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Opinion By R. Al Bain
Is Political Billboard off I-75 & Front Street in Monroe County Voter Deception?
While driving southbound on I-75 I noticed a billboard on the west side of the freeway just before the Front Street exit that proclaims Senator Randy Richardville as conservationist of the year for 2011 voted by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC). To anyone driving 70 miles an hour at a glance some may think he was voted “conservative” of the year which is the farthest thing from the truth as his voting record would indicate. Being as a re-call attempt is in progress for Mr. Richardville this is a clever deception as to deceive voters!
Curiosity got the best of me so I went to the MUCC web site and there was no mention of this award for 2011 for Mr. Richardville. I also searched in their 2011 MUCC Awards Convention meeting minutes and only found that he was named in 2005, the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) named Randy their “Conservation Legislator of the Year in 2005 only.” The Michigan United Conservation Clubs recently honored Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, as its 2011 Conservationist of the Year. This appears to be a clever way to misdirect information to the voters? Why would this organization allow their name to appear on this billboard if in fact this is a deception on Mr. Richardville’s part as to deceive the voting public? Has there been legislation in the past benefiting this organization by Senator Richardville?
Who paid for this “Billboard Advertisment”, MUCC or the Richardville committee? Looks a lot like the recent “Photo-Op” in the Monroe Evening News that I wonder who paid for that advertisment as well. To read the article see “Building Goodwill or how to get “Recognition” during a Re-Call” in The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, August, 15, 2011 second article. Mr. Richardville is a crafty career politician who knows how to play the political game in “his favor” with a blatant disregard of the wishes of the very voters who elected him to represent them!
State Legislative Committee Meets to Tour Proposed Bridge Sites
The state Senate Economic Development Committee briefly convened an official meeting in the parking lot of a Michigan Welcome Center in southwest Detroit on Monday as its members prepared to tour the proposed site of a new international bridge across the Detroit River. Gov. Rick Snyder is pushing hard for the new bridge, and votes on two bills introduced by Senator Randy Richardville to create a public authority to oversee its construction are expected in the Legislature this fall. The bridge is to be privately financed, built and managed, but publicly owned and overseen by a public authority. One of those bills SB 411 will ultimately rob funds specifically allocated and designated for our roads! Government should not be competing with the private business sector using taxpayer monies in a free market society.
Michigan Film Subsidy Winner Costs 10 Times More to Make Than It Earns
And the winner is – The Film Producers! The losers – Michigan Taxpayers! When advocates of the Michigan film tax incentives said the 42 percent subsidy would attract moviemakers, “House of the Rising Sun” was likely not what they had in mind. Filmed in Grand Rapids, the movie is based on a novel that was set in New Orleans. It has made only $100,000 in DVD/Blu-ray sales, but got about $435,000 from Michigan taxpayers.
Super Speedway Perks Live On – State Tax Credits to MIS Total $18.1 Million
On the heels of the one big race that MIS has per year, “The Pure Michigan 400” which by the way is sponsored in part by the “Pure Michigan Advertising Campaign”! Not only is Michigan’s taxpayers paying for picking winners and losers in the business community some of those same tax dollars sponsored this race as well. Michigan taxpayers have doled out $18.1 million in special tax credits to Michigan International Speedway over the past three years. See Super Speedway Notches Second State Subsidy The Michigan Economic Development Corporation paid $972,500 for the one-year sponsorship deal to name this years race the “Pure Michigan 400” in which this money came from the Pure Michigan Advertising Camapign fund at taxpayer expense. And MIS already qualifies for tax credits through the Michigan business tax since 2007. The state reimburses the racetrack for every dollar it spends on infrastructure improvements on areas such as the infield or the grandstand area. The state estimates this will be $1.2 million for 2011.
MIS is conveniently located in Senate District 17 which is represented by current Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. In 2010, the NASCAR Speedway Credit was extended through 2016 with Richardville voting in favor of every time this legislation came up through the years for a vote! It’s no wonder with the perks he receives such as the trip to the “Daytona Race” paid in part by MIS, the International Speedway Corp. (ISC) that owns the MIS and other tracks, Condo accommodations were provided! (See “Panel OKs MIS Tax Credit,” as reported by Michigan Information & Research Service Inc. (MIRS) 11/12/08 subscription required . Senator Randy Richardville (R) and his Democrat buddy, Representative Mark Corriveau (D) were the recipients of this lobbying effort for more “Michigan Taxpayer Dollars” as they attended the Daytona 500 that year.
Time To Stop Fooling Around “Leader” Richardville
The schizophrenic nature of our state government comes as no surprise.
Republicans who have been around and ‘know better’ are in the positions of
power and are no wiser than the Democrats who have just been given the boot.
Creatures accustomed to things done a certain way are hardly the agents of
change Michigan so desperately needs.
Led by “squishy moderate” Randy Richardville, Senate Republicans have always
been suspect as a reform ally. And their counter-proposal is a retreat from
their mandate for change. Rather than pushing their governor – who has
courageously offered a new direction – to be even more aggressive on tax
reform and bloated union benefits, the GOPers backslide towards
politics-as-usual higher taxes and special interest loopholes.
Man Shot in Monroe for not belonging to a Union
John King was shot in the arm last week when he surprised a man trying to slash the tires on the truck at his Lambertville home.The word “scab” was also scrawled on the side.
Washtenaw County GOP calls on Snyder, Richardville to pass Right to Work Law
Republicans in Gov. Rick Snyder’s own backyard are urging the GOP chief executive, state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, and other area legislators to support enactment of a state Right to Work law that would protect employees from being forced to join or pay dues to a labor union as a condition of employment. The Washtenaw County Republican Executive Committee Thursday night — by vote — adopted a resolution proposed by the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus saying a Right to Work law will “guarantee individual freedom of choice and help attract and create new jobs in Michigan.” Senator Richardville has been quoted that he doesn’t support Right to Work for Michigan! I guess he wouldn’t with all the campaign contributions and support he has received through the past 10 years to his political campaign from the Unions according to the Secretary of State campaign finance web site!
Clark Durant launch’s campaign for U.S. Senate seat held by Debbie Stabenow
Three Republican heavyweights former state GOP chairwoman Betsy DeVos, former U.S. Sen. Spence Abraham and GOP National Committeeman Saul Anuzis last week urged Durant to enter the race. “I was very touched by the letter that went out on Thursday asking me to get into the campaign,” Durant said. “I’ve been getting emails and phone calls, and I’ve been getting them, quite frankly, from people across all spectrums of political persuasion. Because people are tired of government as usual. They want some people coming from the outside.” Unlike Pete Hoekstra true conservatives now have a Republican they can get behind! Quite frankly Hoekstra isn’t that much different from Stabenow and the true conservatives, tea party faithful, and independents would not have supported Hoekstra.
Michigan Jobless Rate Rises in August
Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased in July to 10.9 percent, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dtmb/LMI-AugustRelease_361076_7.pdf
Bank of America to Cut Thousands of Jobs
This is the Banksters way of saying thank you to the American taxpayers for the bailouts! But rest assured that the banks shooters will be taken care of. For those of you taxpayers worried about Ken Lewis’ financial well-being since his announcement on Wednesday night that he was stepping down as Bank of America’s CEO, rest easy: he’s set to walk away with a $53 million pension plan. Fortune reports that this money will come from a pension plan, frozen years ago, that awarded certain top executives with extra benefits. That $53 million isn’t all Lewis will be walking away with — in addition to retirement benefits, there are millions in accumulated stock and other compensation.
Audit Finds Questionable Purchases by Michigan’s Welfare Department
A lack of financial controls resulted in millions of dollars in questionable purchases by Michigan’s welfare department, according to a state audit released Tuesday. accounting system found state workers used taxpayer money to buy the workers’ cars for welfare clients and to buy hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards. The audit also showed the same state employees in many cases created invoices, processed invoices and then approved the checks to pay the invoices.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.