RIGHT TO WORK IS WRONG FOR MICHIGAN

As I write this, I am in the Michigan state Capitol building.  The building is on lock down with no one being allowed to enter.  The legislative chambers are on lock down with no one able to talk with their elected representatives.  At issue is the so-called right-to-work legislation which…

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WESLEY SNIPES AND THE 99%

In 1991 ”New Jack City’ was as fresh a gangster movie as I had ever seen.  Wesley Snipes played urban crime kingpin Nino Brown, fighting for power amidst the turmoil of life on the streets.  Audiences will no doubt remember the ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ rap at the end…

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MOBILITY MEANS JOBS

Is 23 enough?  That is what people throughout southeast Michigan are wondering as support builds at the Capitol to create a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties.  23 represents the number of documented attempts to establish a RTA that have fallen by the wayside leaving…

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WINDING DOWN IN LANSING

Things are winding down for me here in Lansing.  We are boxing up and cleaning up, recycling and pitching, getting things ready to leave office and hand things over to those who will take over.  I’m trying not to get too sentimental, though going through all my old files reminds…

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CHILI AND THE LOBBY CORPS

I remember laughing on one of my first days in the Legislature when a senior Member told me that we as the people’s representatives were merely passing through, while the lobby corps really served as the “permanent government.”  Lobbyists, those much maligned tools of moneyed special interests who derive their…

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IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK . . .

QUACK QUACK!  I have officially taken on lame duck status.  It’s a weird dynamic for us all – we now know who will be making decisions for the next two years but still have the old guard floating on the water at least until the end of the year.  This…

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A WEEK OF PROGRESS

Sometimes it seems as if progress happens in fits and starts.  We rest for long periods of time seemingly spinning our wheels and going nowhere only to lurch forward in whirl of activity.  Not a hard and fast rule of the universe, mind you, but sometimes it seems that way,…

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BUDGET UPDATE

I’ve written about the budget dilemma before and have heard from scores of you on the issue.  When the School Aid budget for next year was passed earlier this year, $236 million was left unspent to be carried over to the next budget year.  In the meantime, Michigan received an…

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