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By Croton Crier, Section News
Our family attended the Baker's Green Acres Celebration of the Farm this past Saturday to show solidarity with a small farmer who is being persecuted by the DNR of Michigan. After arriving at the farm, we city slickers with little experience in farming observed a scenic setting where a variety of animals are raised in a clean and quite pretty environment.
The question that came to my mind as I weighed the invasive species accusation against the Baker's versus the reality of what I observed was: How in the world did we get here?
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Is This how Justice is served in Midland? ~ JG
Judge phones moving party via ex parte communications when they didn't show up and rescheduled as a "courtesy". When do WE get such a courtesy if we don't show up in court; especially when we move the motion. UNBELIEVABLE!
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
A Michigan-based company slated to produce lithium-ion polymer batteries for electric vehicles has instead kept production overseas, has failed to meet job targets outlined in a $150 million grant from the federal government, and has been reimbursed by the government for $842,000 in wasted work time, according to a U.S. Department of Energy Special Report released Wednesday.
Thank God the republicans in Lansing, didn't throw away taxpayers money overseas on Green crap like those reckless big spending Democrats... Oh! Wait.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Naturally, because the Fabians in England has managed its own affairs so well, why not seek their approval here in, Michigan?
The DEQ recently was recognized by an International environmental group for its pollution prevention efforts.
How do you like them apples? Nothing like the cost savings associated with keeping the incredibly expensive global green hoax alive with such not-ready-for-primetime ideals that are rewarding subsidy to foreign nations, or are being bought by Communists for pennies on the US taxpayer Dollar.
Speaking of rotten Green apples. Exactly what is in the Memorandums of Agreement Granholm signed with England, that Governor Snyder, would want it to remain secret, anyway?
And maybe some others.
Works for me anyhow.
The little things like HB4326 are good for Michigan business. The DEQ under the Granholm regime reigned heavy with indiscriminate and wanton administrative restrictions, and punitive measures. One example, the King of the wind Farms in Macomb County.
The simple language:
(5) Except for an emergency rule promulgated under section 48, if the federal government has mandated that this state promulgate rules, an agency shall not promulgate or adopt a rule more stringent than the applicable federally mandated standard unless specifically authorized by Michigan statute.
In other words, a limit on unelected repositories of power in government. It eliminates over reach by those with a political agenda.
Good idea. Shame our guy up here voted against it.
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By jenkuz, Section News
It's funny, once Granholm leaves, the boys in the house man-up and the nerd-in-chief grows fickle.
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Northern Michigan economy snubbed again according to two Michigan lawmakers.
State Senator Jason Allen and House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer on Friday expressed their strong disappointment with the Granholm administration after it denied a permit for a new power generation plant in Rogers City.
The plant would have boosted Northern Michigan's economy with 2,500 good-paying construction jobs and established a base power generation source that would help the region to rebuild and grow for the future. Said Allen, R-Alanson of the governors choice?:
"This latest decision is another sad chapter in a pattern of neglect by the administration,"
The Wolverine Power Company proposed a state-of-the-art clean-coal power plant in Rogers City almost three years ago but was put on indefinite hold last year when the governor interjected another roadblock by requiring the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct further reviews of such projects.
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Four years ago Russ Harding began advocating what he called a "No-More-Stringent" law. A former director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (the hated DEQ), Harding understood the damage being done to Michigan industry, job makers and families when unelected bureaucrats imposed rules and standards on businesses that exceeded those imposed by already stringent federal regulations.
"Michigan's economy is dragging, and the state is losing jobs," Harding wrote in 2005. "Almost no one has called publicly for reducing the damage caused to our economic climate (and to effective regulatory practices) by Michigan's unnecessarily burdensome environmental regulations..."
It may have taken more than 1,500 days but someone finally paid attention. Republican state Senator Jud Gilbert recently introduced Senate Bill 434 in an effort to "limit state regulation promulgation authority." Harding, not surprisingly, is a fan.
"Many environmental regulations that have serious impact on Michigan businesses and households are made in the cubicle of some state bureaucrat who is unaccountable to Michigan residents," he said yesterday. "Important environmental and other regulatory policies should be made by elected officials who are ultimately accountable to voters."
Amen and preach!
SB 434 could help ease overbearing bureaucratic burdens on job makers in policy areas ranging from agriculture and air emissions to property rights and wetland permitting.
Beyond the immediately tangible benefits there's a much deeper value in this sort of legislation. By drawing back the power of the unelected bureaucracy and shifting the ability to regulate in excess of federal standards squarely onto the shoulders of legislators selected by the voters, SB 434 actually strengthens the Democratic process.
"Requiring legislative approval before state agencies can promulgate regulations that are more stringent than federal requirements is a step toward curbing the current practice of regulation without representation," Harding added. "Many states that Michigan competes with for jobs have already instituted this common sense reform."
Of course, there's the jobs issue, too. And the intrinsic personal joy I derive from knowing that anything might curb the power of the DEQ.
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