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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Dog Years? Nope. Dog GONE!

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 03:31:50 PM EST
    Tags: Governor Snyder, Politcal Patronage, Mackinac Center, Jack McHugh, Community Benefits Disclosure, NITC-DRIC Bridge, Communist China, Public-Private Partnerships, NGO, Corporacracy, Central Planning, Canada, America, Mexico, United Nations, Agenda 21, Follow The Money, Goonion Labor Payola (all tags)

    This calls for a celebration.

    Minutes earlier, a substitute bill supported by Democrats, which provided community benefits for the Delray area of southwest Detroit, where the bridge would be located, was voted down, 5-2, on a party-line vote.

    On the main bill, Sens. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, were the only "yes" votes, with Sens. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake Township, Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, voting "no."

    The vote is also a blow to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe (YES!), who backs the bridge and pledged to secure the votes to get the bridge bill out of committee.

    Thank you to all the No votes that killed this unwanted boondoggle.

    The ball is in your end of the court GoverNerd....

    < Where Is The Substitute Bill, Sen. Kowall? | Friday Divertere - A Blast From The Past >

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    Kowall reads the bills (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 03:39:02 PM EST
    That helps.

    One thing in the news article that stands out as a giant clerical OOPS:

    "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."

    That, my friends, was a 'mark-up' note that was NOT supposed to be included if I am analyzing correctly.  Someone let the cat out of the bag.

    Interesting. (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 03:50:15 PM EST
    "...an internal memorandum that should not have been distributed."

    I'd be curious as to exactly what was in that memo.

    Are we potentially talking about a Ficano-level scandal in Lansing?

    You sure about that? (none / 0) (#4)
    by KG One on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 08:48:00 PM EST
    The word on the street that I'm getting is that the guv and/or people high up in the legislature  are chocking this bill with lots of goodies to generate support from the locals (read: Del Ray Neighborhood)

    More specifically, very generously paying for their houses, setting aside of jobs specifically for soon-to-be former residents, and something about additional benefits for families like health care/insurance.

    That last one was not a typo, someone is telling the locals that they'll be getting bennies from the government for their support.

    The end times must be near when I'm in agreement with Malik Shabazz and the Black Panthers.

    Take a wild guess which Detroit Neighborhood the little guy getting chewed out is from?

    I've seen this before: (none / 0) (#5)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 11:50:51 PM EST
    Snyder says the bridge would be publicly owned but privately financed, built and managed.

    Beyond this raising the question of: Does public ownership/private operation mean any losses are public, any profit private? (and I think the answer is, "yes"), I've seen this concept elsewhere, and Merriam-Webster has the definition.

    If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck . . .

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