Tag: Michigan Republicans

Michigan corporate tax cut chickens finally come home to roost in GOP’s budget crater

Michigan corporate tax cut chickens finally come home to roost in GOP’s budget crater

Cluck, cluck…

When Michigan Republicans took control of our legislature in 2010, they, along with our new Republican CEO Governor Rick Snyder, proceeded to enact a sweeping tax cut for corporations. It was all to bring new employers into the state which, in time, would lead to a more robust economy and a rising tide that would lift all boats. To pay for more than $1 billion in annual tax breaks for businesses, they cut school funding and raised taxes on the middle class and the elderly.

Those tax cut chickens have now come home to roost in the budget crater created by the corporate tax giveaway.…

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Michigan Republicans move to make citizens’ ability to amend the constitution or put issues on the ballot much harder

Michigan Republicans move to make citizens’ ability to amend the constitution or put issues on the ballot much harder

Faced with the prospect of citizens in Michigan having the audacity, the gall, the nerve, the chutzpah to have a voice in how our state is run, Republicans decided it was high time to make it harder to amend the constitution or to put citizen initiatives on the ballot in our fine state. Today the House passed S.B. 776, a bill that was rammed through the Senate in less than four weeks back in March.

Brian Dickerson at the Detroit Free Press spells out how this is little more than a big, sloppy wet kiss to the oil and gas industry with a little “don’t give the pot smokers anything to vote for” voter suppression thrown in for good measure:

Two term-limited Republican lawmakers are conspiring to make it a little harder for voters to circumvent the Legislature and its dark-money puppeteers.…

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Thank you to Governor Snyder and the GOP-controlled legislature

Thank you to Governor Snyder and the GOP-controlled legislature

As posted on the Eclectablog website, tonight is a big night for the blog, the first amendment and free speech in general. The Eclectablog site proudly states:

Our third annual Eclectafundraiser party will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the ABC Microbrewery (aka, Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti from 7-9 p.m. In an effort to better connect with our readers and to help build a more well-connected community, this year’s event will feature an “Ask Us Anything!” interactive discussion with all of the Eclectabloggers and YOU! Even better, the discussion will moderated by two of our favorite progressives: State House Rep. Jon Hoadley and former State House Rep.…

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Michigan GOP continues “local control” hypocrisy, advances “super preemption” bill to prevent ALL local gun ordinances

Michigan GOP continues “local control” hypocrisy, advances “super preemption” bill to prevent ALL local gun ordinances

In 1990, Gov. Jim Blanchard signed Public Act 319 of 1990 in to law. The law prohibits “local units of government” from passing laws that restrict “the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols, other firearms, or pneumatic guns, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms.” It’s a pretty unambiguous law and has caused some municipalities to repeal local gun ordinances.

However, this was not enough for gun fetishists who want the ability to carry guns wherever and whenever they please, despite the wishes of the citizens in their community. In Ann Arbor, for example, the public school system passed policies that prohibit the carrying of guns on school property whether it’s allowed by state law or not.…

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It’s time to stop pretending Michigan Republicans care about kids, “small government”, or “local control”

It’s time to stop pretending Michigan Republicans care about kids, “small government”, or “local control”

It’s time that we all stop pretending that Michigan Republicans care about students, the idea of smaller government, or that they believe that local control trumps state or federal government control. They SAY that these are bedrock beliefs of the Republican Party. These concepts are clearly spelled out in their platform. But we have all the evidence that we need to know that these are lies and that Michigan Republicans don’t give a damn about students and their education or about the keeping local governments in control of their destinies whenever possible.

Yesterday, we got examples of what are easily seen as Exhibits A and B in this argument.…

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In the face of unified opposition to the Michigan House Republican’s “plan” for Detroit schools, there is a better way

In the face of unified opposition to the Michigan House Republican’s “plan” for Detroit schools, there is a better way

Yesterday, Tony wrote about the racist impacts of Michigan House Republicans’ so-called plan to resolve the devastation caused by years of disinvestment in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS). I thought it would be worth a deeper look to reveal just how odious the plan is.

There are several elements that show that House Republicans have no intention of making DPS and the students in the system whole. First of all, there is insufficient funding for their “plan” to even work. Here’s what the Editorial Board at the Detroit Free Press had to say about it:

When is $500 million worth nothing?…

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Michigan House Republicans transcend racism and elevate their actions to dehumanize DPS schoolchildren

Michigan House Republicans transcend racism and elevate their actions to dehumanize DPS schoolchildren

I read with great interest Eclectablog founder and editor Chris Savage’s interview with American Federation of Teachers national president Randy Weingarten yesterday and it set in motion the vast array of anger am feeling about how the Michigan State House of Representatives have devolved into hate-filled racists who no longer attempt to hide their disdain for the Detroit Public Schools, the children that attend them and the state-appointed Emergency Managers who created the debt and decay that has ensued, not to mention the teachers, and that’s just for starters.

The Republican-controlled legislature have given in to the will of the lobbying group Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP).…

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How our constitution is going Up In Smoke! – The hypocrisy of Michigan’s “constitutional conservatives”

How our constitution is going Up In Smoke! – The hypocrisy of Michigan’s “constitutional conservatives”

“Constitutional conservatives”, yes, even at the state level, believe that their main, driving purpose is to protect the constitution, both at the federal level and the state level. Agree or disagree, it is what they claim to want, fight for, and live for. That is, except when they disagree with said constitutions.

Case in point on the state level is a little-known reality in our constitution that basically says that, as a citizen, if the legislature fails to respond to the will of the people, the people have a right to petition the public to create laws the legislature refuses to, for whatever reason they choose.…

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The New Emergency Manager: Woman who got over $100K for school she never opened now imposing CEOs on struggling schools

The New Emergency Manager: Woman who got over $100K for school she never opened now imposing CEOs on struggling schools

I’ve been writing lately about the attempt by the Snyder administration to continue the undemocratic takeover of local schools facing financial difficulties without having to use an Emergency Manager. Thanks to the Flint water catastrophe where the residents’ drinking water was contaminated with lead thanks to decisions made by Emergency Managers, that phrase has become (pardon the pun) toxic. As I have written (HERE and HERE), the individual put in charge of taking over the school districts is now called a “CEO”. And the CEO has all sorts of power:

  • Assume the financial and academic authority over multiple schools;
  • Assume the role of the locally elected school board for those schools they have been assigned;
  • Control all funds attributable to pupils at the school without the consent of the locally elected board;
  • Permanently close a school without the consent of the locally elected board;
  • Sell closed school buildings without the consent of the locally elected board; and
  • Convert schools into charter schools without the consent of the locally elected board.
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Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

I have known for quite awhile that you can’t bring a sign into the State Capitol Building. You can’t miss the signs telling you to leave your signs behind when you enter the august edifice. What I did NOT know until recently is that bringing a gun into that same building is A-OK. Thankfully, sanity is prevailing, at least on the side of Democrats who have introduced legislation to prohibit firearms in the Capitol and allowing people to express their First Amendment rights by bringing in a sign

As it stands today you can openly carry a firearm, but not a sign, into the state capitol.…

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NOT THE ONION: REAL Emergency Managers are sick of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder besmirching their good name and profession

NOT THE ONION: REAL Emergency Managers are sick of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder besmirching their good name and profession

The term “Emergency Manager” was not invented by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and his corporatist Republican colleagues. In fact, Emergency Managers existed before that crew got around to passing what is perhaps the most anti-democratic legislation ever seen in the United States.

According to the U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Emergency Managers are professionals whose job it is to “focus on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters or crisis situations.”

And they are none to happy that Gov. Snyder and his colleagues are running their job and their profession into the mud:

“One thing must be made absolutely clear: the term ’emergency manager’ in the Flint, Michigan situation refers to a fiscal-only function that bears no relationship to the term as it is commonly and universally used on a national and international basis,” stated Robie Robinson, IAEM-USA president.…

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