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    Tag: water rates

    A burden that only John Cherry could love

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 06:26:27 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, 2010, Granholm-Cherry, unemployment, homeless, water rates, utilities, MBT, bipartisan, Andy Dillon (all tags)

    Boy, that record John Cherry is so proud to run on just keeps getting schnazzier and schnazzier.  In case you've been hiding under a rock the last two weeks, earlier this month, the Lieutenant Governor told the papers that he was proud to run on the economic record he's built these last six-plus years alongside Jennifer Granholm.

    Sure, they've been six of the most disastrous years for any one state in economic history but he argues that it's a strong record and something he'll apparently embrace during his bid to secure the state's top executive spot in 2010.

    Imagine then that headlines this morning announcing that homeless numbers are expected to spike across the state positively warm John Cherry's heart.  According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, families suddenly without a bread winner are finding themselves on the streets, kids and all.

    In 2007, 692 homeless people were recorded, of which 235 were children.

    The 2009 numbers won't be known for weeks, but Michelle Schneider, assistant program officer for LISC, said this year's count should be higher than last year.

    Think Cherry will use that blurb on his first piece of campaign literature?

    No, of course not.  Maybe the second or the third but that first piece that screams "VOTE FOR CHERRY" will undoubtedly want to address his deft handling of the state's financial crisis and the way tax and regulatory policy have sent bills skyrocketing across the state.  He might reserve line or two for today's Detroit News which highlights a newly expected massive hike in water rates for Detroit Water and Sewage customers.  That's 125 communities in South East Michigan.  

    Read on...

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