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    Tag: Payoffs

    Michigan Medicaid Money Laundering?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:38:26 PM EST
    Tags: Medicaid, Big Government, Cronyism, Payoffs, Chicago Way, Michigan, Illinois, Complicity, Bids, Payola, Parties (all tags)

    Already the game is afoot.

    The National Review has an interesting piece that raises some questions about our own accountability trail with regard to purchasing large systems, and awarding contracts.  Apparently Michigan is being used to circumvent Illinois' tougher bid process and timeline for the purpose of Medicaid processing. According to Illinois officials:

    " "Illinois has an intergovernmental agreement with the state of Michigan and CNSI is one of Michigan's vendors," Jakubek wrote in an e-mail. "Communication with MI and the entire project team is ethical and necessary to work on this project."
    Except that competitive and oversight clauses are absent with this type of  government to government agreement.

    Read the entire story.  

    The 'whistle-blowing' sources will be protected, as the reporters are legit.


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    Whole Lotta Incentives

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 03:14:26 PM EST
    Tags: Organic, All natural Business, Mega, Whole Foods, Detroit, Subsidies, Payoffs, Dragon Fruit (all tags)

    I like Whole Foods' program. I have great respect for the man who started as an idealistic organic sales guy with a dozen or so workers and turned the program into what could be considered a model for the American dream.

    Who was it?

    John Mackey, The former liberal turned moderate/considered-conservative businessman who royally ticked off the administration a couple years ago with his scathing editorial on Obamacare. The editorial frankly is worth going over again. Its brilliant.  In fact, I would say the man is equally so, and understands how to squish those (organic) lemons into some fine lemonade.  It takes opportunity multiplied by desire for the lemonade.

    And maybe a little cash.

    Desire of course for the finest lemonade around, or at least a few good jobs, and the possibility of revivals in neighborhoods might what is driving this successful entrepreneur to look at a full blown grocery operation in Detroit.

    Continued Below ~

    (7 comments, 675 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Maybe the Nerd King's Dingell Contributions Could Help

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Mar 16, 2010 at 09:45:53 AM EST
    Tags: Nerd, Kings, Politics, Michigan, Rick Snyder, John Dingell, MEDC, Payoffs, Nerd King (all tags)

    After all...

    We all know cash is king... Or maybe better stated, "FOR Kings.."  Contributions to the coffers of political despots often encourages their favors, and the green is the grease of the political wheels.  And Dingell, as well as Snyder got plenty of grease to go around.

    Fact of life..  Bring the king a gift for his pleasure and thou shalt have his dispensation.

    Snyder loves kings..  In fact he might well fancy himself the "Nerd King" in waiting..  Working his own royal treasury from the peasants, that consummate power player, Rick Snyder must have gifted well enough over time to warrant the investment of $7.5 Million in taxpayer funds to his own business venture; Ardesta.

    More below the fold....

    (2 comments, 647 words in story) Full Story

    Michigan Business Done Right - Security Producer's Logistical Use Rebate Grant & Entitlement

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 11, 2009 at 10:52:58 PM EST
    Tags: Incentives, Payoffs, Government, Film Credits (all tags)

    Don't mind me, as I prepare my suggestion for Michigan's new "S.P.L.U.R.G.E." proposal.  I want to be sure that I have all my ducks in a row.. or at least geese (you know.. the golden kind..) so that my proposal to help security product distributors all over the state of Michigan draw new business and be more competitive!

    I mean shucks, I can hardly remember all the times I was told things like "you're 6 percent higher than ABC Security out of Hoboken," or "with prices that are 10 points more than Amalgamated CCTV products of Denver, no wonder you have to give a hat away with every $10,000 sale."

    Its unbearable to hear the words "You Cost too much!" ..grooooan. It especially hurts, because I like to offer world class after the sale service, and especially because I like to be able to pay the rent.

    (5 comments, 761 words in story) Full Story

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