Progress Michigan http://www.progressmichigan.org No corporate money. Just uncompromised progressive politics for Michigan. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:24:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 #TBT http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/tbt/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/tbt/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:22:00 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37504 It’s another Thursday and that means it’s time for us to post our old pictures so that our friends can have a chuckle and our parents can comment and tell us how cute we were. It’s also a good time to look back at the last four years. In honor of Throwback Thursday, let’s take […]

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It’s another Thursday and that means it’s time for us to post our old pictures so that our friends can have a chuckle and our parents can comment and tell us how cute we were. It’s also a good time to look back at the last four years.

In honor of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look back at four stories that Progress Michigan has been on top of over the past four years.

In 2011, newly elected Gov. Rick Snyder’s first budget pulled back the veil and exposed the world to the real Rick Snyder – another out-of-touch and out of control corporate-backed conservative.

In the blog post, “Who is calling the shots in Michigan? Snyder’s CEO friends, of course,” we argued that Gov. Snyder’s budget was written to give CEOs a big break and pass the burdens on to hard working Michiganders, seniors and students.

In 2012, we were on top of the attempts to hurt our community schools and reward the wealthy and well-connected by turning our public schools into a profit pipeline instead of the institutions of learning they were designed to be.

Our blog took on Richard McLellan and his private efforts to privatize Michigan’s schools. Take a look back at, “Michigan for Sale.”

How about 2013? One of Snyder’s scandals involved paying former Treasurer Andy Dillon even after he resigned. But, we were already looking out for taxpayers calling on Gov. Snyder to halt his plans to bring in Aramark. Check out our press release from September of last year holding the governor accountable – long before sexual romps, drug smuggling and murder-for-hire plots became synonymous with the Snyder administration.

Sadly, Gov. Snyder refused to heed our warnings about the dangers of outsourcing. That’s why we released a video detailing the issues with the Aramark contract as well as problems with unaccountable charter schools in Michigan. We are still holding Gov. Snyder’s feet to the fire on this issue – asking questions about Aramark that still need to be answered.

After looking back on the last four years in Michigan, I think I’d rather leave throwback Thursday to embarrassing pictures. I’d even go for one of those awkward middle schools pictures on my own Facebook wall.

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BREAKING: Snyder Admin Destroys Emails Sought Through FOIA http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/breaking-snyder-admin-destroys-emails-sought-foia/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/breaking-snyder-admin-destroys-emails-sought-foia/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:10:38 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37502 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 30, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org BREAKING: Snyder Admin Destroys Emails Sought Through FOIA DCH Director emails illegally deleted after being requested by watchdog group  LANSING – Progress Michigan learned today that the Michigan Department of Community Health has illegally purged department head communications from its […]

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News from Progress Michigan

October 30, 2014

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

BREAKING: Snyder Admin Destroys Emails Sought Through FOIA

DCH Director emails illegally deleted after being requested by watchdog group 

LANSING – Progress Michigan learned today that the Michigan Department of Community Health has illegally purged department head communications from its databases.

Three departments within Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration are using stall tactics, illegal maneuvers and unnecessary staff reviews to keep communications between department directors and top officials in the Governor’s office secret.

The Department of Community Health at first denied an August 21 FOIA request for emails between Gov. Snyder’s Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore and DCH Director Jim Haveman on September 25 and stated that records being sought by Progress Michigan did not exist. Progress Michigan filed an appeal on October 16 with the department that included copies of emails between Haveman and Muchmore that had been obtained through separate FOIA requests.

Today, the department admitted to Progress Michigan that all documents pertaining to Director Haveman were deleted upon his resignation from DCH, which was after Progress Michigan’s original request for documents.

Haveman’s resignation was effective September 12, while Progress Michigan’s FOIA was pending.

“Clearly this administration believes that they are above the law and accountability to the public,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Gov. Rick Snyder has promised time and again that he would run an honest and open government. It’s time for Gov. Snyder to show leadership, order the departments to release all documents and allow Michigan citizens to see how his administration truly operates.”

In addition to the Department of Community Health, two other departments have also recently stonewalled the release of public information. Both appear to be trying to withhold information until after the November election.

The Department of Corrections told Progress Michigan Wednesday that a recent FOIA request would not be completed until late next week. However, the department has previously communicated to Progress Michigan that most of the documents were ready for release. Today, Progress Michigan staff has asked for the completed documents and have now been told by a FOIA coordinator that he is unable to release the documents without “running it up the flagpole.”

The Department of Human Services informed Progress Michigan staff that documents were ready for delivery on Wednesday upon full payment. However, after receiving full payment, the department reversed course and would not release documents until the communications office had reviewed them. When asked why the department changed course, Progress Michigan was told that it was due to the fact that the FOIA involved Director Maura Corrigan and the communications office needed to review them before releasing the documents.

“The public has a right to this information and these blatantly political stall tactics will not be tolerated,” Scott continued. “Our attorney has drafted a letter informing the Michigan State Police of the alleged illegal action of the Department of Community Health. We will not stop fighting until the public is granted their right to an open and honest government.”

Progress Michigan has been publicly posting all documents obtained through FOIA online for the public to view and use.

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MDOC Stalling FOIA Request Until After November Election http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/mdoc-stalling-foia-request-november-election/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/mdoc-stalling-foia-request-november-election/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:55:03 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37492 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 29, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org MDOC Stalling FOIA Request Until After November Election Michigan voters deserve to know information about Aramark, Ed Buss  LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan called out the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Snyder administration for deliberately stalling the release of […]

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News from Progress Michigan

October 29, 2014

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

MDOC Stalling FOIA Request Until After November Election

Michigan voters deserve to know information about Aramark, Ed Buss 

LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan called out the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Snyder administration for deliberately stalling the release of documents through a Freedom of Information Act request until after the election.

Progress Michigan received the following email (with emphasis added) from Andrew Phelps, the assistant FOIA coordinator at MDOC on Wednesday afternoon:

I got your message regarding the FOIA request with our Department.  Unfortunately, your request is still processing and will not be available for pick up today.  Our staff is currently searching through records to pull together all of the responsive documents.  At this point, my best guess, after speaking just after lunch with our contract monitoring area, is late next week.  I will keep you in the loop as to our status, and I can assure you that the Department is moving as expeditiously as possible to complete the processing.  Thank you for your patience as we pull this together.

The timeline of the FOIA request — and the MDOC information that Progress Michigan has revealed in the past — clearly shows that the department is trying to hide information from the public. In a September FOIA request, Progress Michigan discovered that a $98,000 fine levied against Aramark had been cancelled by MDOC after Gov. Snyder’s office became involved. It was through that same FOIA request that Progress Michigan discovered that MDOC had illegally redacted certain portions of emails.

On September 12th Progress Michigan sent a FOIA request asking for the following documents and internal emails from MDOC:

-Copies of any and all records pertaining to the hiring of Ed Buss

-Communications between the Department and Ed Buss

-Any and all records pertaining to fines related to the state’s contract with Aramark

-Communications between Aramark officials and Department officials

-Any departmental materials and emails that refer to “Aramark” from March 1 through the current date

The Department received the FOIA request on September 15th. On September 22nd, they requested a 10-business day extension, which expired October 6th.

Progress Michigan delivered its “good faith” deposit of $322.10 after being told how many work hours were needed and the cost of printing. That payment was received on October 9th by the department. On October 15th, Progress Michigan began reaching out to MDOC for fulfillment of the FOIA request and was told by the assistant FOIA coordinator that it would take “just a few more days” to process the documents. Over the next two weeks, Progress Michigan continued to call MDOC on six separate occasions and continued to get the same response of “just a few more days.”

“The department has had at least 120 business hours to do a job that they said would only take five,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “At this point, one has to ask, what does the Snyder administration have to hide about this contract and why don’t they want voters to have this information until after the election?”

Documents included with this release are the original FOIA request, the 10-day extension, the departmental cost estimate, and the receipt of payment.

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Wednesdays in Boston http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/wednesdays-boston-2/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/wednesdays-boston-2/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:47:48 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37486 Have you heard about the latest scandal from the Snyder administration? Brian Calley has been secretly skipping town, hopping on a plane and flying to Boston to attend Harvard. Each Wednesday for two years, our Lt. Governor has quietly left to go to school (never mind the fact that he’s the second in command of […]

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Have you heard about the latest scandal from the Snyder administration? Brian Calley has been secretly skipping town, hopping on a plane and flying to Boston to attend Harvard.

Each Wednesday for two years, our Lt. Governor has quietly left to go to school (never mind the fact that he’s the second in command of one of the largest states in the union.) Brian Calley can’t be bothered to do the job he was elected to do, but I do hope he has time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Boston. To that end, below are five things for Lt. Gov. Calley to do while in Boston.

#1: Walk the Freedom Trail

This 2.5 mile stretch covers the sights of Boston’s Revolutionary War era. Lt. Gov. Calley should visit these sights and reflect on the freedom his boss Gov. Snyder has given him to pursue an education while average Michiganders pay his salary.

#2: Visit Back Bay

Back Bay is the place where Boston’s wealthy and well-connected live. Calley can walk the neighborhood and maybe even go door-to-door telling tales of how the Snyder/Calley administration works for the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of seniors, students and Michigan’s small businesses.

#3: Fenway Park

Since Brian Calley chose to attend Harvard instead of one of Michigan’s world-class universities, he should go all the way and pay homage to RedSox greats Ted Williams, Jim Rice and Nomar.

#4: Bull and Finch Bar

Sometimes you wanna go, where Michigan taxpayers don’t know where you are.

#5: Harvard Yard 

I know Lt. Gov. Calley goes to school there, but he should really stop and check out the history and famous art. There he can reflect on how it feels to be so out-of-touch that he thinks that his personal ambitions are more important than serving the people.

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LG Brian Calley Skipping Town on Weekly Basis to Attend Harvard http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/lg-brian-calley-skipping-town-weekly-basis-attend-harvard/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/lg-brian-calley-skipping-town-weekly-basis-attend-harvard/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:51:36 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37479 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 28, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org LG Brian Calley Skipping Town on Weekly Basis to Attend Harvard Calley has missed session days to jet set across the country LANSING — Progress Michigan discovered that Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has been skipping town on a weekly basis, including session […]

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News from Progress Michigan

October 28, 2014

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

LG Brian Calley Skipping Town on Weekly Basis to Attend Harvard

Calley has missed session days to jet set across the country

LANSING — Progress Michigan discovered that Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has been skipping town on a weekly basis, including session days, to attend Harvard.

“While we’re certainly not opposed to people bettering themselves through higher education, we think it’s highly inappropriate for the state’s second-in-command to be jet-setting across the country on a weekly basis while still earning a taxpayer-funded paycheck,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “We wonder if legislative leadership knew about this arrangement and are curious as to why the Lieutenant Governor never informed the public about his decision to leave the state every week.”

Calley makes over $2,000 a week per a taxpayer-funded paycheck and Progress Michigan believes Calley should put his duties to the public above prepping himself for his next career step. Calley even missed session days to pursue the out-of-state education, according to the Detroit Free Press. From 2013 through today, Calley has missed 62 days session days even though other state employees are only allowed between 15 and 35 vacation days, according to the Michigan Civil Service Commission.

“Would the delegates of Calley’s party have reelected him had they known he was leaving the state on a weekly basis?” Scott questioned. “The average Michigander doesn’t have the luxury of taking this much time off work and I am sure they would not be happy to know that their tax dollars are paying the Lieutenant Governor to take a day off each week.”

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Elections Aren’t Auctions http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/elections-arent-auctions/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/elections-arent-auctions/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:00:59 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37473 Gov. Rick Snyder and Terri Lynn Land, Michigan’s Millionaire Pair, are buying…I mean, vying for…your vote this Election. They’re both working to make sure that their wealthy friends and corporate donors are able to spend as much money as possible to buy your vote. Terri Lynn Land kicked off the spending spree in 2004 when […]

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Gov. Rick Snyder and Terri Lynn Land, Michigan’s Millionaire Pair, are buying…I mean, vying for…your vote this Election.

They’re both working to make sure that their wealthy friends and corporate donors are able to spend as much money as possible to buy your vote.

Terri Lynn Land kicked off the spending spree in 2004 when she was Michigan’s Secretary of State. She issued a ruling allowing those who bankroll so-called judicial “issue ads” to remain anonymous. Under that ruling, judges, plaintiffs and the public would have no way of knowing when a judge is being asked to rule on an issue involving a major donor.

Then, in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people and money is speech, opening the floodgates for corporations to unfairly influence our elections by spending unlimited amounts of money. Corporations used their cash to buy Gov. Snyder and radical Republican majorities in the State House and Senate that year. Terri Lynn Land applauded the ruling saying, “I think that’s the American way…

Governor Snyder followed in Terri Lynn Land’s footsteps in 2013 when he signed a bill doubling the maximum amount that Michigan’s wealthiest political donors could legally contribute to election campaigns, pouring gasoline on what little was left of the integrity of Michigan’s elections.

No matter that Snyder hypocritically argued for stricter campaign finance laws in 2012, that of the over 9 million people who live in Michigan, only 820 gave the maximum contribution in the 2010 gubernatorial election, that the vast majority of voters were not inhibited by campaign contribution limits in the first place, and that more money in elections removes the incentive for politicians to represent their constituents. As long as the governor’s wealthiest friends and corporate donors are happy, then who cares what the rest of us think?

In April of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered another blow to democracy and removed individual limits on campaign contributions. Under this ruling, a single donor could buy the attention of every member of Congress as well as the President. This was great news for Terri Lynn Land whose wealthiest donors were previously limited to writing checks only up to $48,600, but can now give as much as $96,200 – double what most Michiganders make in a year.

The wealthiest Michiganders shouldn’t be able to drown out the voices of Michigan families by buying influence for laws that make them richer, but hurt the rest of us. The size of your wallet shouldn’t determine the impact of your voice in our democracy. But in the world of Michigan’s Millionaire Pair, money talks.

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Progress Michigan Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Gov. Rick Snyder http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-files-hatch-act-complaint-gov-rick-snyder/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/progress-michigan-files-hatch-act-complaint-gov-rick-snyder/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:13:15 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37468 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan October 28, 2014 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Gov. Rick Snyder Complaint centers around controversial fundraiser and no-bid contracts LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan filed a complaint with United States Office of Special Counsel alleging that Gov. Rick Snyder violated the Hatch Act. […]

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News from Progress Michigan

October 28, 2014

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

Progress Michigan Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Gov. Rick Snyder

Complaint centers around controversial fundraiser and no-bid contracts

LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan filed a complaint with United States Office of Special Counsel alleging that Gov. Rick Snyder violated the Hatch Act. The complaint alleges that Gov. Snyder improperly used his official authority and influence to award millions of dollars in no-bid Medicaid contracts to a business whose owners and executives had contributed to his reelection, including hosting a lavish fundraiser for the governor.

“Gov. Snyder has passed the buck on numerous scandals surrounding his administration, this time, however, Gov. Snyder has directly benefitted from and is responsible for this alleged violation of federal law,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “The Hatch Act is designed to protect taxpayers from politicians who abuse their power to help out their political allies and donors and that’s exactly what Gov. Snyder has done.”

At question in the complaint are a ritzy fundraiser for Gov. Snyder held by the owners of J&B Medical Supply and millions of dollars in no-bid contracts awarded to the same company, including a contract the day after the fundraiser. The fundraiser earned Snyder $54,000 toward his reelection campaign.

The complaint alleges that Gov. Snyder “violated the Hatch Act by using his official authority and influence to affect the result of his own reelection campaign by awarding no-bid contracts to a vendor of Michigan’s federally-fueled Medicaid program, the owners of which have contributed to his reelection campaign.”

“Gov. Snyder needs to be held accountable for consistently putting the well-being of his corporate pals and wealthy campaign donors over the interests of hardworking Michiganders,” Scott continued. “With the corruption and self-dealing in the Snyder administration if Richard Snyder has a second term, it will look like Richard Nixon’s and Michigan deserves better.”

Hatch Act Complaint – Progress Michigan

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Michigan’s Most Extreme Candidate http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/michigans-extreme-candidate/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/michigans-extreme-candidate/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:08:37 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37463 There are a lot of extreme conservatives running for office in Michigan this year. But one rises above the rest. Not for his rhetoric (we’ll leave that to the likes of Gary Glenn), not for his public positions (we’ll leave the odd ideas with Terri Lynn Land) or even for his personal conduct (cough, cough […]

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There are a lot of extreme conservatives running for office in Michigan this year. But one rises above the rest. Not for his rhetoric (we’ll leave that to the likes of Gary Glenn), not for his public positions (we’ll leave the odd ideas with Terri Lynn Land) or even for his personal conduct (cough, cough Jordan Haskins).

In reality, Michigan’s most extreme candidate is the man with a resume of extremism. That candidate is Gov. Rick Snyder.

Yes. Rick Snyder is an extremist. From his position on marriage equality, to his positions on issues that affect women (equal pay, reproductive health, etc.) Rick Snyder has actually enacted an extremist agenda. Let’s look at the record.

Environment

Sure, Terri Lynn Land wants to trust coal-dependent polluters to clean up our environment and is in the pockets of the Koch Brothers. But Rick Snyder has actually implemented policies that have polluted Michigan. Ask the neighbors of Severstal in Dearborn. Because of Rick Snyder’s MEDC, Severstal is able to spew more pollution into its neighbors’ lungs.

That’s just one example of Rick Snyder’s environmental extremism. His record is so extreme that he received a failing score on Clean Water Action’s scorecard.

Seniors

Conservatives have a history of opposing programs that help seniors. Paul Ryan wants to privatize Social Security and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid are almost always on the conservative agenda (as a matter of fact, conservatives opposed the creation of these programs.) But one candidate on this year’s ballot actually signed a bill that taxed Michigan’s seniors. That’s extreme. That candidate is Gov. Rick Snyder. While the rest of the conservatives want to hurt seniors – Snyder actually did.

Women

By now it’s common knowledge that conservatives are waging a war on women. Even Terri Lynn Land supports policies that would hurt women. But Gov. Snyder’s actions have actually hurt women. Snyder signed a bill that imposes restrictions on abortion clinics and physicians. Snyder also increased taxes on working mothers. That’s not a theory. That’s a fact. Rick Snyder’s extremist agenda has hurt Michigan’s women.

Public Safety

Imagine if someone was on the ballot with a history of putting Michigan workers and communities in danger all in an effort to protect the contract of a large out-of-state corporation. There is this year – his name is Gov. Rick Snyder. When Rick Snyder took office, he decided to outsource jobs to a corporation from Pennsylvania called Aramark. He did so despite reports from states such as Florida and Kentucky that showed Aramark was problematic (watch our video for more details.) As we know now, Aramark employees have been caught smuggling drugs, been involved in sexual romps, and even a murder-for-hire plot. You’d think that a sensible moderate governor would cancel the contract. You would think, but it hasn’t happened.

The reason is that when it comes to public safety, Gov. Snyder has proven to be an extremist – far to the right of rule-of-law conservatives.

On issue after issue, Gov. Snyder’s record is one of extremism. The governor can stare into a camera lens and talk softly about his policies but the reality of those policies is of hard extremism. Rick Snyder is not a moderate or even a run-of-mill conservative. Rather, the past four years prove that Gov. Snyder is an extremist who is out-of-touch with Michigan values.

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They’re Voting, Will You? http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/theyre-voting-will/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/theyre-voting-will/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:52:09 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37459 Only 8 days remain between you and Election Day next Tuesday (unless of course, you’re voting absentee like I am). We’re all busy and we’ve all got a lot on our plates. That’s why it’s so important that you make a plan to vote. So, what’s your plan for Election Day? What time will you […]

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Only 8 days remain between you and Election Day next Tuesday (unless of course, you’re voting absentee like I am).

We’re all busy and we’ve all got a lot on our plates. That’s why it’s so important that you make a plan to vote. So, what’s your plan for Election Day?

  • What time will you go vote? Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Do you know where your polling location is? Find out here. How will you get there?
  • Have you looked at a sample ballot? You can even print it out, fill it in, and take it with you on Election Day if you want.

The upcoming election this November 4th is equally, if not more, important than the presidential election. While decisions made at the federal level might take months or years to impact us at the statewide or local level, choices made by our governor and state legislators have immediate and lasting impacts.

Remember when state legislators passed that horrible rape insurance bill last year? That bill took effect only 3 months after it was passed. Remember when Governor Snyder instituted a senior pension tax? That bill had an immediate effect on seniors.

Voting matters.

I can tell you who is definitely voting on November 4th, these guys. And they hope you won’t. Prove them wrong – make a plan to vote next Tuesday.

And remember: If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

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This Week in Progress http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/week-progress-27/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2014/10/week-progress-27/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:15:18 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=37457 11 days until Election Day. This Week in PM Blogging:  FEDS: Ex-Snyder Official Under Investigation For all of the scandals that have rocked the Snyder administration, it’s surprising that only one investigation has been launched. Either way, this investigation is welcome news for those wanting to hold Gov. Snyder accountable. Unanswered Aramark Questions There’s one […]

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11 days until Election Day.

This Week in PM Blogging: 

FEDS: Ex-Snyder Official Under Investigation

For all of the scandals that have rocked the Snyder administration, it’s surprising that only one investigation has been launched. Either way, this investigation is welcome news for those wanting to hold Gov. Snyder accountable.

Unanswered Aramark Questions

There’s one big question surrounding the state’s outsourced Aramark contract: Why hasn’t Gov. Snyder cancelled the contract? But apart from that obvious inquiry, there are several other questions that Snyder needs to answer.

No Gay Civil Rights? Really?

Gov. Snyder has done nothing to promote LGBT equality. Nothing.

When Innovation Isn’t Welcome

Apparently the phrase, “Practice what you preach” holds no sway over Gov. Snyder and the conservative legislature. They’ll preach against government interference in the free market, except when it comes to Tesla’s electric cars.

TWIP Clips:

We’re back on the air

Due to the resounding success of our television ad highlighting the numerous problems with Gov. Snyder’s Aramark contract, we’re going back on the air!

The ad will go back up on cable markets in Southeast Michigan, Saginaw, Flint and Marquette starting October 25th through Election Day.

If you haven’t seen it yet (about 30,000 people have already), here’s the video:

Again, with Aramark

That’s right: More problems with Aramark. No surprises here, to be honest. More drug smuggling and a whistle-blower complaint from a former employee who says Aramark workers dangerously cut corners and falsified reports.

Whistle-blower: Aramark falsified records, served filthy food

Third Aramark prison worker suspected of drug smuggling

Let’s all say it together: Gov. Snyder, cancel the contract!

Jimmy John’s: Just Freaky

The owner of Jimmy John’s seemingly treats his employees like crap.

They make low wages, have no job security, no benefits, and no union representation.

Jimmy John’s employees, from sandwich makers to delivery drivers, are even required to sign non-compete agreements forbidding them to work at one of the sandwich chain’s competitors for a period of two years following employment at Jimmy John’s. The company’s definition of a “competitor” encompasses any business that’s within 3 miles of a Jimmy John’s location and that derives 10 percent of its revenue from sandwiches.

In Michigan, that means that all of metro Detroit, Lansing, East Lansing, and Grand Rapids would effectively be off limits to food service employment opportunities for former Jimmy John’s employees.

To everyone’s surprise, conservative legislators aren’t up in arms over this blatant attempt to stifle “free market capitalism.” Not only is Jimmy John’s preventing other businesses from competing by requiring employees to sign non-compete agreements, it’s also limiting Michiganders’ job opportunities.

In times like these, when many families are struggling to make ends meet and small businesses are being forced to close their doors, conservatives should be openly condemning actions like Jimmy John’s.

Progressive Reads:

Potential Revenue Lost to Schools is a Billion Dollars a Year

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