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    Tag: Tonya Schuitmaker

    Not So Fast

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 11:48:42 AM EST
    Tags: 2013-HCR-11, 2013-SCR-12, 2013 House Roll Call 307, Michigan Constitution Article IV 18, 2013 Senate Journal 087, 2013 House Journal 092, Screw You, Tonya Schuitmaker, John Walsh, Tim Kelly, Howard Walker, Arlan Meekhof, Dave Hildenbrand, Roger Kahn, Michigan Constitution Article IV 17, Michigan Constitution Article IV 26, Cookie Cutter Curriculum, constitutionalist insurgency (all tags)

    The hidden beauty here is more about what two concurring voice votes in five days says about the psychological impact that the constitutionalist insurgency is having on the blueblooded elites of the party's old guard than about anything else.  While 2013 House Concurrent Resolution 11 initially passed the House on a roll call vote (House Roll Call 307), final passage - in both chambers - was accomplished by "deem and pass" voice vote.

    We're getting to them . . . and they've just screwed up large.

    (8 comments, 1113 words in story) Full Story

    Who I Voted For

    By kenmatesevac, Section News
    Posted on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 04:44:54 PM EST
    Tags: Jack Hoogendyk, Fred Upton, Tonya Schuitmaker, Lorence Wenke, Larry Deshazor, Aric Nesbitt, Frank Thompson, Pete Hoekstra, Mike Bouchard, Mike Cox, Tom George, Rick Snyder (all tags)

    (1 comment, 806 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    MI House Dems vote to give themselves LIFETIME health benefits

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 11:09:02 AM EST
    Tags: House, Andy Dillon, Robert Dean, Tonya Schuitmaker, Chuck Moss, Jim Marleau, Brian Calley, Kevin Elsenheimer (all tags)

    House Dems vote to guarantee own retirement perks

    Good reform package used as opportunity to provide lifetime benefits

    Earlier this morning Clydes Dale mentioned in another post a story he'd heard on WJR about Michigan Democrats and a vote to grant themselves lifetime benefits.  

    In economic times like these I sincerely wish even the most extreme left wingers had the sense to avoid big-government bureaucratic protection schemes like this but alas... they don't.  Not even the so-called moderates.

    House Democrats yesterday forced a package of bills through the Michigan House that do indeed guarantee lifetime benefits for state lawmakers.  Worse yet, they snuck it into otherwise important legislation.  But take this as a positive sign and early high marks for the Elsenheimer-led Republican Minority... Republican Representatives were quick to cry foul!

    "One of the top issues we're hearing from our local governments is their call for help dealing with unfunded liabilities and saving money," said Rep. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion. "That is the intent of this legislation and should be the focus of these bills, not guaranteeing benefits for state legislators and bureaucrats."

    The House yesterday approved a bipartisan package, House Bills 4071-9, to create a mechanism for the state and local governments to pre-fund retiree health benefits for public employees retired from the state, Legislature, Judiciary, State Police and public schools or from local units of government. A provision added by Democrats in committee would guarantee lifetime health benefits for public employees, including legislators.

    "It is unfortunate that this opportunity for real reform to improve the state of Michigan has been mucked up by special interest paybacks and partisan politics," said Rep. Chuck Moss, R Birmingham.

    The House Republican Caucus previously introduced HB 4080 to stop lifetime benefits for lawmakers beginning with the current sophomore class of lawmakers.  They've been trying to stop lifetime legislator benefits for years now.  Last term Democrat Robert Dean introduced legislation to protect lifetime benefits for himself and his colleagues and this year we get this monstrosity.

    "Ending lifetime benefits is an important move to put the citizen's Legislature more in line with Michigan citizens who are forced to make sacrifices every day to get by," state Rep. Brian Calley. "I am disheartened by today's move in the wrong direction. If the state can't even balance our own books, why are we cementing such an unnecessary perk for six years of service?"

    "Two weeks ago we voted to cut our salaries, and that was the right thing to do and today we voted to give ourselves lifetime health benefits," said Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker. "If that's not the definition of hypocrisy, I don't know what is."

    It is, Representative.  It is.

    (10 comments) Comments >>

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