Tag Archive for Michigan

Money Well Spent

Michigan students at the bottom of the educational assessment list.

V.I. Lenin: Our National Dream Realized!
USSR Education Poster, 1950

Michigan schools are demonstrating unbelievable performance levels.

perhaps not in the way one might like, however.  From the Freep:

“A new analysis of results of a national educational test shows Michigan students have continually made the least improvement nationally of scores since 2003.  

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That analysis comes less than six months after the release of the Michigan’s Talent Crisis report by Education Trust-Midwest that found Michigan’s students are falling far behind their peers across the nation. The ETM report found that Michigan is in the bottom 10 states for key subjects and grades, including early literacy. “

Surprising?

Oh wait, they probably need more money.  Everyone knows that the amount of money spent per child is closely linked to student performance. More from the article:

” Jacob, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, said there is no single explanation of the Michigan rankings.

“I believe that there are a number of factors responsible for Michigan’s weak performance: a lack of adequate state and local funding for schools, the highly decentralized nature of governance that makes it difficult for the state Department of Education to develop coordinated reforms, the lack of regulation and accountability in the charter sector, and the economic and political instability that have plagued Detroit and other urban areas in the state,” he said. “

Whoop, there it is.

With a bonus.  Bigger control from centralized government, ignore the failing ‘regular’ schools, and put the hammer on the charter schools..

Comrade.

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Do The Dance

It's that time again. Beg your king for tax forgiveness.

Perhaps someday, we won’t have to ask permission to opt out of buying our business equipment over and over.

For the time being however, if the business related property you own is less than $80,000 in true cash value, you must.  IF you don’t feel like paying property tax on it.  Our benevolent overlords have made it possible with Michigan Department of Treasury form 5076; that ‘golden ticket’ for small business which relieves them of the perpetual financial burden of fixture ownership.

Of course it is hardly an everlasting gobstopper of taxation relief. the 5076 form must be filed annually, and specifically with your local township, city or village taxing unit.

You have until February 10 to turn this sucker in.

You’re welcome

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USA THANK YOU TOUR 2016 IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI ON FRIDAY!

Join President-Elect Donald J. Trump for the USA Thank You Tour 2016 in Grand Rapids, MI Friday, Dec. 9th at 7:00 PM! Get your tickets here. Details about the event are below:

Friday, Dec. 9th: Grand Rapids, MI
DeltaPlex Arena
2500 Turner Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Doors Open: 4:00 PM
Event Begins: 7:00 PM
Get your tickets here.

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Michigan’s Energy Senate Bill 437/ VOTE NO!

Cronyism alive and well in Lansing with renewable energy mandate 'lighting' it up.

fuscaldoThe Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the two energy oligopolists in Michigan, through their lobbyists are attempting to railroad through a lame duck Michigan legislature Senate Bill 437. The bill would line the pockets of the energy oligopolists with subsidies and alleged necessary rate increases. The “climate change” advocates are being bribed to support the legislation because the legislation includes the production of more renewable energy in Michigan via windmills, etc. pursuant to Granholm’s 2008 Renewable Energy Mandate.

The following quote is from the linked article that substantiates the claim that in view of the 2016 Presidential Election results the legislature should stand fast and not support this wind fall profit package to the energy oligopolists and climate change advocates.

QUOTE: “The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States and the GOP maintaining control of the U.S. House and Senate means the key reason for pushing forward with Senate Bill 437, a bill that will revise utility regulations in Michigan, has effectively gone away.”
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/22976

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Congratulations MR President.

305Thank you for making Michigan a big part of your success.

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WOW – More Michigan Trump Visits

Michigan efforts demonstrate rising probability of Michigan winning it for Trump!

donald-trump-jrDonald Trump Jr. is now coming to town!

With this level of activity in Michigan, its hard to imagine we are no longer in play.

Grab your friends, family, and anyone you know and get them active.  This is the year we start to take government back from the Cronyist cabal that manipulates policy from both sides of the partisan aisle.

Stopping first at Michigan State University in East Lansing and then going to Grand Valley State University in Allendale. Below are the details of each event:

Wednesday, November 2nd: Michigan State University at the Ballroom, MSU Union Building

49 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Doors Open: 11:30am
Event Begins: 12:30pm
Register for tickets here*

Wednesday, November 2nd: Grand Valley State University

GVSU Russel H. Kirkhof Center
South Campus Drive (Building 18)
Allendale, MI 49402

Doors Open: 2:30pm
Event Begins: 3:30pm
Register for tickets here*
*Tickets are required for admittance

And don’t worry..  Brian Calley won’t be there to spoil the fun.

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$257K Per Legislator

With all the box seats are sold out, Michigan taxpayers are all in the peanut gallery.

Money Transfer ImageFor each of the 148 State Senators, and State Representatives in Michigan, lobbyists spend about a quarter Million bucks each year.

According to Craig Mauger at the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, this year they are on track to keep it going.

Over the first seven months of 2016, January through July, lobbyists reported $21.7 million in spending, according to disclosures filed with the state at the end of August. That total, $21.7 million, is the most spent on lobbying over the first seven months of a year in Michigan’s history.

Its all innocent ..of course.

But please remember, your guy is in Lansing, and is outnumbered by trained agenda wielding operatives by a factor of 20 to 1.

Not only is there more money trying to influence Michigan’s elected officials, there are more lobbyists as well. There were 2,998 lobbyists and lobbyist agents registered in Michigan in 2015, up from the previous record of 2,959 in 2012.

And that means “20 to 1” is just the average.

But rest assured, all that money is only spent on positive outcomes, AM I RIGHT?

 

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It’s The Supreme Court Stupid

Rock beats scissors. SCOTUS surely MUST beat smug moral discontent.

Hello #NeverTrump folks.

Repeat after me: “I want the United States Supreme Court to actually follow the constitution.  Argue all you want that Trump is not a conservative, and is a loose cannon, etc., but when the rubber hits the road, it cannot be Hillary who names the next SCOTUS nominee.

Just ONE more supreme from the likes of the current left would be a disaster for Michigan. On the basis of the EPA’s effect in Michigan, as well as others, Hugh Hewitt has a point or two to make:

With hardly any effort at all I summoned up a dozen major cases where the switch on the court from 4-4-1 to 5-3-1 would be disastrous, beginning with Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, which was last year’s court ruling that reined in the EPA from imposing massive costs on the states without proper rule-making procedure and oversight and the Rapanos decision of 2006 which only gently (and barely) rebuked the Army Corps of Engineers from playing havoc with property rights. The prospect of a massive regulatory state with no meaningful judicial oversight at all did not deter the professor.

The EPA vehicle to property right losses might have been created by Nixon, but it will be nearly any administration as out of control as the current one that will drive it over us.

A second Clinton administration will repeatedly hit reverse to finish the job.

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Walberg Reveals Why We Have A Problem

You think maybe its time to get a little angry?

Congressman Tim Walberg:  “We (congress) have the authority to fund anything we want to..”  Well yes, but..

The video

Ugh.

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