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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Where Is The Substitute Bill, Sen. Kowall?

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 12:44:38 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, NITC, Governor, Snyder, Politcal Patronage, Mackinac Center, Jack McHugh, Community Benefits Disclosure (all tags)

    Just released:

    The Michigan Senate's top-ranked Republican expects a committee scheduled to meet Thursday will advance a bill authorizing a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

    The Senate Economic Development Committee is scheduled to vote on the proposal after a one-day delay.

    Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville expects there are enough votes in the Republican-led committee to advance the bill to the Senate floor, his spokeswoman Amber McCann said Thursday morning.

    Sen. Kowall, I'm not sure what your interpretation of transparency is, but, I've looked here, here, and here... No substitute Sen. Hunter Bill for the constituent class to review.

    Am I to assume that you, as Committee Chair, have knuckled under to the expediency of Governor Snyder and a term limited Sen. Richardville to advance a floor vote from your admirable "fair and transparent fashion" just yesterday?  What is the "community benefits" component?

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    Best as I can figure... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by KG One on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 01:05:22 PM EST
    ...this is it.

    It apparently is the version that allegedly tripped him him because of all of the mentions of "community" in this version that were not present in any earlier versions.

    I don't like this any more than any of the earlier versions.

    Del Ray is literally a war zone.

    If they are throwing bones to the locals for their votes, I'd love to hear the guv explain why his cost projections just got thrown out of the window.

    Bridge just voted down (none / 0) (#2)
    by HouseStaffer on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 01:59:07 PM EST
    The bridge just failed it's vote in the Senate Economic Development Committee.

    I stand corrected (none / 0) (#3)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 02:00:51 PM EST
    It IS Snyder, Calley and Richardville to blame with this laughingstock game.

    The new bill added language about "community benefits" for Detroit's Delray neighborhood that will host the bridge. The summary -- seen as important with a vote imminent on a 38-page bill, said the benefits "may" include measures related to health, jobs, housing and the environment. But the actual bill said the proposed agreements "shall" include that language.

    "What the summary said and what it says in the body of the bill are two different things," said Kowall, adding he hoped it was not an attempt to mislead the committee.

    Lawmakers were puzzled by the second page of the summary, which listed "changes made pursuant to the Lt. Governor's office and their deal with Democrats in the Legislature."

    Kowall said: "I've never seen anything like that before in all my tenure in the Legislature."

    There was speculation the second page was an internal memorandum that should not have been distributed.

    Sen. Kowall, what Snyder/Calley and Richardville are doing is a clear sign of desperation in an apparent abuse of authority against the will of the people that is smack of the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010.

    Amber McCann, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, who backs Snyder on the bridge and sponsored the bridge bill, said there was no attempt to mislead on Richardville's part and versions of the summary she saw used the words "shall include" in connection with community benefits, not "may." She said she couldn't speak for the summary Kowall received.

    With Kowall's committee scheduled to meet at 1:30 Thursday, Richardville has scheduled a 2 p.m. meeting of the government operations committee, which he chairs. It's possible the substitute legislation could be sent to government operations instead of economic development to improve the chances of voting it out to the full Senate.

    If that happens, "I was irritated yesterday, I guess I'll just keep on being irritated," Kowall said. "I started it in the committee, I should finish it."

    Irritated?  Sen. Kowall, me too.  Beyond belief.  My humble apologies for questioning transparency.

    I can't help but wonder... (none / 0) (#6)
    by KG One on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 02:40:19 PM EST
    ...what stunt the guv is going to try and pull next on this one?

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