Tag Archives: Rick Snyder

Watch my chat with Rachel Maddow on MSN

Rachel Maddow is one of the few journalists to focus on the travesty of Michigan’s Martial Law threatening the autonomy of our cities and democracy itself. My segment begins at 11:28.

Republicans quick to ignore small government promise

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I cannot ignore this decision by the Governor & the Republican majority to rob Michigan residents unemployment benefits

I want to be fair and give the guy a chance, but I cannot ignore this mean-spirited and downright cruel decision by the Governor and the Republican majority to rob Michigan residents of much-needed unemployment benefits in this difficult economy. Don’t they know how many people are suffering and barely holding on? Incredible….


Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill to continue federal unemployment benefits that otherwise would end for 35,000 Michiganders and to reduce future state-paid benefits to 20 weeks, down from 26 weeks.

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The attack on public employees and labor unions is an attack on all working Americans.

Proud to stand with activists from all over Michigan in support of labor rights for WI workers and all Americans. Thanks to Move On.Org for sponsoring the rally to Save the American Dream. We’ve got our work cut out for us. MI and America MUST be a place of opportunity for all – not just the folks at the top.

Now is no time for a tea party. Hope you are ready to stand and fight for the American Dream.

“I can understand why Thomas Jefferson said a little revolution now and then is a good thing,” Bernero said. “The assault on unions, the assault on the public employees is nothing less than an assault on the American people.”

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Elimination of Brownfield a one-two punch for MI cities

Beyond the massive state revenue sharing cuts, the Governor’s most damaging proposal for Michigan’s cities is the elimination of Brownfield and other tax credits that incentive’s redevelopment of urban centers. This one-two punch is a deadly prescription that will stunt growth and hobble our cities and state.


Renovating the Broderick calls for about $13 million in brownfield and historic preservation credits. / 1928 file photo / Image curtosey of the Detroit Free Press

The map of Detroit redevelopment would look very different today had Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to eliminate brownfield and other tax credits become a reality several years ago.

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State Cannot Prosper if Cities Don’t

Our state cannot prosper if our cities do not prosper. Michigan needs cities and metro regions that work. The fastest growing states have the fastest growing cities in them – that is no accident. Michigan needs an urban agenda.

Michigan Cities’ Future: Doing Less with Less

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