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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…

Well Hello There

Beginning this week, you’ll start seeing my name in your inbox, attached to Progress Michigan emails. That’s because I’ve joined the fabulous team here at Progress Michigan as a Communications Specialist. Who am I? I’m a lot of things: poet, mother, reporter, dog whisperer, amateur Iron Chef, rabid Tigers fan and activist. My special skills…

Back to School

Summer is almost over, and all around Michigan high school students are buying their notebooks, binders, and #2 pencils in preparation for the start of classes. Many have already applied to college, been accepted, and are now worrying about how they’re going to pay for it. This time of year always reminds me of the…

Sifting through the Noise

If you only watched the 6 o’clock news you would be left with the impression that the debate surrounding health care insurance reform taking place across America isn’t really a debate at all, but rather a shouting match. Even Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader, Mike Bishop, welcomes these "angry mobs." What has been lost in all…

Clean Energy Alternatives in Michigan

The Clean Energy Jobs Rally was a resounding success! Thanks to all of you who came out to show your support for Michigan’s clean energy future. There was great music and exceptional speakers throughout the day; the sun was shining AND powering the media tent, so many of you could take action by emailing Governor…

Michigan’s Thin Blue Line

Polls show that most people in Michigan know there’s a budget crisis but haven’t felt the pain yet. While Michigan’s public services have gone through deep cuts, our political leaders have done a masterful job of managing Michigan’s decline. They have done this by putting off the hard choices on reforming our state tax system,…