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Opinion By R. Al Bain
So the head of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Rich Studley thinks re-calls should only be aimed at crooks who break the law. To recall someone because you don’t like the way he or she votes is wrong, he contends. My view as a voter and citizen of Michigan is, Michigan’s Constitution gives it’s citizens the “right” to re-call an elected official if they feel they have not been represented in the manner they expect and deserve! The Michigan Constitution doesn’t state that re-calls are reserved for criminal activities only. I truly believe that some of the re-calls have warrant.
I bet if Mr. Studley was on the other end where Business was being attacked he would sing a different tune! The re-calls are not about Business or Unions it’s about what the citizens expect and deserve from their elected officials. Of course Mr. Studley feels the way he does as the head of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce because “Big Business” get’s a larger tax break not afforded to Small Business owners or the Taxpayer’s of Michigan, Big Business is his business which he represents!
The debate should be what’s in the best interest of all Michigan Citizens not Big Business, Unions or any of the other separate entities by picking winners and losers. All to often our elected officials support many of these separate entities (Special Interest) over the very citizens they were elected to represent and not what’s in the best interest of all Michigan’s citizens! The reason is simple, campaign contribution’s and support for re-election of the many career political opportunists that seek to continue feeding at the public trough.
Richardville Campaign Finance Disclosure Shenanigans?
While researching Campaign Finance Disclosure’s through the National Institute on Money in State Politics for State Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville I found some disturbing revelations! In the report for 2008 myself and many others I know are listed as contributors which is the farthest thing from the truth! Looks to me like there may be some shenanigans going on within the reporting process! Is there a law being broke here?By using names that did not contribute may be a way as to hide or account for certain contributions which I believe is against the law! This seems very likely in that Richardville’s former campaign finance manager Edward F. Paisley lied to police and filed a false police report in 2010.
Also it’s very interesting that this self proclaimed conservative accepted campaign contributions from the Monroe County Democratic Committee of several thousand dollars in 2010 alone. There were also several other Democrats who contributed to Mr. Richardville’s campaign including current and former elected officials along with Judges, Attorneys, Bankers, Monroe County Community College College President, and the Monroe County Intermediate School District Superintendent! I believe this is something worth looking into by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.
State Lawmakers on “Two Month” Summer Break
The state Senate is meeting July,13 to take up a few outstanding issues. One such issue will be Senate
Bill 569 sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville which will reward companies for hiring Michigan workers and using Michigan products and services, better put would be picking winners and loser’s in the business community to the detriment of the Michigan taxpayer! Senate Bill 569 creates a film production assistance program through which the state of Michigan (taxpayer’s) would award funds with “taxpayer dollars” to companies for direct production expenditures and personnel expenses. Senator Richardville the bill’s sponsor, wants to increase the subsidies from $25 million already appropriated in 2012 to $100 million annually.
The session comes as lawmakers are in the middle of a two-month legislative break! This is another good reason and example for a part-time legislature. Our new legislators were sworn in on January 12 2011 that’s about half way through the first month of the new legislative session. The Michigan Legislature began a two-week legislative recess on March 28 that ended April 8. Now they are on yet another legislative break for two months! In 2010 the legislature worked less than half of the 365-day’s excluding weekends! Part time work for full time pay and benefits, only in the public sector!
New Bridge, Mid Continent Trade Corridor: Canada, Mexico, and Michigan
Canadian officials admit publicly that agreements and alliances have been made with Business Leaders along with State and Local Governments spanning the entire “Mid-Continent Trade Corridor” proposed route through the United States and into Mexico. The New International Trade Crossing (NITC) proposed between Detroit and Windsor is part of this plan! In the southern most part of the corridor Texas legislators have introduced legislation called the “Trans-Texas Corridor” re-named from the NAFTA Superhighway as a public-private partnership (sound familiar) that has been resurrected in HB 3789.
In the northern most part of this corridor Michigan has introduced legislation with Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville of Monroe introducing SB 410 and SB 411 to authorize the state to move forward with building the New International Trade Crossing. Senate Bill 411 is to revise the state road tax allocation law to accommodate the authority (less money for our roads) proposed by Senate Bill 410 to build a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor (the “Detroit River International Crossing” or “New International Trade Crossing,” a.k.a. “DRIC” or “NITC”).
Keith Crain, editor-in-chief, Crain’s Detroit Business: Why not let Moroun expand his bridge?
It’s perhaps one of the most unpopular positions in Michigan, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why we just don’t let Matty Moroun expand his bridge. I don’t understand why our new governor wants to substitute public money for private investment even if the public dollars are coming from Canada? It just simply doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. The Canadian offer to fund Michigan’s expenses is not “free money”, as DRIC enthusiasts in Detroit constantly proclaim. The Canadians say they want an arrangement under which their $550m is “recouped” from tolls. The DRIC tolls are being stretched awfully thin.
Pay to Play vs. Right to Work in Michigan
The unions claim the deck is stacked against them when it comes to labor laws, but the truth is many private and public sector workers are forced to pay union dues as a condition of their employment, yet they have little say in how the unions spend their money. When Governor Rick Snyder created his policy/budget proposal, he forgot to list the ‘right to work’ issue as a priority and many are baffled as to why this important matter is not on his agenda at all? Many are wondering why his focus is now, clearly, to gain approval for the new bridge across the Detroit River to Canada? The notorious bridge battle seemingly pales in comparison to maintaining the fundamental freedom of choice pertaining to employees in Michigan’s kingdom of unions that have contributed to the demise of the once vibrant ‘Great Lakes’ State.
Gary Glenn to explore Senate race against Stabenow
This would be a plus for the citizens of Michigan! Gary Glenn, 53, of Midland Friday announced plans to explore a possible candidacy for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, for the U.S. Senate in 2012.
Hoekstra Reconsidering Senate Race
Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra is reconsidering entering the U.S. Senate race in Michigan, having reached out to his closet aides in recent weeks about the prospect of challenging Democrat Debbie Stabenow after all, POLITICO has learned. True of all career political opportunist Pete Hoekstra can’t stay away from feeding at the public trough! Two separate sources confirm that Hoekstra has put the option back on the table after saying in April a campaign wasn’t in the best interest of his family. I guess that less than three months later what’s in the best for his family has changed? This is the kind of “flip flopping” decision making we citizens of Michigan do not need as our representative in Washington! For the Tea Party activist we can only hope that Gary Glenn who heads the American Family Association of Michigan enters the race for U. S. Senate here in Michigan!
Speaker Jase Bolger Challenges Recall Process
Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger is questioning the constitutionality of the recall procedures affecting him and other Republican lawmakers. Michigan’s Constitution gives it’s citizens the “right” to re-call an elected official if they feel they have not been represented in the manner they expect and deserve! So is Mr. Bolger contesting the state’s constitution?
Michigan Senate Bill 449 to Raise State Landfill Tipping Fee 71%
What’s the difference to the Michigan taxpayer between a Fee, Surcharge, Mileage, or Tax Hike? Nothing, it’s a tax hike disguised by a misnomer they all are a form of a tax increase to the taxpayers! Tom Horton, vice president of Midwest public affairs for Waste Management Inc., said the language in the state law has created confusion by saying the landfill owner or operator must pay fees to the state but may collect fees from customers.I would say that it’s safe to assume the consumer will pick up the tab and not the profit margins of these companies! SB 449 Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on June 15, 2011 uncle to Senator Randy Richardville who by the way voted in favor of this “TAX INCREASE” while seven Republicans voted against it! Keep an eye on your trash bill it’s going up!
Green Energy Mandates by Lansing Legislators Raise Costs, Hinder Growth
Michigan lawmakers should rescind the alternative energy mandate because it kills jobs in the state and has little environmental benefit. Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy will undoubtedly argue that we should stay the course (an argument made easier since they pass on the extra costs through rate increases), given the fact that they were returned to monopoly status in the same package of bills that created the renewable portfolio standard. It is time to deflate the green energy bubble in Michigan before it does even more economic harm.
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