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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    What price public safety? 2% of one department's budget, apparently

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 07:18:26 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, 2010, Granholm-Cherry, layoffs, unemployment, Comerica, corrections, parole, budget (all tags)

    Stop me if you've heard this one before.  Yesterday a major Michigan employer announced hundreds of new job cuts.  (I know, I saw you waving your hands telling me to stop, I just ignored you.)  The Ivory Tower reports that Comerica Bank, the folks who have their name on our beloved Tigers' home stadium, announced plans to cut a full 5% of their work force in the coming month, totalling 570 jobs.  

    Though the job cuts are spread across the regional bank's operations, many of them are expected to occur in Michigan, which has about 7,000 of Comerica's slightly more than 10,000 workers. Comerica is the state's second-largest bank in terms of deposits...

    Comerica, which moved its headquarters from Detroit to Dallas in 2007, expects the job reductions to result in a $35-million annual savings. They come on top of the elimination of 600 positions or 5% of its workforce last year.

    Notice by way of reminder, if you will, that amidst Michigan's single state recession of 2007 the bank outsourced its major white collar jobs and operations, not to India or China or Mexico but to freaking Dallas.  And just in case you're not a geography major, Dallas is in Texas, that giant state with all of the cowboys down at the bottom of your map of the United States of America.  

    Still tells a potent story about the way the Granholm-Cherry administration has handled Michigan's economy since taking the helm in January 2003.  Tells even more about the bank's perceived odds of a recovery after the Democrats took over the legislature in 2007, too.

    But don't worry, the current Democratic governor, her hand picked successor and those very same legislators are still on the job, they still have a plan and they're working it and they're working it and jobs of tomorrow and cool cities and plan and working and plan.

    Read on...

    Yesterday they even unveiled a new portion of this mythical plan... they want to save a couple hundred million dollars in the budget (spread across half a decade) by cutting 5,000+ convicted criminals loose on the streets early.  The Associated Press reports:

    If all the options to reduce corrections spending are adopted, Michigan would have 5,572 fewer prisoners than expected in 2015, according to the study. About $262 million would be saved from 2011 to 2015 -- not a huge amount considering the state probably will spent upwards of $10 billion on corrections in that period.

    Here's how the plan works... prisoners eligible for parole after serving their minimum sentences, unless they are rapists or murderers, would get parole.  Period.  The parole board, they're really no longer needed.  Minimum sentences become maximum sentences and bad guys get cut loose onto unsuspecting Michiganders.

    See, the thing about parole boards is they review prisoners' history, their behavior and a variety of other relevant factors.  If a parole board thinks John Q Arsonist doesn't deserve a fresh go at the matches just yet, I'm inclined to side with them instead of John Cherry.  Thanks.

    My favorite part of the plan, well, besides the fact that it'll save $262 million (allegedly) out of a total of more than $10 billion spent on corrections in the same time period (a staggering 2.6% of the budget... look out!) is what the politicians propose we do with the money we save.

    Republicans and Democrats applauded the study for not just focusing on reducing prison costs but for proposing that savings be spent to deter crime and lower recidivism.

    Know one real great way to lower recidivism?  Keep violent convicted felons IN PRISON!  They're serving the sentence the judge gave them and, bonus, they're not going to be on the streets committing new crimes.  Funny how that works.

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    Better idea (none / 0) (#1)
    by jgillmanjr on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 09:18:39 AM EST
    Allow conceal carry without a license and open up firearms ownership. THAT will cut down on violent crime.

    Vermont-Style Carry... (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 12:15:34 PM EST
    ...will solve a lot of the problems for those of us who like (or would like to) carry.

    Article 1, Section 6 is very clear on this matter.

    Sadly, because of its simplicity and that you cut a lot of bureaucrats and fees out of the equation, it'll never see the light of day in Michigan.

    What a great idea! (none / 0) (#3)
    by LookingforReagan on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 02:52:14 PM EST
    To let over 5000 hardened criminals out on the streets when Michigan has fewer police officers on the beat then ever before is just to typical when it comes to these people. Thanks to the fecklessness of the Czarina in allowing the strenght of the State Police to drop by a thousand officers our streets will be more dangerous. But then that seems to be a Liberal trait. They don't believe it could be that bad. Just like with Teleprompter Jesus starting to dismantle the structure that has kept us safe for seven years under President Bush this country will be more open to attack because of the return to the 9/10 mentality.
    Let us hope that all the ex-cons decide to locate in the same neigbhorhood as the Governor and her family.

    We can always dump them off here... (none / 0) (#4)
    by KG One on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 04:26:01 PM EST
    It's the next best thing.

    Just watch out for the security cameras at the top of city hall across the street.

    Guv's Office

    We have heard this before. (none / 0) (#5)
    by LookingforReagan on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 06:07:31 PM EST
    Kind of reminds me of what we heard at the end of every Sept. from the early nineties till 2006 from the Detroit Tigers. Wait till next year. I think when it comes to the gross mismanagement of this state we can't wait any longer. The Czarina has to go and go now. After that we can elect someone hopefully that has a brain.

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