Fast Times At The Detroit Public Schools Community District
Norman Shy, the Detroit Public Schools vendor who stole $ 3 million with the capable assistance of 12 DPS principals and one DPS administrator, has begun paying his court-ordered restitution. The Detroit Free Press reported today that the Detroit Public Schools Community District has received $ 1.5 million from Mr. Shy, out of the total $ 2.7 million in restitution U.S. District Court ordered Mr. Shy to pay in September 2016.
The problem here? Mr. Shy’s scam looted the pre bailout/bankruptcy Detroit Public School District, not the new Detroit Public Schools Community District. The new Detroit Public Schools Community District was created in July 2016, before Mr. Shy’s sentencing but well after his 13 year long scam concluded.
The legacy Detroit Public School District still exists as a ward of the State of Michigan to pay off more than $ 500 million in ‘operating debts’. Debts which, in part, are directly due to Mr. Shy’s scam and dozens of other thieves. Michigan taxpayers at large are paying down those debts of the legacy DPS District, and will be paying until 2025 – if not longer.
Mr. Shy’s restitution payments should be paid to the legacy DPS District, not the new DPSC District. Its not like Michigan taxpayers owe these monies to the new DPSCD. Michigan taxpayers fronted the DPSCD $ 617 million as part of the 2016 bailout/bankruptcy, and the new, ‘debt free’ district is now being financed just as generously as every other school district in Michigan.
$ 1.5 million is real money. Restitution should be directed to those financially damaged. In this case, it is the taxpayers of Michigan – not the new Detroit Public Schools Community District – who were looted by Mr. Shy.
Anyone still wonder why Michigan residents are so ill disposed towards Detroit and its very creative government accounting practices?
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the signing of Jennifer Granholm’s income tax hike in October 2007. Liars lie, and we have had our share over the years. On whether a particular democrat would sign on to such a drastic measure as reducing the net income of every single Michiganian?
Which is why it may have been encouraging for job makers and Michigan families when Bieda got the nod. After all, just last fall while campaigning for reelection he told the Detroit News that he was not out to raise taxes on Michigan businesses.
Q: There’s growing talk in Lansing about placing a sales tax on services that are now exempt. Would you support that approach?
A: Generally speaking, I think a tax on services, with perhaps some very limited exceptions, is something that I do not support.
One of a majority signing on to the temporary tax.
It was temporary. It was supposed to be rolled back. Given GOP has had control of all branches of the state since 2010, and how we have been sold a bill of goods on the (NEW) gas tax, who is it that really needs a kick in the ‘ass?’
Celebrating the most recent progressive era of Republicanism in Lansing, the official Budget Year Commemorative Series is now waiting to adorn your vehicle. From the more modest budget of $48 Billion to the latest greatest manifestation of politics unhinged, you too can let folks know how you love those high gas taxes, expansion of Obamacare in Michigan, and a full blown explosion of cronyism!
Be sure to order extras for the kids! (cause they’ll be paying for it long after you are gone) For each plate sold, the Secretary of State will contribute $50 to the ‘Sanctuary State Fund,’ or a secret slush fund for the next couple of Senate leaders.
Exclusive License Plate series with budgetary increases shown below the fold.
Find a rally to protest higher taxes in Michigan today!
As fitting as anything to rally about.
Reminding us why diapers and politicians are so similar. They sometimes stink, and need to be changed often.
The twelve lawmakers who don’t expect (or want) to reduce state spending anytime soon. Join Michigan FlashMob Activists all across our State at Post Offices listed below from 4:30-6pm! (click on the picture to see if your representative doesn’t think YOU deserve a tax break)
When given the opportunity to actually LOWER taxes on our workers and retirees 12 of our State Representatives voted NO with the Democrats!
Bring your own signs and show The Dirty Dozen Exactly how you feel about their vote!
Union Street in Traverse City (12noon-2pm)
190 E 8th Street, Holland, MI
24875 Novi Road between 10 & Grand River Novi, MI
1221 Bowers Street Birmingham, MI
3333 Central Blvd, Hudsonville, Mi
155 South Main Mount Clemens, MI (starts at 5:30)
Apparently the Michigan GOP house has Republicans who want to keep higher taxes and higher spending.
At least some of them anyhow.
Sometimes you gotta just wonder why, when given the chance, some Republican lawmakers refused to consider the amount collected from the working class as too high. Especially given they operate under the banner which says:
I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
By golly, that seems simple enough.
This is truly “the money they earn.” Oh yeah, I suppose the “fiscal responsibility” component of that oft ignored screed might well provide an ‘out’ for any ausgespielt fiscal-moral compass by a GOP type, but its not as-if the state budget is going down, right?
The following HOUSE REPUBLICANS may be using the excuse that they wanted to see cuts in spending first, but given the insignificant amount of taxes being reduced upfront, doesn’t that itself reveal the expectation that they will not?
Sure, the road tax puts us at the most expensive gas tax level in the country. And because of the idiocy of OUR large groups in Lansing, it even protects itself for inflation! But even so, our absurd taxation scheme has been relegated to second place in absurd tax schemes.
If Michigan were to follow the lead of Philadelphia (which I think could somehow happen), every six pack of coke 16.9oz bottles would have $1.52 tacked on. Every Pepsi 8 pack would have $2.03 added on.
October 10, 2016 — The City of Ishpeming and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) marked the opening of two new modern roundabouts at a ceremony this morning, bringing the summer’s $4 million major construction investment to a close.
“MDOT and the City of Ishpeming collaborated in outstanding fashion to improve a longstanding safety problem and access management challenge in the City of Ishpeming,” said Aaron Johnson, manager of MDOT’s Ishpeming Transportation Service Center. “These modern roundabouts bring a safe and efficient transportation solution to US-41 and the city, and provide a wonderful new gateway to the community.”
Emboldened text deciphering: “Don’t forget to keep making the NASCAR turns.”
Rails to trails projects - Are they worth the investment?
Michigan, and other states have seen a change from railroad grades to walking biking trails over the last several years.
While the old industrial infrastructure is converted to ‘cool cities’ attractions, communities are being asked to pitch in for tourism, and by golly, to commit for more of that brownfield dollar abuse as well. From today’s ticker:
“The new trail route is estimated to cost $5.3 million to complete. According to TART Trails Executive Director Julie Clark, $3.6 million (or 68 percent of the construction budget) is already earmarked in brownfield funding for the project. TART will seek an $800,000 commitment from Garfield Township trustees at their 6pm meeting tonight (Tuesday), leaving an $877,000 funding gap, or the remaining 17 percent of project costs. The city could help cover those costs, and partners could also apply for state grants, which “have funded the Boardman Lake Trail since day one,” Clark said.”
Its only money right?
One commenter says:
“Kudos to the City and TART. Trails are big money for cities, both in enhanced tourism and in adding value to properties. This will open up a lot of cool opportunities and add value all around Boardman Lake.“
I guess its “big money.”
Add to this the suggestion of creating a new parks authority, it only starts there.
10x25MM has done a fine job pointing out the DPS foibles, and this morning reminds me that bankruptcy really was the legitimate option for the failed district. It appears that even after 617 Million has been approved, no one knows who is in charge yet. From the Detroit News:
Davis, who has been board president for two years, on Sunday said Lemmons was making his move.
“LaMar Lemmons is trying to hijack the ship, but he is not currently the president, even though he would like to be.”
Both insist they are following the June 9 board meeting results even though the stint is short..
Boys. boys… Just remember, the Captain goes down with the ship.
In any event, I mentioned election efforts, right? Below is a radio ad I have prepared to run this coming week, and then again closer to the election. I thought it might be of interest, and that THIS TOO might be of interest. Higher taxes.. Right?