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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Frank's Flip=Flop

       Why all the fuss about item pricing?
        The new governor has reopened a can of worms that has been on the shelf, if you'll pardon the pun, since 1970.  The grocery folks never liked it it in the first place when then Attorney General Frank Kelley pushed the law.  It forced them to put a price on each and every item in the store.
        Labor unions were overjoyed because somebody had to do the work.
        And just as winter turns to spring, the A.G. would show up each year with the results of his market basket survey where he told the media that so and so stores were cheating consumers because they refused to follow the law.
       Ole Frank loved it.  Let's just say the local supermarket folks did not when they were caught red handed.
       So for years, the Chamber of Commerce and friends tried to undo what Mr. Kelley had done to no avail.
       Until now.
        Gov. Rick Snyder tossed some red meat to his friends in the business company when he pledged to repeal the item pricing law at a savings, he claims, of some $2 billion.
         One local newspaper reported the story and got thousands of hits on the Internet in opposition to the move.
         David Holtz, whose Progress Michigan liberal leaning group is fighting Mr. Snyder, points to a Consumer's Report suggesting 6% of all sales are rung up with the incorrect price.  In other words, consumers who are scrapping to put bread on the table may have to shell out extra bread to get it.
        But this battle is all but lost.  With 63 GOP votes in the House and 26 in the senate, if the governor can't push this through, he should pack it up and head back to Ann Arbor permanently.
        Holtz concedes, "the math is definitely in favor of passage."
        And to add insult to injury, even Mr. Kelley, turned lobbyist, has flip-flopped and Mr. Consumer advocate is now with his former enemies. He argues technology protects the buyers from mistakes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This change will take the joy out of shopping. Nothing better than to go into to Wally World or wherever & purchase an item that is priced incorrect & inturn get a price refund difference & $5 on top of that. Where is this world gong to? Ha! Ha!
#*%@ Republicans.

January 23, 2011 at 6:43 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone ask Frank whether the $720,000 Walmart has paid him to get Item Pricing repealled in the last 12 years and the checks Frank still receives from his lobbying firm that still represents Walmart influence his position on Item Pricing?

Even with 5 face lifts, make up and mascara on his eyebrows there are few things uglier than an old whore like Frank Kelley. The journalists who wrote this and failed to ask Frank how much he charges for this kind of trick. Some journalist...

January 23, 2011 at 6:43 AM 
Blogger marv rein said...

??help from the " Chamber of Commence "??
Just one of the members,of the Troy's Chamber,,home of many businesses to Big to fail, one member handed out over 2 billion in bonus money, in one day..HOW did that help the state??

January 23, 2011 at 3:09 PM 
Blogger Amy B said...

Seems to me changing one's position on an issue 30 years later is not exactly a flip-flop. Retail technology HAS come a long way since 1970, and Michigan IS the last state in the country to still require item-pricing (in our current format.) I'm not sure when Kelley changed his mind on this publicly, but regardless of lobbyist efforts on this issue, it seems quite reasonable to me that a law that WAS useful and protective in 1970 is no longer so, given the huge advances in technology since then.

January 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM 

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