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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Opportunities abound

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Mar 04, 2011 at 11:03:41 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm, Civil service commission, Knollenberg, Moss, MacGregor, Crawford, Genetski, Agema, Lund, Zorn, Poleski, Jacobsen, McMillin, Opsommer, Johnson, Farrington, Lyons, Somerville, Tyler, Huuki, Horn, Kowall, Callton, Outman, Bumstead, Damrow, Rogers, Forlini, Gilbert, Haveman, Heise, Hooker, Pscholka, Lori, Potvin, Daley, Kurtz, Olson (all tags)

    Marty Knollenberg makes a good point.

    The Republican state representative from Troy discusses the possibility of abolishing the Michigan civil service commission. The commission, he argues, has "ignored the constitution, the Legislature, the will of the people and common sense."  From the Detroit News commentary:

    "Let me explain. The Civil Service Commission recently included "other eligible individuals and their dependents" as recipients of state health care benefits. This is ridiculous. These could include any roommate, distant cousin, or live-in boyfriend or girlfriend. The only requirement for this $4,000 to $17,000 yearly health care benefit package is that they must live with a state employee for a year. What a deal and at the expense of the taxpayer."


    And it seems to follow the point on legitimacy of 'marriage' being used as a term for the unions of same sex couples.  Its about the money.  And in this case they step even further out onto the fringe.  That fringe, as in 'fringe benefits' for all who seemingly associate with state government workers.  Whether or not we can afford it, or if it even makes sense.

    What makes sense is the next step of action by Knollenberg and the rest.  Eliminating the problem by pulling out the roots.  ~ below ~

    Say goodbye to an unaccountable civil service commission.  Our political chemotherapy needs to start at some targeted areas.  The sooner we remove the vestiges of the disease known as Jennifer Granholm, the better.


    March 1, 2011, Introduced by Reps. Knollenberg, Moss, MacGregor, Crawford, Genetski, Agema, Lund, Zorn, Poleski, Jacobsen, McMillin, Opsommer, Johnson, Farrington, Lyons, Somerville, Tyler, Huuki, Horn, Kowall, Callton, Outman, Bumstead, Damrow, Rogers, Forlini, Gilbert, Haveman, Heise, Hooker, Pscholka, Lori, Potvin, Daley, Kurtz and Olson and referred to the Committee on Oversight, Reform, and Ethics.

         A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state constitution of 1963, by repealing section 5 of article XI, to abolish the civil service commission.
         Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of Michigan, That the following amendment to the state constitution of 1963, to abolish the civil service commission, is proposed, agreed to, and submitted to the people of the state:


         Resolved further, That the foregoing amendment shall be submitted to the people of the state at the next general election in the manner provided by law.

    Lets get that thing on the ballot shall we?

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    Snyder looks even worse... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Fri Mar 04, 2011 at 12:36:08 PM EST
    ...in light of what Rep. Knollenberg explains.  His tax shift budget still compensates ridiculous arbitrated union contracts without a statewide option out.

    And WTF is our tax dollars being blown on this crap?  I already resent the hell out of those in DC subsidizing the Government Motors POS, but Lansing is in on it too?  F'ing disgusting.

    • Might be more to do with by JGillman, 03/04/2011 01:12:39 PM EST (none / 0)
      • E3601.6.4 by Corinthian Scales, 03/04/2011 01:49:15 PM EST (none / 0)
    • 219 Volts by grannynanny, 03/04/2011 02:01:17 PM EST (none / 0)
      • 219? by JGillman, 03/04/2011 02:45:26 PM EST (none / 0)
        • uh,hum... taxpayer rewards by Corinthian Scales, 03/04/2011 02:48:32 PM EST (none / 0)
        • My bad by grannynanny, 03/04/2011 03:31:38 PM EST (none / 0)
          • FYI.. by JGillman, 03/04/2011 03:51:34 PM EST (none / 0)
          • the wall . . ROFLMAO by Corinthian Scales, 03/04/2011 04:02:29 PM EST (none / 0)
        • Get A Load by grannynanny, 03/04/2011 07:05:53 PM EST (none / 0)
    Opportunity squandered (none / 0) (#5)
    by Corinthian Scales on Fri Mar 04, 2011 at 02:44:53 PM EST
    Ohio is gonna end up eating Michigan for lunch when the dust settles.

    Columbus, Ohio (AP) - With barely a whimper of the protests that have convulsed Wisconsin, legislation to curb public employee unions is speeding toward passage in Ohio, an even bigger labor stronghold.

    Labor experts said the greater tumult in Wisconsin reflects the state's long history of progressive political activism; the Statehouse's location in Madison, the famously liberal home of the University of Wisconsin; and perhaps a feeling of hopelessness among Ohio's working class, which has been hit particularly hard by the recession.

    Days of protests in Columbus haven't added up to the numbers seen in a single day in Madison. The rallies there have topped more than 70,000 people, compared with roughly 8,500 on the largest day of demonstrations at the Ohio Statehouse. When the Ohio bill passed the Senate 17-16 on Wednesday, the crowd was estimated at 450.


    Ohio's bill could go to House committee hearings as early as next week. The measure is likely to receive strong support from the full chamber and Republican Gov. John Kasich.

    Ohio's bill would restrict the bargaining rights of roughly 350,000 teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public employees. They would no longer be able to negotiate health care benefits or certain working conditions, and they would be barred from striking.

    The speed with which the Ohio bill cleared the Senate is energizing Republicans as they push to break what they see as labor's stranglehold on state and local governments, schools and public safety departments.

    Political observers at the Ohio Statehouse were flabbergasted by how fast the legislation was moving in a longtime labor stronghold like Ohio. The state has 655,000 union members, who constitute 13.7 percent of the workforce, compared with 335,000 members, or 14.2 percent of the workforce, in Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    "For as far-reaching this thing is and how many lives it will affect, I can't believe how fast it moved," said Columbus Police Sgt. Shaun Laird.

    Many union backers were also clearly disappointed by the turnout in Columbus given the high political stakes in Ohio, a political battleground state that decided the 2004 presidential election.

    A law undercutting Ohio's unions could kneecap the state's Democratic Party ahead of the 2012 race for the White House by depriving it of a major source of contributions and organizational muscle.

    Did Chair Schostak catch that?  Or, is Chair Schostak going to sit around playing pocket pool and suckling hind teat to the MDP with nothing to lose?

    "Michigan is obviously an important state," state Republican Party chairman Robert Schostak said. "We have relevance. My job is to keep us relevant."

    Maybe you wanna clue in your beloved GoverNerd that he is F'ing up?

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