Treasurer Andy Dillon issued a statement today that said the review by Treasury officials that began Dec. 6 found evidence of financial stress in Detroit and a team will be appointed to conduct a more detailed financial study. The new financial review can take up to 60 days, and the law provides a 30-day extension, but Dillon has said he will try to expedite it.…
Detroit takes another step closer to the imposition an Emergency Manager and governmental martial law
I guess we’re supposed to be thankful for this? Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said this week that he’s done robbing from our children to balance the state’s books after he took $1 billion from the school fund to help pay for an 86% tax cut for businesses.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Snyder said he thinks the state will be “finished with the cut model” for schools in 2012-13, after they endured some major reductions in the current fiscal year.…
Let’s put it this way: if you were going to have an orgasm and dedicate to
whirled peas world peace, today is the day to do it. It’s Global Orgasm for Peace Day.
Practice as often as you would like! Especially on full moons, new moons, solstices and equinoxes, or when you remember!
Dedicate an orgasm to Peace.
All men and women – you and everyone you know. You may practice alone or with a partner.
Everywhere in the world, but especially in those countries affected by war or violence – those most in need of peace.
Eclectablog “Addendum” at the New York Times blog – comments to Jonathan Mahler re: Emergency Managers
As I wrote about last week, Jonathan Mahler published an excellent piece on Benton Harbor in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine titled “Now That the Factories Are Closed, It’s Tee Time in Benton Harbor, Mich.” My review is HERE.
After it was published, I sent Mahler an email, putting the Emergency Manager law, Public Act 4 into some perspective as it relates to the history and current situation in Benton Harbor. I was gratified when he published my letter on the New York Times Magazine blog, The 6th Floor Blog. Here is his intro. Click through for my letter.…
Flint’s Emergency Mgr rewards Mayor & City Council for good behavior, Benton Harbor teachers take cuts
It’s probably a crass way of looking at it, but I can’t see THIS as anything more than the Mayor of Flint and the City Council being rewarded for their obedience.
One of the first things Michael Brown did after the governor appointed him was to eliminate the pay and benefits for Mayor Dayne Walling and the entire Flint city council. He also canceled future city council meetings.
This week, Brown reinstated 60 percent of the mayor’s salary, as well as his full benefits. Mayor Walling will also get some of his powers restored, including his role in economic development, master planning, intergovernmental affairs, and community engagement.…
Lots of talk these days from conservatives and tea partiers in particular about too much government spending. Rather than seeing government spending as the investment that it often is, they see nearly all government spending as waste to be eliminated. As I wrote yesterday, tea party mayor of Troy, Michigan, Janice Daniels, led a coalition of like-minded tea partiers to kill off a transit center project that was a decade in the making, kissing off $8.4 million in federal investment funds to help make the project happen.
Well, Troy is now going to pay the price for this type of mindless ideological dogma: investors are being advised to look elsewhere rather than Troy, Michigan.…
The Iraq War is over but the US is still watching things closely. Today Vice President Biden checked in with the Iraqi Prime Minister and Iraqi Council of Representatives.
Via the White House:
Heh, heh. There’s a funny thing about the confluence of power and a deliberate decision not to have a leader: someone is going to step up and grab the reins eventually. And that’s where the fun begins.
Invitations are being sent to all eight GOP candidates for a Jan. 14 debate at Central Michigan University, organizers announced. Two leaders from each qualified tea party group will be invited to participate in a Feb. 25 straw poll at CMU to determine who wins the tea party endorsement.…
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