Progress Michigan blog posts.

Legislative Malfeasance in Michigan

This guest post was written by Amy Hunter, President of Equality Michigan Pride PAC. An “anti-bullying” bill with exceptions, really? In a stunning betrayal of the public trust, ultra-conservatives in Michigan pushed an “anti-bullying” initiative through the state Senate Wednesday after attaching an amendment that radically changed the legislation’s impact. The surprise change guts the…

Calling out the Supercommittee

Double-digit unemployment. Dramatically increasing income inequality. Politicians owned by millionaires and lobbyists. As sure as the sun rises, every day brings news that the richest few are getting even richer, and big banks and corporations get away with abusing the rules because the politicians they fund let them write the rules. Right now, the average…

Eric Cantor Couldn’t Hide

Yesterday, US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor visited the University of Michigan and was met by a protest decrying the “death of the middle class” and Rep. Cantor’s active support for the top 1 percent. The protest was attended by members of Progress Michigan, the Washtenaw Community Action Team, the University of Michigan Planners Network,…

ALEC Says ‘Jump’ and GOP Obliges On Asbestos

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): don’t worry if you’ve never heard of them, most Americans haven’t. That’s because they conduct most of their operations in secret, many involving pushing “model” legislation with state lawmakers that directly benefits corporate bottom lines, usually at the expense of the rest of us. Now they’ve brought their show to…

The Hidden Human Cost of Privatization

Michigan’s Republican lawmakers have been using the down economy as an excuse for destroying the role of the public sector in the state, and one of their favorite magic bullets is privatization.  They are determined to convince people that corporations have your best interests in mind, and have goals other than attempting to maximize profits…