What is 'Electricity Choice?'

11,000 customers are waiting for it

A recent email sums up the public’s concept of the electricity choice debate quite well.

I have never understood anything about the “choice” question on electricity. What choice? I have lived in Michigan since 1996 and paid my electricity bill every month for the past 20 years. I’ve never had “choice.” I get a bill and it’s always Consumers Energy. I get that other people get Detroit Edison. But you don’t get a “choice.”

That is real life for the vast majority of people and businesses in Michigan. A monthly electric bill arrives from one of the two big utilities and you pay it — wash, rinse, repeat. Simple. Right?

Actually, there is a good deal more to the issue of “electricity choice.”

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Freedom Fund Chair Greg McNeilly accuses Free Press Editorial Board of Bigotry

Greg McNeilly, the chair of the Michigan Freedom Fund, lays into Progress Michigan and the Detroit Free Press for insinuating Dick DeVos and his family are using high-dollar influence to get the education policy they want out of the Michigan Legislature. 

Interview starts at 12:32.

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Utility pushed energy legislation is pure corporate cronyism

Freedom Fund executive director Tony Daunt was a guest on the Steve Gruber radio program. He and Steve discuss the current utility-pushed energy legislation.

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Michigan House votes to lift legislature, governor exemption to freedom of information act

The Michigan House of Representatives passed on Tuesday an assortment of bills that expands transparency to the legislature and governor's office by eliminating their exemptions to the state's FOIA laws.

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DTE and Consumers Energy Teach a Sad Lesson on Corporate Cronyism

It could happen next week.

The state legislature is back in Lansing this month and the top priority for a veritable army of special interests and lobbyists is the passage of a sweeping and costly energy reform package designed to kill electric choice and dramatically raise rates on Michigan families.

Lawmakers should reject it once and for all.

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Another 10-year-old Girl’s Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Government Regulators

13662605_1470958534.7665.jpgAmerica used to stand for entrepreneurship and grit. 

This young entrepreneur, unfortunately, had to learn the lessons of a big, overreaching government. 

Shutting down a 10-year-old girl's lemonade stand and requiring permits totaling $3,500 to continue her business is shameful. 

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Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Worker’s Choice Bill. What's that?

State Representative Gary Glenn recently introduced Worker's Choice legislation, which would strengthen worker rights and release unions from representing those who chose not to pay membership dues. 

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Freedom Fund slams "hypocritical" Democrats over Rep. Banks support

Michigan Freedom Fund Executive Director Tony Daunt joined Lester Graham on Michigan Radio to discuss Greg McNeilly's latest Detroit News opinion pieceHe examines the (hypocritical) political and financial support by Michigan Democrats of Rep. Brian Banks despite his perpetual struggles with the law. 

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Democrats tarnished by support for Brian Banks - Detroit News

The following was originally published in The Detroit News.

There’s an old saying about people in glass houses and the throwing of stones. Not a parable Michigan Democrats are familiar with, apparently.

Michigan liberals have spent countless hours lecturing Republicans about the need to distance themselves from their presidential nominee because, they claim, the way he talks isn’t dignified. His behavior, they say, sets a bad example for our children.

Their arguments might be worth taking a little more seriously if they practiced even for a moment what they preached.

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Union Workers Want Choice - WSJ Video

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Director of Labor Policy Vinnie Vernuccio on a new poll of labor union members.

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