Raising the Minimum Wage (is silly and) Has Consequences

Actions have consequences...

... and so does bad policy.

Wendy's is rolling out their nationwide plan to offset the effects of hiking the minimum wage. 

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Legislative Aide With Down Syndrome Makes His Debut

Mondays can sometimes be the worst.

But, not this Monday! 

Allow us to introduce you to Paul Kocher.

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New Legislation May Eliminate Small Auto Repair Shops

It’s happening again.

Michigan lawmakers are looking to suppress consumer choice. This time they see an opportunity when consumers are most vulnerable – after an auto accident in the repair shop.

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Michigan House Republicans Vote to Put Detroit Students, Not Unions, First

This morning, members of the state House of Representatives approved a conservative package of bills that puts Detroit school kids first, rejects a union-backed scheme to cap parental choice via a misguided Detroit Education Commission, and institutes important financial and structural reforms for the new Detroit Public School system.

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Superintendent Uses Personal Twitter Feed on School Website to Help Pass Millage

After Millage Passes, Superintendent Removes Evidence of Campaign Finance Violation

Until this week, Dexter Community Schools was facing a $1.5 million budget deficit for the 2016-17 school year. If the May 3rd millage didn't pass, then Dexter Schools had to work to trim their $35.5 million budget to $34 million

Desperate times called for desperate measures. 

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Dexter Schools Superintendent Uses School Website to Say 'Vote Yes' on Local Millage

Dexter Community Schools Superintendent Christopher Timmis improperly used public resources to advocate a 'Yes' vote on a local special education millage. 

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McNeilly: First day of school in Detroit 2026

This column originally appeared in The Detroit News on April 21, 2016.

Ten years after the Michigan Legislature voted to establish the highly controversial Detroit Education Commission, an estimated 14,260 students found seats in their classrooms in the Detroit Public Schools, as the morning bell rang in the new school year.

How long the buildings stay open this fall depends on the latest DPS bailout proposals working their way through the state Legislature, as teachers face payless paydays as early as next month.

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Unions should support legislation to eliminate 'free riders'

Since Michigan passed its right-to-work law in 2012, unions have been labelling those that leave the union as “free riders.” But where unions see “free riders,” others see forced riders.

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Frontlines of Freedom: Energy (not Corporate Cronyism) Key to Michigan's Future

Several weeks ago, our own Greg McNeilly wrote in the Detroit News about the effect corporate cronyism is having on the price Michiganders pay at the electric meter.

For_The_Record_-_Energy_Cronyism.pngDTE and Consumers Energy last year raised rates on families by $364 million a year, and are back again with hundreds of millions more in planned rate hikes.  At the same time, the monopoly energy providers have spent over $4 million pushing Senate Bill 437 – the Nofs-Nesbitt energy plan—in the state legislature trying to outlaw electric choice.

Not surprisingly, a couple former lawmakers came to the utilities defense, claiming calls of “corporate cronyism” are “just a distraction.” 

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For the Record: Energy (not Cronyism) Key to Michigan's Future Growth

In a recent letter to the Detroit News, former Michigan Senate Majority Leaders Randy Richardville and Ken Sikkema respond to our Detroit News Op-ed (McNeilly: Utilities Work to Stifle Energy Choice, Boost Rates). Richardville and Sikkema argue that our use of the term "cronyism" is "just a distraction" and "counterproductive." 

Their response is dismissive of the facts.

 

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