Monthly Archives: February 2014

Michigan Tea Party Voters Don’t Support Tax Cuts

If Michigan’s GOP lawmakers think they enjoy the full faith and credit of Tea Party and Republican voters on their income tax cut legislation — it’s high-time they take a closer look at the polling numbers. In an EPIC-MRA poll of … Continue reading

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The Surplus Myth & Bad Fiscal Policy

Michigan leaders are out on an electioneering safari. GOP legislators are busy hunting-down more tax breaks for the rich, while Attorney General Bill Schuette is trying to stick it to the state’s working families by suing the Federal government in … Continue reading

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Michigan Law to Dissolve School Districts Not Fiscally Sound

UPDATE: On Feb. 26, 2014, the House introduced a bill to appropriate an additional $6 million to the “receiving school districts” for the purpose of building maintenance/demolition and busing of transferred students. The Senate has offered $5.1 million, so this … Continue reading

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EAA Defeated? — Think Hydra, the Beast with Many Heads

Put away the confetti and champagne. It’s probably not a victory at all. Just because the Education Achievement Authority has taken one in the teeth this week when State School Superintendent Mike Flanagan broke the exclusivity contract with the failed … Continue reading

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GOP Anti-Labor Bills Worm Their Way Through the Michigan House

Late last April, Democracy Tree reported about a couple of anti-labor bills introduced back-to-back in the House by GOP lawmakers. These proposals are slithering their way through the legislative process. Rep. Amanda Price (R-89) introduced HB 4642, a bill to amend … Continue reading

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SOLVED: The Mathematical Mystery of Michigan K-12 Funding

Who’s right about school funding — Snyder or Schauer? Michigan’s been long over-due for an understandable explanation of the actual numbers behind K-12 school funding and higher education spending. We deserve a nuts-n-bolts tutorial on this otherwise complex issue — … Continue reading

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POLL: Snyder Earns a Negative Rating on K-12 Policy

The numbers are in, and the survey says…things aren’t looking good for Gov. Snyder’s record on education policy. Polling on his handling of K-12 education earned him a failing grade with Michigan voters. Gongwer News Service commissioned some targeted questions, … Continue reading

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Michigan Dems Offer SMART Bills on Higher Education

This week, Michigan Democrats introduced identical legislation in both the House and Senate intended to make higher education more accessible and affordable for students in the state. Rep. David Knezek (D-11), Rep. Theresa Abed (D-71) and Sen. Jim Ananich (D-27) … Continue reading

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Welcome to Michigan – The Highway to Hell

On the heels of the grand announcement of Gov. Snyder’s 2015 budget recommendations, including those for roads spending, Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle appeared before the House Appropriations transportation subcommittee today with this warning: “We’re going to see … Continue reading

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Michigan GOP Budgets Cuts a Factor in Prison Break

Gov. Snyder announced yesterday that he’s appointing Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigate the prison break of four-time murderer, Michael David Elliot, from the maximum security Ionia Corrections Facility. The prisoner evaded perimeter guards, motion sensors and, for some reason, … Continue reading

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