Tag Archives: Rick Snyder

Dashboard Confessional

Democrats in the state House of Representatives launched a tool today that will measure Michigan’s progress on education, clean air, job creation, etc. If it sounds a little bit like Gov. Rick Snyder’s dashboard approach, that’s because it is — intentionally. From the website: The Governor says state government should be outcome-based, and we couldn’t […]

Dismantling Democracy in Michigan

Looking for a Emergency Manager destination to find out if your community is in danger? Click here. In Benton Harbor, one of Michigan’s first new local emergency managers under Public Act 4 described himself as an “angel of common sense” just days after he suspended democracy there by ordering the City Council to quit doing […]

Racing to the Bottom

Bonnie B. at the Lansing Online News has a must-read piece today about  what’s behind the full-bore assault on higher ed, and what we should do about it. Just as NAFTA initiated a race to the bottom for Midwest factory workers, the new austerity promoted by the GOP will gut public education, while deflating the […]

Glass house, meet stones.

Recommended reading from The Nerd‘s Facebook page, skewering Michigan’s universities for hiring more administrators and giving pay raises. Ironic money quote: “There are too many administrators making too much money,” he said. Please note the “he” is not Snyder, but an EMU faculty rep who seems to stand in for the Snyder administration’s position. Interesting, […]

Value for who, again?

John Yob, progenitor of the allegedly grassroots effort Value for Michigan, says he won’t reveal the (likely high-rolling) donors to the effort, which aims to drum up support for Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget. “We will file our campaign finance reports the same time other political committees do, as legally required by the SoS office. We […]

Who is calling the shots in Michigan? Snyders CEO friends, of course.

Governor Rick Snyder’s “winners and losers” budget proposes raising taxes on low-income workers and senior citizens to give an 86 percent tax break to corporations and other businesses.   Governor Snyder calls that Value for Michigan and this week TV ads using kids as political props to attack teachers were launched defending his budget.  We don’t […]

The Myth Unravels. Rick Snyder is Just Another Politician.

In his tightly scripted command performance yesterday that purposely avoided questioning from the media, Governor Rick Snyder did more than unveil a budget.  Unintentionally, he began unraveling myths he constructed with nearly $11 million in campaign advertising last year. Ironically—given that Snyder created himself on TV—it was an actor today that began pulling the threads […]

Well that was a nice surprise!

Last week, when the Snyder administration appealed a judge’s decision to overturn the DRNE’s decision to deny an air permit to Holland Board of Public Works, they upheld former Governor Granholm’s 2009 directive to  require a thorough analysis of the need for and alternatives to new sources of power before they are built.  I have to say, I was quite […]