Progress Michigan blog posts.

War on Women

The Republicans in the state of Michigan have openly declared war on middle class families, the poor, seniors and students. So it should come as no surprise that they’ve expanded their attacks to women. A massive 60-page omnibus bill introduced last week drastically limits women’s health access, and could shut down every abortion provider in…

People Power

If there is one simple lesson to be taken from last night’s results in the attempted recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it’s that it is especially hard for one side to win an election when they are being so massively outspent. In recent days, reports have surfaced that conservative millionaires are aiming to put…

Did the Michigan Truth Squad Jump the Shark?

Yesterday the so-called “Michigan Truth Squad” called foul on Sen. Gretchen Whitmer for, “not backing up claims that the pension tax has placed ‘a great burden’ on seniors.” Really? According to the Truth Squad’s own analysis, the tax “is expected to raise about $344 million in fiscal year 2013.” The simple fact is that Michigan…

Humane Decision

Imagine being 14-years-old. Your mother passes away, and your entire life is in upheaval as you grapple with her death. Now imagine your father doesn’t value you at all and sells you into slavery. This isn’t the twisted plot of a novel; it’s the reality that Cayla Robertson faced as a teenager. When Cayla was…

Pete Hoekstra’s Birther Bonanza

Yesterday Pete Hoekstra – whose past misdeeds in his Senate campaign have been thoroughly chronicled in this space – did it again. In his desperation to appeal to the worst elements of the Tea Party, he apparently felt it was necessary to suggest that the federal government should create a new office in order to investigate whether…

GOP Priorities: Election Year Gimmicks

Last week, using the Twitter hashtag #23dollars, Michiganders Tweeted their ideas of what the average Michigan family wouldn’t be able to buy with the $23 election year tax gimmick originally proposed by Republicans in the state House.  The gimmick had a total cost of $90 million to Michigan taxpayers, and came in the same year when…

What Can’t You Buy With 23 Dollars?

Today Progress Michigan released a list of items that Michigan taxpayers won’t be able to buy with the 0.1 percent “income tax cut” that Lansing Republicans are proposing as they look ahead to November. For taxpayers earning $50,000 a year, the gimmickk would save about $23 in 2012. Click over to Pinterest and check out…

Playing Politics with Your Right to Vote

What if you showed up to work every day and did your job, then attended political party meetings where you bragged about intentionally sabotaging your job performance in order to advance a political goal?  That might sound outrageous, but that is exactly the strategy being employed by Michigan’s Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson as…

Michigan’s Dismal Scorecard

The 2012 Center for Michigan state scorecard is out, and it contains some bad news for Gov. Snyder – namely that tax giveaways for rich CEOs and a little good luck aren’t good enough to, in the parlance used by the Rick for Michigan campaign, “provide tangible results for the programs citizens want and need.”…