Republican Controlled Legislature Drafting Bills for Detroit “Bailout”

State legislators are working on about a dozen bills that will use $350 million taxpayer money that Governor Rick Snyder has proposed. We taxpayers “bailout” the auto companies, banks and Wall Street now we are adding cities to the list of too big to fail. Who is next on this list the insurance companies?  1-Bailout-rick_snyder

You just know whenever you hear politicians talk about using taxpayer money in this fashion or when they talk about increasing our taxes more often than not it becomes a reality. As I have previously reported about the talk of a gas tax and vehicle registration fee increases this to will come to fruition.

The thing about the gas tax and vehicle registration fee increases are two fold: One our elected legislators have been stealing our road fund monies for years for other unspecified state spending purposes playing the shell game of robbing Peter to pay Paul. The other is because of possible repercussions here in the 2014 elections they will not bestow these increases on we taxpayers till after the elections.

When will we taxpaying citizens of Michigan come to the reality that we can no longer allow any one Political Party to hold power and control for more than one term? What we really need is a viable Constitutional third Party that represents “We the People” instead of the lobbyist and special interest groups who have a stranglehold on our elected leaders in both of the two major parties. 4 Bailout kwame-kilpatrick-award-2
http://www.freep.com/article/20140401/NEWS01/304010020/Legislature-Detroit-grand-bargain-bankruptcy

How Detroit Went Broke Taxpayers of Michigan now on the Hook
The Wall Street types who applauded former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s financial acumen following his 2005 deal to restructure city pension debt should consider this: The numbers prove that his plan devastated the city’s finances and was a key factor that drove Detroit to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in July.

The State of Michigan and its legislators are also contributors in the blame. Lansing politicians reduced Detroit’s state-shared revenue by 48% from 1998 to 2012, withholding $172 million from the city, according to state records. We are currently seeing the results of the cuts to revenue sharing in municipalities across the state. These cuts were part of the very favorable big business buddies reform of the business tax in 2012.
http://www.freep.com/interactive/article/20130915/NEWS01/130801004/Detroit-Bankruptcy-history-1950-debt-pension-revenue

Crony Capitalism and Corruption

The Wall Street types who applauded former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s financial acumen following his 2005 deal to restructure city pension debt should consider this: The numbers prove that his plan devastated the city’s finances and was a key factor that drove Detroit to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in July.

http://www.freep.com/interactive/article/20130915/NEWS01/130801004/Detroit-Bankruptcy-history-1950-debt-pension-revenue 5 Bailot Monica Conyers 2009 mug shot

Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers Convicted of Bribery
Mrs. Conyers was the council’s president pro tem, went from one of Detroit’s most politically powerful and mercurial women to an admitted felon in a “pay-to-play” scheme for a $1.2-billion-plus sludge treatment contract.

Conyers plead guilty and sent to prison for taking cash-stuffed envelopes at a city recreation center and in a McDonald’s parking lot. She admitted taking at least $6,000 from Detroit businessman Rayford Jackson to change her vote in favor of a $1.2-billion in the Synagro sludge disposal contract scandal in 2007.
http://www.freep.com/article/20090627/NEWS01/906270358/Conyers-guilty-bribery-case

Former Detroit Police Chief Convicted of Embezzlement 6 Bailout Chief Hart
The corruption and theft of taxpayer money goes why back in Detroit. Take former police chief William L. Hart as but one example. Hart was police chief under the Mayor Coleman Young administration. He was convicted of stealing $2.6 million in taxpayer money over seven years.

When the FBI raided his home they found thousands of dollars in a ceiling fan. When questioned about that money being hidden in the ceiling Hart said he didn’t believe in banks. Hart embezzled the money to buy luxury cars and gifts for three former “girlfriends” as well as to renovate his home and a cottage in Canada.
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/05/08/us/former-detroit-police-chief-convicted-of-embezzlement.html

Schostak Bros. plans $111 million, 16-story Detroit office tower
The Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority’s nine-member board has reviewed a $27-million brownfield tax incentive plan for site preparation and infrastructure improvements for the building, which is expected to include first-floor retail space and a parking deck wrapping around Cadillac Tower facing Campus Martius. Capital Cronyism Stop

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130916/NEWS/130919874/schostak-bros-plans-111-million-16-story-detroit-office-tower

Detroit-based Meridian Health Plan is expected to be the sole office tenant
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130919/NEWS/130919821

$27 million in tax incentives approved for new Detroit office tower
In addition to the brownfield incentives, Schostak and Meridian are pursuing Michigan Economic Development Corp. Community Revitalization Program grants and U.S. Department of Treasury New Markets Tax Credits and other incentives to help finance the building.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130925/NEWS/130929905 Capital Cronyism Free Markets

Meridian Health Plan expected to move into 16-story Detroit building in 2017
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130918/NEWS/130919855

Schostak Bros. plans $111 million, 16-story Detroit office tower to seek taxpayer subsidies
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130916/NEWS/130919874

Snyder Awards Meridian Health Plan for Medicaid Expansion Healthy Michigan SnyderCaid
http://www.mha.org/mha/weeklymailing/2014/012014/monday_report.htm

Bob Ficano, John Rakolta and the Big Jail Problem Capital Cronyism Fascism
Rakolta and Walbridge simply cannot be allowed near another government contract. Even projects that aren’t directly funded by taxpayers, but will take advantage of public bonding for initial cash flow, should be off-limits.

Like Team Ficano, Walbridge has proven to be a poor agent for residents and taxpayers. It’s time for us, as principals, to cut them loose. Capital Cronyism Kills

Looks like the Democrats and Republicans are working together as to pull off this heist of taxpayers’ dollars for their political and personal gains. Rakolta is a big Republican Party donor who was heavily involved in Mitt Romeys presidential campaigns in both 2008 and 2012.

He is also a partner with heavy Democrat donors in the “failed” Raleigh Film Studio. He was recently appointed to the board of the failed MEDC by Governor Rick Snyder. Oh yeah and we taxpayers are now on the hook for that studios “failed” missed, bond payments.
http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/5094/bob_ficano_john_rakolta_and_the_big_jail_problem

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Michigan as the “Comeback State” Defies Even Common Sense or Better Yet “Pure Propaganda”

Well it’s election season and the propaganda is in full force. Governor Rick Snyder is trying to redefine not only himself as the “Comeback Kid” reinventing Michigan calling it the comeback state, but the very term common sense. It is critical to the future of our state that voters not fall for either attempt. 

It has been pointed out by others and is still worth repeating: Working Michigan families have not experienced a comeback, and therefore the moniker “Comeback Kid” is laughable. The narrative of Snyder’s re-election ad rings decidedly flat for those still experiencing unemployment and under employment in Michigan.
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140219/OPINION01/302190004/Comeback-talk-defies-common-sense Comback Forbes on Snyder

Our state has the fourth highest unemployment in the nation, and almost 400,000 out-of-work “Michiganians” are still waiting for the governor to create “more and better” jobs. Michigan ranks near the bottom, 47th in the nation for not just unemployment but as one of the worst states for doing business.

High taxation, over regulation and crony capitalism is but a few of the issues keeping Michigan at the bottom in both of these categories.

Michigan ranks near bottom of Forbes’ Best States for doing Business
Forbes’ annual Best States for Business list as of year ending 2013 ranked Michigan at No. 47 of the 50 states.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130925/NEWS/130929908/michigan-ranks-near-bottom-of-forbes-best-states-for-business-list#

Virginia ranked first and is also one of  the 24 right-to-work states that now includes Michigan. Areas that hurt Michigan’s rating included business cost (the state ranked no. 38), labor supply (no. 48), economic climate (no. 47) and growth prospects (no. 47).
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2013/09/25/virginia-tops-2013-list-of-the-best-states-for-business/

Business cost is based off Moody’s Analytics cost of doing business, which includes labor, energy and taxes. Labor supply measures educational attainment based off Census data and also considers migration and population projections.

Economic climate measures economic output as well as unemployment during the past five years. Growth prospects measures job, income and gross state product forecasts from Moody’s Analytics.
http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

When our Republican controlled legislature is more concerned with the “Friends and Family” programs and the “Business Buddy Fund” along with legislation benefiting themselves and un-related to creating an environment conducive to job creation, “Houston We Citizens of Michigan Have a Huge Problem!”

Concentrating on such legislation as “A Mortgage Bill for the MIGOP Chairman’s Brother” and passing laws regulating “Pigeon’s” along with wasting taxpayer money and time on a legislative “Polar Plunge” during session is unconscionable.

But it just doesn’t end there. The state of Michigan continues to harass private small business owners such as Mark Baker and his “pig” farm. I guess Mr. Baker doesn’t donate to the campaign coffer’s of our elected official’s or have the clout that the Michigan Pork Producers Association does who pay through donations for access and favorable legislation from our legislators?

Michigan Judge Ruling: Mark Baker Can Raise His “Feral” Pigs, But What About Everyone Else?
The state of Michigan wasn’t seeking any longer to bar Baker from raising his pigs, and wasn’t seeking to impose the $700,000 fine it levied last year. But the damage to the Baker family was already done emotionally and financially.
http://thecompletepatient.com/article/2014/february/27/mi-judge-ruling-mark-baker-can-raise-his-%E2%80%9Cferal%E2%80%9D-pigs-what-about-everyone

Sources:
Retroactive state law lets GOP chairman’s brother off hook for $2.4 million
http://www.freep.com/article/20120331/NEWS15/203310415/

In Lansing, a mortgage bill tailored for one
http://www.freep.com/article/20120401/COL04/204010479/

2013 Senate Bill 631: Revise carrier pigeon licensure mandate (Senate Roll Call 53)
Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate on February 26, 2014.
To prohibit a person from getting a state-mandated carrier pigeon license if his or her facilities do not meet regulations imposed by the local government, but preempt locals from banning carrier pigeons outright.
http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=685602

2014 Legislative Polar Plunge
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley Led State Officials in taking the Legislative Polar Plunge
Raising money for charity is an admirable cause but not on taxpayer time. If any Michigan worker were to do this as an employee at their work place do you really think their employer would go for it?

I don’t think so and they would be looking for a new job! Our elected officials are elected to serve all Michigan citizens and not just one special group.

This bipartisan group of legislators had a swimming pool brought in and filled with warm water to take this plunge in front of the Capitol building in Lansing. Some wore suits, some wore costumes such as superman and one was dressed as a German-Austrian with a stein full of beer. Keep in mind this was at 3:00 in the afternoon while “in session.”
http://www.adn.com/2014/02/27/3349135/calley-others-take-plunge-for.html

Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu3HEXH2utU

2013 introduced a resolution for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”
Senator Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Twp. in 2013 introduced a resolution for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” that was approved by his fellow legislators.

Khan celebrated the passage by taking the podium Tuesday while wearing a black eye patch and saying, “It’s time, and now recognized, that the state of Michigan acknowledges this holiday and grants it the recognition it truly deserves.”

Kahn pointed out that Michigan is the Great Lakes state and should support and promote “worthy maritime initiatives.”
http://michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=160886

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