Tough Talk With Taros “Capital Cronyism” Hosted by Paul Taros

This was Recorded Live March 6, 2017 at the Bloomfield Township Public Television Studios. Paul interviews Former Monroe County Republican Chairman Jeff Andring and Former Republican Elected Official and Candidate R Al Bain.

Jeff Andring and Randy Bain are Co-Founders of the Conservative Caucus of Monroe County. At about the 18:32 minute mark Mr. Andring talks about the recent Insurance Fee Rate Hike by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association bestowed on the states drivers. Click the link below to view interview.
https://youtu.be/hOGDQzqPG00 

“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.

See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” ~ Frédéric Bastiat

A1 Tough Talk With Taros

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Analysis of 12 Dissenting Republicans on Tax Cuts

Houston we have a real big government problem here in Michigan. I am in contact with current and former legislators who are not happy with what they see is going on in Lansing. To borrow a “Dick” Snyder term this is very “divisive” indeed.

We have witnessed of late the rewards given to “termed out” legislators who carry the “Dick” Snyder water with government appointments once they leave office. This practice is so wrong on many levels. Continue reading below the PIC. Analysis 12 Dissenting Republicans

Snyder said he still has $1 Billion dollars worth of concerns about an income tax cut but I will bet dollars to doughnuts that if the Bill to give certain developers $1.8 Billion taxpayer dollars worth of subsidies that the Senate just passed reaches his desk he will sign it.

Snyder talks about long-term planning for the budget with fiscal responsibility all the while as ex-chairman of the “failed” MEDC continues giving his business buddies tax breaks after tax breaks and taxpayer funded subsides all under the guise of job creation that studies have shown never materialize.

These former and current accountants (bean counters) such as Snyder and VanSingel will spin numbers like a casino operator spins the wheel where it’s always in their favor. It is clear to me VanSingel is looking ahead to a future appointment feeding at the public trough. He appreciates Snyder’s “laser focused” big government style. Oh my…

As far as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and his wife Julie, she should have never been elected in the first place. In my view there is definitely a conflict of interest going on when family members serve the people together at the same time.

I have seen many family members who have served at the same time here in Michigan over the years and I just don’t believe that is right. A few examples: former Senate majority leader Randy Richardville along with his uncle Senator Roger Kahn, the Stamas brothers Jim and Tony, the Kowall husband and wife “team” Mike and Eileen.

Current Speaker Tom Leonard’s wife Jenell is head of the Michigan Film Office. In spite of the film subsidies’ being cut out in Michigan the Film office has been rolled into the MEDC stable of UN-elected entities.

Those who voted against the plan said it was their position they could not vote for a $1 billion hit to the state’s budget it will be interesting to see how they vote on the Bill to give certain developers $1.8 Billion dollars worth of subsidies that the Senate just passed when it goes to the House for a vote!

For the most part George Carlin was absolutely correct when he said, “it’s just a big “club” and we citizens aren’t it.” It’s the lobbyist and special interest that rule the day in Lansing not the citizens who elected a majority of these legislators.

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How Political Party’s Control Citizens

For anyone who has not conducted at least the most basic cursory search on the history of government control whether at the local, county, state or federal levels and Political Party affiliation matters none. The facts and truths in this article will prove this out.

Democrat and Republicans have colluded together as to maintain power and control over the citizens and have the majority fighting among themselves as to which Party does it better. The basic principle of their plan is to get as many as they can to become dependent on government after all who would byte the hand that feeds them. Read more……. Citizen Control

Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million?

In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system.

And did you also know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs? When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale than the U.S. government.

Most of what the government does involves taking money from some people and giving it to other people in the form of subsidies. In fact, at this point that is the primary function of the federal government.

Today, the American people collectively receive more money from the government than they pay in taxes. And remember, the federal government uses our money to build roads, inspect our food and fund the military as well.

So what does this say about our economy? Could it survive without all of these debt-fueled transfer payments? And what does this say about our society? At one time, our nation was known for our work ethic. What would our forefathers say about us today?

The following is a small sample of facts that prove that dependence on the government is out of control in America…

1. About 70 percent of all government spending now goes toward dependence-creating programs.
2. From 2009 through 2013, the U.S. government spent a whopping 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs.
3. The percentage of the U.S. population that gets money from the federal government grew by an astounding 62 percent between 1988 and 2011.
4. The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 46 million today.
5. Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about 47.7 million Americans are on food stamps according to the United States Department of Agriculture in 2012.
6. According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.
7. Most Americans are not earning enough to support themselves and their families without government help anymore.

The following are some statistics about wages in the U.S. from a Social Security Administration report that was recently released…

39 percent of American workers made less than $20,000 last year.

52 percent of American workers made less than $30,000 last year.

63 percent of American workers made less than $40,000 last year.

72 percent of American workers made less than $50,000 last year.

In order to have a middle class, you have got to have middle class jobs, and those are disappearing from our system very rapidly. If you want this to continue keep casting your votes for the worst of two evils within the “Party of One.”

Sources:
http://www.heritage.org/political-process/report/the-coming-crisis-how-government-dependency-threatens-americas-freedom

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-18/18-stats-prove-government-dependence-has-reached-epidemic-levels

http://freedomoutpost.com/21-facts-that-prove-that-dependence-on-the-government-is-out-of-control-in-america/

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Trumped: Analysis 2017 MIGOP Convention

The Grand Old Party is still run by the Old Guard Cronies and Corrupt GOP Trumped
In Michigan, the first GOP state convention was held this weekend since the election of Donald Trump.

Just as conventions in the past, it was predictable; with some of the same tedious fanfare and general disinterest.

However, there were a couple of differences; the celebration of a Republican elected as President of the US, and the Michigan GOP Chairwoman being selected to head the RNC.

The congratulations were plentiful, and the delegates bathed in their victory, while singing the praises of their leadership.

Repeatedly, they were told the victories were attributed to the “hard work” of the grassroots and the effectiveness of the leadership; the same leadership that was divided during the primaries and even after Trump’s nomination.

Ironically, the event included a video collage displayed on the big screen showing liberal politicians, entertainers, and media pundits who said Trump would NEVER win the nomination, let alone the presidency. Absent in the video was any of the key Republicans and conservative media pundits who said the EXACT SAME THING.

The harsh reality is…Trump would have won the election, regardless of what leadership did or did not do. During the campaign, several key GOP leadership members, publicly and/or privately, vehemently criticized Trump, swore to NEVER support him, or even hoped for a way to replace him as the nominee.

And yet, despite all the disunion, Trump prevailed and the party leadership was all too ready to soak up the credit; and the delegates were just as quick to rain it down on them. Nothing could be less deserving.

Trump won despite the actions of the GOP leadership. His message was a clear departure from what the GOP ever wanted delivered by their nominee and many had even surrendered any hope of him winning. They were wrong. They said he would never be the nominee. They were wrong. They said he wouldn’t get the support of independents. They were wrong.

Nevertheless, there is a portion of the Republican delegates who believe the reason Trump won is because the Democrats had a worse candidate. That might be the one thing they got right.

Based on the numerous times of being wrong, how could anyone find the leadership of the GOP even credible? Trump didn’t win because he is a champion of smaller government or represents more freedom, fidelity to the Constitution, peace in the Middle East, and an improved economy. He won because he is a big “screw you” to the leadership of BOTH parties. So why should anything leadership recommends be trusted? It shouldn’t.

Until the party leadership openly accepts real change from the grassroots, and begins to do what is necessary to protect that new brand, it will be business as usual. RINOS will continue to lead, corruption will remain within state and federal government, taxpayers will continue to bear the cost, and the politicians will maintain their business and government money alliance.

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Money in Politics Michigan’s Biggest Donors Rule

Bill Would Hand Political Power to Biggest Donors
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/11/26/michigan-citizens-united-steroids-bill/93643006/ billionaire-money-politics

Michigan Dead Last in Transparency Ethics
The study, a year-long collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity, concluded that state government nearly everywhere suffers from “pervasive secrecy, weak oversight and questionable ethics.”

“State governments are plagued by conflicts of interests and cozy relationships between lawmakers and lobbyists, while open-records and ethics laws are often toothless and laced with exemptions,” Read More…….

But what lead to Michigan coming in dead last? According to the study:
A significant factor in Michigan’s 2015 ranking is its lack of effective disclosure rules for officials in nearly all facets of state government. Conflicts of interest and potential public corruption remain buried in an honor system with no honor.

Thanks to loopholes created by the legislature, big spenders representing special interests can dramatically influence an election without leaving a trace.”
https://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/09/18427/michigan-gets-f-grade-2015-state-integrity-investigation

Michigan Ranked Last in U.S. For Ethics and Transparency Laws
http://wgrd.com/michigan-ranked-last-in-u-s-for-ethics-and-transparency-laws/?trackback=tsmclip

In State Rankings on Ethics and Transparency Michigan Loses
http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/michigan-ranks-last-in-laws-on-ethics-transparency.html dead-last-in-transparency-ethics-snyder

Door Opens for More Dark Political Money in Michigan
http://www.citizensforethics.org/door-opens-for-more-dark-money-in-michigan/

The New Code of Michigan Campaign Finance Reporting. You Are Going to Know A Whole Lot Less The Next Time You Vote in Michigan!
http://rightmi.com/omerta-the-new-code-of-michigan-campaign-finance-reporting/

Senate Fiscal Agency Analysis of Senate Bill 638
https://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2015-2016/billanalysis/Senate/pdf/2015-SFA-0638-C.pdf

2015 Senate Bill 638: Revise campaign finance law
http://michiganvotes.org/2015-SB-638
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on December 9, 2015
http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=719420

 

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Ted Cruz Endorsed By Extreme Religious Radical General Jerry Boykin

Cruz supporter Jerry Boykin was the United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence under President George W. Bush from 2002 to 2007 and is a radical Christian political activist. Boykin, a born-again Christian has gained attention for his Christian views over the years and some of his public remarks which cast the War on Terror in religious terms have generated considerable controversy.

A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2004 that he had “violated” regulations by failing to explain these remarks were not made in an official capacity. A ten-month investigation carried out by the Department of Defense later concluded in August 2004 that Boykin had “broken” three rules in giving the speeches.

These are the types that gravitate to the Cruz campaign. VoteVets argued that Boykin’s views were incompatible with Army values, inconsistent with Army doctrine, and disrespectful of the service members serving in the Armed Forces.

Members of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy also opposed Boykin’s message as “It sends a poisonous message to have chaplains sponsor someone so strongly associated with speech that condemns one particular religious group.”

General Boykin has no “right” to be free from criticism and he has no “right” to have his irresponsible positions promoted by public officials.  Indeed, Americans who value free speech and religious liberty have good reasons to challenge Boykin’s assertions, and to hold accountable public officials who give his extremism credibility it does not deserve.

In 1993 Boykin consulted then-Attorney General Janet Reno on the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas and we all know how that turned out. During the siege, dozens remained inside, and on April 19, more than 80 of them, including 17 children, perished in a fire that engulfed the complex.

Certain FBI and Department of Justice officials failed to disclose evidence and information about the use of pyrotechnic tear gas rounds until August 1999. This failure resulted from a combination of the inappropriate handling of evidence and the dereliction of duty.” Cruz Represents a Religious Cult

Sources:
Ted Cruz Represents a Religious Cult More Dangerous than Islam
http://wakethechurch.org/Articles/tabid/410/ID/10891/Ted-Cruz-Represents-a-Religious-Cult-More-Dangerous-than-Islam.aspx

About Wake the Church
We are a grassroots organization comprised of concerned Christian men and women who believe our elected officials and most importantly our churches are derelict in maintaining a moral and ethical government, based on the Bill of Rights and Constitution as the Founding Fathers intended.
http://wakethechurch.org/AboutUs/tabid/385/Default.aspx

Ted Cruz won’t condemn pastor who called for gay people to be KILLED
No matter what you think of a chosen lifestyle this is just plain wrong to call for the death of any segment of a civilized society. “Fighting for religious liberty for Christians, for Jews, for Muslims, for every one of us to practice our faith.” ~ Senator Ted Cruz.

Well this sure doesn’t sound like Freedom and Liberty for all with Cruz sharing a stage with a pastor who has called for gay people to be put to death and fails to condemn his comments.
http://www.advocate.com/election/2015/11/07/watch-ted-cruz-dodges-cnns-question-about-antigay-pastor

The Standoff in Waco
http://www.texasobserver.org/the-standoff-in-waco/

Jerry Boykin Bio
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_G._Boykin

Bush Crusader Jerry Boykin  Gone Wild
http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/mythical-martyrdom-jerry-boykin

U.S. Running Guns to Syrian Rebels
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/former-special-forces-commander-was-us-running-guns-syrian-rebels-benghazi-cia-no

Top 5 Wacky Things to Come Out of Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin’s Pie-Hole
http://www.ocweekly.com/news/top-5-wacky-things-to-come-out-of-lt-gen-jerry-boykins-pie-hole-6449370

Why Is the Media Ignoring Ted Cruz’s Embrace of ‘Kill the Gays’ Pastor?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/post_10496_b_8544540.html

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MIGOP 7th Congressional District Meeting Votes on Impeachment

At Tuesday night’s meeting a vote was taken on the Articles of Impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama. First an interesting fact is that this meeting was “not” listed with other district meetings on the MIGOP website which raises a “red flag” as to why?

The amended version of these articles differed from those introduced to the RNC by National Committeeman Dave Agema for the teeth of accountability to the district’s Rep Tim Walberg were removed! This vote while passed 14 to 10 showed two things.

First it proved that the 10 no votes provided cover for Obama’s acts of treason by breaking the Constitutional laws of the land. Second it also showed by amending this resolution it allows Rep Walberg cover for not acting on this resolution. Tim Walberg 7th Congressional District 261 X 235

If we as citizens do not hold our elected representatives to accountability as to do the right thing then we are no better than those who elected Obama not once but twice! As a voter I will not and cannot cast my vote for my representative who does not stand for and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

The two Monroe County 7th Congressional District committee members at that meeting voted “NO” on the Articles of Impeachment against impeaching Barack Hussein Obama therefore providing cover for his treasonous acts. Why would Republicans do that?

Michael Brown who is the current Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Monroe County was one of the “NO” votes who is agreeing to selectively enforce the law. He is acting no differently than Obama.
http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/prosecuting_attorney/staff_directory.html

Brown also endorses Jeb Bush for President. See link below
https://jeb2016.com/200-additional-supporters-in-michigan/?lang=en

Michael Brown supported former Michigan Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox one of Wayne county’s former county executive Ed McNamara’s (D) political step children along with Bob Finco (D), Jennifer Granholm (D), Mike Dugan (D) and former convicted mayor Kawme Kilpatrick (D)

Michael Brown also ran for Judge in Monroe County
http://brown4districtcourtjudge.com/ Glenda Kennon Mike Brown 254 X 218

Klenda Kennon the other “NO” vote
Monroe Resident Glenda Kennon Earns State GOP Post
The Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan has elected Glenda Kennon to the position of assistant treasurer of the State Republican Women’s Federation.

All mention of this has been “scrubbed” in the link below and The Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan website! Why?
http://www.monroenews.com/news/2011/nov/19/monroe-resident-earns-state-gop-post/?news

The Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan has elected Glenda Kennon to the position of assistant treasurer of the State Republican Women’s Federation.
http://thebainreport.com/elected-michigan-republican-advocates-for-planned-parenthood/

Glenda Kennon who is the mother of former MIGOP Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville runs the local Republican Party in Monroe behind the scenes and instructs the “puppet” establishment chairman.

Michigan Politics: MIGOP “Tactics” as to get “Their” Chosen Candidates Elected
http://rightmi.com/migop-tactics-as-to-get-their-chosen-candidates-elected/

NOTE: Inside sources within the Party say look for former MIGOP Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville to Primary challenge Tim Walberg in the next election.

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As the Flint Water Crisis Unfolds Connect the Dots

The Corruption and Cronyism in the Snyder Administration Reveled
The decision to switch to the Flint River water source was made while the city was under state emergency management.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/10/08/flint-health-experts-support-detroit-water-reconnection/73568654/

Follow the timeline in the articles below for the Flint taxpayer funded “Bailout”
Lawmaker: Give Flint $50M to replace lead water pipes
http://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/rochelle-riley/2015/11/12/flint-water-sheldon-neeley-michigan-legislature/75610846/

Michigan House OKs $9.35M to aid in Flint water crisis
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/10/14/michigan-house-oks-915m-aid-flint-water-crisis/73932980/

Senate approves, Snyder signs cash for Flint water fix
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/10/15/senate-gives-quick-unanimous-approval-flint-water-fix/73979168/

State knew risks before health crisis over lead in Flint water a year before water change, state knew of risks in Flint
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/nancy-kaffer/2015/11/07/flint-lead-water/75268692/

After Flint water crisis, families file lawsuit
The taxpayers of Michigan will pony up yet again from the incompetence of Lansing lawmakers.
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/11/13/after-flint-water-crisis-families-file-lawsuit/75744376/

EPA to audit Michigan’s oversight of water safety
The audit comes after the Michigan Department of Environment Quality admitted last month that it used the wrong protocols after it approved Flint’s switch to the Flint River as its primary source of drinking water last year.
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/11/10/drinking-water-audit-michigan/75522044/

State admits mistakes in Flint water switch
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/10/19/michigan-official-federal-water-rules-not-followed-in-flint/74207204/

Howard Croft, the department head responsible for oversight of Flint water operations, has resigned his position effective immediately.
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2015/11/howard_croft_flint_official_re.html

Snyder defends environmental department director reassigned in his handling of the Flint water crisis. In the private sector he would have been fired!
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/10/19/snyder-defends-environmental-quality-director-flint-crisis/74229710/

Gov. Rick Snyder Starts New PAC
The “nerd” has started a new Political Action Committee to support state and federal candidates who share “his” vision and not the vision of the citizens. This new PAC, “The Relentless Progressive Action PAC will support candidates and elected officials who are good loyal establishment Republicans who are willing to go along to get along.

One of the PAC priorities for the “GoverNerd’” include education reform and a P-20 education approach which is a data collection scheme of our school children an important aspect of the common core standards.

One has to wonder if Snyder’s former chief of staff Dennis Muchmore will show up as a key player within this new PAC? You also have to wonder if Snyder’s former press secretary Sara Wurfel will also show up along with her husband Brad Wurfel former director of communications for the DEQ (Flint Water Crisis) who either resigned or was fired depends on who you talk to on that. Gov Snyder Muchmore Wurfel

Sara Wurfel Takes New Role in the LGBT Petition Drive as Spokeswoman
Many within the corrupt Snyder administration have new roles.
http://conservativeintel.com/2015/09/24/lets-get-nerdy-michigan-gov-rick-snyder-launches-new-pac/

Sara Wurfel was communications director for the state Department of Agriculture under governors Engler and Granholm. She showed extraordinary leadership as we worked on issues such as the revitalization of Detroit, the Gordie Howe International Bridge and the Healthy Michigan Plan said Snyder. She is now the spokeswoman for the LGBT petition drive.
http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_57657-368723–,00.html

The system is broke folks! It’s our own fault we continue to elect and re-elect the same ones over and over again expecting a different result that quit frankly just isn’t going to happen.

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FBI Probes Corruption in Snyder’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA)

A1 FBI COMEY & SNYDER 1 609 X 280The will of the voters at the ballot box has been blatantly and totally disregarded by the Republican controlled legislature and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. The people said no to the new “government bridge” only to have Snyder do an end around.

The voters rejected the emergency manager referendum at the ballot box only to have the Republican controlled legislature pass legislation that Snyder signed into law for it anyway.

The voters rejected the gas tax increase and vehicle registration fee increase at the ballot box only to have the legislature pass legislation for it with Snyder signing it into law.

When will the citizen’s wake up, you are not being represented in the manner you expect and deserve by these Tyrants in Lansing? If this isn’t Tyranny I don’t know what you call it.

Michigan families are still struggling from the great recession and are barely making ends meet and they keep piling on more taxes, big government and regulations on us that is taking away our Freedoms and Liberty. When is enough… enough?

How anyone can continue to support this insanity is beyond belief. With all the corruption and cronyism perpetrated by those in control in Lansing is unconscionable! This is nothing more than a mini political Mafia operating out of the peoples House in Lansing.

It’s all about the “Friends and Family” Program and the “Business Buddies” Fund of the politicians you have elected to serve you and make no mistake you are NOT being served with your best interest in mind only theirs.

There are enriching themselves through their campaign coffers with the kickbacks that they receive form those two entity’s mentioned above along with the bribes from the lobbyist and special interest warrant the FBI to investigate on the people’s behalf. Bailout DPS Cotter Money Snyder

They will lie, cheat and steal from us citizens all to keep their snouts in that public trough. If you can’t see this you are truly blind to the workings within the political arena.

The emergency manager has been a complete and total failure for many of the communities and school districts they were implemented in and the cronyism and corruption continues unabated with their little scheme.

Follow the timeline of facts as to see the truth in the articles below.

The FBI has launched a corruption investigation involving Gov. Rick Snyder’s K-12 reform district and Detroit Public Schools. The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have sent subpoenas to get personnel files and bank records or email accounts of over a dozen current and former officials at Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s K-12 reform district.

The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) and Detroit Public Schools (DPS) both created by Snyder and they will investigate these corruption allegations. Some have received bribes from contractors as well as “misuse” of taxpayer monies.
October 21 2015
http://www.ibtimes.com/us-doj-fbi-investigate-education-achievement-authority-detroit-public-schools-2149821

Michigan Proposal 1: Voters reject measure, repeal controversial emergency manager law
November 07, 2012
http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/election_results_michigan_vote.html

Michigan Voters Repeal a Financial Law
NOV. 7, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/us/michigan-voters-kill-emergency-managers-for-city-finances.html?_r=0

Michigan House passes new version of emergency manager law repealed by voters
Dec 13, 2012 Lame Duck legislative session
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/13/1169517/-Michigan-House-passes-new-version-of-emergency-law-repealed-by-voters

Michigan Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Gas Tax Increase
June, 6, 2015
http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/06/michigan-voters-overwhelmingly-reject-gas-tax-increase/

House passes sweeping roads plan raising gas tax, fees
October 21, 2015
http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2015/10/21/michigan-roads-repairs-potholes-legislature/74360028/

Snyder signs road bills that hike gas tax, fees
November 10, 2015
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20151110/NEWS01/151109806/snyder-signs-road-bills-that-hike-gas-tax-fees

FBI Probes Corruption in Snyder’s Education Achievement Authority
Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, declined comment on the case, except to say: “While we cannot comment on this story, in general, we do not prohibit defendants from speaking to the press, and we do not withdraw plea offers to those who do.”
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/10/15/eaa-detroit-schools-targeted-fbi-probe/73995964/

Feds look at EAA emails, Bank Records in Corruption Probe
The FBI and Justice Department subpoenaed personnel files and bank records or email account information for more than a dozen current and former officials at Gov. Rick Snyder’s K-12 Detroit reform district as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/10/20/eaa-records-light-fbi-probe/74297526/

FBI probe of EAA eyes officials and vendors
The EAA is a controversial district created by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2012 to reform Michigan’s lowest-performing schools. It operates 15 schools in Detroit.  With all the cronyism and corruption by Lansing lawmakers this should come as no surprise!
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/10/20/federal-probe-eaa/74297446/

The EAA Exposed: An investigative report
The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) itself would be unique, with all strings leading back to the governor. The legal loophole through which the EAA slipped into being is a little-used state law that allows two units of government, acting in cooperation, to create a third public entity.

It this case, it was Detroit Public Schools (DPS) — under the control of a Snyder-appointed emergency manager — and the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents, the majority of whom are gubernatorial appointees, that entered into what’s called an inter-local agreement that created the EAA.

It is overseen by an 11-person board, with the governor appointing seven members and EMU and the DPS’s emergency manager each selecting two more. And so this became the test of a completely new system of schooling. It turned out to be another kind of test as well.

A test of software, developed by one for-profit corporation and marketed by another. A product named Buzz.
http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/the-eaa-exposed-an-investigative-report/Content?oid=2249513

Snyder creates “education achievement authority” for failed schools by means of an administrative interlocal agreement.
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/eas/EAA_Agreement_373901_7.pdf

What is Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority?
Snyder welcomes Obama’s corporate education model with open arms. I bet you thought common core was the only corrupt scheme that Snyder and the Republican controlled legislature was pushing well think again. 2 EAA failed Bad 321 X 301

Snyder created the “education achievement authority” by means of an administrative “interlocal agreement” isn’t that the same way he created that new Government Bridge? I believe so.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/13/eaas-f13.html

Snyder: $715M to fix Detroit’s schools
Michigan taxpayers provided a “bailout” for Detroit now they get to “bailout it’s schools too. Where does it end and what Michigan city is next? Stay tuned the “comeback” continues!
http://www.freep.com/story/news/2015/10/19/snyder-offers-more-details-detroit-schools-plan/74208674/

Detroit Schools in Financial Chaos
When the city of Detroit received taxpayer funds Snyder said it wasn’t a “bailout” and I wonder what he calls the latest for Detroit schools? Just like the “New Government Bridge” that won’t cost the taxpayers’ one red cent but we have been paying interest on that free Canadian Free Money for years now.

The Republican governor is seeking legislative action by year’s end on his plan to create a new debt-free school district at a cost of $715 million taxpayer money over 10 years. Will the Republican controlled legislature continue to create bigger government and go along with more of Snyder’s liberal socialist plans?

Stay tuned voters the Hillary Clinton mentality of “It Takes a Village” is in full swing here in Michigan under that Dome in Lansing.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/10/19/detroit-education-reform/74207124/

Governor Snyder Pitches $715M “Bailout” Plan
Tricky Rick’s crony John Rakolta of the famed new Wayne County Jail fiasco and co-chair of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren as well as Mitt Romney’s Finance chair in Romney’s “failed” 2008 and 2012 Presidential bid claims the debt load of the Detroit public school district increases by $1 million every school day. John Rakkolta’s wife Terry is the aunt of current MIGOP Ronna Romney.

Not only did Snyder appoint ‘ole John Rakolta to the board of the “failed” MEDC he also appointed his son in keeping with the “Friends and Family” program and the “Business Buddies” fund these crooks are running out of Lansing.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/21833

Education Achievement Authority (EAA or Authority) Michigan Governor Rick Snyder created the authority in June 2011 to take over and turn around failing schools. 1 EAA Student Drops Bad 640 X 427

2011 Senate Bill 865: Replace repealed “Emergency Manager” law
To replace the Emergency Manager law passed in 2011 and repealed by a statewide referendum with a new law.

This Bill is a legislative end around of the will of the citizens’ vote. This replacement legislation explicitly gives a school EM authority over academic matters; and contains a modest appropriation that makes it “referendum-proof” which means the citizens cannot petition for a vote at the ballot box! 3 EAA Emergency Manager Law 50 X 371
Public Act 436 of 2012 Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 26, 2012.

Passed 63 to 46 in the House on December 12, 2012 Click link below see how they voted.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=634382

Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on December 12, 2012, to give immediate effect. The motion passed 64 to 45 in the House on December 12, 2012. This motion shows how fast these legislators will reject the people’s voice and their votes at the ballot box.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=634383

Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on December 13, 2012 Click link below see how they voted.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=634435

Motion in the Senate on December 13, 2012, to give the bill immediate effect. The motion passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 13, 2012. This motion shows how fast these legislators will reject the people’s voice and their votes at the ballot box.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=634835

2013 House Bill 4369: Codify “education achievement authority” for failed schools
http://michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=156558

Michigan Emergency Manager Referendum, Proposal 1 (2012)
But just like the road tax proposal is was soundly defeated only to have the Republican controlled legislature do an end around the will of the voters and pas a legislative Bill to bypass the voters.
http://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_Emergency_Manager_Referendum,_Proposal_1_%282012%29

Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment, Proposal 1 (May 2015)
The voters also soundly rejected this proposal but the Republican controlled legislature is hard at work trying to pass a road tax increase through legislation in which they did.

What is it about those we elect to serve we the people don’t they understand when we speak loud and clear on an issue? The only thing they understand is how they get what “they” want in spite of the will of the people.
http://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_Sales_Tax_Increase_for_Transportation_Amendment,_Proposal_1_%28May_2015%29

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Bailout for DPS up Next for Michigan Taxpayers

It would appear that $195 Million “Bailout” just wasn’t quit enough it was just the starting point. Within 10 hours of these articles the backroom deals must have been cut? Bailout DPS Cotter Money Snyder

Anybody think this has something to do with the lawsuit that was awarded that the DPS is on the hook for? Throw in all the other liabilities’ and debt into the mix and sure looks like us taxpayer’s will pony up yet again!

In a letter to Schuette’s office dated Sept. 23 asks the attorney general to opine on whether Michigan’s Constitution was violated when the state Republican controlled Legislature passed a bill in December 2012 specifically to divert state school aid funds for the $450 million arena.

AG Schuette OKs school taxes for new Red Wings arena says it’s Constitutional
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette quietly issued an opinion that said state taxes for schools can legally be used to fund the arena’s construction.

So this is Constitutional for the taxpayers of Michigan to fund one of the riches people in the state as listed by Forbes? Oh my….

Gov. Snyder wants the Legislature to offer DPS up to an additional $72 million a year from Michigan Taxpayers!  Snyder faces a tough challenge in getting the money for Detroit from the School Aid Fund as he planned.

It’s no wonder when money from that fund went to building the new “Red Wings Arena” with AG Schuette writing an opinion saying it was Constitutional to do so. Wake up people you are being taken by the Republicans who have complete and total control in Lansing!

Follow the timeline in the articles below.

Foundation leader: No bailout for DPS
7:15 a.m. EST November 19, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/18/skillman-leader-expect-foundation-rescue-dps/76031940/

Private aid floated in DPS deal
5:04 p.m. EST November 19, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/19/cotter-detroit-school-debt/76069582/

DPS deal needs realistic funding
9:33 a.m. EST November 15, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/11/15/editorial-detroit-schools-funding/75823016/

Price of DPS plan could spike
12:07 a.m. EDT May 15, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/ingrid-jacques/2015/05/15/jacques-editor-note-dps-plan-price/27320421/

DPS to pay $350,000 to teen suing Pugh
11:50 a.m. EST November 4, 2015
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/11/04/charles-pugh-sexual-harrassment-case/75154496/

Schuette OKs school taxes for new Red Wings arena
Links inside article for more information.
http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/archives/2014/12/16/news-hits-schuette-oks-school-taxes-for-new-red-wings-arena

Forbes richest Americans list includes 11 from Michigan
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2015/09/29/forbes-richest-americans-list-includes-michigan/73052340/

Michael & Marian Ilitch & family on Forbes Lists of wealthiest in Michigan
http://www.forbes.com/profile/michael-marian-ilitch/

Michigan Outrage: School Funds to be Spent on Arena
By Diane Ravitch who is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor is outraged by this and Michigan citizens should be as well.
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/12/21/michigan-outrage-school-funds-to-be-spent-on-arena/

Schuette Opinion: Use of tax revenue and public money for development

STATE OF MICHIGAN BILL SCHUETTE, ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINION
It is my opinion, therefore, that the Michigan Strategic Fund’s proposal to provide funds from the Michigan Community Revitalization Program for the purpose of assisting in the demolition of the Joe Louis Area after completion of the new arena at the Detroit Events Center does not violate section 88c(3)(a) of the MSF Act, which prohibits the use of such funds for the development of a stadium or arena for use by a professional sports team.  ~ Attorney General BILL SCHUETTE

Here is what the Michigan State Constitution says.
Article 9, § 11 of the Michigan Constitution established a State School Aid Fund funded by various tax revenues, and provides in part: There shall be established a state school aid fund which shall be used “exclusively” for aid to school districts, higher education, and school employees’ retirement systems as provided by law.

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