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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    A burden that only John Cherry could love

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 06:26:27 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, 2010, Granholm-Cherry, unemployment, homeless, water rates, utilities, MBT, bipartisan, Andy Dillon (all tags)

    Boy, that record John Cherry is so proud to run on just keeps getting schnazzier and schnazzier.  In case you've been hiding under a rock the last two weeks, earlier this month, the Lieutenant Governor told the papers that he was proud to run on the economic record he's built these last six-plus years alongside Jennifer Granholm.

    Sure, they've been six of the most disastrous years for any one state in economic history but he argues that it's a strong record and something he'll apparently embrace during his bid to secure the state's top executive spot in 2010.

    Imagine then that headlines this morning announcing that homeless numbers are expected to spike across the state positively warm John Cherry's heart.  According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, families suddenly without a bread winner are finding themselves on the streets, kids and all.

    In 2007, 692 homeless people were recorded, of which 235 were children.

    The 2009 numbers won't be known for weeks, but Michelle Schneider, assistant program officer for LISC, said this year's count should be higher than last year.

    Think Cherry will use that blurb on his first piece of campaign literature?

    No, of course not.  Maybe the second or the third but that first piece that screams "VOTE FOR CHERRY" will undoubtedly want to address his deft handling of the state's financial crisis and the way tax and regulatory policy have sent bills skyrocketing across the state.  He might reserve line or two for today's Detroit News which highlights a newly expected massive hike in water rates for Detroit Water and Sewage customers.  That's 125 communities in South East Michigan.  

    Read on...

    "This is not what you to do people who are already down on their luck," said Maureen Taylor, state chairwoman of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, who has worked with Councilwoman JoAnn Watson before to mitigate previous rate hikes.

    "We need to help people get their water turned back on and not raise rates on people who are already struggling to pay."

    But it isn't only Detroiters who will are getting sucker-punched.  It's job makers, too.

    Oakland County's Oak Park would see the largest rate increase: 16.9 percent. Glen Goldberg already pays about $3,000 a year for water at his business, Four Seasons, a garden nursery and landscaping company.

    A long-term road construction project and the economy have already toughened the business climate. A rate increase is not what he needs.

    "It seems like we are getting hit from all directions," Goldberg said. "A 16 percent increase? That's huge even if they were going to phase it, but doing it all at once -- it's substantial."

    All you have to do now is point me at the voting booth.  Can't wait to pull that John Cherry lever.  In fact, I'll be PROUD to do it.  Errrrr...

    Meanwhile, in a story we talked about in yesterday's inaugural Caucus Courier, the Ivory Tower managed to devote a little bit of space to tell readers about the successful bipartisan effort in the Senate to overturn the job-killing MBT surcharge and to stimulate the Michigan economy to the tune of $1.235 billion over the next three years.

    The move's substantial Democratic support in the Senate won't necessarily translate to the extremists in Andy Dillon's state House (the Speaker tops on that list) but I'd personally be fascinated to see the reaction from the Granholm-Cherry administration with a piece of bipartisan, pro-family, pro-job, pro-recovery on their desk.  

    I only worry that the Governor would veto it and that standing, proudly over her shoulder nodding his approval, would be the Democrats 2010 gubernatorial candidate.

    < The Caucus Courier: Bipartisan Senate Majority votes to kill MBT surcharge (and more) | Friday in the Sphere: January 30 >

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    by LookingforReagan on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 11:34:31 AM EST
    Local radio stations in West Michigan are reporting that homeless people have started moving into the Allegan State game are and are living within confines of that place. Should make for an interesting deer season next year. Not only having to look out for other hunters but now you have to make sure that somebody with a hidden hooch doesn't get in the way. And of course I can forsee the hungry homeless trying to get their hands on the game that hunters have downed. Yes, the Czarina and Chumley Cherry have created one thing most folks never expected since  we haven't really seen it since the dark ages. An army of peasents living in the Czarina's forest.

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