2014 Primary Edition: Cronyism, Corruption, Lies, Spies and Incumbents

Tuesday August 5th you have a choice to cast your votes for more of the same old status quo or to cast your votes for real change of Freedom and Liberty which will you choose?

We the people in the true conservative grassroots Tea Party made a statement in 2010 and put those into power and control here in Michigan thinking we had done the right thing. Unfortunately what we have seen is the exact opposite of what we thought we were getting!

If one was to study and compare the policies that have been enacted in the last four years it’s clear we have had the “wool” pulled over our eyes by false promises and representation out of those we elected to serve our best interest.

Will we continue down this path by casting our votes for more of the same or will we make those that have betrayed us pay the ultimate price for giving us the shaft? I for one will not let this betrayal slide by because of the old argument that casting my vote for one evil over another is the “right” thing to do! Eagle Patriot

If Governor Snyder and the Republican controlled legislature is re-elected this will only send a message to them that we like what you are doing and it will be full steam ahead with more liberal and progressive policies we can ill afford here in Michigan.

It’s high time we as a people make a stand and say enough is enough of this top down “dictating” approach that many of us are not at all happy with the direction we are being led that the political party leaders think they know what’s best for Michigan citizens and their families.

We the People are supposed to be in charge “NOT” the Party or the Party bosses along with their big money donors who set public policy over the very one’s who elected them to serve us! If your content with being dictated to and being led like sheep then I feel for you but the problem is your taking those of us who chose the “right” path down with you.

Bailouts, Common Core aka (Communist Core) SnyderCaid (Medicaid Expansion aka ObamaCare) Corruption and Cronyism for the “Friends and Family” program along with the “Business Buddies” fund of the politicians must stop! We have had higher taxes bestowed upon us in the last four years and a expansion of government that we don’t want or need and it’s getting out of control. Lesser of two evils

Don’t fall for the rhetoric that any Republican is better than any “evil” Democrat because if you do your just getting a different kind of “evil” and remember evil is still evil no matter which way you spin it.

A couple founding quotes ring true today by one of our founding fathers and his son.

In politics the middle way is none at all ~ John Adams

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost ~ John Quincy Adams

Cantor’s Defeat Proves “The Conservative Tea Party” Voice Means Business

This should show the establishment MIGOP that when they attack the Grassroots, Conservatives, Libertarians and Tea Party faithful and their voices are ignored you will pay a price at the voting booth! A Tea Party

For Michigan’s Republican voters can you say the “dele-gate” fiasco with the Romney supporters or how about that fiasco at the Tampa Convention?

But it just doesn’t end with those two examples either. How about all the state party rule changes brought down by the power brokers of the MIGOP as to stifle the Grassroots Conservative Tea Party voices here in Michigan?

The party establishment will go to any and all lengths as to protect their perceived power and control along with their spots at the public “feeding trough” over its shrinking membership. 

They have forgotten that we put them into power in 2010 with our votes and we can take that power away just as easy with those same votes! Looks like George Carlin was absolutely spot on with his quote – “It’s just a big club and guess what…we aren’t in it.” A Eric Cantor

So much for polls – Last week a poll commissioned by The Daily Caller had Cantor’s lead slipping, but he was still beating Brat by 13 points.

Cantor’s campaign dismissed that poll’s lead as ridiculously low, saying the Republican would “win by a much stronger margin.” Internal polling showed Cantor up 34 points. 

It should come as no surprise that “political party machines” consistently do internal polling on policy issues that may reflect their re-election campaigns. But the internal polling on Eric Cantor proves that it’s not an exact science doesn’t it?

In a bit of a preview of what was to come, the incumbent chairman of the congressional district’s local Republican Party also a Cantor loyalist was defeated as well by a Tea Party favorite.

So the message here in Michigan to all the “Faux” Tea Party infiltrators that are nothing more than establishment lackey’s who bow to their establishment “master’s” beware you will come out on the losing end! A WE THE VOTERS

Conservative pundit Erick Erickson said Tuesday that the Virginia results showed the tea party should not be taken too lightly. Erick Erickson is a politically conservative American blogger and editor-in-chief of the blog site RedState.com.

Eric Cantor raised about $5.4 million during the campaign, compared with Dave Brat’s $200,000 so all the money in the world couldn’t offset the wrath of the Grassroots Conservative Tea Party voters! Fool the voters once shame on the politician, fool the voters twice shame on the voters. 

Detroit Bailout Leaves Michigan Taxpayers On The Hook For More Than $195 Million – AND A LOT MORE!

1 Detroit Aid $195M

Below you will find just a few examples of how Michigan Taxpayers are on the hook for a hell of a lot more than this “Grand Crap Sandwich Bargain” of $195 Million of your tax dollars! If this isn’t leaving a bad taste in your wallet just wait, now that this is done they are working real hard for you up in Lansing to pass legislation as to raise your Gas Taxes too. 2 FilmTaxCredit

While Detroit Goes Bankrupt, Michigan Taxpayers Hand Disney’s ‘OZ’ Nearly $40 Million in Film Credits and this is but one example there are numerous other Film Subsidies that have and will be handed out to Obama’s Hollywood supporters!

The hard part to swallow is our legislators all think it’s funny that they are spending our tax dollars on this wasteful venture that corrupt politicians created in the first place. They won’t be out done they will all laugh when they pass yet more tax increases on we Taxpaying Citizens of Michigan. 3 Detroit Crony Capitalism

Can any Taxpayer in Michigan explain to me why our taxes should be used for the rich and wealthy as to continue to build their empires?

The Taxpayers of Michigan have had to pony up over $515 Million in subsidies for Ford Field, Comerica Park and the New Red Wings Arena not to mention the Pontiac Silverdome which was built and maintained with a taxpayer subsidy buried in an Agriculture Bill.

http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/18040

State Awards $830K Taxpayer Money to new Detroit Grocery

4 Detroit GroceryMore than $1.2 million in grants and loans have been awarded to the owners of the grocery and retail center it anchors. The “failed” Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) announced the funding this week. The money was approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund.

The project was awarded a $830,000 grant by the state of Michigan’s economic development agency. That’s on top of Detroit Economic Growth Corp. providing a $200,000 loan and a $225,000 loan through Invest Detroit, which funds city development projects.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140530/BIZ02/305300034

$127.5M in aid OK’d for projects in Pontiac, Detroit, Cheboygan
The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a request today for a $125 Million Taxpayer Funded subsidy to Green Box NA Michigan for a yet-to-be-built plant in Detroit. The Michigan Strategic Fund is just one of the many tentacles of the “failed” Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).
http://www.freep.com/article/20140527/BUSINESS06/305270132/Michigan-Strategic-Fund-Pontiac-Assembly-Plant

State to spend up to $20 Million to improve Belle Isle 5 Belle Isle Grand Prix
The state (we the taxpayers) said it plans to spend up to $20 million to improve the park during the first 18-36 months of state management.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/01/us-usa-detroit-belleisle-idUSBRE99018R20131001

Belle Isle Roads Resurfacing
For the 2014 Grand Prix in Detroit on Belle Isle $3,500,000 Million allocated on December 18, 2013 from the states Trunkline Fund. So again the rich and well connected benefit from we taxpayers such as Roger Penske with his “Team Penske” motorsports who raced and won at the Grand Prix this year on Belle Isle.  
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/OGA_Dec12_State_List_442695_7.pdf

6 Detroit M1 RailWayne County OK’s $3 Million Taxpayer Money on road fixes for new M1 Rail street car project
Michigan Taxpayers should question why the money wasn’t being spent to fix potholes. “The money being utilized for this project is supposed to be restricted for road purposes.”  Being as Detroit and Wayne County both are broke and facing financial issues with Bankruptcy along with the state in control how could this be?
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140603/METRO05/306030086

Could Wayne County Go Bankrupt Next?
With the news of Detroit’s bankruptcy still sinking in some financial experts say Wayne County could be next. But other cities are facing similar financial difficulties as well…can you say Flint as but just one other example?
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/12/05/561511/

A “Reality Check” on Politicians and “Those Who Elect Them”

1 An Informed RepublicWe have all heard that voting for the worst of two evils is still evil but the electorate continues this madness.

This voter ideology presents severe dangers to our Liberties, Freedoms and the very existence of our Republic as we know it.

Many of our elected officials have drifted away from the concept of civic duty in “serving the people’s interest” and have become self serving to themselves and their political party.

Many have also failed as a husband, father and a representative of the people and indulged in things they should have avoided.

With politicians it seems to be easy to fall into the trappings of temptations with the perceived power that comes with being elected as a public servant. Some reporters have referred to certain politicians as rock-stars within the political arena which goes right to their heads.  3 Bribe Politicians

The allure of the big money through (Campaign Donations) being thrown at these politicians by the many lobbyist and special interest are a huge part of the problem but the lack of morality and principles of these legislators falls directly on them! 

If we as a people are to change the direction of our state and country we must change the way we cast our vote for the current ideology of casting our votes for the worst of two evils will be our own downfall and the downfall of our state and country! There are other options besides the two major political parties.

We the People are in need of a viable alternative to the two major political parties. The Constitution Party is that option. Here in Michigan the Constitution Party http://www.constitutionparty.com/ has an affiliate (USTMP) http://www.ustpm.org/about.html

Famous Quotes: 2 Diapers & Politicians

The most difficult choice a politician must ever make is whether to be a hypocrite or a liar ~ Unknown

Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason ~ Mark Twain

We’d all like to vote for the best man, but he’s never a candidate ~ Kin Hubbard

In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous. ~ Tacitus

Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible. ~ Frank Herbert

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other ~ Oscar Ameringer

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies ~ Groucho Marx

MIGOP Subverts Michigan Constitution to Silence Voice of the Voters

Richardville MackinacNo matter how you feel about raising the minimum wage for or against this is just plain wrong! When the will of the citizens are subverted along with their constitutional rights by any political party its tyranny.

Never mind that giving voters the final word is precisely what the framers of Michigan’s constitution had in mind when they established the ballot initiative process in the first place. 

So Michigan Republicans have decided to short-circuit that process you know, the untidy one ordained in Michigan’s constitution in favor of closed caucus meetings where Republicans who control the Legislature can wire an outcome more palatable to their business buddies who contribute to their campaign coffers.

The arrogant disregard of Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville for the democratic process that the ballot initiative was designed to keep in check is evident in his statement. Partys Versus People 235 X 269

If it wasn’t a situation I felt was critical, “I’d let the (ballot initiative) process go along as it is,” the Monroe Republican added. By his statement and views on this issue the peasant citizens of Michigan are under control by “King Richardville” and what they feel is best is irrelevant.

I thought the citizens were in control? I always thought those we elect to serve us in Lansing were our employees and we citizens were their employers? 

The pattern is clear: If the electorate, we the citizens, is threatening to turn on those in power, change the rules. We have seen this time and again within Michigan’s Republican Party since they came into power in 2010.

Can you say the Primary delegate fiasco in 2012? Can you say changing the rules at the Tampa convention silencing the will and voice of the delegates just to mention two recent examples? We have also seen rule changes at the Republican  state conventions that were made to shut out the grassroots, conservatives and delegate members of the MIGOP all to the benefit of Party leadership.

Here’s a conservative word of advice for Republican voters. Any current Republican legislator or any candidates with close ties to this so-called Republican Richardville be careful in casting your vote for them because you just may not get what you think and more than likely you’ll be getting more of the same! What’s that ole saying birds of a feather flock together. Michigan Republicans cannot afford these Democrat like infiltrators masquerading as Republicans.Rino Randy

Source:

http://www.freep.com/article/20140510/COL04/305100007/minimum-wage-michigan-legislature-Randy-Richardville

 

MIGOP “Tactics” as to get “Their” Chosen Candidates Elected

I’m sure this is going on all over the state as to stifle the Grassroots, Conservatives and Tea Party that dare challenge the establishment but this one is in my own backyard. We all have seen how the MIGOP establishment has gone after and targeted two conservatives Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio. Jason Sheppard and Richardville

I had seen in my facebook notifications that one of my facebook friends liked a page so I investigated. To my surprise and shock I couldn’t believe that many of my conservative friends would like a “yes man” for Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville for State Rep. 

The MIGOP establishment has a plan in place as to get their chosen candidates elected and will go to any and all lengths as to make sure this happens. Let’s take a close look at just one example in my district how they are going about this.

State Rep. Dale Zorn was first elected in November 2010 to the Michigan House to represent the residents of Monroe County for a two year term this after being a county commissioner for the past 20 years. Has he ever worked in the private sector? How many years is enough of feeding at the public trough? Zorn failed we the people are michigan ad

Now with Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville being term limited Mr. Zorn will forgo his final two years of eligibility as a House Rep. to pursue the seat in the Senate being vacated by Mr. Richardville his life long buddy. Hmmm…

Couple that with another Richardville “yes man” former Monroe County Republican Party “puppet” chairman and current county commissioner Jason Shepard being “anointed” to run for the State Rep. seat being vacated by current State Rep. Dale Zorn.

Oh the webs they weave in the political arena here in Michigan. Word from inside Lansing’s Capitol from a very reliable source is that Mr. Zorn can’t cast a vote without contacting Party leadership as to see how he should vote! Is this representing the people who elected him or the Party? I believe the answer to that is clear. Jason Sheppard with State Representative Dale Zorn

This candidate Jason Sheppard has consistently “name dropped” and “bragged” about having dinners with Governor Snyder and his wife along with Senate Majority leader Richardville and his wife (before their much publicized divorce) at several establishment Party functions so this should show that this candidate is establishment all the way and if elected will represent Party over citizens.

I contacted all my facebook friends who is shown to have liked Jason Sheppard for State Rep. and not one of them said they liked his page! Hmmm…Something bad wrong here folks!

Additional interesting sources and information pertaining to this story:

For those fellow Conservative Patriot friends that his page shows you have liked, several have already un-liked once this was brought to their attention. If you like Snyder and Richardville’s “liberal policies” your sure to like Jason Sheppard and Dale Zorn.

Jason Sheppard | Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/jason.sheppard.37?hc_location=timeline…

Hello, my name is Jason Sheppard and I’m running for State Representative in … I’m happy to get the opportunity to see Senator Randy Richardville, a close and personal friend …

Facebook friends who have liked Jason Sheppard for State Rep.

https://www.facebook.com/jason.sheppard.37/likes

Jason Sheppard host fundraiser for Richardville at his home

http://monroecountyrepublicans.com/richardville-shepard-fundraiser/

Jason Sheppard for State Rep Fundraiser With Special Guest, Attorney General Bill Schuette

http://monroecountyrepublicans.com/jason-sheppard-state-rep-fundraiser/

Glenda Kennon who is Richardville’s mother that really runs the local Republican Party in Monroe behind the scenes and instructs the “puppet” chairman they put in place supports Mr. Sheppard. Jason Sheppard with Richardville's mother Glenda Kennon

From the Jason Sheppard for State Rep. page

Jason Sheppard 

January 17

I would like to thank Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville for hosting me and my wife at the State of the State last night.

Glenda Kennon Enjoyed the evening and nice to see you and the lovely Melissa.

Like · Reply · January 19 at 8:49am

Jason Sheppard

January 10

I want to thank the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville for an excellent Legislative Luncheon. A Jason Sheppard Campaign Event

Glenda Kennon You gave a great update as well Jason.

Like · Reply · January 11 at 8:22am

Michigan Tea Party Scorecard – 2013 Q1 Q2

Rep. Dale Zorn scores 29% out of a possible 100% and coming in tenth from the bottom of all legislators with over 50 Democrats scoring higher.

http://www.michiganvotes.org/VotingIndex.aspx?ID=826

Voted “YES” on a mortgage bill tailored for MIGOP Chairman Bobby Schostak’s brother and family business interest and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder that overturned a $2.4-million judgment against the brother and business partner of Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak.

http://www.freep.com/article/20120331/NEWS15/203310415/

Voted “YES” on above Mortgage Bill for Chairman Schostak’s brother and business partner

2012 Senate Bill 992: Clarify mortgage loan contract “non-recourse” provision rules (House Roll Call 125)

http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=610846

Voted “NO” on Right to Work

2011 Senate Bill 116: Make Michigan a “right-to-work” state (House Roll Call 724)

http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=634032

Voted “YES” on Medicaid Expansion aka SnyderCaid

http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=672074

Republicans Collaborate With Left-Wing Liberals Against Conservatives and Tea Party

Amelia Island Ritz HotelAmelia Island in Florida is the gathering “Hot Spot” for the Political Elitist, Lobbyists, Big Labor, and the Republican leadership that all use this “chic” location to collaborate defeating conservatives and the Tea Party Patriots.

The Republican Main Street Partnership’s offshoot “Main Street Advocacy” is one such group that host these events at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island.

The “Main Street Partnership.” is just one of the D.C.-based outfits started by lobbyist Steve LaTourette.

The group has made it its mission to come after constitutional conservatives and to back big-government puppets. As late as 2007, Mitt Romney was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.

Why would Republican leaders speak at a fundraiser for a super PAC whose goal it is to take out conservatives? Why would they lend their names to a group that’s in cahoots with Big Labor? Remember those “secret” meetings that Governor Snyder had with the Union Bosses leading up to the passage of RTW? Hmmm…

I would have liked to been a gnat on a fly’s ass during those private meetings as to hear just what kinds of “deals” were struck with the Union Bosses! Can you say Bailout for Detroit? What else?

Steve LaTourette, a former congressman and friend of John Boehner, runs the “Republican Main Street Partnership”. Note the word “Republican.” All Clowns Democrats & Republicans

As the left-wing Talking Points Memo reported a month ago, LaTourette and his Main Street Partnership have created an affiliated SuperPAC called “Defending Main Street PAC.” Along with the Chamber of Commerce and Republican Leaders, the Main Street Partnership wants to take out troublesome conservatives.

Michelle Malkin: Beware of the George Soros funded Republican Main Street Partnership
What do George Soros, labor unions and money-grubbing former GOP Rep. Steven LaTourette all have in common?

They’re control freaks. They’re power hounds. They’re united against tea party conservatives. And they all have operated under the umbrella of D.C. groups masquerading as “Main Street” Republicans.
http://michellemalkin.com/2014/01/10/beware-the-left-wing-funded-main-street-republicans/

Additional Sources:

Republican Main Street Partnership Changes Name
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/main-street-partnership-dropping-republican-not-republicans

Main Street Partnership
http://www.republicanmainstreet.org/

Exposing Mitt Romney and the Liberal Republicans
http://www.infowars.com/16-reasons-why-mitt-romney-would-be-a-really-really-bad-president/

Republicans Collaborate With Left-Wing Liberals Against Conservatives
http://www.redstate.com/2014/03/25/next-weekend-house-republicans-collaborate-with-left-wing-interests-against-conservatives/

The “Republican Main Street Partnership” is Democrat Funded
http://www.redstate.com/2014/01/14/the-republican-main-street-partnership-is-democrat-funded/

A Conservative Political Party Test: Which would you cast your vote for? A Moderate Republican or a Conservative Democrat?

                                                               Continue reading below the picture 1 John F Kennedy Discrediting Liberal Values

Once again we’re being lied to. The mainstream media wants us to believe that only “moderation, cooperation and compromise” can save the GOP…and America. This is one of the greatest lies ever told.
First of all, moderation won’t save the GOP. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is the GOP has had a long list of moderate “saviors:”

Nevada Republican Party Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage, Abortion from Party Platform
Don’t think for one minute this isn’t coming to the Michigan Republican Party! The signs are all there for this to be changed within the MIGOP.
http://www.towleroad.com/2014/04/nevada-republican-party-drops-opposition-to-gay-marriage-abortion-from-party-platform.html

Past GOP moderates proved to be losers 1 All Past GOP Moderates Candidates

Current GOP moderates will follow the same fate 1 All Current GOP Moderates Candidates

In the United States, a member of the Democratic Party who holds personal political views that are conservative in comparison to those of the majority of his or her political party is known as a conservative democrat.

Although views considered typical for a conservative democrat change over time, many support gun rights, a strong military, education, free market capitalism, smaller government, and fiscally conservative policies and may be anti-abortion with a demonstrably “stronger religious orientation” than moderate and liberal Democrats. 1 John F. Kennedy on God

Like liberal Republicans, conservative Democrats are a minority wing in the party but may provide deciding votes on divisive political issues.

Although conservative Democrats are elected all over the United States, most come from Southern states and have been previously known as “Dixiecrats” or “Boll Weevils.”

These terms were not always used in a complimentary fashion by Democratic Party representatives who drew attention to conservative Democrats that did not vote with the party on key issues.

For example, the term “boll weevils” was frequently applied to conservative Democrats in the 1980s who consistently voted in favor of then Present Ronald Reagan’s increase of military spending, tax cuts and deregulation of the financial system.

http://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2013/11/24/why-moderate-establishment-republicans-are-killing-the-gop-n1750865/page/full Limited Government Ronald Reagan

There could be an alternative to the two major Political Party gridlock. If like minded Conservative Democrats and Republicans along with the Tea Party faithful who believe in the strict adherence to the Constitution as to how our country should be governed just maybe we could prevail.

If these factions joined forces as to cast their votes for the Constitution Party with an affiliate here in Michigan  The United States Taxpayer Party a much needed viable political Party could emerge as a true representative of “We the People” that we don’t have now. For years both major Parties have been all about Party and not about the best interest of we citizens.

Campaign Commercial Republican Hypocrisy in new “Snyder Attack Ad”

The “new attack ad” released for TV viewers attacking his opponent for a 2002 state House vote that imposed a new per-bed fee on nursing homes will only work for the die hard “sheeple” Republican voters who would cast a vote for Satan if he had an (R) after his name! A Engler Snyder

The problem is, The “Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment Program” was backed by Republican Gov. John Engler (R) in 2002, which was supported by a majority of Republicans in the state Legislature and was later extended by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) in 2011.

The program was designed to win federal match dollars and then return them to nursing homes that participate in Michigan’s Medicaid program.

“By continuing the assessment, the state receives more in federal matching Medicaid funds than what is paid out by nursing homes,” according to a 2011 press release from Snyder’s office.

“These funds are then directed back to the nursing homes in Michigan that provide SnyderCaid services.” Kowall Papageorge Richardville Snyder

Several so-called Michigan Republicans also voted in favor of the nursing home assessment program (bed tax) in 2002 while serving as State Representatives by casting their “yes” vote. They are included in the photo above with Snyder they are current State Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville along with two other current State Senators Mike Kowall and John Pappageorge.
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/04/fees_on_nursing_home_beds_repu.html

2002 Senate Bill 1323: Michigan Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment “bed tax”
Public Act 562 of 2002 Signed by Governor John Engler (R) on October 1, 2002
Introduced by Sen. Loren Bennett (R) impose a new “bed tax” on nursing homes, hospitals, and HMOs, which is designed to allow the state to garner a greater amount of federal Medicaid dollars. These would be returned to the health providers, resulting in a net gain for most of them.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/2002-SB-1323

Watch the Snyder supported TV commercial on nursing bed fees
Talk about calling the kettle black here folks I mean, look at that crazy uninformed liberal saying taxing the elderly and infirm just so they can have a place to lay their heads at night!

Can you imagine the kind of person who would support such a thing? The Republican majority passed this not once but twice under two different Republican governors. Hmmm…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjSoF2_pPZs#t=20

2007 House Bill 4185: Revise Michigan Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment “bed tax” earmark
Public Act 85 of 2007 Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on September 30, 2007
Introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry (D) on January 31, 2007, to earmark $66.4 million of the “Michigan Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment” (MMQAA) bed tax on nursing homes and hospitals to the state general fund to cover Medicaid expenditures in hospitals in 2007 and 2008.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/2007-HB-4185

2011 House Bill 4734: Eliminate sunset on MMQAA health care provider tax
Public Act 144 of 2011 Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on September 20, 2011
Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on August 24, 2011, to extend an Oct. 1, 2011 sunset on the “Michigan Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment” (MMQAA) tax on health care facilities until Oct. 1, 2015. This is a bed tax or fee on health care providers that is used to generate more federal Medicaid matching funds, resulting in a net gain for some but not all of the providers.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/2011-HB-4734

Note: All Republicans in both the House and Senate voted in favor of this 2011 House Bill 4185 with the exception of Senator Joe Hune.

Companies Leaving Michigan – “Comeback State Fantasy of Fiction”

1 comback-forbes-on-snyder The list continues to grow as companies are leaving the state closing their doors or filing for bankruptcy. The rhetoric coming out of Lansing doesn’t match the reality. People are still struggling to find full time employment as to make ends meet for themselves and their families and the bad news continues.

The signs are not good all around our state and businesses will go where they feel they can best prosper and it’s not here in Michigan. When you have third world country roads because our legislators continue to “steal” our road fund dollars for other state spending purposes plus the fact so many municipalities and school districts are going under emergency managers what else can we expect.

Below is just a very small sample of companies that have left and we are not counting the ones that have either went out of business or have filed for bankruptcy protection. Some have merged with other businesses as to try and keep afloat (ACO & Ace Hardwares) but with the direction our legislators are taking the state it’s just a matter of time till they to will fail. A1 ACO_Ace_Hardware_320_240

By giving huge tax breaks to big corporations all for corporate campaign donations to those we elect to serve us “We the People” (under the guise of economic development and job creation) and leaving the small business owners to fend for themselves while balancing these favorable tax breaks on the backs of the working middle class, poor and small business owners it’s a recipe for failure. 3 PulteGroup

Pulte’s Atlanta Move Stuns State, Business Leaders and Politicians
The PulteGroup said it will relocate about 325 Michigan jobs for the new headquarters in Georgia. Employees who do not make the move will receive severance packages.
http://www.freep.com/article/20130531/BUSINESS06/305310055/PulteGroup-Bloomfield-Hills-Atlanta

Medical Supply Company Leaving Michigan for Tennessee
The Canton offices and production facility of a medical supply company will close this fall and 145 people will be laid off as it expands operations in Tennessee. 2 Bankruptcy
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014304110111

Coldwater Creek Files for Bankruptcy, Stores to Close
Michigan loses yet more jobs as another business goes belly up! Michigan has 12 Coldwater Creek stores and all employees will be affected.
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/viewart/20140411/BUSINESS/304110031/Coldwater-Creek-files-bankruptcy-protection

Companies Lay-Off Thousands, Close Stores, Affects “Michigan Workers” 6 a-tsunami-of-store-closings-layoffs

A Tsunami of Store Closings and Layoffs
I’ve been posting and reporting this for months now while some choose to blow off my reports even going as far as saying the economy is doing much better! 

That day of reckoning, some say, has arrived, with one retail watcher predicting a “tsunami” of store closings this year.
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140308/BIZ02/303080019

Hewlett-Packard Expands Job Cuts by another 5,000
The computer company will eliminate 5,000 more jobs than originally planned, bringing the total number of layoffs to 34,000 by October. Hewlett-Packard employs thousands of workers here in Michigan.
http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/morning_call/2014/01/hewlett-packard-expands-job-cuts-by.html Diapers & Food

RadioShack to Close up to 1,100 U.S. Stores
The Company didn’t immediately identify which stores will close or how many jobs would be affected. A call to the company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, was not returned Tuesday afternoon. RadioShack employs thousands of workers here in Michigan.
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140304/BIZ02/303040046/0/BIZ02/RadioShack-preps-ax-up-1-100-U-S-stores

Staples to Shutter 225 stores
It’s is unclear how many jobs will be lost or what locations will be shuttered. The company did not immediately return a call from the Associated Press early Thursday. Staples employ thousands of workers here in Michigan.
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140306/BIZ02/303060051/0/BIZ02/Staples-shutter-225-stores-sales-move-online

Denver-based Quiznos to file for Bankruptcy
Quiznos operated about 5,000 restaurants at its peak in 2008, but the count has since dropped to an estimated 2,100 worldwide, including 1,400 in the U.S. 10 Quiznos

There are numerous Quiznos restaurants located throughout Michigan that employ thousands of workers. Quiznos is the second-largest submarine sandwich shop chain in North America, after Subway.
http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25241309/quiznos-preparing-file-bankruptcy-protection