Wherein Michigan’s worst House Speaker gives up the gameplan

You might have caught wind that tax revenues are falling short of expectations. Corporate revenue, of course, which isn’t surprising because private sector job growth has slowed since the state shifted its tax burden from corporations to people on the grounds that it would create more jobs. Also sales tax and income tax revenues, which also makes sense since the …

A loyalty oath to party over country

Last week or over the weekend, it makes no difference, someone thought to ask Michigan’s Finest Legal Mind if he planned to vote for the vulgar talking yam for president. Michigan’s Finest Legal Mind answered in the affirmative. But yesterday, as was also entirely predictable, state Republican leaders began falling in line. What Schuette said was, I thought, especially bizarre. …

Snyder drinks Flint water from restaurant advertising lead-free water

From today’s headlines. Snyder resumed his pledge to drink filtered Flint water on Monday, filling up four gallon-sized jugs at Blackstone’s Pub & Grill in downtown Flint in his first public event since spending seven days in Europe last week on a trade mission. From February’s headlines. There’s a sign on the front door of Blackstone’s Pub and Grill in …

Pat Colbeck objects to being called a bigot, says something bigoted

Pat Colbeck objected to a Freep editorial about transgender access to bathrooms. We find out, through a rebuttal letter, what Pat Colbeck thinks the issue ought to really be about. The truth is that there are people such as myself with deeply held religious beliefs which hold that the LGBTQ lifestyle is at odds with the expressed will of our …

The Progressive Income Tax clock moves back 20 minutes

There’s really no debate as to whether Michigan would benefit from a progressive income tax. It would bring in more money and wind up a tax cut for basically everyone except for Amway Guy. Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce and CapCon argue that it would prompt people to leave the state, which if true why did they raise taxes …

We used to do journalism, now we do dumb Top 10 lists

I cringed over the weekend when someone linked to MLive’s latest “State’s top XXXXX” effort (yeah, no, I’m not going to link). MLive has been on the “State’s top” beat for awhile now, starting with pizza and tacos and other stuff. That they’re on to Bloody Marys is a sign that they’ve plunked a stool down next to this cow’s …

Today’s lessons in why you should put more care into writing laws

Way back when they first passed the original emergency manager law in 2011, there was a nightmare scenario that I worked out in my mind: Snyder appoints EMs who wind up making decisions beyond their actual areas of competence, no one responsible for overseeing the emergency managers bothers to double check their decisions or second guess them, people wind up …

Hey you bastards, I’m still here

Quick programming note: Usually about this time of year, I do a fund raising drive. I’m going to push that off until the fall. I like to do it at a time when I can devote attention to this here website and that’s not happening any time soon. Last week, I started my second year as in-house gardener for our …

Dennis Lennox shows up in the Virgin Islands, violence ensues

I assume all of you little Turkish Delights are at least up to half-speed on John Yob’s campaign to colonize the Virgin Islands and send himself (and his wife) to Cleveland as convention delegation. It’s been in all the papers. Things this week got turned up to 11 when Dennis Lennox showed up, I’m guessing in his official capacity of …

Tax Day

Our way of doing taxes is insane. I just finished my income tax returns, on paper because I’m not giving Turbotax or anyone else money to file my state return (I have a 1099, so I don’t get to do easy filing). I had three sources of income last year, two of which withheld income. My smallest source of income …