Progress Michigan http://www.progressmichigan.org No corporate money. Just uncompromised progressive politics for Michigan. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:35:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Progress Michigan: New Poll Shows Schauer Ahead in Gubernatorial Race http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-new-poll-shows-schauer-ahead-gubernatorial-race/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-new-poll-shows-schauer-ahead-gubernatorial-race/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:11:57 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37438 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 21, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan: New Poll Shows Schauer Ahead in Gubernatorial Race LANSING — A new poll released today by Progress Michigan shows Mark Schauer gaining a slight advantage over Gov. Rick Snyder with two weeks until the election. The polls were conducted from […]

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October 21, 2014

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Progress Michigan: New Poll Shows Schauer Ahead in Gubernatorial Race

LANSING — A new poll released today by Progress Michigan shows Mark Schauer gaining a slight advantage over Gov. Rick Snyder with two weeks until the election.

The polls were conducted from October 11th through October 13th and October 19th through October 20th by Clarity Campaign Labs and represent a sample of 1,032 likely voters. Both polls were conducted through landline and cellular phones.

The data shows Schauer leading Snyder 44 percent to 41 percent with 15 percent undecided.

The poll shows an uptick in support for Schauer since the last poll released by Progress Michigan, which showed the race as a dead heat. The latest poll also included data for the U.S. Senate and Attorney General races.

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Unanswered Aramark Questions http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/unanswered-aramark-questions/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/unanswered-aramark-questions/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:57:05 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37435 As you’ve heard by now, Gov. Rick Snyder’s contract with Aramark has been a disaster and is a public safety concern for Michigan residents. Despite all we know, including drug smuggling, a murder-for-hire plot and sexual romps, we still have questions that need to be answered. Dennis Muchmore and Dan Heyns discussed cancelling the $98,000 […]

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As you’ve heard by now, Gov. Rick Snyder’s contract with Aramark has been a disaster and is a public safety concern for Michigan residents. Despite all we know, including drug smuggling, a murder-for-hire plot and sexual romps, we still have questions that need to be answered.

  1. Dennis Muchmore and Dan Heyns discussed cancelling the $98,000 fine in March. What did Gov. Snyder know and when did he know it regarding the cancelled fine?
  1. Why hasn’t leadership in the state legislature held any hearings into the Aramark scandal?
  1. The Department of Corrections issued a press release covering for Aramark. Was the Department pressured by the Snyder administration or Aramark to issue the release?
  1. Dennis Muchmore asked the Treasury Department to do him a favor and research the investment value of Aramark. Was this an official state function or a personal favor?
  1. What happens to a worker that is ordered to stay away from our prisons? Are they still able to work for Aramark in our schools, with our seniors or at sporting events?

NOTE: We asked the Governor, top officials in charge of the Aramark contract and Aramark this exact question. For the sake of our students, seniors and families, I hope we get an answer soon.

  1. Why does Gov. Snyder continue to defend Aramark while refusing to defend his own record of failure when it comes to public safety?

We will keep pressing the administration for answers because as taxpayers and citizens concerned about the safety of our children and communities, we deserve to know the truth.

 

 

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Letter to Snyder: Where are Banned Aramark Workers? http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/letter-snyder-banned-aramark-workers/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/letter-snyder-banned-aramark-workers/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:06:45 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37430 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan  October 20, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Letter to Snyder: Where are Banned Aramark Workers? Progress Michigan letter to governor asks about 112 Aramark employees banned from state prisons  LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan sent a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder asking if he knows for a […]

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October 20, 2014

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Letter to Snyder: Where are Banned Aramark Workers?

Progress Michigan letter to governor asks about 112 Aramark employees banned from state prisons 

LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan sent a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder asking if he knows for a fact that the 112 Aramark employees are not working in other Michigan facilities where they could interact with vulnerable populations.

To date, 112 Aramark workers have been banned from working in Michigan prisons for grievances ranging from sexual contact with inmates to drug smuggling.

“Despite the dangerous consequences of this privatization effort in our state prisons, Gov. Snyder has stood behind his decision to hire Aramark,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “We think parents, grandparents and Michigan voters should know whether or not these employees are working elsewhere in Michigan. If Aramark’s employees can’t be responsible in our prisons, we definitely don’t want them in our schools. We believe it’s the Snyder administration’s responsibility to get answers considering they’re the ones keeping this contract intact.”

The letter below was sent to Gov. Snyder, MDOC Director Daniel Heyns, Aramark contract overseer Ed Buss and Aramark’s Corporate Legal Counsel:

As you are aware, the state’s contract with Aramark has been plagued with problems. They include inappropriate sexual contact, drug smuggling, a murder-for-hire plot and others. To date, at least 112 Aramark workers have been issued “stop orders” banning them from working in Michigan’s prisons.

However, Aramark provides its services to schools, universities, seniors, and at family-oriented sporting events in Michigan as well. 

Michigan taxpayers deserve to know if any of these workers that were banned from working with our prisoners are currently working for Aramark in another capacity, including at our schools, senior centers and sporting venues.  

Can you assure Michigan families that workers banned from Michigan prisons are not working for Aramark in other capacities in Michigan?

Please respond promptly in writing so that we may educate the public about this important issue. 

Very truly yours, 

Lonnie Scott

Executive Director

Progress Michigan

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FEDS: Ex-Snyder Official Under Investigation http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/feds-ex-snyder-official-investigation/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/feds-ex-snyder-official-investigation/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:18:45 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37425 All I can say is, it’s about time. Numerous outlets reported today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating “a potential conflict of interest or misuse of federal funds” by the former head of MSHDA, Scott Woosley. You might remember the headlines about Woosley living the high life while at MSHDA, where […]

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All I can say is, it’s about time.

Numerous outlets reported today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating “a potential conflict of interest or misuse of federal funds” by the former head of MSHDA, Scott Woosley.

You might remember the headlines about Woosley living the high life while at MSHDA, where he tried to write off things like filet mignon and top-shelf liquor on his expense reports.

Woosley resigned the day after the news broke and we called on him to repay what he had improperly spent.

But while Woosley was at MSHDA, his private real estate investment company was receiving federal grant money from MSHDA. That’s why the feds were called in.

“Records show Labor Management got just more than $1 million from a $98-million HUD grant that the Michigan State Housing Development Authority received in 2008 for its Neighborhood Stabilization Program,” according to the Detroit Free Press. And money from that grant continued to flow to Woosley’s company even after he took over MSHDA.

It’s about time that an ex-Snyder official was investigated for corruption. Woosley is only one of the many current and former Snyder officials that have been involved in a Snyder Scandal.

When Woosley resigned in disgrace, Snyder’s spokesperson said, “The Governor appreciates all that Scott Woosley has done to further Michigan’s comeback.”

I wonder if that statement will hold true if the fed’s legal hammer drops on this situation. Gov. Snyder has done little to stem corruption and abuse in his administration and it’s about time someone was held accountable.

Much like the state’s Aramark contract, it will be interesting to see what Gov. Snyder knew and when he knew it.

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This Week in Progress http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/week-progress-26/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/week-progress-26/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:23:34 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37420 This Week in PM Blogging: Can We Really Wait Until 2038? Wait for it… Wait for it… Is it 2038 yet? Gov. Snyder’s pitch to Michiganders that the state is on the road to recovery might take awhile to set in — about 24 years to be exact. Blood is Thicker than Michiganders Gov. Snyder […]

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This Week in PM Blogging:

Can We Really Wait Until 2038?

Wait for it… Wait for it… Is it 2038 yet? Gov. Snyder’s pitch to Michiganders that the state is on the road to recovery might take awhile to set in — about 24 years to be exact.

Blood is Thicker than Michiganders

Gov. Snyder will defend most of his policies with a dry, almost robotic tone. But when you question why his right-hand man secured a huge windfall for his cousin’s furniture company — oh boy, now you’ve really struck a nerve.

TWIP Clips:

Colonel Snyder Says: “We Do Fracking Right!”

Guest Blog: By Denny Green, Clean Water Action

This is just Finger Lickin’ Shameful!

Last Sunday, we saw the only Michigan Gubernatorial Debate for the November 4th election.

There was plenty wrong with what Gov. Snyder had to say on a number of issues (the huge funding cuts to education, the tax onSNYDER - SANDERS (In Red) senior pensions, the scandalous Aramark contract, marriage equality, etc.) but the one thing that any person who appreciates Michigan’s natural resources should find cringe-worthy was his position on fracking.

When the subject of renewable energy and energy independence was broached, Snyder assured us that he does want energy independence, but then had the effrontery to say, “fracking is one of the most effective tools to do it.” He just neglected to add the part about health risks, such as birth defects and infertility.

Snyder boasted that in Michigan, “We do fracking right!” This claim, in essence, made him the Colonel Sanders of dangerous practices. Now, call it a matter of semantics, but the word “right” should probably not be used for any practice that creates a low-hovering cloud of stench — that smells of sulfur, up to 80 miles away — like the one in Grayling, on Christmas morning of 2011.

As if his assertion that he is “very pro-environment” wasn’t enough to make you check your hearing, he actually had the brazen audacity to claim that Michigan has fracked over 10,000 wells and “Never had a problem.” If the Governor thinks that the inevitable environmental risks caused by deep-well drilling methods that use poisonous chemicals and consume tens of millions of gallons of water is not a problem, well, that’s a problem.

For a more detailed look at what is either blissful indifference or flagrant disregard for safeguarding Michigan’s environment, check out Snyder’s failing first-term scorecard, released last month by Clean Water Action.

So Much for Being Objective

Earlier this week, we released hundreds of pages of emails between Gov. Snyder’s chief of staff and State Superintendent Mike Flanagan.

A handful of emails showed that Gov. Snyder not only lied about the supposed “objective” process that goes into declaring financial emergencies for local governments and schools, but that his administration ultimately wants to dissolve the Highland Park School District.

Here is Snyder defending the “objective” process that goes into declaring financial emergencies in cities and school districts:

At MLive’s Ballot Bash“My goal is wait until it’s truly [an] emergency, it’s objectively decided. There’s no subjectivity to deciding it’s an emergency or not.”

At the town hall at Wayne State: “It’s not a subjective process…I don’t simply decide that. Certain conditions and terms of financial emergency have to exist first.”

The documents we obtained through FOIA tell a much different story. The emails show that the administration was looking at emergency manager candidates well before Snyder officially declared a financial emergency in March.

In an email from Dennis Muchmore to State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, dated December 21, 2011, Muchmore says: “Some concern over the Highland Park schools EM choice. Any thoughts on that one?”

Flanagan replies the next day: “D, you asked about possible names for HP EM.” And goes on to suggest two people.

However, in one email string, Muchmore casually refers to the fact that the administration ultimately wants to dissolve the Highland Park School District in a January 17th email in 2012:

“Do we have an endgame regarding this system? I understand we all think it should ultimately be abolished, the hearing is set, we have an EM candidate and a date of the announcement should the Supt.’s designee find cause to move forward, but then what?”

So much for emergency management being an “objective” process.

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Blood is Thicker than Michiganders http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/blood-thicker-michiganders/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/blood-thicker-michiganders/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:31:17 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37413 They say that blood is thicker than water. An example of this saying was on display at Wayne State University during Sunday’s debate between Mark Schauer and Gov. Rick Snyder. I’ve spent a lot of time watching Rick Snyder interact with Michiganders. In most cases, he conducts himself as a disinterested bystander waiting for the […]

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They say that blood is thicker than water. An example of this saying was on display at Wayne State University during Sunday’s debate between Mark Schauer and Gov. Rick Snyder.

I’ve spent a lot of time watching Rick Snyder interact with Michiganders. In most cases, he conducts himself as a disinterested bystander waiting for the “numbers” or the courts to make his decisions. He doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeve or do a good job at showing empathy towards others (as evidenced by his odd statement after residents in Metro Detroit faced historic floods.) But on Sunday, I saw a side of Rick Snyder I’ve never witnessed before.

During the debate, Mark Schauer pointed out that, under Rick Snyder, a contract that benefitted the governor’s cousin, George Snyder, was more than doubled from $19 million per year to $41 million per year. For the first time since he emerged on the scene with his Super Bowl ad, Rick Snyder showed emotion and he was angry, indignant, hopping mad.

First, he claimed that bringing up a legitimate issue was, “dragging a good man through the mud.” Then, he went a step further and said, “last time it was renewed was before I became governor.”

Let’s be clear, reports show that the George Snyder did indeed reach out to Rich Baird, the Governor’s right-hand-man, after the State Senate attempted to cut the contract to $1 million per year and the contract was restored and eventually more than doubled.

So the governor misspoke (or lied) about the furniture contract that benefitted his cousin. But that’s not what struck me as odd about his outburst. For the last few years, many people have faced policies that have negatively affected their lives. Seniors’ pensions were taxed by Gov. Snyder, yet we haven’t seen one statement of empathy toward those on fixed incomes being squeezed. People that were laid-off lost six weeks of unemployment insurance, yet not once has Gov. Snyder defended them. Women were forced to purchase “rape insurance” and Gov. Snyder didn’t bat an eye. Time and time again, Michiganders have faced adversity and time and time again, Rick Snyder has stood by like a helpless bystander unable and unwilling to defend them.

Later in the debate, the governor was given a chance to show the same passion towards others as she showed when defending his cousin. The governor was asked to take a position on marriage equality and instead of offering the same type of full-throated, fist clenching defense of equal rights, Snyder hedged and said he would wait for the court. That’s not leadership.

In the end, defending a contract that monetarily benefitted his cousin while not defending Michigan workers or equal rights speaks volumes about Rick Snyder’s leadership abilities, his integrity and his out-of-touch priorities.

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Progress Michigan Releases Hundreds of Pages of MI Dept. of Education Emails http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-releases-hundreds-pages-mi-dept-education-emails/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-releases-hundreds-pages-mi-dept-education-emails/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:06:38 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37410 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 14, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Releases Hundreds of Pages of MI Dept. of Education Emails Hundreds of emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act now publicly available LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan released hundreds of emails between Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff Dennis Muchmore […]

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October 14, 2014

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Progress Michigan Releases Hundreds of Pages of MI Dept. of Education Emails

Hundreds of emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act now publicly available

LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan released hundreds of emails between Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff Dennis Muchmore and State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. The release is part of a larger effort to hold the executive office accountable by making the inner workings of government visible to the public.

One finding in the emails revealed that top-level Snyder administration officials ultimately want to dissolve the Highland Park School District.

“It’s important for government officials to be accountable to the people they serve,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “We’ll continue to act as government watchdogs by ensuring Michiganders know what is being decided about their communities behind closed doors.”

The MDE emails can be found online by following this link. Due to the size of the files, the emails have been broken down into 12 PDFs. Emails regarding Highland Park and Common Core have been uploaded separately.

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Progress Michigan FOIA Reveals Gov. Snyder Lied to Public About ‘Objective’ Financial Emergency Process http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-foia-reveals-gov-snyder-lied-public-objective-financial-emergency-process/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-foia-reveals-gov-snyder-lied-public-objective-financial-emergency-process/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:38:32 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37406 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 13, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan FOIA Reveals Gov. Snyder Lied to Public About ‘Objective’ Financial Emergency Process Emails show Snyder administration’s goal is to dissolve Highland Park School District MICHIGAN — Documents released by Progress Michigan today show that Gov. Rick Snyder not only lied […]

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October 13, 2014

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Progress Michigan FOIA Reveals Gov. Snyder Lied to Public About ‘Objective’ Financial Emergency Process

Emails show Snyder administration’s goal is to dissolve Highland Park School District

MICHIGAN — Documents released by Progress Michigan today show that Gov. Rick Snyder not only lied about the supposed “objective” process that goes into declaring financial emergencies for local governments and schools, but that his administration ultimately wants to dissolve the Highland Park School District.

Over the past week, Gov. Snyder has said at various media forums that his placement of emergency managers and declarations of financial emergencies for schools and communities are decided by an objective process.

At MLive’s Ballot Bash“My goal is wait until it’s truly [an] emergency, it’s objectively decided. There’s no subjectivity to deciding it’s an emergency or not.”

At the town hall at Wayne State: “It’s not a subjective process…I don’t simply decide that. Certain conditions and terms of financial emergency have to exist first.”

However, documents obtained by Progress Michigan through the Freedom of Information Act show that the Snyder administration began discussing possible emergency manager candidates for the Highland Park School District before Gov. Snyder confirmed that a financial emergency existed.

In an email from Dennis Muchmore to State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, dated December 21, 2011, Muchmore says: “Some concern over the Highland Park schools EM choice. Any thoughts on that one?”

Flanagan replies the next day: “D, you asked about possible names for HP EM.” And goes on to suggest two people.

However, the biggest blow to Snyder’s claim that no financially struggling school district or community’s fate is predetermined by his administration falls flat when an email is sent from Muchmore to the following recipients: Mike Flanagan, Andy Dillon, Brom Stibitz, Carol Wolenberg, John Roberts, Thomas Saxton, Dick Posthumous, William Rustem and Michael Gadola.

Muchmore reveals in that email, dated January 17th 2012, that the Snyder administration ultimately wants to abolish the Highland Park School District.

The email says, in part, the following (with emphasis added):

“Do we have an endgame regarding this system? I understand we all think it should ultimately be abolished, the hearing is set, we have an EM candidate and a date of the announcement should the Supt.’s designee find cause to move forward, but then what?”

“Gov. Snyder continues to show that he cannot be trusted. This situation speaks directly to the integrity of Gov. Snyder and his administration,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “It’s clear that the administration had a predetermined outcome for Highland Park Schools before the governor ever confirmed that there was a financial emergency. Gov. Snyder has quickly called teachers, administrators and superintendents liars around education funding, but now it’s clear he lied multiple times directly to voters about the emergency manager law.”

Copies of the emails can be viewed here.

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Can We Really Wait Until 2038? http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/can-really-wait-2038/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/can-really-wait-2038/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:17:06 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37403 Yesterday, during a town hall-style debate, Gov. Rick Snyder admitted that his policies haven’t shown positive results for Michiganders. In addition, Gov. Snyder repeated his belief that Michigan will be great in 2038. Wait, what? 2038? Like 24 years from now? That’s when things will get better? That got me thinking. What if other politicians […]

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Yesterday, during a town hall-style debate, Gov. Rick Snyder admitted that his policies haven’t shown positive results for Michiganders. In addition, Gov. Snyder repeated his belief that Michigan will be great in 2038. Wait, what? 2038? Like 24 years from now? That’s when things will get better?

That got me thinking. What if other politicians used a 24-year timeline to argue for success? What would that sound like?

Maybe we’d have these statements in our history books today:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. So, we’ve decided that by the year 1800, these colonies will declare our independence and then things will really be rosy.” – Declaration of Independence, 1776

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. But just wait until 1888, that’s when it will really get good around here.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1864

The only thing we have to fear is – fear itself. I mean really, don’t fear because just wait around until 1956 and this Great Depression will be a thing of the past.” – Franklin Roosevelt, 1932

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. But let’s be clear, the time to really get excited about going to the moon will be 1986, that’s when this is all going to be lined up for success.” – John F. Kennedy, 1962

“Mr. Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL! I expect it to be gone by 2011.” – Ronald Reagan, 1987

None of these statements are accurate because leaders don’t tell people to wait 24 years for things to get better. Real leadership looks at the situation as it is today and works towards solutions that quickly move us forward.

However, Rick Snyder’s “wait 24 years approach” does remind me of one historical quote, “Let them eat cake.”

Have a better example of historical quotes ruined by a 24-year waiting period? Tweet it at us using the hashtag #waittil2038

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Progress Michigan Statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s Attempt to Whitewash Record at Town Hall http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-statement-gov-rick-snyders-attempt-whitewash-record-town-hall/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-statement-gov-rick-snyders-attempt-whitewash-record-town-hall/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:09:10 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37400 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 12, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s Attempt to Whitewash Record at Town Hall  “Gov. Snyder can spin and distort the facts as much as he wants, but the truth is he has continually put the interests of corporations over the well-being […]

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Progress Michigan Statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s Attempt to Whitewash Record at Town Hall 

“Gov. Snyder can spin and distort the facts as much as he wants, but the truth is he has continually put the interests of corporations over the well-being of families, communities and public safety during his tenure in office,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “From his abysmal handling of the state’s Aramark contract, to paying for a $1.8 billion tax giveaway to corporations by raising taxes on families and seniors, Gov. Snyder has shown he has the wrong priorities for Michigan and his hollow defense of those policies showed tonight. The governor’s defense of the scandal-ridden Aramark contract was sickening and painted a clear picture: It’s corporate profits above all for the Snyder administration.”

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