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    Tag: Gov. Rick Snyder

    It's a little too late.

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 02:15:00 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Income Tax Hike, Michigan Pension Tax, Surprise surprise surprise, Michigan Budget Surplus, That's been going on for how many years now?, Why hasn't it been returned to the people who actually created that wealth in the first place?, And who do we have to thank for this?, Gov. Rick Snyder, Sen. Randy Richardville, Rep. Jase Bolger, Is there some hope from, Rep. Jeff Farrington, or, Sen. Jack Brandenburg, And what happens when government has more money than it needs?, It finds new "necessary" things to spend it on, Rep. McMillin I'm surprised that you aren't mentioned here, "Tax Me More" (all tags)

    "It's a ltttle too little."
    "It's a little too late."
    "I'm a little too hurt."
    "And there's nothin' left that I've gotta say."
    "You can cry to me baby."
    "But there's only so much I can take."
    "Ah, it's a little too little."
    "It's a little too late."

    Unlike Pat Benetar, I still have something to say.

    So who is not-so subtle reminder for?

    It shouldn't be very surprising when you read below the fold.

    {Click below to read more}

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    Redundancy & regulation: Why Michigan Republicans are really the problem and not the solution.

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 06:00:01 AM EST
    Tags: Gov. Rick Snyder, State Senator Tom Casperson, SB-909, P.A. 387 of 2012, House Appropriations Chairman Joe Haveman, Senate Appropriations Chairman Roger Kahn, The check is in the mail, SMART, D-DOT, Regional Transit Authority, RTA Chairman Paul Hillegonds, SMART GM John Hertel, RTA CEO John Hertel, Hey how can he hold two jobs simultaneously? (all tags)

    I just finished watching John Stossel's "War on the Little Guy" I DVR'd from last night. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend doing so.

    Did you know that magicians "needed" to be licensed?

    Or, that the government can take your property under the guise of protecting a frog that hasn't been seen in your state for decades? The agency that took the property even said so itself. I'll forewarn you, the spokesman/lawyer from the agency defending that practice is more annoying than Sheldon on Season One's "Big Bang Theory". I recommend removing any large and heavy objects from within your reach when watching that segment.

    Or, that the biggest proponents of new government regulations are existing businesses who use it as a tool to crush competition and free enterprise here in America?

    No, he didn't have any specific examples from here Michigan. Although given the actions of late by "conservative" republicans in Lansing, he just as easily could have.

    Borrowing a page from Pres. B.O.'s playbook, "Do as I say and not as I do", is becoming their M.O. as well.

    {More sordid details after the fold}

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Well, this is...interesting.

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 10:25:59 PM EST
    Tags: Detroit, Bankruptcy, Gov. Rick Snyder, EM Kevyn Orr, P.A. 4 of 2011, P.A. 72 of 1990, P.A. 436 of 2012, Judge Steven Rhodes, Usual suspects:, Jerome Cavanagh, Roman Gribs, Coleman Young, Kwame Kilpatrick, Monica Conyers, Kwame Kenyatta, JoAnn Watson, Charles Pugh, Cloward & Piven Strategy full-scale field test, Not helping to pay Detroit's debts:, Graham Beal, Annemarie Erickson, Eugene Gargaro Jr, Cynthia Pasky, Saul Green (all tags)

    It really didn't surprise anyone watching the first-hand effects of democrat's "leadership" skills in action (a.k.a. Full-scale Cloward & Piven field test) in what was once known as Detroit.

    In a very anticipated decision in Federal Court downtown this morning, Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that Detroit CAN file for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy.

    However, things aren't as cut and dried as they seem on the surface.

    And just what might those things be?

    {Story continues after the fold}

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    You're in the money! You're in the money! You've got a lot of what WE want to get along!

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 11:50:00 AM EST
    Tags: Detroit, Bankruptcy, Gov. Rick Snyder, EM Kevyn Orr, DIA, Art Tax, "New" Art tax?, Guess who is going foot the bill this time?, What ever happened to the Macomb County Art Institute Authority?, Oakland County Art Institute Authority?, Wayne County Art Institute Authority?, DIA Shakedown, Graham Beal, Annemarie Erickson, Eugene Gargaro Jr, Cynthia Pasky, Saul Green, Sen. Randy Richardville, Rep. Jase Bolger, Mark Hackel, L.Brooks Patterson, big-government republicans, republican kakistocracy?, Rep. Frank Foster, Rep. Rob VerHeulen, Tell me guys it isn't so? (all tags)

    Most people here are well aware of the fact that the City of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy.  Most people are also aware of the fact that Lansing has assigned an Emergency Manager to financially clean house.

    Long-time readers are aware that this inevitable outcome was as plain as day to most local observers like myself, and borrowing a page from the President, want to make this as process as painful as possible to the principles involved, so that the actions which have caused it are never repeated again.


    Yes, the EM appointed by Gov. Snyder has brought some baggage with him.

    Yes, he has made a few enemies along the way.

    Yes, even the Governor himself has drawn himself into the fray by how the EM is compensated and most importantly by whom.

    But in his defense, he has made some tough decisions which needed to me made.

    Staffing is being addressed.

    Benefits are being brought to a manageable level, given the resources available to the Detroit.

    Assets are being looked at. And when appropriate, are being used to pay off the debts incurred by the city due to it habitual fiscal ineptitude.

    The latter isn't really making any new friends with those in charge of overseeing Detroit's Art Museum, a collection wholly owned by the City of Detroit.

    Yes, I'm talking about the DIA.

    Long-time readers may also recall how the DIA managed to successfully con the Tri-County Region into believing that the DIA was in the poor house and ram through a regional art tax to fund their little operation.

    With their meal ticket now in jeopardy because two of those counties aren't keen on taxpayer money going to bailout Detroit, a fact they were repeatedly warned about when the respective county boards placed this tax on the ballot, the DIA Board is looking at new ways to pull their collective fat out of the fire.

    You're going to love what scheme they have come up with this time.

    {Details after the fold.}

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    Tell me again why we "need" a gas tax hike, Gov. Snyder?

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:31:00 AM EST
    Tags: Gas Tax, Gov. Rick Snyder, MITA, Bike Paths, Parks, Comprehensive Transportation Fund, Michigan Roads, Are they in bad shape?, You betcha!, Do we need to raise taxes, How about higher vehicle registration fees?, Not if the man in charge remains consistent with his own stated principles, Michigan Republicans: Remember what raising taxes does to officeholder job security?, Just something to consider when Gov. Snyder comes around, MUSTFA, Michigan Auditor General Thomas H. McTavish, C.P.A, Refined Petroleum Fund Expenditures - Performance Audit, Not looking too good with how the state spends what it already collects in gas tax (all tags)

    Despite the overwhelming lack of support from Michigan Motorists, Michigan Legislators (unless your name happens to be either Wayne Schmidt or Roger Kahn), and anyone else not associated with MITA, the word on the street is that just like the Energizer Bunny, Gov. Snyder is still going and going at it behind the scenes trying to get another one of his tax hikes approved.

    This is coming from a man who loves to make local units of government jump through hoops to get money from the state.

    He'll require graphs, charts, metrics, notarized forms signed in triplicate and your mother's maiden name before even considering appropriating any money.

    Unfortunately, he still won't hold himself to the very same standard that he requires of others.

    Why is that?

    {Continued below the fold}

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    Thank you republicans...may I have another? Ung! Thank you republicans...may I have another?

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:30:00 AM EST
    Tags: SB-909, Public Act 387 of 2012, Sen. Tom Casperson, Gov. Rick Snyder, look at all of that republican support for higher taxes, where did all of the democrats go in the end?, Another taxpayer ripoff, Escanaba is nowhere near Detroit...so what gives? (all tags)

    Where do I begin on this one?

    Republicans on the state and federal level have always had this bi-polar, if not downright neurotic attitude towards adhering to what they claim publically to believe in.

    They tell us to our face that they support people keeping more of that they have earned, yet when given the chance to prove it, they steal from us what we have worked so hard to earn for because of...

    ...well, I'm not sure?

    Just last week in Washington, we've have "conservative" republicans flat-out ignore any spending cuts whatsoever and instead just raise our taxes to address the self inflicted "fiscal cliff". Not even two days later, republicans pass a pork-laden "aid" package.

    On the plus side those Alaskan Fisheries will now be able to rebuild from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

    Who can forget last year in Michigan the income tax hike no one wanted (but the governor and the leadership in the legislature made damn sure would be approved)?

    Or when Lansing decided that it was best to steal from seniors pensions.

    Oh, the good times republicans reading this post are musing to themselves.

    Well, like Al Jolson used to say, "You ain't heard nothing yet!"

    What until you read about the latest republican scam to shake down hard working Michigan Taxpayers.

    {Story continues after the fold}.

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    Hello, I'm Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh. And I approve of voter fraud.

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 11:29:59 PM EST
    Tags: Are you a US Citizen?, Macomb County, Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, Voter "suppression", Gov. Rick Snyder, Voting integrity, Voting fraud, SB-754, SB-803, HB-5061, Sen. Mark Jansen, Sen. Darwin Booher, Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, Michigan Election Coalition, Front Group, Fair Elections Legal Network, Common Cause, Progress Michigan, Project Vote, same tune...just with a different band this time. (all tags)

    Macomb County Clerk Sabaugh

    Hello, I'm Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh. And I approve of voter fraud.

    And the hits just keep on coming.

    {Details below the fold}

    (2 comments, 774 words in story) Full Story

    Don't you just hate it when government gets involved in healthcare?

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 08:00:00 AM EST
    Tags: "Health Planning Resources Development Act" of 1974, Repealed in 1987, MCL 333.22211, Strangely...still on the books, Certificate of Need, Central Planners, Keynesian Economics, McLaren Health Care, Flint, Clarkston, $300-million investment, 3000 new jobs in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder, So whatever happened to "streamlining" state government? (all tags)

    Don't you just hate it when the government tells you what health care services you can provide?

    More specifically, where you can provide them and to whom you can provide them to?

    This isn't America's dystopian future under Obamacare.

    At least not yet, anyway.

    This is something a little more below the radar and closer to home.

    {Details under the fold}


    (2 comments, 548 words in story) Full Story

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