Posts Tagged ‘Michigan’

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
12

Opt Out Cop Out: Mackinac Center Walks Back Big Talk After Teachers Stand by Their Union

  The Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s summer-long assault on teachers unions has ended and the results are in: it didn’t do diddly. The Michigan Education Association (MEA) announced that fewer than 5,000 of its members opted out of the union during August.  Michigan’s new found status as a “Right-to-Work” state allowed...
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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
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.  ...
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
10

Integrity of MI Construction Co. Lamar Called Into Question After Dog Receives Welding License

Integrity of MI Construction Co. Lamar Called Into Question After Dog Receives Welding License
  The Worker’s Freedom Coalition (WFC) has revealed that a one-year-old basset hound-chihuahua mix named Henry Wolfe received his welding certification from NDT Materials testing facility, a sign of how easily the system can be manipulated by unscrupulous contractors.  WFC says they first became aware of the inadequacies of the system...
Jun
2014
10

Teachers in 44 MI Districts Receive Anti-Union Communication Via Public School Email

Teachers in 44 MI Districts Receive Anti-Union Communication Via Public School Email
  Emails uncovered by Eclectablog show that the anti-union Mackinac Center is using public school email systems to encourage teachers in Michigan to opt out of their union.   As of his last update, teachers in 44 school districts across the state reported receiving the email.  The teachers’ email addresses were obtained by the...
Jun
2014
2

MI Court Rules Against Associated Builders and Contractors’ Attempt to Gut Construction Wages

MI Court Rules Against Associated Builders and Contractors' Attempt to Gut Construction Wages
  A Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled against the Associated Builders and Contractors in a lawsuit against the City of Lansing which aimed to nullify the city’s prevailing wage law.  In a 2-1 decision, the judges ruled that the Michigan constitution, “grants cities broad powers to enact ordinances relating to its municipal concerns and...
Feb
2014
11

Judge: Emergency Financial Manager Will Face Constitutionality Case in Michigan

Judge: Emergency Financial Manager Will Face Constitutionality Case in Michigan
  A judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has ruled that a challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s controversial Emergency Manager law can move forward.  The news eliminates a major hurdle in the legal process for Public Act 436 opponents. All lawsuits against the city had been [&hellip...
Jan
2014
17

REPORT: Dow Chemical Funneled $2M Into Michigan “Right-to-Work” Fight

REPORT: Dow Chemical Funneled $2M Into Michigan
  The release of a new investigation by The Center for Public Integrity shows that the flow of corporate cash to politicians is not as direct as predicted following 2010’s Citizens United vs. FEC decision.  Onlookers believed corporations would simply bankroll candidates but they have instead at times used loopholes in the legal system to...