Monthly Archives: June 2013

Michigan is Leader in Corporate Tax Give-Aways

In the course of researching a recent article on education funding, Democracy Tree ran across some little known and truly astonishing data about Michigan tax breaks to corporations. While we can now clearly draw a bright line between corporate tax give-aways … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Michigan GOP Law Banning Domestic Partner Benefits Blocked

Federal Judge David Lawson says the ACLU made a “plausible case” that the law passed last year to block school districts and municipalities from providing benefits to domestic partners is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Emergency Manager Roundup

Another busy week for Michigan’s Emergency Managers. Never a dull day under Gov. Snyder’s sprawling despotic empire! This morning Wayne County Judge Marvin Stempien refused to throw out an ACLU lawsuit against the state of Michigan and the Emergency Manager of … Continue reading

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Michigan House Education Committee Needs Math Lesson

A few days ago, my friend Christine, from Blogging for Michigan, shared a Michigan GOP House website on which lawmakers claimed that they had increased education spending at the K-12 level. Skeptical, she asked for my take on their assertion and accompanying … Continue reading

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New Supreme Court Rulings and Michigan Voter Rights

It’s been a rough couple of years for voting rights in Michigan, and today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, combined with last week’s, isn’t helping. The Snyder Administration started the assault with its now infamous Emergency Manager law early in 2011, which effectively violated … Continue reading

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Michigan Families Suffer Tea Party Fools

Michigan’s GOP Senators are relaxing in their comfortable homes for the next two months on summer break, after their chicken-shit failure to pass expanded Medicaid — largely due to their fear of Tea Party bullies threatening to run candidates against them. … Continue reading

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Will Gov. Snyder Grow a Spine?

In the wake of the GOP-led Michigan Senate thumbing their nose at Medicaid expansion and going on a two-month summer break, there have been rumblings for Gov. Snyder to call an emergency legislative session to force them to address the issue. Lawmakers … Continue reading

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Michigan Senate Really Does Hate the Working Poor

Michigan GOP Senators gave a resounding “fuck you” to the working poor, the children and senior citizens of the state when they chose to adjourn this afternoon without passing medicaid expansion. They went home to their respective districts for a little R&R, all on … Continue reading

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Senate Passes Law to Forcibly Dissolve School Districts

Last night the Michigan Senate hastily passed those House bills (HB 4813 and 4815) giving the authority to dissolve small school districts to the state under certain criteria: the district must have between 300 and 2,400 students, be in a fiscal crisis … Continue reading

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Mad Ravings of a Michigan Tea Party Lawmaker

Rep. Greg MacMaster (R-105), former TV weatherman and Tea Party stooge, has been busy tweaking his paranoid House Resolution in hopes his fellow lawmakers will develop a quick case of the willies and pass it before the Summer break. Last … Continue reading

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