Progress Michigan http://www.progressmichigan.org No corporate money. Just uncompromised progressive politics for Michigan. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:19:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Media Rundown: Aramark http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/media-rundown-aramark/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/media-rundown-aramark/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:05:37 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37292 We love making waves at Progress Michigan. We definitely made the right kind of waves when we released documents showing that the Snyder administration had a hand in quietly removing a $98,000 fine on Aramark, the out-of-state corporation that was handed a $145 million dollar contract to run our state prisons’ food service. We know […]

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We love making waves at Progress Michigan.

We definitely made the right kind of waves when we released documents showing that the Snyder administration had a hand in quietly removing a $98,000 fine on Aramark, the out-of-state corporation that was handed a $145 million dollar contract to run our state prisons’ food service.

We know you’re busy, so we decided to give you a media rundown of some of the best hits our accountability work has resulted in:

Prisons director canceled $98,000 fine imposed on Aramark

SCANDAL: Snyder administration quietly canceled $98K fine for for-profit prison food vendor Aramark, then things got much worse

Michigan Corrections canceled first $98,000 Aramark fine for contract violations

Canceled Aramark fine questioned by state panel member

Schauer accuses governor of lying about canceled Aramark fine

Former Florida prison chief to monitor Aramark food contract

Suspicious Conversations Between Aramark And Gov. Office

UPDATED: MI-GOV SCANDAL – Snyder admin quietly canceled $98K fine for for-profit prison food vendor

Aramark prison food contract sparks debate in Michigan Legislature

State prisons chief canceled $98K fine against food service contractor Aramark

We’re not stopping. We’ve filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections for the rest of the emails that they’re trying to hide from us. We’ll keep you posted as we continue to be watchdogs against privatization and government corruption.

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This Week in Progress http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/week-progress-22/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/week-progress-22/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:14:49 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37290 This Week in Progress Terri Lynn Land’s non-profit just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Oh, and we’re suing the MDOC. This Week in PM Blogging: A Look at the Bottom Line Rick Snyder likes to pretend that, even though we still lag behind other states, that we’re on the “road to recovery” despite […]

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This Week in Progress

Terri Lynn Land’s non-profit just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Oh, and we’re suing the MDOC.

This Week in PM Blogging:

A Look at the Bottom Line

Rick Snyder likes to pretend that, even though we still lag behind other states, that we’re on the “road to recovery” despite how people really feel. Here’s the bottom line: When compared to the rest of the nation, Rick Snyder has failed.

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Progress Michigan vs. MDOC

You read that right, we’re suing the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Last week, we released an email chain between the head of the MDOC, Daniel Heyns and Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff, Dennis Muchmore, that showed the Snyder administration had pressured the department to cancel a $98,000 fine against out-of-state corporation, Aramark, which has been providing food services in Michigan’s state prisons since December.

The email included a redacted section that was later released by the Department of Corrections. The redacted portion was an email from Muchmore to Heyns that read, “Do we need to get drink.” Redacting this section was illegal and we believe it provides justification for requesting the other emails be released.

We’ll keep you posted when we have updates. MDOC has been served and they now have less than 20 days to respond, after which time a judge will set a hearing.

If you’d like up-to-date notifications on our FOIA fight, text FOIA to 30644 and we’ll keep you in the loop. It’s time for Gov. Rick Snyder to do the right thing for once and fire Aramark.

The Family Charity

A non-profit charity ran by Terri Lynn Land and her family has been coming under fire over the past couple of days.

The group, World Mission, is an evangelical Christian organization that reportedly views other religions as “obstacles” to its mission.

“How does she expect to represent Michigan’s diverse communities in Washington when she and her family are getting tax breaks to promote intolerance around the world?” questioned Michigan Muslim Democratic Caucus Chair Dr. Shahid Tahir. “Ms. Land’s silence about her personal contributions and tax breaks to this divisive charity are unacceptable and wrong. We believe that Michiganders deserve to hear an explanation.”

Land’s campaign has said Terri has nothing to do with the charity, and yet her husband is the one that signs the group’s tax returns. Land’s campaign is taking the same tone as when Terri was questioned about her work with Land & Co. — that, too, she had nothing to do with and yet the company was still paying her. Weird how that works, isn’t it?

If that wasn’t enough for Terri Lynn Land and World Mission, news broke today by Between the Lines reported that that same charity had Terri Lynn Land for Senate campaign signs in their doorway with a sign that urged people to take one.

The problem is that World Mission is a non-profit and is not allowed to endorse political candidates, which could land Land and her family’s non-profit in some trouble.

“World Mission Thrift is an assumed name for World Mission, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Using its facilities to promote a political candidate is a clear violation of its tax status as a charitable organization,” said Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. “It’s like a church endorsing a political candidate. Charitable organizations are subsidized by taxpayers because contributions to them are tax deductible. They are not allowed to endorse political candidates.”

Progressive Reads:

Terri Lynn Land’s hypocrisy on road repair funding: She lobbied to divert road funding to her department as Secretary of State

A Shocking Number Of Americans Don’t Know Basic Facts About The US Government

Canceled Aramark fine questioned by state panel member

Aramark prison food contract sparks debate in Michigan Legislature

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Progress Michigan Challenges MDOC FOIA Redactions in Court http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/progress-michigan-challenges-mdoc-foia-redactions-court/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/progress-michigan-challenges-mdoc-foia-redactions-court/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:31:00 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37287 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan September 18, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Challenges MDOC FOIA Redactions in Court Watchdog group asserts that information was improperly withheld from release  LANSING — On Thursday morning, public watchdog group Progress Michigan filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections, alleging that the […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from Progress Michigan

September 18, 2014

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org

Progress Michigan Challenges MDOC FOIA Redactions in Court

Watchdog group asserts that information was improperly withheld from release 

LANSING — On Thursday morning, public watchdog group Progress Michigan filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections, alleging that the department may have illegally redacted at least 16 emails in whole or in part that were part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. with the Court of Claims at the Michigan Hall of Justice. Progress Michigan’s attorney, Mark Brewer, filed the claim.

“The department continues to fail to disclose these emails to Progress Michigan claiming they relate to departmental preliminary discussions and that they’re of an advisory nature,” Brewer said. “In my experience, this broad and vague exemption is often abused and used to block disclosure.”

MDOC has been served the complaint and will have 21 days to answer, after which a judge will schedule a hearing and review the disputed emails.

Last week, Progress Michigan released an email chain between the head of the MDOC, Daniel Heyns and Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff, Dennis Muchmore, that showed the Snyder administration had pressured the department to cancel a $98,000 fine against out-of-state corporation, Aramark, which has been providing food services in Michigan’s state prisons since December.

The email included a redacted section that was later released by the Department of Corrections. The redacted portion was an email from Muchmore to Heyns that read, “Do we need to get drink.” Redacting this section was clearly illegal and Progress Michigan believes it provides justification for requesting the other emails be released.

“The Department of Corrections has shown that they cannot be trusted to follow FOIA law when it comes to redactions,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “We believe information has been illegally withheld and will fight for the release of that information.”

The FOIA request to MDOC was part of a broader effort by Progress Michigan and other Progress Now affiliates to hold executive offices around the country accountable through public records requests.

“There have been an enormous amount of hurdles we’ve had to go through to get this information,” Scott continued. “Despite the hurdles, we believe the department is still withholding information and we’re willing to fight to get the information that we believe the public deserves to see. We know from our FOIA request that the Snyder administration had a role in pulling the fine that was supposedly levied against Aramark. It’s only six months later that, through these emails, we find that never actually happened.”

A copy of Progress Michigan’s court filing can be found here.

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A Look at the Bottom Line http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/look-bottom-line/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/look-bottom-line/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:08:31 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37282 Rick Snyder likes to remind us that he’s an accountant. Maybe he’s attempting to explain his awkwardness in public (no offense to my accountant friends) or is trying to justify his policies that hurt working families, seniors and children (“Hey don’t blame me, blame the numbers.”) But what if we took a look Snyder’s bottom […]

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Rick Snyder likes to remind us that he’s an accountant. Maybe he’s attempting to explain his awkwardness in public (no offense to my accountant friends) or is trying to justify his policies that hurt working families, seniors and children (“Hey don’t blame me, blame the numbers.”)

But what if we took a look Snyder’s bottom line. No spin, no emotion – just the facts ma’am as Joe Friday would say:

  • There IS a new retirement tax on the books that wasn’t in place when Rick Snyder took office (Snyder implemented it to balance his bottom line.)
  • Rick Snyder cut $1 billion from our classrooms.

Rick Snyder likes to pretend that, even though we still lag behind other states, that we’re on the “road to recovery” despite how people really feel. Here’s the bottom line: When compared to the rest of the nation, Rick Snyder has failed.

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Progress Michigan Releases Over 100 Pages of Administrative Communications http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/progress-michigan-releases-100-pages-administrative-communications/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/progress-michigan-releases-100-pages-administrative-communications/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:35:04 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37277 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan September 15, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Releases Over 100 Pages of Administrative Communications Release is part of larger effort to hold executive office accountable LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan released over 100 pages of email communications between Gov. Rick Snyder’s Chief of Staff Dennis […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from Progress Michigan

September 15, 2014

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org

Progress Michigan Releases Over 100 Pages of Administrative Communications

Release is part of larger effort to hold executive office accountable

LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan released over 100 pages of email communications between Gov. Rick Snyder’s Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore and the Michigan Department of Corrections. The documents were obtained through Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act.

“The foundation of democracy relies on an informed public and the type of information contained in these requests is vital to holding the Snyder administration — and all elected officials — accountable,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Access to emails like these between public employees allows us to ensure our tax dollars are not being wasted and gives us a glimpse into the operations of our state government that are happening behind closed doors.”

On Thursday, Progress Michigan released an email string between Daniel Heyns, the head of the Michigan Department of Corrections, and Dennis Muchmore, Gov. Snyder’s chief of staff. The emails revealed that was Heyns worried about “losing a joint” due to the increase in volatility because of consistent Aramark failures and that the $98,000 fine the Snyder administration levied against the out-of-state corporation never happened.

“For months, the Snyder administration allowed itself to be quoted in stories where the $98,000 fine was mentioned and yet they never sought to make a correction to that reporting, leading us to believe they were trying to deceive the public,” Scott continued. “Gov. Snyder needs to do what he should have done from the very beginning and cancel the state’s Aramark contract before someone gets hurt.”

The FOIA request to the Department of Corrections is part of a larger campaign by Progress Michigan, and Progress Now affiliates across the country, to expose communications between executive offices and departments.

“Michigan’s FOIA laws are broken,” Scott continued. “Access to public information should not be a drawn out and expensive process. The public and the media have a right to this information. We will continue to keep the press and Michiganders in the loop about what we uncover.”

Progress Michigan also called into question the nature of the redactions that occur throughout the requested documents. On Friday, it was discovered that a questionable redaction stated, “Do we need to get a drink?” The illegal redaction calls into question other instances throughout the FOIA request and Progress Michigan has demanded that the Snyder administration release all of the emails and information that was redacted in their original FOIA request to the Department of Corrections.

“This governor promised he would reinvent the state, but apparently Snyder’s reinvention of Michigan means less transparency, less accountability and more scandals,” said Hugh Madden, communications director for Progress Michigan. “How many fall guys does the governor get before he is held accountable for the corruption in his administration?”

For access to the released documents click the following links: MDOC DOCS 1 / MDOC DOCS 2

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Alliance for Retired Americans Seeking Michigan Field Organizer http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/alliance-retired-americans-seeking-michigan-field-organizer/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/alliance-retired-americans-seeking-michigan-field-organizer/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:51:06 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37275 Position: Michigan Field Organizer About the Alliance for Retired Americans: The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, founded in May 2001, with now over 4.2 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives. For 13 years, we have enrolled and mobilized […]

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Position: Michigan Field Organizer

About the Alliance for Retired Americans:

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, founded in May 2001, with now over 4.2 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives. For 13 years, we have enrolled and mobilized retired union members and other seniors and community activists into a nationwide grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda that respects work and strengthens families.

Position Summary:

The Alliance for Retired Americans is seeking Field Organizers to work on its Retiree Mobilization program for the 2014 Election cycle. Field Organizers will be responsible for recruiting, training, and managing volunteers to expand the volunteer network of the Alliance, and mobilize Alliance members and retirees to ensure their voice is heard during the 2014 election. Field Organizers will manage and execute retiree contact actions such as phone banks, canvasses, and press events. Field Organizers should be high energy, outgoing, enthusiastic, patient, and willing to work long hours.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Exceptionally organized with the ability to meet strict deadlines;

Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

Positions will be based in Michigan;

Frequent travel required;

Access to a vehicle and a computer;

Commitment to mobilizing retirees for advocating a progressive political and social agenda that respects work and strengthens families ;

Other duties as needed

Compensation: $2,500 per month. Non-Negotiable.

How to Apply: Interested applicants can apply by sending a resume and cover letter to ARAOrganizing@retiredamericans.org

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Progress Michigan Demands that Snyder Admin Resends FOIA without Redactions http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/progress-michigan-demands-snyder-admin-resends-foia-without-redactions/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/progress-michigan-demands-snyder-admin-resends-foia-without-redactions/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:22:12 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37269 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan September 12, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Demands that Snyder Admin Resends FOIA without Redactions MDOC redactions clearly based on politics, not FOIA law MICHIGAN — In light of recent news that a redaction within a series of emails between Gov. Snyder’s chief of staff and the head of […]

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News from Progress Michigan

September 12, 2014

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574sam@progressmichigan.org

Progress Michigan Demands that Snyder Admin Resends FOIA without Redactions

MDOC redactions clearly based on politics, not FOIA law

MICHIGAN — In light of recent news that a redaction within a series of emails between Gov. Snyder’s chief of staff and the head of the Michigan Department of Corrections simply stated, “Do we need to get a drink?” Progress Michigan is calling on the Snyder administration to release all of the redacted statements throughout the entire FOIA request that was provided to Progress Michigan.

“Dennis Muchmore’s email to Daniel Heyns was clearly redacted for political reasons, not because of FOIA law,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “We’re demanding that the Snyder administration release all of the redacted emails that were sent to us as part of our FOIA request. They clearly cannot be trusted to redact only what’s allowable under law.”

As part of the documents received by Progress Michigan through a FOIA request, numerous email segments were redacted with one entire page blacked out.

“This administration has not been straight-forward with Michiganders on this Aramark scandal from the beginning, as evidenced by the news that the $98,000 fine against the private contractor was never levied despite dozens of media reports stating otherwise,” Scott continued. “What else is being covered up by this administration and why?”

Images of the heavily redacted FOIA pages are attached.

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This Week in Progress http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/week-progress-21/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/week-progress-21/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:13:23 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37265 In progressive news this week: More to the Aramark scandal saga, Terri Lynn Land’s hypocritical ISIS statement and Elliott-Larsen amendment roadblocks. This Week in PM Blogging: Let’s Get the Facts Straight, Mr. Baird Gov. Snyder’s right-hand man sure doesn’t take kindly to criticism, especially from women in positions of power. Terri Lynn Land’s Campaign Truck […]

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In progressive news this week: More to the Aramark scandal saga, Terri Lynn Land’s hypocritical ISIS statement and Elliott-Larsen amendment roadblocks.

This Week in PM Blogging:

Let’s Get the Facts Straight, Mr. Baird

Gov. Snyder’s right-hand man sure doesn’t take kindly to criticism, especially from women in positions of power.

Terri Lynn Land’s Campaign Truck is Ridiculous

Not only is Terri Lynn Land’s campaign truck an eyesore of a behemoth, it is also terrible for the environment.

TWIP Clips:

Aramark Arrogance

On Thursday, we released documents showing that Gov. Snyder’s office not only tried to silence the controversy surrounding Aramark’s first blunders back in March, but they pulled some strings and had the widely-publicized $98,000 fine revoked.

Aramark never paid the fine thanks to the Snyder administration and Snyder never let the public know about the move. For the past five months, we’ve been led to believe that the fine was part of an accountability plan for Aramark, but we were lied to.

And to put things into perspective, the $98,000 was actually a small fine in comparison to Aramark’s total state contract. In fact, the latest big fix that was announced — a $200,000 fine — is less than 1 percent of Aramark’s total $145 million contract. Gov. Snyder is not serious about holding Aramark accountable, he’s concerned about saving face with his corporate donors and privatization pals.

The Snyder administration tried to deceive the public and failed. We will continue to be watchdogs against corruption in Snyder’s administration. This isn’t the first time the Snyder administration has tried to deceive the public — and it won’t be the last.

Put up, don’t shut up

The day that President Barack Obama was scheduled to address the American people about his plan for dealing with ISIS, Terri Lynn Land posted this statement to her Facebook page:

“Tonight, President Obama is going to address the American people about the threat of the terrorist organization ISIS. The problem is that the President has known about this lethal threat for at least a year and is just tonight announcing a strategy. The President’s failed foreign policy and lack of leadership has allowed the influence of ISIS and other extremists to grow. We have now had two American journalists murdered by ISIS. Thousands of innocent civilians including Christians and other ethnic minorities have been killed or displaced. Instead of playing golf, the President needs to present a coherent long-term plan to combat Islamist terrorism to the American people and take action to stop this threat without putting U.S. combat boots on the ground.”

On the eve of 9/11, Terri Lynn Land had the audacity to solely blame President Obama for the rise of ISIS, a shameful political attack that lacked any plan or vision on her end.

This pathetic attack on President Obama is only worsened by the fact that back in June she couldn’t even accurately identify ISIS when asked about her position on the events occurring in the Middle East.

“Well, the president has obviously said that Al Qaeda has, you know, on the run. Well, it’s obviously not true,” she said

To Terri Lynn Land, I say: At least President Obama has the strength to talk to the public. You have avoided questions from the media and the public and you refuse to debate. You are the one who has a lack of leadership and foreign policy.

Where is Terri Lynn Land on foreign policy? Where is she on any of the issues that are important to Michigan families? We don’t know because she won’t answer.

Before Land goes around launching criticism about plans and leadership, she should take a look at her own behavior.

LGBT Equality Now

GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger wants to have his discrimination and equality too.

When Democrats introduced legislation to add gender identity and sexual orientation anti-decimation protections into Michigan law, Bolger said he wouldn’t support it because the religious-right wasn’t.

It’s widely known that our lack of LGBT protections is hurting Michigan’s economic competitiveness and a wide array of the business community has come to the forefront to push for change. So why aren’t the Chamber-backed GOP lawmakers jumping at this opportunity to make Michigan a better place to start, own or grow a business?

It goes back to the fact that the Republican Party platform is inherently discriminatory against the LGBT community.

It’s time the GOP got with the times and accepted the fact that the LGBT community deserves the same protections that are offered on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status.

And on an endnote, where is Gov. Snyder in all of this? He has continually said the legislature should have a discussion on the topic and now that that moment is upon us, the governor is noticeably silent.

It’s time Gov. Snyder showed some leadership and stated whether or not he supports amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Progressive Reads:

Terri Lynn Land refuses letter from Detroiters inviting her to spend a day in their polluted community

Watch CBS Sportscaster James Brown Deliver a Powerful Speech About Domestic Violence

John Crawford Case: It’s Open Carry for Whites and Open Season on Blacks

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Guest Blog: On the Environment, Snyder Fails http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/guest-blog-environment-snyder-fails/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/guest-blog-environment-snyder-fails/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:47:41 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37261 By Denny Green This past Tuesday, Clean Water Action released Governor Rick Snyder’s first term scorecard, highlighting his failure to safeguard Michigan’s environment. At the risk of sounding like a spoiled kid who just wants to have their water and drink it too, I have to say that Governor Synder couldn’t have done much worse […]

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By Denny Green

This past Tuesday, Clean Water Action released Governor Rick Snyder’s first term scorecard, highlighting his failure to safeguard Michigan’s environment.

At the risk of sounding like a spoiled kid who just wants to have their water and drink it too, I have to say that Governor Synder couldn’t have done much worse on the environment if he’d tried…unless, that is, you’re a hopeless optimist who prefers to see your glass as being “Half Not Deadly.”

The scorecard issued Snyder a failing grade for his environmental record, based on the actions he took (or failed to take) on 14 different bills, neglecting to act in the best interest of Michigan or its environment 12 out of 14 times. That’s nearly a 90% rate of failure (rounding up to the nearest calamity). It’s hard to see these results as anything but negative and shameful—and, other than possibly viewing these figures upside-down, turning a 90% rate of failure into an impressive 06% rate of failure, I can’t see any imaginable way to defend this kind of blatant neglect and disregard for the health of a great state, literally defined by its Great Lakes!

One area in particular where Snyder received negative marks was for allowing coal ash to be utilized in agriculture as a mixture with fertilizer and on roads. Even a most basic and elementary look at the environmental damages caused by coal ash should be of great concern for anybody—but this lack of concern is especially despicable for the Governor of the state, who has it within his power to implement safeguards and protections against such poisonous practices.

In addition to removing protections from critical sand dunes and giving tax breaks to oil and gas companies, the scorecard also pointed out Snyder’s failure to advance any of the safeguards outlined in the 2013 Water Protection Agenda including measures that would hold oil and gas companies accountable for their irresponsible actions). In fact, it was reported that, under Snyder’s “leadership,” the Michigan Economic Development Corporation worked behind the scenes to lobby the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, in an effort to allow Severstal Dearborn the ability to release higher levels of pollutants and avoid air quality regulations.

It’s hard to imagine this kind of careless inaction and indifference on matters of such gravity, or the audacity of a Governor who defends an administration which is little more than a pro-pollution lobby. Well, you don’t have to imagine any of that, because Governor Snyder’s scorecard speaks for itself, and it will make things very clear for anybody who may have had doubts.

If you needed any more reason to be dissatisfied, if not outright disgusted, with Governor Snyder’s warped priorities (remembering his billion dollar cut to education and his tax on seniors’ retirement income) you now have it. Snyder has not only opposed real protections and safeguards for our water and communities—he’s actually gone out of his way to actively dismantle Michigan’s existing protections and safeguards.

Denny Green is a communications coordinator for Michigan Clean Water Action 

 

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Terri Lynn Land’s Campaign Truck is Ridiculous http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/terri-lynn-lands-campaign-truck-ridiculous/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/09/terri-lynn-lands-campaign-truck-ridiculous/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:31:52 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37253 In case you haven’t seen it yet (it’s pretty hard to miss), this is Terri Lynn Land’s campaign truck: For someone who’s been dodging debates and questions from the media, officially winning the title of “The Invisible Senate Candidate,” you’d think she’d want to avoid such an ostentatious display of her presence everywhere she goes. […]

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In case you haven’t seen it yet (it’s pretty hard to miss), this is Terri Lynn Land’s campaign truck:

TLL Truck

For someone who’s been dodging debates and questions from the media, officially winning the title of “The Invisible Senate Candidate,” you’d think she’d want to avoid such an ostentatious display of her presence everywhere she goes.

Honestly, unless Terri is planning to join the Monster Jam tour, start a trucking company, or try to land her car as the Optimus Prime truck in the next Transformers movie, then she has no need for that gas-guzzler.

Terri’s truck gets an embarrassing 8-10 miles per gallon and costs between $93,000 and $115,000.

On her own website one of her top issues is “Energy Policy” and her number one solution to ensure Michigan maintains abundant supplies of energy is to “Respect the Environment.”

Really, Terri? 

Burning one gallon of gas spews 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other toxic, global-warming-inducing gases into the air. When Terri drove her truck to Mackinaw City for her campaign tour four weeks ago, she blasted over 1,300 pounds of pollution into the atmosphere during that one trip alone. That’s five times more pollution than I would emit driving my Chevy to the same place. Doesn’t seem very respectful of the environment to me.

That pollution adds up.

Those crazy floods and extreme weather we’ve been experiencing over the last couple weeks? That’s a result of global warming. And if we don’t do something about it, it’s only going to get worse.

Terri Lynn Land has been touting her obscene truck and support of the Keystone XL pipeline as her “solution” to maintaining Michigan’s energy reliability. But what about electric vehicles, or increasing fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, or investing in renewable energy like wind and solar? It would be nice to know her position on solutions that actually respect our environment.

I won’t hold my breath on getting an answer.

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