Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lawmakers and Investors Tip Toe-Away from Privatization

First some bad news, then some good news in the war against privatization. Bad Lawmaking Justin Jones, former Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, recently wrote an editorial on the ACLU Blog of Rights slamming lawmakers for enacting policies … Continue reading

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Muskegon Heights Dumps Mosaica

Updated April 29: The state of Michigan has agreed to loan Muskegon Heights $1.4 million to meet payroll and pay its debt to Mosaica Education. Well, it’s about time. Muskegon Heights finally dumped Mosaica Education, or Mosaica dumped Muskegon Heights … Continue reading

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A Powerful Testimonial on Michigan Public Sector Pensions

Only once before has Democracy Tree highlighted a reader comment, and that was in the face of a threat of physical violence for daring to suggest, in the wake of the Sandyhook massacre, that kindergarten teachers might not in fact … Continue reading

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Rivera Murals at the DIA Designated as a National Landmark

In a special announcement yesterday, the murals of Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as a national landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior as part of National Park Week — an annual event … Continue reading

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The Real Story Behind Lincoln Park’s Fiscal Crisis

It should come as no surprise that Gov. Snyder has confirmed that the City of Lincoln Park is officially in a financial emergency, having a current structural deficit of $89,903, which officials have projected will grow to approximately $1 million … Continue reading

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Ohio Republicans Just as Gullible as Michigan Republicans

Last month, Democracy Tree reported about violations committed by the privatized vendor hired by Michigan to provide food service in the state’s prisons. Before the ink was dry on the less than one-year old deal, the Department of Corrections slapped … Continue reading

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Hallelujah! Republicans Finally Create a Job!

Anyone looking for a job? Maybe it’s time to think about picking-up a little extra cash just to keep the family fed and clothed? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is looking for a new leader. Yep, their current Executive … Continue reading

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Many Small Michigan School Districts at Risk for Dissolution

Remember last year when Michigan lawmakers hastily created special legislation for the sole purpose of dissolving two small school districts, Inkster and Buena Vista, when they found themselves in fiscal crisis? Well, that law is still on the books, and … Continue reading

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Michigan House Dems Push Back on Snyder

Michigan House Democrats met to announce a reform package aimed at curbing the excesses of the Snyder Administration and House Republicans. The recent scandal over the FY 2012 multi-million dollar furniture budget which benefitted the governor’s cousin — for un-needed … Continue reading

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Michigan Charter Schools – A Poster Child for Failure

Boy, did Moody’s Investor Service ever nail it this time. Last October the credit reporting agency warned of the dangers of charter schools, naming Michigan as the poster-child of how to get it all wrong. Their newsletter called it: The … Continue reading

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