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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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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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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After Detroit will Taxpayers be on the Hook again for a Flint “Bailout”

Michigan governor Rick Snyder said in January that he believed there were roughly 235 cities and towns in his state that were financially and functionally bankrupt. One of those towns is Flint, Michigan.

In the last three years, Flint’s finances have collapsed to the point that the city has had to lay off two-thirds of its police force.
http://www.businessinsider.com/what-happens-to-a-city-when-the-money-runs-out-2011-4

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — State officials pledged $2 million Tuesday for Flint’s troubled water system. http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/michigan/2015/02/04/State-plans-to-discuss-resources-to-help-Flint-improve-water.html Flint Michigan

Flint, Michigan is now plagued by Violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act only months after the city severed its water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD).

This article is from the World Socialist Web Site Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/flin-j12.html

“During the course of the week or early next week we hopefully will be coming out with more taxpayer funded steps,” some of which are already under way, and others to be implemented, Snyder said. Sounds like code words for taxpayer funded “bailout” to me.
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/09/29/snyder-state-action-coming-flint-water/73033462/

With the financial problems in Michigan’s other big cities such as Flint and others where does the taxpayer funded “bailouts” stop? Is this the real reason Lansing is hell bent on raising our taxes?

The rainy day fund to bail out all these communities will eventually run out of taxpayer money and I say that will be sooner rather than later. All these dead-end solutions will lead to a bigger intrusive government and the loss of even more Freedoms and Liberties for the citizens. Tax increases anyone?

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Snyder Pardon’s his Appointee Lawyer Buddy and Donor to MIGOP

A Snyder Close Up

snyder live Each year, thousands of people in Michigan are convicted of drunken driving and can suffer long-term consequences, such as lost work, higher insurance costs along with court fines and probation fees.
http://milawyersweekly.com/news/2015/03/27/governor-pardons-connected-attorney-convicted-of-drunken-driving/#ixzz3Vmq5uDGI

Snyder appoints Alan Gocha Jr. to his new “Talent Investment Board” Mark Hackel
Also appointed was Democrat Mark Hackel, Macomb, John Rakolta III the son of John Rakolta Jr. of the Walbridge Construction Company involved in the infamous new Wayne County Jail fiasco and other crony dealings.

John Rakolta Jr. also is a partner in the “failed” Raleigh Film Studio that the Michigan taxpayers are now the hook for their missed Bond payments as well as holding a fundraiser for former Democrat Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano. John Rakolta  Bob Ficano
https://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57738_57679_57726-267276–,00.html

Snyder uses pardon to erase lawyer’s DUI conviction
He knows the Oakland County man and even corrected a reporter’s pronunciation of Gocha’s name (Go-SHAY’). Gocha said the conviction was a “black cloud” that slowed deals with Wall Street bankers and limited international travel.   Alan Gocha Jr & Rick Snyder

I bet many convicted of drunk driving would like to “clear” up this conviction especially when it cost those with that conviction dearly in yearly insurance cost along with the court cost associated with a conviction such as this…

“I would really like to clean up a terrible mistake that I made,” he told the board in 2014. Gocha gave $26,500 to political action committees from 2011 through 2013. Gocha has connections to ETC Capital gave $275,000 to the RGA in October 2013, the group gave $276,000 to the Michigan Republican Party.
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/capitol/2015/03/27/snyder-uses-pardon-connected-lawyer/70532636/

Macomb County Executive Democrat Mark Hackel gets Movie Role in Michigan made film
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/macomb-county/2014/12/28/former-sheriff-hackel-makes-movie-plays-deputy/20987265/

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) gets Michigan subsidized Movie Role in Batman Superman
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/debbie-stabenow-batman-vs-superman_n_6064004.html

Where are the Republicans who have sponsored and voted to keep this taxpayer funded subsidy scam of a scheme going here in Michigan at taxpayers expense, no roles for them just their Democrat faction buddies in the Party of One.

If anyone still has the misconception that we have two major political Parties think again!

Movie Office Chief Plots Film Incentives Role Amid Politics Film Office Camera
In a political twist Jenell Leonard has started her new job as director of the Michigan Film Office by spreading the word that Michigan has $50 Million in taxpayer funds to giveaway to Obama’s Hollywood supporter film producers.

Jenell Leonard is the wife of Republican State Representative Tom Leonard!
http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/movies/2015/03/23/michigan-film-office-incentives-movies-jenell-leonard/70355266/

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Detroit News Report falls short on Michigan’s Road Fund Money Allocation Problem

Michigan ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to its per capita spending on its roads and bridges, according to a report citing U.S. Census Bureau data. Is it because Michiganders don’t pay a high enough gas tax, or have our legislators been re-directing our road tax dollars elsewhere?

Michigan has the 5th highest Gasoline Tax in the nation, only Democrat controlled CA, NY, HI, CT are higher! Michigan’s gas excise tax is 19 cents per gallon. Michigan also collects sales taxes and an environmental regulation tax for a whopping grand total of 39.4 cents per gallon.

Michigan legislators have been stealing, robbing and shifting “our” road fund monies for years! Now that the kitty is bone dry they have the gull to suggest “we taxpayers” pony up by accepting a gas tax and vehicle registration fee increases.  Article continues below the picture.

Gas Tax Hike Snyder

Michigan legislative Transportation and Infrastructure committee chairs Wayne Schmidt (R) House and Tom Casperson (R) Senate would serve their constituents and all Michigan motorist well by pushing legislation that would outlaw any further diversions of Gasoline Tax monies from roads, bridges and infrastructure. Unfortunately these two seem more concerned about “Horse Trading” with politically well connected real estate developers.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140213/METRO05/302130103/Michigan-ranks-last-per-capita-spending-roads-bridges

There is a clear pattern of history here of transferring  “stealing” our road tax dollars for other unspecified state spending projects by our elected officials. And our legislators have the gull to propose new taxes on the citizens of Michigan as to repair our roads! Just say no to any new road taxes!

Republican Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville gave a legislative update to the Monroe Chamber of Commerce on Friday, January 10 2014. When he was through giving this update he opened up the floor for questions.

The very first question asked from a chamber member was, there is a lot of talk about a gas tax increase and vehicle registration fee increases coming out of Lansing will we be seeing this in 2014.

Mr. Richardville responded that we will see some sort of “re-alignment” in the gas tax structure but not until after the 2014 elections! Hmmm…I would say that is code word for “yes” we will see a gas tax and vehicle registration fee increase and you can take that to the banksters who donate to their campaign coffers!

2003 “Forgive” Mackinac Bridge Authority Taxpayer Loan

At a time when the state is struggling to repair its crumbling roads, this bill and the others in the Mackinac Bridge bill package would take more than $5 million away from repairing Michigan’s roads and bridges. Further, the bills in this package would forgive a combined debt of over $65 million owed to the state (we the taxpayers) in restricted funds that are used to fix our roads.”

Fast forward to 2014 and guess what Michigan taxpayers “the chickens have come home to roost” and you Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayers of Michigan are now on the hook for fixing this problem perpetrated on the taxpayers of Michigan by the very “thieves” we have elected to serve us!

2003 House Bill 4627 Introduced by Rep. Tom Casperson (R) on May 6, 2003, to forgive state loans to the Mackinac Bridge Authority.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/2003-HB-4627

Fiscal Analysis – MACKINAC BRIDGE AUTHORITY LEGISLATION
HB 4627 (H-1) would amend Section 7 of 1952 PA 214 (the Mackinac Bridge Authority’s authorizing statute) the bill would forgive certain “advances” made to the Mackinac Bridge Authority in the Motor Fuel Tax Act – effectively from the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF).

Tom Casperson 38th district

As of September 30, 2002, there remained an unpaid balance of $53.2 million associated with this advance. Subsection 5 of the bill indicates that this advance is repaid or forgiven effective March 1, 2003.
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2003-2004/billanalysis/House/pdf/2003-HFA-0464-x3.pdf

A very small legislative sampling of how our road tax money is shifted below and there are many others.

Transfer road tax money to other purposes (Senate Roll Call 539) All Senate Republicans voted in favor to reduce the amount of infrastructure project spending from the transportation economic development fund by $12 million in the Fiscal Year that ends Sept. 30, 2009, and another $12 million in the next fiscal year. House Bill 5073 diverts this money to other state spending that was Signed into law by then Gov. Jennifer Granholm on November 3, 2009.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=423745

Transfer road tax money to other purposes (Senate Roll Call 404) All Senate Republicans but one voted in favor to transfer $5.7 million from the state “Comprehensive Transportation Fund” (from which subsidies to public transportation systems are paid), and use the money instead to avoid reductions in non-transportation state spending in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. See also House Bill 5679 (which transfers money from another source into the CTF). This one was Signed into law by then Gov. Jennifer Granholm on September 17, 2010. 
http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=505897

2011 Senate Bill 411: Create “DRIC/NITC” bridge authority Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on June 7, 2011, to “revise” the state road tax “allocation” law to “accommodate” the authority proposed by Senate Bill 410 to build a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor (the “Detroit River International Crossing” or “New International Trade Crossing,” a.k.a. “DRIC” or “NITC”). This would essentially take road fund monies away from our roads and transfer those monies to this new government authority! AKA, BIGGER GOVERNMENT!
http://michiganvotes.org/2011-SB-411

All About Michigan’s Road Funding and the Recently Proposed “Gas Tax” Increase
http://bainreport.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/all-about-michigans-road-funding-and-the-recently-proposed-gas-tax-increase/

Michigan Road Tax Investigation: Snyder, State Legislators Ignoring State Law and Continue to “Gouge” Michigan Motorists on Gas Taxes
http://bainreport.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/michigan-road-tax-investigation-snyder-state-legislators-ignoring-state-law-and-continue-to-gouge-michigan-motorists-on-gas-taxes/

Detroit News Road Report

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Are Michigan Taxpayers Funding All Businesses in the State? Sure Looks Like It!

It sure looks like it. There isn’t a day that goes by where my research on the “failed” Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) hasn’t “given away” the citizens of Michigan’s tax dollars. This must and should stop! How can our elected representatives in Lansing justify asking we taxpayers for a tax increase for our roads with this type of cronyism benefiting themselves and their business buddies? They can’t! Read more below the picture.A Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe

Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe Closes Michigan Taxpayers Lose Again
The Shoppe faced a series of setbacks before announcing closure after just 16 months. Just another in a long list of taxpayer funded failures through the “failed” MEDC. The Solakas, the owners were not the only parties to lose money.

$130,000 in community grant money was spent assisting the butcher shop from organizations including Midtown Detroit Inc., the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. and the “failed”  (MEDC) Michigan Economic Development Corp. Is every business in Michigan propped up and funded with taxpayer dollars? Sure looks like it!
http://www.freep.com/article/20140211/BUSINESS06/302110031/Why-Ye-Olde-Butcher-Shoppe-is-closing-Detroit

There was “NO” mention of this taxpayer giveaway through the “failed” MEDC in this November 2012 article.
http://www.freep.com/article/20121118/BUSINESS06/311180155/Brothers-hope-Midtown-grocery-store-doubles-as-gathering-place

Whole Foods opens in Detroit with Taxpayer Help
George Jackson, who as president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. helped bring Whole Foods to the city. If Detroit is broke where did the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. get the money for this subsidy? Ah how about the “failed” MEDC funneling yet more of all Michigan taxpayers monies to these businesses! Read more below the picture.A Whole Foods BEST

Olga Stella, vice president of business development at Detroit Economic Growth Corp. which provided a $1.25 million grant. The DEGC is a private nonprofit group that supports economic development in Detroit. The remaining $5.8 million came from state and local grants and the sale of tax credits tied to the project.
Whole Foods should send Michigan taxpayers a big thank-you note.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324423904578523712663750112

Some of the prominent names that show up in this endeavor are local businessman and the politically connected Alfred Taubman. If you remember he was also a partner in the “failed” MEDC subsidized Raleigh Film Studio in Pontiac the taxpayer funded movie studio that the under-funded state pension fund is now on the hook for their “failed” missed bond payments! The under-funded state pension fund is “you” the taxpayers of Michigan!

Also of interest is Mr. Taubman’s Antitrust Conviction the early 2000s, an investigation into alleged price-fixing between Sotheby’s and rival auction house Christie’s led to a confession by Sotheby’s CEO Diana Brooks of an elaborate price fixing “scheme” with her counterpart at Christie’s, Christopher Davidge.

In a plea bargain arrangement, prosecutors offered to keep her out of prison if she agreed to implicate Taubman. She did, and thereafter Taubman was convicted in a jury trial of price fixing. He was fined $7.5 million (USD) and imprisoned for ten months in 2002 for anti-trust violations.Taubman was released in 2003.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Alfred_Taubman

One of Mr. Taubman’s partners in that “failed” Raleigh Film Studio is John Rakolta Jr. who is the CEO of Walbridge (formerly known as Walbridge Aldinger). Governor Rick Snyder appointed Mr. Rakolta to the board of, you guessed it the “failed” (MEDC) Michigan Economic Development Corp. Can you say a definite conflict of interest? Rakolta has also served as the chairman of New Detroit from 2003 to 2010.

John Rakolta and his company Walbridge was recently involved in the shady dealings in the new Wayne County Jail project that was shut down and has recently come under investigation by Wayne county prosecutor Kym Worthy in Detroit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rakolta

So my fellow Michigan taxpaying citizens does anybody but me see that these businessmen and their political buddies in Lansing are running a criminal enterprise using “our” tax dollars in an all for profit scheme? Shady characters and convicted felons are working with our elected officials literally stealing our money!

A word to the wise come election time here in 2014, be very careful how you cast your vote you may well get something you don’t necessarily want! Politicians will tell you what you want to hear as to get elected but the results are not in your best interest! 

Additional Sources:

It took 15 years to build a grocery store. Not only 15 years, it also took a whole lot of corporate welfare as well.
http://motorcitytimes.com/mct/2014/02/detroit-small-business-closes-cites-government-bureaucracy-regulations-and-corporate-welfare/

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Michigan’s False “Comeback” Offer Taxpayer Funded “Bribes” to Businesses

So you think we have “principled” Republican control in Lansing? Think again! Michigan ranks 38 out of 50 states in per-capita income, 42nd in business climate. Michigan had the fifth highest per-capita income in America in 1953. So what has our politicians done to reverse this trend? They do what any crony capitalist would do they offer “bribes” to these companies with taxpayer dollars to stay in the state.

Kurt Darrow, CEO of La-Z-Boy said La-Z-Boy never found a reason compelling enough to uproot its employees and leave Michigan but if Michigan through the “failed” MEDC didn’t pony up the dough to help build it’s new headquarters they would move elsewhere! Ohio was actively pursuing them to relocate to their state with subsidies.

Dan Swallow, director of economic and community development for Monroe, said the two grants and the tax abatement were paramount to keeping La-Z-Boy fully committing to staying in Monroe. The company had stated it would remain in Monroe if everything could be worked out, but if it couldn’t, it might be forced to go to another county or state.
http://www.toledoblade.com/Retail/2012/12/21/La-Z-Boy-a-big-step-closer-to-new-headquarters-Michigan-OKs-3-7M-aid-for-50M-project.html

The company’s third-quarter profit soars! Michigan-based La-Z-Boy said Tuesday its operating income was up 37 percent in the fiscal 2013 third quarter, to $23.3 million, compared with $17 million in the same quarter of 2012. The company ended the quarter with $112 million in cash and equivalents.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/la-z-boy-reports-fiscal-2013-third-quarter-results-191882971.html

Note: Republican Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville is a former employee of La-Z-Boy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Richardville

(Continue reading below the picture)Bribes

The Snyder re-election campaign starts with 6 stops around Michigan. Snyder’s campaign says the Monday stops are at James Group International in Detroit, Two Men and a Truck in Lansing and at Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. Two Men and a Truck recently received taxpayer funded subsidies to expand it’s business through the “failed” MEDC to expand its corporate headquarters in Lansing.

Because of the “failed” MEDC and it’s non-transparent policies there’s no telling how much of “our” tax dollars are being funneled to these businesses here in Michigan. One thing is certain and that’s the fact that “we taxpayers” are being taken for one hell of ride in this “scam”.

The cronyism and theft of “our” tax dollars continues with the “Friends and Family Program” along with the Republicans “Buddy Fund” administered by our elected officials in Lansing. Snyder recently appointed John Rakolta, CEO of Detroit-based construction firm Walbridge and partner of the “failed” Raleigh Film Studio in Pontiac to the board of the MEDC. Oh and by the way we taxpayers are now on the hook for that studios failed bond payments. Can you say “conflict” of interest?

Michigan Republican Party chairman Bobby Schostak is also receiving not just federal subsidies for his new skyscraper high raise office building in Detroit but is seeking state subsidies as well through the MEDC. If you remember Mr. Schostak got his legislative buddies in Lansing to pass “a mortgage bill for one” as to “bailout” his brother who he is partners with in Schostak Brothers & Company, Inc. that saved them from paying a $2.4 million judgement of a foreclosure in their Cherry Land Mall in Traverse City Michigan.
http://www.freep.com/article/20120331/NEWS15/203310415/

Note: Meridian Health Plan is expected to be the sole office tenant in the taxpayer funded Schostak office building in Detroit. Governor Snyder appointed Meridian to administer the new Medicaid (SnyderCaid) expansion/ObamaCare.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130918/NEWS/130919855/meridian-health-plan-expected-to-move-into-16-story-detroit-building

When will the citizens and voters of Michigan wake up to the fact that it’s not just the Democrats that is the problem it’s this kind of Republican control as well. While I am appalled at the liberal progressive socialist policies of the Democrats I am equally appalled at the these same types of policies that we are seeing from the so-called Republicans we now have in Lansing.

Other Sources:
http://www.freep.com/article/20120401/COL04/204010479/Brian-Dickerson-In-Lansing-a-mortgage-bill-tailored-for-one

http://www.freep.com/article/20131030/COL06/310300170/Tom-Walsh-La-Z-Boy-Meijer-John-Engler

http://www.michiganbusiness.org/press-releases/governor-joins-in-celebration-of-two-men-and-a-truck-expansion/

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130220/BIZ/302200331

https://www.mackinac.org/features/search/?text=film&site=MCC&count=100

http://michiganfilmcreditsecrets.blogspot.com/

Public Employee Pension Systems Raided To Pay Film Studio Bills – Michigan teachers and state employee systems paid $1.68 million so far for Pontiac studio
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/18384

Michigan-Subsidized Film Studio Fails; State Pension Fund Had to Guarantee Missed Loan Payments
http://taxfoundation.org/blog/michigan-subsidized-film-studio-fails-state-pension-fund-had-guaranteed-loan

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