Archive for the ‘MICHIGAN’ Category

Oct
2014
15

Tender Crony: MI AG’s Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov’t Contracts Since He Took Office

Tender Crony: MI AG's Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov't Contracts Since He Took Office
  The administration of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has become synonymous with a certain level of cronyism, and a new peek into the affairs of his Attorney General, Bill Schuette, supports the reputational deterioration. Schuette’s former law firm, it seems, has benefited from this ‘inside basbeall’ to the tune of nearly...
Sep
2014
30

Control of Detroit Handed Back to Mayor, Council; Maligned Emergency Manager Will Retain Some Duties

Control of Detroit Handed Back to Mayor, Council; Maligned Emergency Manager Will Retain Some Duties
  The Detroit City Council has unanimously approved a plan to remove emergency manager Kevyn Orr from office and hand day-to-day operational power back to the city council and Mayor Mike Duggan.  Orr will be retained in his current position to oversee the final aspects of the city’s bankruptcy.  Following the vote, Orr signed his [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
26

Despite Lack of Evidence, Michigan Dems Fear Lame Duck Session Could be Hotbed for Bad Bills Again

  Democrats in Michigan are preparing for the possibility of legislation that would repeal prevailing wages and change the electoral college system during the upcoming lame duck session.  Last year the state GOP made a successful push to enact “Right-to-Work” legislation during the same time period. WLNS 6 News Capitol correspondent Tim...
Sep
2014
15

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger
  Polls show a tossup between Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and his Democratic challenger Mark Schauer in what may end up being the surprise horse race of the election season. What once was an eight point lead over a relatively unknown opponent has dwindled according to USA Today which actually has Schauer ahead by [&hellip...
Sep
2014
4

“You People”: Gov. Snyder Advisor Threatens MI AFL-CIO Pres. with Suit Following Op-Ed

  Things are getting tense for the Rick Snyder administration ahead of the Michigan gubernatorial election home stretch. So tense, in fact, that one member of his cabinet has been leaving threatening voicemails to members of the AFL-CIO. The reason for the threats? They expressed their opinions.   At the center of the controversy is [&hellip...
Aug
2014
29

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press
  Last month, Alfredo Ortiz of the Job Creators Network (the who?) published a guest column in the Detroit Free Presscalling for the repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law. It is “a waste of your tax dollars,” he said. In response, advocates for and against this careless claim entered the public debate with op-eds of their [&hellip...
Aug
2014
22

Detroit, Where Emergency Is In Air Quotes.

Detroit, Where Emergency Is In Air Quotes.
  Given the “emergency” that is Detroit’s finances, one would assume the city’s Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, would have a schedule packed with meetings to discuss creative ways to make necessary budget decisions while simultaneously meeting the needs of the people.  Unfortunately, his schedule, published by the Detroit Metro Times...
Aug
2014
21

From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions

From the Front Lines of Michigan's Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions
  As we have touched on this summer, the anti-union Mackinac Center for Public Policy is asking Michigan teachers to opt-out of their union via misleading spam email and propaganda disguised as journalism.  Most of the details of this unfortunate campaign have been relayed by Eclectablog, which this week highlighted Mackinac’s...
Aug
2014
15

Michigan County Votes to Cut Construction Worker Wages…As Often As It’s Allowed To.

  In Michigan, members of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate prevailing wage requirements for some future construction projects.  The resolution means the prevailing wage will be paid by the county if and only if state or federal funding requires it to.  The resolution was narrowly passed by a 5-4 margin.  ...
Jul
2014
28

United Way, GOP Gov and Dem Mayor All on Hand as MI’s “Access for All” Graduates First Class

  In the City of Detroit, the first class of the pre-apprenticeship program “Access For All” graduated last week, prepared to enter apprenticeships in the Building and Construction Trades.  The program enjoys bipartisan support from both Republican Governor Rick Snyder and the Mayor of Detroit, Democrat Mike Duggan.   The...
Jun
2014
25

Corporate Education Lobby Launches Pro-Charter School PR Blitz Following Damning MI Report

Corporate Education Lobby Launches Pro-Charter School PR Blitz Following Damning MI Report
  A new investigative report from the Detroit Free Press reveals a problem in Michigan found in many other states: Charter schools with little oversight and nearly no regulation underperforming to the detriment of students.  The report’s findings led the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), a lobby group focusing on...
Jun
2014
18

Going Postal: Mackinac Center’s Anti-Union Teacher Coercion Campaign Hits Michigan Mailboxes

Going Postal: Mackinac Center's Anti-Union Teacher Coercion Campaign Hits Michigan Mailboxes
  Teachers across the state of Michigan this week are receiving postcards from the anti-union Mackinac Center suggesting they use their summer vacation to opt out of the Michigan Education Association (MEA).  The move comes a week after the Mackinac Center sent emails to teachers in over 50 Michigan school districts informing them of their...