Author Archives: chadphillips

Why You Should Support the Part-Time Legislature Ballot Initiative

ShareMichigan’s legislators had enough time last year to pass a law to make sure that one guy in the U.P. could make money by letting people pet bear cubs.  That was just one of 367 laws passed since January 1st, 2013.  Laws are … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 Election, Government Reform | 6 Comments

Capitol Police to Legislators will be 1 to 6 While Flint Police to Residents is 1 to 833

ShareAccording the FBI, Flint and Detroit are two of the top five most violent cities in America.  Yet, Flint has just 1.2 police officers for every 1,000 residents, and Detroit has just 3 police officer for every 1,000 residents.  It is clear that neither of those … Continue reading

Posted in Law Enforcement | 1 Comment

Snyder’s Graphs Show he is not Responsible for Michigan’s Comeback

ShareGovernor Snyder has labeled himself the “comeback kid.”  Two solid indicators of a comeback would be unemployment trending down and people’s incomes trending up.  As you can see in the two graphs below from Governor Snyder’s dashboard, we are slowly improving in … Continue reading

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Republican Legislator Admits Targeting Teachers Which Could Violate the U.S. Constitution

ShareIn 2011, Republicans dealt a serious blow to the collective bargaining process by passing a law (Public Act 4152 of 2011) that said state employees cannot get retroactive pay when a contract is settled.  This law essentially created an incentive … Continue reading

Posted in Chamber of Commerce, Collective Bargaining, Right-to-Work, Schools | 1 Comment

Snyder’s Economic Policies are Working. Billionaires’ Income up 22%

ShareHas your income risen 22% in the past year?  Or has it risen less than 2% like the average Michigander?  If you are in the latter category, have you considered being a billionaire?  According to Forbes’ 28th Annual World’s Billionaire List, Michigan’s 11 … Continue reading

Posted in DeVos Family, Richard Snyder, Taxes | 2 Comments

State Rep Says Employees Can Raise the Minimum Wage By Working Harder and Faster

ShareState Representative Phil Potvin is known for saying dumb things.  So it is no surprise that his answer to 7&4 News reporter Nathan Edward’s questions on raising the minimum wage left a lot to be desired.  Edwards asked Potvin how much the cost … Continue reading

Posted in Phil Potvin | 2 Comments

Four Ways Meijer is Morphing into Walmart (Including Donating to Privatize Your School)

ShareThere are a lot of reasons to choose Meijer over WalMart.  Meijer is based in Michigan rather than Arkansas.  Meijer is still a private business, 13th largest in the U.S according to Forbes, instead of a heartless corporation.  Some of Meijer’s workers are organized … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Great Lakes Education Project | 10 Comments

Governor Snyder Deceived You On School Funding. Here is How.

ShareGovernor Snyder used fuzzy math when he proclaimed he increased school funding $660 in Michigan during his recent state of the state address.  A quick look at the Senate Fiscal Agency Report shows you that per pupil school funding is actually $120 less … Continue reading

Posted in Richard Snyder, Schools | 62 Comments

Kid Rock Speaks Out in Favor of Governmental Regulation, One of Two Reasons I’m a New Fan

ShareKid Rock just wrote an Op-ed in the Detroit Free Press in which he urges state legislators not to eliminate Michigan’s ticket scalping law via House Bill 5108.  The current law prevents scalpers from selling tickets above the face value.  Without the law, … Continue reading

Posted in Business | 8 Comments

Governor Snyder Setting up Engler Style Tax Bomb

ShareJohn Engler, former Michigan Governor and current Washington lobbyist, includes among his successes cutting taxes 32 times “saving taxpayers nearly $32 billion.” At least six of those cuts lowered the Single Business Tax rate, a tax Governor Snyder eliminated all together.  Engler was able … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Richard Snyder, Taxes | 3 Comments