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In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Difference of Opinion

The governor sent a special message to lawmakers on local
government reforms this week. There was also a hidden message to House
Republicans which boiled down to: Your agenda is not mine.
You reach this conclusion by what he did and did not say.
Item: Binding arbitration. House R's want to kill it; the
GOP governor wants to tweak it.
Item: Repeal the prevailing wage law. House R's want that;
the governor did not mention it.
Item: Create Right-to-Work zones. House R's are ready to
roll; the governor is not.
He respectively acknowledges that his friends in the House
can debate whatever they want, but that doesn't mean he has to do what
they want.
Governors and members of their own party will often disagree
on priorities. It's not the end of the world. After all this governor
is not worried about getting re-elected but the 63 House Republicans
are, which is why they have about 30 bills that labor considers to be
Since he wants to cooperate with unions, the governor is not
anxious to tackle that agenda.
To be fair, the governor and House R's see eye-to-eye on some
of the major Snyder items including scrapping the item-pricing law and
the Emergency Financial Manager bill.
And to be fair, since he is a tad more moderate than most in
conservative GOP ranks, we'll see more disagreements, but both sides
will play that down and pretend it doesn't exist. But it is real.


Blogger Brian Koss said...

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March 22, 2011 at 7:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to inform my fellow neighbors that 12 more Firefighters were laid off from the Clinton Twp fire department effective March 23, 2011. The firefighters were not even given any notice, as this happened at the township board meeting on Monday March 21, 2011, during the budget process. At its peak, several years ago, the department had 87 firefighters. As of today there are 55 firefighters, and soon to be 53 firefighters when two more retire in a couple of weeks. In the early 2000’s we voted on mil increase for the fire department to increase its staffing, start an ALS program, purchase a new ladder truck, renovate current fire stations, and build new fire stations. I am sorry to say today the Township has sold the ladder truck at a huge loss, laid off at least 19 firefighters, not filled vacant positions, do to attrition. And now, according to the board meeting may shut down a new fire station, because of lack of staffing. All this after we voted years ago for our fire department to increase staffing, and grow with our community. Also, at this meeting the police department will loose two police officer positions. This draws great concerns of public safety, and the direction our township board is leading us. This was all masked in the budget process, and seeming rushed through. The board votes consisted of; Supervisor Canon-YES, Treasure Sowerby-YES, Trustee Hornung-YES, Trustee West-YES, Clerk Fitzgerald-NO, Trustee Pearl-NO, and Trustee Reynolds-NO. This is a sad day for public safety in Clinton Township. We seem to be moving in the wrong direction. If this frustrates you I encourage you to contact your elected officials.

Clinton Twp. Voter

March 23, 2011 at 5:07 PM 

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