Debbie Stabenow: MSU won the FRIB competition fair & square

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Today our friend Walt Sorg spends a few minutes with Senator Debbie Stabenow. Senator Stabenow was at the East Lansing Rotary meeting yesterday, and Walt was able to get some time with her before she left. They discuss: Clean energy at The Board of Water & Light Congressional deadlock – what used to be bipartisan […]

Audio: Mackinac Center disingenuous on Michigan job growth

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Today we have an audioblog instead of the usual briefing, where I review the facts behind this Mackinac Center post. In particular I take issue with this: A look at the employment shows that the recovery has been substantial, better than average, and only partly caused by the resurgence of the auto industry. … It […]

GOP budgets are an historic shift from corporations to individuals

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HOWELL — When Mitch Bean served as the Director of the nonpartisan Michigan House Fiscal Agency for the past 12 years and one of three voting members of the Michigan Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference he had to be careful of what he said, but since he retired in 2011 he has been very free in […]

Recap: Protest Against Romney and His Proposed Policies

Last week, we traveled around Michigan while Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney went on a bus tour through the state. Hundreds of our supporters loaded up buses to Troy, Dewitt, Frankenmuth and Holland to protest against Romney’s business practices and show their disdain for his proposed policies. WATCH: In Dewitt, Mich., Good Jobs Now activists […]

Tell Hoekstra and Romney NO on November 6

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As you know, the 2012 elections are less than six months from now and the stakes are higher than ever. Whoever wins this election will determine whether our nation will continue to move to a new tune or rewind the same old song. We want leaders who can relate to and implement measures that will […]

The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought

The GOP finally finds a good tax: on the poor As bad as things are right now in Michigan, they are about to get so much worse that I fear there is a genuine risk of the types of riots we haven’t seen since the 60s & 70s in my state. If you think we […]

Labor & environmental leaders unite to fight efforts to weaken environmental protections

Last week in Lansing, Michigan, leaders from labor and environmental groups around the country gathered to show a united front in their opposition to efforts by Republicans in Congress to weaken environmental protections. As John Walke at the National Resources Defense Council wrote about last fall, the drumbeats are incessant: The week of October 2nd, […]

Tim Walberg voted against extending the middle class tax cuts & extending unemployment insurance

Yesterday during Roll Call Vote 946, my Representative, Congressman Tim Walberg, voted against extending the middle class tax cuts and unemployment insurance for unemployed Americans. The bill is H.R.3630. I just sent him this note and I urge you to do the same: I am appalled that my Representative to Congress voted AGAINST the bill […]

Vote for the 2011 Scrooge of Year

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Republicans are hell-bent on returning the country to the Gilded Age, with the richest 1 percent making extraordinary gains in the last decade that have created a huge wealth disparity in the country, so it’s only fitting that voting has begun for Jobs with Justice’s 12th Annual Scrooge of Year contest. The annual contest highlights […]

ACTION: Mich GOP to use “imaginary wages” & “imaginary pensions” to reduce workers’ comp benefits

You have to hand it to the Republicans in the Michigan legislature. Just when you think it’s not possible for them to kick the 99% in the face any more ruthlessly, they go and prove you wrong. Their current targets are workers who are injured on the job and the creative ways they are coming […]

Michigan Republicans pass bowling safety law – Jobs created: ZERO

No new jobs initiatives from Michigan’s legislature so far but we do have THIS: Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a bill that provides bowling centers immunity from civil prosecution if patrons wear bowling shoes outside, then slip and fall after returning inside. I’m glad they’re tending to these critical problems holding Michigan back from […]

Rep Tim Walberg brings jobs fair to southern Michigan – blames regulation for lack of employer participation

This past week, Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07) sponsored a jobs fair. So far, so good. I’ve been waiting for him to do something, anything related to jobs so I view this sort of thing favorably. Unfortunately, the fair doesn’t appear to have been very successful. On Wednesday, I hosted a Job Resource Fair at the […]