More GOP shenanigans to report:
First, the Wolf Hunt Referendum that gathered over 250,000 signatures to put the question to popular vote finally earned their spot on the 2014 ballot. However, the effort is now reduced to a hollow victory and the vote will be little more than a pro forma exercise after the recent legislative end-run that enabled wolf hunting to proceed against the wishes of most Michiganders. Bottom line: 43 wolves will die for sport in the Upper Peninsula this year.
Also today, the Board of State Canvassers approved the language of the ballot proposal that would require individuals and employers to purchase a special rider policy for abortions under the Affordable Care Act. The language of the petition specifies that even in the case of rape or incest the policy is required. Gov. Snyder recently vetoed a bill with similar language. The approval process has no political component — the Board of Canvassers merely looks for clarity and accuracy — a bureaucratic “spell check” if you will. Yet still, another bad day for women’s reproductive rights in Michigan.
Saving the best for last….
Democracy Tree is always on the look-out for hypocrisy in governance, and today did not disappoint! A couple of weeks ago, we reported that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Public Act 53 of 2012 which prohibits the automatic deduction of union dues from teachers checks even if they agree to it. Well, today State Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-30) was joined across the aisle by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-18) in sponsoring SB 283 which makes it easier for employers to automatically deduct political contributions to PACs and 401(c)(4)s from payroll. The bill amends Public Act 388 of 1976 which required annual written confirmation from employees to allow the deduction.
Amy Kerr Hardin