Governor Snyder suggested in his budget plan that film subsidies should be eliminated. Nevertheless, he left $25 million on the table and gave the movie industry a reason to complain about uncertainty. Here's why he should simply have been a "semi-tough guy of near average intelligence," and cut it completely:Movie mathWhy can't states grasp the… Continue reading Paying Tribute to Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and Alec Baldwin
You can't imagine this stuff, much less make it up. On the eve of a government shutdown, Michigan Democrats are proposing a 4% tax on health care - not on Doctors, not on insurance companies - on your cost of health care. Oh, and those people Barack Obama is complaining about who are a burden… Continue reading Michigan Democrats propose health care tax surcharge
Well, Michigan made the Wall Street Journal. As an example of what not to do.It's one of the largest experiments in smokestack chasing in American history, but one thing it hasn't done is create jobs. An exhaustive new 100-page study by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan think tank, has reviewed where all… Continue reading Just in time for Michigan’s budget discussions
$11,000 average home prices. Not a single chain grocery store in the city. $259 million deficit. 58% high school graduation rate. 100 vacant schools. Metro Detroit area unemployment highest in the nation at 15% in June, City proper unemployment 25% in May, both stats gathered prior to GM bankruptcy. (h/t Carpe Diem)Detroit is a suppurating… Continue reading Detroit
It always happens in California first. Victor Davis Hanson:How does one explain how California is broke, tens of billions of dollars in aggregate debt, despite having among the highest sales and income taxes in the nation?...So what went wrong, and why are tens of thousands of Californians leaving the state with bachelor degrees and above,… Continue reading Where the "stimulus" bill will put us all?
I reproduce an e-newsletter* from Jack Hoogendyk regarding Governor Granholm's proposal to spend $300 million on high school reform. Dear Duane, In her state of the state address a couple of weeks ago, the governor introduced a new idea to improve high school graduation rates and encourage more students to attend college. There was a… Continue reading MEA Culpa
RightMichigan has the story of the Democrats' intentions for more tax hikes here:Dillon has another tax-hike in store for you after the November election!!!All Andy Dillon can be thinking is, "Oops!" We can hope this information will make it to the State Journal under Mr. Skubick's byline.The Governor can be expected to reiterate her pledge… Continue reading Making the impossible happen
... are not over yet.It's been fashionable lately to blame Michigan's legislative buffoonery on term limits rather than the more obvious cause; overdependence on reptilian brain synapses. The usual explanation is something like this - "They aren't around long enough to develop expertise or trust each other."Even if they're around as long as our brain… Continue reading Michigan’s legislative taxation policy SNAFUs
LSJ 6-Dec-2007Gov. says she won't raise taxes ever againGranholm instead will look to cuts, reforms for futureKathy Barks HoffmanAssociated PressGov. Jennifer Granholm, stung by outrage from the business community over a now-repealed tax on services and some discontent with a state income tax increase, says she won't resort to tax increases to cover any future… Continue reading Never, or the end of my term, whichever comes first
Jennifer Granholm, that is. She can't do her job, so at the urging of others she hires someone else to do the most important part of it - at a six figure salary. He'd better be excellently qualified, don't you think?Since excellent qualifications are not head smackingly obvious in this case, I'm guessing she neglected… Continue reading Is it possible for this woman to feel embarrassment?