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Detroit bankruptcy bills move without the one punishing the DIA for winning an election

by: Eric B.

Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 16:00:00 PM EDT


A package of bills that would send $195 million Detroit's way for the settlement moved out of the Senate Government Operations Committee this afternoon without HB 5571, the bill that would have prevented the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) millage from being renewed. 

It's effectively dead, said Chair and Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe).

"The only things that come to this committee are usually bills of importance . . . and the other ones are here to be buried. I would put that one in the second category," Richardville said. 

It was dumb that it passed in the first place, so this is less a victory for being smart and more a victory for not being stupid.

Eric B. :: Detroit bankruptcy bills move without the one punishing the DIA for winning an election
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It's still good news
...even if it's good news worthy of being damned with faint praise.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

It's a good thing, even if it just means Richardville isn't a total philistene.

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With this crew?
Forget smart. Lack of stupid is the best you can hope for.

Voters can vote on this, but not minimum wage?
Progress Michigan is on it:

On Tuesday, a piece of legislation that would have prevented the DIA from renewing a 10-year operating millage was shot down in the Michigan Senate. Sen. Richardville said he didn't believe the right for citizens to vote should be taken away.

"It's kind of strange that the Legislature would say we're not going to let local governments make their own decisions or have a vote of their own people," he said. "And so I think that was the part we all had problems with."

Last week, Sen. Richardville's minimum wage bill, SB934, was signed by the governor after being pushed through the legislature in a matter of hours. That law sought to end the Raise Michigan Coalition ballot drive and silence the voices of over 300,000 Michigan voters. Sen. Richardville said himself that the goal of the bill was to end the ballot drive - effectively silencing the voice of voters.

This isn't the first time the GOP-controlled legislature has endorsed hypocritical lawmaking. Conservative lawmakers have silenced voters' voices on the emergency manager law and those speaking up against wolf hunting.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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