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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Big Labor Says: "NO CUTS!"

    By THE MC Mackinac Center Blog, Section News
    Posted on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 12:02:16 PM EST
    Tags: Budget, MEA, Republicans, Tax (all tags)

    Cross posted from The MC - The Mackinac Center Blog

    By Ken Braun

    As I noted yesterday, there's speculation swirling about the capitol regarding whether the Republicans "have the guts" to vote for budget cuts. And as I referenced last week, one of those cuts is a $218 reduction to the K-12 budget. So it comes as little surprise that the MIRS Capitol Capsule (subscription required) now reports a "source" who claims that the Michigan Education Association is cranking up the heat on some of them to "back away" from the $218 million reduction.

    The list of MEA "targeted" legislators is as follows:

    Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton

    Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge

    James Marleau, R-Lake Orion

    Cindy Denby, R-Fowlerville

    Tim Moore, R-Farwell

    Tom Pearce, R-Rockford

    Sharon Tyler, R-Niles

    Geoff Hansen, R-Hart

    Jim Stamas, R-Midland

    Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights

    Kevin Green, R-Wyoming

    Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc

    So, this reminds me of the November/December 2008 edition of Michigan Capitol Confidential, wherein we noted that 11 of the 43 members of the House GOP caucus were "recommended" by the MEA during the most recent election cycle. It is perhaps no coincidence that this list also includes Jones, Marleau, Moore, Rocca, Green and Scott. After all, why bother "recommending" them to your membership if you can't get them on the phone when your ox is being gored, right?

    With the budget deadline looming within hours, it is perhaps useful to point out the others on the MEA recommendation list:

    Richard Ball, R-Laingsburg

    David Hildenbrand, R-Lowell

    Gail Haines, R-Lake Angelus

    Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake

    John Walsh, R-Livonia

    And also, quite related, here are some people keeping track of which lawmakers plan to do what when it comes time to raise taxes or not. The responses range in intensity from...

    "Don't waste your time calling me. I am a big NO on all tax and fee increases" -- Pete Lund, R-Shelby Township...


    When I asked if I could tell folks he would NOT raise taxes, his reply was, "I don't intend to." -- the aforementioned Tom Pearce, R-Rockford.

    < Michigan Business Done Right - Today's Business | Live Blogging at the Capitol-Countdown to NO NEW TAXES Budget Vote >

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    This is it,! (none / 0) (#2)
    by maidintheus on Thu Oct 01, 2009 at 09:03:46 AM EST
    Jack McHugh: http://www.mackinac.org/article.aspx?ID=11084

    That article is really it. It just states everything in a forthright way.

    I know complete copy/paste of articles is somewhat discouraged, but in this case I hope (hint, hint) it's placed in full on the front page.

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