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Tag: Phil Potvin
By JGillman, Section News
Governor Rick Snyder's obsession has a little bit of a roadblock.
After the Governor attempted to subvert the will of the people and the legislature with a convoluted 'intra-local' agreement on his pet bridge project, he now finds there is no state money available for his new tool. Unless he pulls an "Obama" and violates the Michigan constitution, no money can be appropriated to the new method which has raised eyebrows with conservative leadership in the Michigan legislature. The stopping point? From the Detroit News:
"The House Appropriations Committee amended a supplemental funding bill barring the Michigan Economic Development Corp. from spending general fund taxpayer money on construction or development of the proposed New International Trade Crossing.And CUT! (a little Michigan film credit humor there)
Anyhow, there is ONE little point that needs to be addressed. The ability of an Intra-Local tool to even have ANY validity between nations. Would such an agreement even be legal? Our constitution says not so fast. Only the President with the consent of the US Senate can enact such contracts. From Article 2 Section 2 of the US Constitution:
" .. He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States .."And given that MR Snyder is not yet our Presinerd, his will is a little ahead of itself.
An 'attaboy' and thank you goes out to House Appropriations Committee members Dave Agema, Chuck Moss, Bob Genetski, Eileen Kowall, Matt Lori, Bill Rogers, Jon Bumstead, Kevin Cotter, Ken Goike, Nancy Jenkins, Peter MacGregor, Greg MacMaster, Earl Poleski, Phil Potvin, and the lone Democrat voting yes with those members, Richard LeBlanc. They have saved our state a little embarrassment for the time being.
Unchecked executive authority is abuse.
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