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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    A car in every garage! A chicken in every pot!

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 03:00:34 PM EST
    Tags: Unfunded Mandates, Virg Bernero, Michigan Constitution, My isn't he generous! (all tags)

    Four weeks of paid vacation every year!

    Free this!

    Free that!

    Hey, do you want me to throw in a 72" DLP and PS3 to go with that as well?

    It amazes me when I hear the "promises" made by the various politicians.

    However, this one is a doozy, and illustrates again why this particular politician is not fit for the office that he seeks.

    {Details after the fold.}

    The Detroit Free Press (Nick, fondly remembers them as the "Ivory Tower"), released its latest party propaganda from the MDP in preparation for their endorsement of Virg Bernero as Michigan Governor.

    "Bernero to cities: Cut costs and I'd ease mandates" boasts the headline!

    "If you give me more cooperation, more collaboration, I will promise you no unfunded mandates," such as environmental and paperwork requirements that are handed down, he said."

    Unfunded mandates are a dirty secret used by democrats AND republicans in their efforts to balance Michigan's Budget.

    In 2009 alone, Michigan Taxpayers have been LITERALLY double charged by the government to the excess of $2.2-billion!

    Local politicians have been loathe to address this issue due to the fact that most of them are on the lower rungs of the political food chain, and do not want to rock the boat.

    Even though Lansing has repeatedly lost when this issue has been contested in the Bolt, Durant and Fitzgerald Public Schools (Michigan Public Schools) cases, Lansing still insists on playing ignorant regarding what its duties actually are.

    Virg Bernero is the latest politician to display his ignorance regarding this matter.

    True believers, I give you Exhibit "A":

    Michigan Constitution

    Article 9 § 25

    Voter approval of increased local taxes; prohibitions; emergency conditions; repayment of bonded indebtedness guaranteed; implementation of section.

    Sec. 25. Property taxes and other local taxes and state taxation and spending may not be increased above the limitations specified herein without direct voter approval.

    The state is prohibited from requiring any new or expanded activities by local governments without full state financing, from reducing the proportion of state spending in the form of aid to local governments, or from shifting the tax burden to local government.

    I wonder of his handlers have gone over Michigan Constitution 101 with Bernero yet?

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    Its a big deal.. (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 04:27:24 PM EST
    Especially when looking at as large a deficit as we have in Grand Traverse County.  $2.2 Billion breaks down into a lot of chickens.

    I am hoping to hold the STATE accountable as a comissioner.  Charlevoix County has had discussion on it..:

    "The correspondence from Schoolcraft County addressed state licensing fees for elections and the correspondence from St. Joseph County addressed unfunded state mandates. Commissioner Christensen has asked if the County can sue the State for unfunded mandates instead of adopting a resolution. He doesn't feel that it would be that costly if it were a class action suit. Chairman Evans would like to take this matter to MAC."

    Its time to bone up them dregs who make law on the state constitution perhaps?

    I wish you the best of luck in that endeavor. (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 05:02:01 PM EST
    I made a similar suggestion months ago and received the following responses:

    • Elected official went pale as a ghost.

    • Elected official rolling eyes to back of head.

    • Elected official derisively mocking suggestion as "unrealistic" (My personal fav).

    I cited three cases above which demonstrated that it is possible to win. What I lacked at that time were elected officials who weren't so beholden to the local political party, over the people they were purportedly elected to represent (a fact not made aware to me until after I made my suggestion).

    I wonder if that will hold true after whomever the next governor is, appoints an emergency financial manager to clean things up when they finally go into receivership sometime around next July?

    One thing I learned (none / 0) (#3)
    by LookingforReagan on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 06:55:17 PM EST
    A long time ago was there is no such thing as a free pony. Once that critter is in the barn you find that out. Hay, grain, straw, all have to be purchased to keep that free pony from starving or laying in it's own mess. Not to mention the intvestment of time when having to clean out the barn. Hmmm. That has a nice sound to it doesn't it? Clean out the barn. Yes, rolls off the tonge rather nicely. Anyway, when these guys talk about free I guess they mean free for them or a small number of the the self styled elites that they rub elbows with. When we see what Free means to somebody like Prez Barry we can understand that when I politician says "free" he means for him and we should hear the word "freeloader." No matter how they spin and duck and weave there is always somebody that has to foot the bill and that somebody always seems to be WE THE PEOPLE. Throw them all out this year. Maybe the next crop will get the message and learn that WE THE PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. If they don't there are plenty more that are willing to lead. The rest better get out of the way or get run over by the big ass bus that is coming down the road. You know, the one that says TEA PARTY on the side.

    An Observant Citizen (none / 0) (#6)
    by scttjones231 on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 05:20:27 AM EST
    Brilliant comments and fact-based opinions. All politicians are just the same...

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