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Tag: Mackinac Center (page 2)
Attorney General Orders Home Health Dues Skim to End
Illegal scheme continued despite law explicitly stating providers are not government employees
MIDLAND -- Michigan's 60,000 home health care aides should no longer have so-called union dues skimmed from their subsidy checks as a result of an informal but binding opinion letter issued today by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. The opinion was issued in response to a request by Rep. Paul Opsommer, R-DeWitt, six weeks after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation ending the stealth unionization. The Service Employees International Union has taken some $30 million from the state's most vulnerable residents over the last six years, including more than $680,000 since the scheme was outlawed.
"This episode demonstrates how government-sector unions often act in ways that benefit themselves at the cost of taxpayers and their shanghaied members," said Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Director Patrick J. Wright. "The independent contractors and family members who provide aid to the developmentally disabled were never government employees and should not have been paying dues in the first place."
The SEIU was able to skim the so-called "dues" under a scheme that was concocted during the administration of Gov. Jennifer Granholm. An interlocal agreement between the Department of Community Health and the Tri-County Aging Consortium allowed for the creation of the Michigan Quality Community Care Council, which served as the shell employer for people who are actually self-employed independent contractors or, overwhelmingly, family members caring for loved ones.
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By JGillman, Section News
It has to happen.
When the squishy policies of entitlement theory fall from the vine under their own weight, sour grapes soon turn to whine:
"Rep. Levin Asks I.R.S. To Look Into Mackinac Center
A brick of the finest aged Taleggio to match for the kid that senator Carl used to hide under the stairs.
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Reposted From MTTM ~
Yesterday was Michigan's birthday.
Our state has undergone a great deal of change over the last 175 years, and today can serve well as a history lesson for the country and itself. Especially given the recent discussion with regard to government owned bridges, light rail, and other stimulus & economic development efforts funded with tax dollars, we should certainly note that some things never change.
The Mackinac center in 1998, published a piece that needs to be read again.
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MIDLAND -- Gov. Rick Snyder's 2012 State of the State address included five proposed expansions of government and one limitation, according to Mackinac Center Fiscal Policy Director Michael D. LaFaive, who has tallied and categorized annual State of the State addresses as far back as 1969.
"Gov. Snyder seemed to focus more on new programs than on limiting government's scope," said LaFaive. "However, if last year's address is an indicator, he may be understating his plans to lessen the impact and cost of government in the coming year. Like last year, the governor intends a series of legislative updates, which along with his budget presentation may give us a better understanding of his policy agenda."
LaFaive noted that last year the governor offered a disappointing three limitations of government in his proposal, only to rein in the state in many more areas than he outlined in his address.
"I am hopeful that the actual work accomplished by his administration is once again more inspiring than the vision laid forth tonight," LaFaive added.
The results of the annual tally are below.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
That dosen't sound very positive to me, but, ya, the GoverNerd is across the boarder kissing the Canuck's ring.
Mr. Snyder acknowledged that the new bridge remains a tough sell in Michigan, where relatively few people understand the vital role the bridge plays in getting U.S. exports to markets in Canada and beyond. The project was first proposed more than five years ago.
Certainly that has nothing to do with the $500 million gesture that you begged the Canadians for or your PAC.
"I understand why they're spending the money," he said of the Morouns. "It's economic self-interest. The troubling part is the lack of accuracy in what they represent."
Well, that inaccuracy has always been on the governments behalf, GoverNerd. It's well documented here. Simply hit any of the 'Tags'.
God bless Mr. Moroun for fighting for us taxpayers against this NAU abomination.
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
This calls for a celebration.
Minutes earlier, a substitute bill supported by Democrats, which provided community benefits for the Delray area of southwest Detroit, where the bridge would be located, was voted down, 5-2, on a party-line vote.
Thank you to all the No votes that killed this unwanted boondoggle.
The ball is in your end of the court GoverNerd....
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
The Michigan Senate's top-ranked Republican expects a committee scheduled to meet Thursday will advance a bill authorizing a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
Am I to assume that you, as Committee Chair, have knuckled under to the expediency of Governor Snyder and a term limited Sen. Richardville to advance a floor vote from your admirable "fair and transparent fashion" just yesterday? What is the "community benefits" component?
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Just to get it to the starting gate, the Governerd's obsession will have costs alright.
From The Mackinac Center's McHugh:
"MIRS has reported that all 12 Democrats in the state senate -- only four of whom are from Detroit -- will vote "yes" on a controversial Detroit-Windsor bridge, but only if the deal includes a wish list of "community benefits" being written by Sen. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit.
Everything has a cost to be sure.
In this case, lets fill the pockets of the community organizers just before the 2012 elections. That way fair elections are sure to occur.
McHugh has put the dot on the i. Between the patronage Snyder could guarantee for the left, and the crony capitalism that has no political center, the vote rewarding is apparent.
I wonder if Ficano is somehow involved?
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