The Bain Report: :Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May 17, 2010

Richardville goes to bat for Union Interest again
This is just another example of how Sen. Richardville imposes the burden on Local Municipalities and Taxpayers in favor of Union interest as he goes to bat for Democratic Union interest over Republican colleagues. This is right from the Deputy Sheriff Association Website Deputy Sheriff Association of Michigan – Mike Bishop Reaching into Your Pocket to Balance State Budget. Republican Senator Mike Bishop (R) put together a “reform” proposal that would alter P.A. 312, to reduce the healthcare benefits, lower pay by 5% AND freeze it at that rate for 3 years through a constitutional amendment that he hopes to put on the ballot next year. However, Sen. Richardville offered an amendment to protect this Union and thwart Sen. Bishop’s proposal that was passed and signed into law by Gov. Granholm (D). Richardville also voted against an amendment offered by Sen. Bruce Patterson (R)  2010 Senate Bill 1072 (Establish police or firefighter union binding arbitrator standards ) – Michigan Votes that would require the arbitrator to consider the financial ability of the community to pay and other general financial considerations when making their determinations. I guess the Unions campaign contributions mean more than the citizens he is supposed to represent. 
 
Senator Richardville opposes amendment to save Taxpayers Money
2010 Senate Bill 1163 – (Senate Roll Call 157) An election consolidation amendment that would restrict elections to August and November. Let me add that Senators McManus (R) and Brown (R) have offered similar legislation to consolidate elections. I commend them for these ideas. They are thinking along conservative lines, that government is wasting resources by holding duplicative, low-turnout elections. We should consolidate them to August and November. Senator Richardville opposed this amendment
Press Release: AMENDMENT DEFEATED BY MICHIGAN SENATE
(Senate Bill 888) that was introduced earlier this year that would consolidate elections to August and November of odd-numbered years, in conjunction with local municipal elections, in order to eliminate duplicative and costly stealth elections that continuously experience low voter turnout (defeated 10-27 vote). This would have saved Taxpayers money!
 
Richardville & other GOP Senators, SEIU Taxpayer Giveaways, Campaign Cash and More
Senate Bill 731 was co-sponsored by these Republican Senators: Roger Kahn, Bruce Patterson, Valde Garcia, Tony Stamas, Judson Gilbert, Mark Jansen, Randy Richardville, and Patricia Birkholz. It was also co-sponsored by the following Democratic Senators: Raymond Basham, Martha Scott, Dennis Olshove, Irma Clark-Coleman, Michael Switalski, Gilda Jacobs, Deborah Cherry and Gretchen Whitmer.
SB 731’s primary sponsor Sen. Jason Allen wants to bring SB 731 to a vote in the Senate Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs Committee to which it was referred, and which he chairs. If the bill passes the Republican Senate it will almost certainly be quickly endorsed by the Democratic House and signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
That would make this the second transfer of taxpayer dollars to the SEIU to receive official blessing in recent weeks. In November the Michigan Economic Growth Authority approved a questionable $2 million subsidy to a for-profit subsidiary of the union, to be located in the House district represented by Speaker of the Michigan House Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township. (The $3.7 million taxpayer wealth transfer that’s the subject of the Mackinac Center lawsuit benefits the UAW and AFSCME, two other politically powerful government employee unions.)
The $3.7 million number just happens to be the same as the $3.7 million that was cut from the Veterans Appropriations for 2009-2010 budget! Just a coincidence? This is just another shell game played with the taxpayers dollars by our representatives in Lansing all for campaign contributions and to benefit the Unions.
 
Richardville: Votes NO for Medicaid, college scholarships, schools, revenue sharing to local governments in Supplemental budget FY 2009-2010
Opposed an amendment for 2009 House Bill 4311 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget ). The amendment failed in the Senate (14 to 20) on November 5, 2009, to appropriate some $800 million for various spending items that were proposed but not included in the final FY 2009-2010 state budget, including $375 million more for Medicaid, $140 million for college scholarships, $159 million for schools, $55 million for revenue sharing to local governments, and more. [Vote Details and Comments]
 
Protest by Senator Cassis (R), under her constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18)
Senator Cassis (R), protested against the adoption of the amendments offered by Senator Richardville to Senate Bill No. 838 and moved that the statement she made during the discussion of the amendments be printed as her reasons for voting “no.”
Republican Senator Cassis’ statement is as follows:
I would like to comment on this specific amendment which removes language pertinent to the personal property tax credit, the R and D credit, the compensation credit, and the IT credit. My “no” vote reflects concerns regarding special interests continuing their special protections, their special earmarks, and this, in my opinion, reflects clear examples of corporate welfare. Specifically, this doesn’t pertain to all businesses; it is specific to the manufacturers. The manufacturers are the ones who have lobbied extensively tonight to pull out this savings to help balance the budget. These are the same manufacturers who were able to game the Michigan business tax, lowering their tax liability, and are receiving checks in the mail, shifting the tax burden to the rest of the business population, all the while, shedding, shedding jobs. Now they refuse to be fair. They speak for immunity from lowering their rebate checks, and let all others endure the cuts that are in this budget. I cannot in good conscience support these endeavors.
 
School Pension Reform Stalls in Senate
A plan to reform public school pensions and set them more in line with private-sector retirement standards — and thus save Michigan taxpayers an estimated $3.5 billion over the next 10 years — stalled in the Michigan Senate as that chamber prepared to leave for its spring break. Sen. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 1227, the school pension reform plan. He told the MIRS News that at least three Republicans were refusing to support the bills. Just two of those GOP votes would have provided the margin necessary for passage. Days earlier, MIRS quoted a “well placed source” that identified four Republican senators as possible “no” votes on SB 1227: Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek,  Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi. Kahn, Nofs and Richardville have each received political donations from the MEA in recent years. Nofs’ past support from the union — and his historical willingness to break from the GOP pack and cast votes in line with MEA concerns — led one Michigan Tea Party organization to circulate literature critical of the lawmaker’s record during his recent election. And late last year, both Nofs and Kahn were the only two Senate Republicans to refuse to vote for a proposal to change the Teacher Tenure Act and create a standard for removing “consistently ineffective” teachers. This education reform was also opposed by the MEA. Sen. Randy Richardville offered a watered down amendment that passed to the benefit of the MEA and consistently ineffective teachers.
 
Special Deals Yield Far Fewer Jobs Than Projected
On Aug. 31, 2009, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Michael LaFaive and James Hohman reviewed data from 219 credits from 1995 to 2004 involving the Michigan Economic Growth Authority. The MEGA agreements are tax incentives designed to induce businesses to locate in Michigan. In return for the tax incentives, the businesses pledge to create new jobs. The Mackinac Center found company projections of jobs seldom matched the real-life jobs created. In fact, their investigation of MEGA deals found that of the 61,043 jobs projected in news releases, companies only created 17,971 jobs. The Mackinac Center study states that for every 1,000 jobs companies projected they would create, about 294 jobs were actually created, on average — about 29 percent.
 
Lawmaker Says ‘Willful Neglect’ Is the Rule at Embattled State Agency
The state’s “flagship” economic development program may have doled out an estimated $150 million in tax credits erroneously in the last five years to companies that didn’t meet the criteria due to a lack of oversight, according to State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills.
 
Dr. David Kaiser on intentionally de-industrializing our economy
We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?
We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?
 
States Facing $90 Billion In Budget Shortfalls
Federal Stimulus money which was intended mainly to create new jobs but states gobbled up a good portion to plug their budget deficits. Now that stimulus money has been used up. Unlike the federal government, state governments cannot print extra money to cover their shortfalls. State governments cannot print extra money to cover their shortfalls. With the stimulus money gone, states are faced with an estimated $90 billion deficit. That can only be plugged with sharp cuts in services. State legislators will tell the citizens we have no choice but to raise your taxes! 
 
Is the Economy Headed for a Double Dip Recession? 
There has been a lot of speculation that the economy could be headed for a double-dip recession. Thursday’s 1,000 point fall didn’t help.
 
Stocks extend plunge on concerns about Greece
The stock market has had one of its most turbulent days ever. The Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 1,000 points in half an hour amid concerns that Greece’s debt problems could halt the world financial recovery.
 
Hitler’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign
The nazis greatly restricted tobacco advertising, banned smoking in most public buildings, increasingly restricted and regulated tobacco farmers growing abilities, and engaged in a sophisticated anti-smoking public relations campaign.
 
Michigan’s Smoking Ban
Business owners may be fined and restaurant and bar owners may lose their food or liquor licenses for violations of the smoking ban. What’s next no texting in restaurants and bars? Many people understand that when the government is allowed to go beyond what the constitution allows all of the citizens are losers. Nothing in the constitution of the United States allows the government to ban the use of a legal product in privately owned establishments. That is province of the owner of the establishment.
 
Anger Over Arizona Law Sends Thousands Into the Streets
including the estimated 12 million living illegally in the U.S.
A congressman was among 35 people arrested during a protest at the White House. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., was taking part in a civil disobedience demonstration.
 
Illegals Rally for Immigration Reform
Let me see if I understand this correctly? Illegals who are here illegally are protesting for immigration reform that would allow them to stay here legally after they came here illegally. Is this legal? So if I break the law and just say I won’t do it anymore then everything’s OK! If they are here illegally then deport them and let them do it the right way like all immigrants have in the past! No free passes for law breakers!
 
Federal Reserve Quietly Lobbies Against Audit the Fed
The Huffington Post ran a detailed article this morning outlining the Fed’s deceptive tactics against transparency. The effort to beat back the audit relies on playing two members of the same caucus — Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) — off each other. In order to obtain the documents, HuffPost agreed not to reveal the name of the Federal Reserve official who did the specific lobbying in question.
Watch Reps. Alan Grayson and Ron Paul Discuss “Audit the Fed” Amendment
 
Costly IRS Mandate Slipped into Health Bill
A few wording changes to the tax code’s section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare.
 
Joe the Plumber Elected to GOP Post in Ohio
The man — Samuel Wurzelbacher — is now a party committeeman, one of 400 who oversee the GOP in Ohio’s Lucas County, The Associated Press reported. He won his spot by a 38-23 vote in his Toledo precinct. This should serve notice to all RINOS within the Republican Party that the voters are paying attention!
 
GM Didn’t Really Pay U.S. Back
GM still owes $45.3 billion to the U.S. and $8.1 billion to Canada, money it received in exchange for shares in the company. GM said it hopes to repay those amounts with an eventual public stock offering, the AP reported. “It looks like [GM’s] announcement is really just an elaborate TARP money shuffle.” The repayment dollars haven’t come from GM selling cars but, instead, from a TARP account at the Treasury Department.” The Treasury Department is not being straightforward with taxpayers about its management of the $700-billion taxpayer-funded bailout program. It’s a shell game!
 
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object  
Thomas  Jefferson
 
 
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