Sen. Richardville Repeatedly Refused to Provide Responses to Citizens on Issues
Senator Randy Richardville repeatedly refused to provide any responses to citizens on issues through the 2006 and beyond to the national political awareness test when ask to do so and by key national leaders of both major parties.
Tea Party has support of 40% of voters, poll shows
Forty percent of Michigan voters support the conservative Tea Party movement, and most of that support comes from Republicans, according to a new poll by EPIC-MRA of Lansing. Vote all the incumbents out! They represent themselves, special interest & lobbyist and their careers not the citizens.
Forced Unionization: Big Labor’s Last Stand?
Some experts suggest that’s the driving force behind the “stealth unionization” in Michigan to rope in sometimes unsuspecting independent contractors who watch children and the elderly and take state subsidies from low-income clients. There are some State Republican Senators who are staunch Union avocats such as Randy Richardville and Jason Allen just for the sake of re-election votes and campaign contributions and not what’s best for the State let alone Republican principles.
Expect Newt to rock Mackinac
He plans a fire and brimstone speech that starts with this question: “Do the people of Michigan want politicians in office who are committed to real change, or are you willing to tolerate people who sell out to special interests and preside over the state’s decay?” Gingrich isn’t naming any names — or maybe he will — but he is blunt in blaming Michigan and Detroit’s dramatic decline on politicians “who are locked to a past era of special-interest politics.” Breaking Michigan’s slide will require nothing less than a citizen’s revolution and the “Tea Party” movement aims to provide just that!
States passing budget cuts onto local governments
Confronted with severe revenue shortfalls, some states have found a convenient way of softening painful cutbacks and avoiding statewide tax increases: They’ve passed the buck to their counterparts in cities and counties.
Tea Party mindset overtakes Flushing Township board
A small group of residents became fed up with the way government was going and decided to make a change. They attracted their like-minded friends who were against any tax increases and believed government needed to cut spending. That small group became a larger movement and they began to win elections. Nationally the Tea Party and other anti-establishment groups have been turning heads by winning elections, despite the odds. Established congressmen both Republican and Democrat — with the backing of heavy Washington hitters — have been uprooted in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Utah.
Senator leads probe into Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC)
The state senator leading a probe of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority said it’s the “rightful duty” of lawmakers to question if incentives to lure businesses to Michigan are working, and at what cost to taxpayers. This entity should be cut as part of government reform for it’s been a complete failure and waste of taxpayer dollars and this money could be better allocated towards education instead of the per pupil cuts that have been made to our children.
For balancing budget, voters want cuts — not tax hikes
Michigan voters would rather cut state programs and state employee benefits than raise taxes to balance the budget. A good start would be, Michigan Economic Development Corp., 21st Century Jobs Fund, Michigan Film Produces subsidies, the DEQ, and a plethora of other failed and useless programs and departments!
Businesses, homeowners appeal Michigan tax bills
A record number of Michigan property owners are appealing their property tax assessments as small-claim homeowners and high-stakes businesses seek relief in a difficult economy. We are all overpaying our property taxes!
Warren Board Member: “MEA Will Eat Their Young”
The MEA turned against him in his reelection bid because Wagner wasn’t beholden to the union, he claims. Media reports indicate that his MEA-supported opponent raised ten times as much money as the typical school board candidate traditionally takes in. “Individual teachers have said to me, ‘We will gladly take a pay cut, we will gladly pay for a portion of health care. We just want to keep our jobs.’ But the MEA’s mantra is ‘no’.”
New poll shows doubts about Michigan’s economy
A new poll shows that barely a third of Michigan residents think the state’s battered economy has begun to turn around. “Aside from the stress and terrible insecurity about being able to make the mortgage and utility payments and buying the bare necessities, any luxuries have just gone right out the window,” he said. “I’m not much of a consumer anymore.” Until we have a change in leadership in Lansing we will stay stagnant! We cannot expect results from the same one’s who have helped create the mess we are in now. We need creative thinkers and a complete reform of government not the business as usual we have had.
Lake turbine plan hits rough seas
A Canadian company’s plan to place hundreds of wind turbines in Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie has more than a few people on both sides of the border up in arms.
“It’s frustrating — you pay a premium for the land because it sits on the water and then you pay those taxes each year,” said the 46-year-old, who works as a property manager. “And they can just come in and, on their own whim, decide to throw 50 windmills out in front of our homes.” At least one group has formed to challenge SouthPoint over its interest in Lake Erie. The Citizens Against Lake Erie Wind Turbines has moved from circulating petitions to creating a legal defense fund to battle the company.
House committee aims to retain university funding
However, the Republican lead Senate can cut per pupil funding! Michigan’s 15 public universities would escape a cut in funding from the state in the next fiscal year under terms of a budget bill advancing in the Democratic-run state House.
Michigan teachers mull retirement deal
Tens of thousands of senior Michigan teachers will have to decide this summer if a bill aimed at luring them into retirement is a good deal. To help them decide there is what amounts to a 3% pay cut if they stay. Remaining school employees will have to pay an additional 3 percent of their salaries into retiree health plans starting July 1, and new teachers will be put in a retirement plan that combines traditional pension benefits with a defined contribution plan.
This Country needs a Civics lesson
Here’s former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s thoughts on what Americans know about civics: Barely one-third of Americans can even name the three branches of government, much less say what they do. The Founding Fathers, the framers of the Constitution, wanted to form a government that did not allow one person to have too much authority or control. While under the rule of the British king they learned that this could be a bad system. Yet government under the Articles of Confederation taught them that there was a need for a strong centralized government.
Google Michigan jobs fall short
“Michigan has been Googled!” Gov. Jennifer Granholm proclaimed at the time. But three years later, the Ann Arbor office has been credited with creating 224 jobs, not 1,000. Overall, Google has more than 250 workers in two Ann Arbor offices and one Birmingham location, said Rebecca Ginsberg, a Google spokeswoman. Greg Main, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., calls attracting Google “a major victory” for the state. His agency helps attract business and arrange incentives, including the $38 million in tax breaks offered to Google over 20 years, should its employment reach 2,000. This is yet another example of the failed MEDC and waste of taxpayer money!
Businesses React to Rising Cost of ObamaCare: They’re Cutting Benefits
Remember the part in the ObamaCare pitch when they said if you like your current healthcare, it won’t change? Turns out it might. Companies are already announcing that their healthcare premium costs are going through the roof. Some are responding by firing people. Some are cutting benefits. And some are presumably eating it.
Michigan lawmaker’s proposal to license journalists a slippery slope
First a deposit on newspapers, now this? This is the chubby face of tyranny. A Michigan State Senator has introduced an Orwellian bill that would provide for the licensing of journalists. There is no doubt that this thing is aimed squarely at delegitimizing the New Media, silencing bloggers, and creating a protected class of state approved “journalists.”
Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model
Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada’s provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.
Fears Mount That Europe’s Debt Crisis Will Hit the U.S.
“The European banking crisis has already crossed the Atlantic,” says Ted Truman, a former assistant Treasury secretary for international affairs and now a senior fellow at the Petersen Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. “It has affected equity markets around the world and there is a general level of uncertainty. The fact that markets are down 10-15% means that American consumers are less wealthy.” As if to underline the point, the European Union reported Tuesday that the euro zone unemployment rose by 0.1% to a 10-year high of 10.1% in April. Spain, where the construction industry has imploded after a housing bust, registered 19.7% unemployment, also up 0.1%.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.