth that “The Stimulus Didn’t Work!”

Steve Benen has a piece out today that debunks the absurd notion that “The Stimulus didn’t work!”

In terms of metrics, keep in mind, when these jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape. When the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are actually being created rather quickly.

The jobless claims number last week was 352,000.

As usual, Benen’s charts do most of the speaking for him. This is a chart of initial unemployment claims dating back well before the so-called “Stimulus” spending started.

The best response to this came from Adam Serwer from Mother Jones via Twitter:

Things I’d add to @stevebenen’s chart: An arrow to indicate where Obama traveled back in time and caused the recession
washingtonmonthly.com/political-anim…

Nailed it.…

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Associated Press photog catches Eclectablog Eclectablogging

Wanna see what it looks like when I’m out Eclectablogging an event for a liveblog? Here you go:


Photo credit: William Archie | Detroit Free Press/Associated Press

That’s me in the red hat, uploading a photo to my liveblog of the protest march on Martin Luther King Day earlier this week, caught in the act by Detroit Free Press photographer William Archie and picked up by the Associated Press for national distribution. Run, little blogger, run!

Heh, heh.…

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Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address: A mile wide and an inch deep

Last night was the second State of the State address by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Pundits around the state are weighing in on how shallow it was, with no specifics or new initiatives announced.

Before I get into my analysis, it’s worth noting how difficult the Republicans made it for me, my wife Anne and Christine Barry from Blogging for Michigan to get media passes. It was only through the efforts of Ann Arbor state Representative Jeff Irwin that we finally did get passes.

Once in the building, media was consigned to one room. This is normal. What was not normal was the extreme level of security.…

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I’ll be on First Shift with Tony Trupiano at 7 a.m. to discuss the State of the State address

Tune into First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning at 7 a.m. if you’d like to listen in on our conversation about last night’s State of the State address by Governor Rick Snyder. You can stream it live from his website or listen on the radio on 1310 AM, WDTW.


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Livetweeting of the Michigan State of the State address – Join us!

Christine Barry and I will be livetweeting the Michigan State of the State address live from the media room inside the Capitol Building. Follow the action at Blogging for Michigan.


Christine Barry, blogger extraordinaire

The general State of the State Twitter hashtag is #MOSOTS. Apparently there was major drama about whether or not it would be #MISOS or #MISOTS. All media outlets and government offices were involved in the dramatic battle of the hashtags. Fortunately, it appears to have been resolved without bloodshed or the imposition of an Emergency Manager.…

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