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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Dillon pretending he supports bills he killed just last month

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 07:57:19 AM EST
    Tags: Andy Dillon, MBT, tax policy, surcharge, House, Battle Creek, casino, unemployment (all tags)

    Andy Dillon wants to cut taxes and reduce lawmaker pay and benefits.

    Err, well, OK, not really.  But he did utter the words "taxes," "cuts," "pay" and "benefits."  So that's something.

    Yesterday the Michigan House of Representatives got to work for the first time in the new legislative session and the Speaker of the House was reelected by his caucus members to a fresh two year term.  Because the last two years were so successful, I guess.  So what does the guy do?  He finds the cameras and microphones and tells the Capitol press corp that House Democrats are interested in cutting lawmaker pay, except they're constitutionally prohibited (true), want to cut lawmaker benefits, except they're constitutionally prohibited (not true) and that he wants to cut taxes except, you got it, he's constitutionally prohibited (again, a load of malarchy).

    His tent pole of his fancy little tax cut proposal is creating a ballot proposal to ask Michigan voters to decide whether or not they want to approve a tax cut.  Senate Republicans called bologna sandwiches immediately, reminding the man that the legislature exists for a reason, and Dillon's response was to call for.... Yes, call for a repeal of the Democrats' hated, job killing MBT surcharge.  One teensy-tiny little problem with that... as the Ivory Tower reminds us, he already had a chance to do that this time last month!

    Dillon also called for repeal of the 22% surcharge on the state's business tax -- a repeal approved by the Republican-controlled Senate in 2008 but not by the Democratic-controlled House.

    Nice of him to call for the repeal today, though.  I'll take a gander at Michigan Votes and the new bills being advanced through the chamber by the end of the week but something tells me that repeal won't see a vote on the floor of the overwhelmingly Democratic House anytime soon.

    Jobs will continue to die, business will continue to close their doors and families will continue to flee the state in search of brighter pastures.  Some folks, though, will find a job down around Battle Creek later this summer.  Only job requirement, qualms about swindling the last dollar out of desperate moms and dads in the most desperate times are strictly prohibited.  The Associated Press reports on a hiring spree about to begin at Michigan's newest casino.  1,500 new jobs running tables, working food service, opening doors and welcoming bleeding lemmings into a circle of sharks.  (What?  No, I'm not a fan of casinos... how could you tell?)  

    But hey, 1,500 new jobs, right?  That's bound to create quite a stir.

    Casino officials say they expect a lot of competition for the jobs, with a projected 20,000 applications. It's set to open late this summer.

    20,000 applications for 1,500 jobs.  That's more than ten applications expected for every job.  Maybe if Dillon had done his job in December instead of TALKING about doing his job in January we'd be in better shape than we are.  Alas.

    Good luck to everyone down in Battle Creek as they vie for just one of those "jobs of tomorrow."

    < Thursday in the Sphere: January 15 | "My dear guests, I am Speaker Dillon, your host. Welcome to Fantasy Island" >

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    by wctaxpayer on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 10:42:20 AM EST
    Well he can now officially blame someone else for the failure of these changes.  Did you detect a "when I'm elected governor" in his tone? I have heard this all before. Show me.

    Rose Bogaert, Chair
    Wayne County Taxpayers Association
    Rose Bogaert, Chair Wayne County Taxpayers Association, Inc.

    A poster in the Free Press said it best: (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 11:56:50 AM EST
    Are these people smoking crack!

    Eliminate those lifetime benefits, cut legislator pay, mandate that they pay for their own bennies (like the rest of us already do). Make this effective to current AND future lawmakers

    Then talk to me about being serious...

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