Progress Michigan blog posts.

Idiot Wind?

“…Blowing down the backroads headin’ south,” Bob Dylan prophesied, and turned out to be spot on, with news coming out of the Southwest about an exciting new wind farm, exactly the sort of thing America and Michigan needs to turn our economic fortunes around. The Wall Street Journal reported on a deal to supply one…

Are you listening Michigan Democrats?

From Virginia to Jackson, Michigan Democratic candidates were slapped silly by Republicans because Democratic voters stayed home. If there is one lesson learned from Tuesday’s election I hope it’s that Democrats absorb the reality that they cannot win without base support from progressives, African-Americans, young people and union members. And that base voters will abandon…

The Real Death Panels

People are dying, and yet the Senate Republicans continue to obstinately insist on a budget balanced largely on the backs of Michigan’s poorest, most vulnerable citizens. It’s not hyperbole, it’s the truth. Just this morning, MIRS reported that Medicaid cuts claimed their first life. A woman described as a severely mentally-impaired resident of Northern Michigan…

Decriminalizing Dueling

The Michigan Senate yesterday went soft on crime and voted to repeal the 1800s era law that made dueling a crime in our state. So what, you say, there are assault crimes and other laws on the books that would seem to make dueling an arcane holdover from another era. But wait… We have watched…

Democrats Round II: Revenues

The trio of Democratic leaders–the governor, Speaker Dillon and Senate Dem Leader Prusi–are now behind a proposal to raise just under $400 million in new revenues for 2010 and it is expected to go public tomorrow with a series of votes in the state House. Revenue sharing to local governments, Promise grants, Medicaid, libraries and…

Raise My Taxes — Please!

Watching the budget negotiations unravel these past few weeks, monitoring the chatter of progressives stupefied by the behavior of our elected officials, and wondering why in the world our Democratic majority is behaving like a minority, it occurred to me: They’re afraid. Lawmakers, let me assuage your fears. Do not be afraid to raise my taxes. In…

Granholm: Budget Fails to Protect Michigan Citizens

Governor Granholm held a press conference at 3:00 PM EST on the passage of last night’s budget. Granholm stressed the fact that the Michigan legislature did the bare minimum by meeting constitutional requirements that require a balanced budget: But Michigan’s future demands more. Michigan’s future demands a budget that helps us diversify our economy to…