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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Budget deficits, bipartisanship, charter schools and spite

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 07:01:19 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm-Cherry, unemployment, 2010, Cherry, Cox, Charter Schools, Detroit, DPS, spite (all tags)

    Up until this point and minus any actual bill I've been unsure about House Speaker Andy Dillon's proposal- not plan- to load all state employees into one large insurance pool complete with modest co-pays and premiums in an effort to save, by his estimate, $900 million.

    With a state budget $1.8 billion in the red and federal stimulus cash disappearing faster than Vanilla Ice (and leaving just as unpleasant a memory) I'm willing to listen to just about any kind of plan to shake up the status quo in Lansing.  

    When the Michigan Education Association lambasted Dillon I was that much more prone to agree with the man.  When Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox several days ago supportively praised Dillon's concept I became that much more encouraged by the possibility of bipartisan cooperation and real "change."

    This morning, personally, I'm chalking up one more notch on the PRO side of the ledger... spite.  Pure, unadulterated, spite.  

    Booth Newspapers reported late yesterday that Governor Jennifer Granholm hates Dillon's idea because, apparently, it is a difficult political issue.  And if that doesn't make you want to find the nearest Granholm apologist and shake him firmly you're a better, more balanced person than me.

    "The concern that I have is that this plan is not something that would save money in the budget year we are negotiating or the budget year afterward," Granholm said. "The timing of this is challenging."

    Um, hello?  McFly?  McFlyyyy?  Anybody home McFly?  A $1.8 billion CHRONIC budget deficit, a nation's worst 15.2 percent unemployment rate and already a half-million one-time-residents exported to other states... those issues are challenging.  "Timing" has got freaking nothing on the economy the Governor, her number two John Cherry and Dillon himself have done their best over the last half-decade to permanently cripple.  

    The "timing is challenging?"  Are you kidding me?  Madame Governor... look around this state!  You're worried that the timing is challenging?  The timing is challenging.  Lamest excuses in the history of lame excuses.  Add that one to the lame excuse hall of fame right alongside "the dog ate my homework" and "I have to wash my hair."

    Read on...

    No word from the liberal media where their pet candidate and the sitting Lieutenant Governor John Cherry sits on Dillon's proposal.  Because his particular opinion clearly isn't news worthy or of even passing interest to anyone.  Don't be shocked, though, if the politically leprous Governor's nonsense is nothing more than a calculated political move to set Cherry up with an opportunity to "break" with her.

    In totally unrelated and much shinier news, though, there is ONE "opinion" we can be certain of, though.  According to Attorney General Mike Cox, enrollment in the Detroit Public Schools has now officially plummeted to the point that DPS no longer qualifies as the state's lone "first-class district," opening the way for additional educational choices (read: Charter Schools) for students and parents up to this point imprisoned in one of the worst run, least effective public school systems in the nation.

    The Ivory Tower:

    Cox released the opinion at the request of state Superintendent Mike Flanagan, who asked for clarification on whether he had to allow new charter schools if requested.

    DPS lost the designation because enrollment is below the 100,000-student requirement.

    The designation had barred other entities from opening more charter schools in the city.

    Awesome news for parents in the D whose kids didn't quite make it to the front of the last few Charter waiting lists.  Fingers crossed, for their kids' sake, that the Granholm-Cherry administration doesn't complain of "difficult timing" and try to gum up the works.

    < Monday in the Sphere: July 20 | Tuesday in the Sphere: July 21 >

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    Time will tell... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Nick on Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 11:27:55 AM EST
    If he's going to break my guess is it'll happen today or tomorrow or not until after Dillon actually submits language.

    We'll see.

    When you lack a long term plan... (none / 0) (#5)
    by RightMacomb on Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 12:04:33 PM EST
    for the past 6 1/2 years, of course timing would be a challenge...FOR ANYTHING.

    This is a governor that makes promises and can never deliver, except when it comes to tax hikes, which she didnt promise, but did anyway.

    The other day I was talking to an Obama maniac friend of mine and I was complaining about Two Penny Jenny and her hiking unemployment to 15.2%.  His serious response was "Do you think John Engler had something to do with that?"

    So, we have a governor with the standard excuse for not doing anything "Timing is a challenge" and a standard excuse for when the economy keeps tanking and jobs keep getting lost "John Engler's Fault".

    Nick, can we add a countdown clock to Jan 1, 2011 when we can still hope that some sanity might return to the Governor's Mansion...

    They already lowered it to 60K (none / 0) (#8)
    by Nick on Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 12:53:00 PM EST
    But not EVERYWHERE in statute.  Thus, the 100K threshold remains the cut-off point for new Charters.

    Cherry Won't Defy MEA (none / 0) (#12)
    by DMOnline on Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 04:49:20 PM EST
    There's no way Cherry will "break" with Jenny.  That would also mean breaking with the Michigan Education Association - and there's no way on God's green earth that will EVER happen.

    On a side note, I can think of one scenario that would be amusing should OBAMA-CARE become law...

    At some point, the state's budget woes will become so bad that the Republican Governor and legislature will abolish MESSA and force MEA membership onto Obama-Care.  What sweet justice would that be?


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