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Archive for March 14th, 2009

Gov. Granholm Trying to Raise Taxes Again. Will She Ever learn?

Posted by iusbvision on March 14, 2009

Undeniable fact of life: capital goes where it is treated well.

Tax this tax that, raise taxes more more more has been the governing philosophy of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and when it started to put the breaks on economic growth and capital started leaving the state the answer was to raise even more taxes and put a new tax on business to pay for commercials to ask business to come to Michigan….. ya I know …….and they are baffled as to why it doesn’t work.

Why is it that so many on the far left continue to believe that they can tax us all into prosperity? Anyone can see that since former Governor Engler has left office Michigan has been run into the ground. Michigan was in recession when the rest of the country was still experiencing growth. This brings us to Quinn’s Law of Leftism # 10 “Leftists never think what they are doing is wrong, they only think they haven’t done enough of it yet or it is underfunded.”

While you read ahead keep in mind that unemployment is Michigan is more severe than in most states.

So what is the latest?

Granholm Supports Raising Gas Tax

Wednesday, 04 Mar 2009

The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Noting that state roads are “the pits,” Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday that she supports changing the state gasoline tax to raise more money as gas prices rise.

Granholm told reporters that the state’s current 19-cent-per-gallon tax doesn’t raise enough money to repair Michigan’s aging roads.

“The roads are the pits. We have no long-term funding source to make sure the roads are smooth,” she said.

The Transportation Funding Task Force that Granholm appointed last year has suggested converting the per-gallon gasoline tax to a tax on the wholesale price of gas and raising vehicle registration fees. Granholm said Wednesday she supports both.

More More More!!!

LANSING — It could cost more to smoke cigars, visit state parks and make international phone calls starting Oct. 1 under Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s budget proposal.

But don’t worry yet. It’s unlikely most of the tax and fee increases will become law this year.

Past attempts to end tax breaks for international calls and tractor-trailer sales, for example, died after hitting tough resistance in the Legislature.

So did the governor’s 2007 proposal to double the tax on cigars, snuff and tobacco used to roll your own cigarettes.

That didn’t stop her from floating the idea again this year or from trying once again to double liquor license fees. But the Democratic governor probably shouldn’t hold her breath waiting for a different result.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, opposes tax and fee hikes to help balance the budget. Since Republicans control the Senate, he’s positioned to kill most of her ideas.

 “I don’t know why they’ve been proposed,” he said. “I have not seen one that makes any sense.”

Senator Cameron Brown has a different idea:

The average vehicle registration fee nationally is $61. Many states – such as Louisiana ($18), Arizona ($15), and Virginia ($9)- are substantially below this average. The average Michigander, meanwhile, pays $101. Michigan residents pay the sixth highest vehicle registration fees in the country. Neighboring states such as Ohio ($54), Indiana ($42) and Wisconsin ($73) all charge less than Michigan does on average.

Before Michigan jumps to the top of the list for vehicle registration costs, perhaps we should explore real reform of our transporation system. Money saved administratively and through competitive bidding is money that can be put into repairs. The Mackinac Center has proposed some common sense reforms that will result in significant savings, including:

– Making changes in state trunk line maintenance, including requiring state work in each county to be competitively bid.

– Consistently requiring design and build warranties so contractors are responsible for keeping roads in the desired condition.

– Increasing the use of scorecards to measure performance by state and local units of government against transportation standards.

– Improving the state’s control over the type, length and cost of environmental impact statement studies, which would reduce regulatory red tape in the road building process.

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Scandal: High school faculty changes grades to get students in colleges

Posted by iusbvision on March 14, 2009


Grade-Fixing Scandal Rocks N.J. High School

Fort Lee High Principal, Guidance Counselors May Be Behind Scheme To Get Students Into Competitive Colleges

A New Jersey principal was suspended and guidance counselors were put on the hot seat over a grade-fixing scandal at Fort Lee High School. The school district’s superintendent confirmed to CBS 2 HD that grades were changed and transcripts tainted, all without the knowledge of students, parents and teachers.

The deception appears to go back at least six years and was the focus of an emergency meeting of the school board on Wednesday night. Hardest hit by the scandal are Fort Lee Highs most academically gifted students.

As few as 10 of them had their grades improved or bad grades deleted. Stephanie Kim, an honors student at Fort Lee High, was at the meeting with her parents. She has applications pending at 10 top notch universities.

“My biggest fear is not getting into college,” Kim said. “Truthfully, just the fact that this happened in the administration and students didnt even know about it.”

The cheating was discovered by the school’s new director of guidance, who told Superintendent Raymond Bandlow about it on Tuesday. Bandlow suspended Fort Lee High School Principal Jay Berman, although his role in the scandal was not made clear.

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Indiana Congressman’s Ties to Currupt Lobby Firm Run Deep

Posted by iusbvision on March 14, 2009

Pay to play and worse…..

Chicago Tribune:

WASHINGTON – He represents an area known for its rampant corruption, but Rep. Pete Visclosky has always had a reputation for staying above the fray.

That consensus is being challenged by revelations about the northwest Indiana Democrat’s ties to a troubled defense lobbying firm.

PMA Group was once one of the biggest lobbying firms in Washington, specializing in securing defense earmarks for its clients. Now, the firm is disintegrating amid a federal investigation into allegations that its founder, Paul Magliochetti, a former top aide to Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., steered donations to lawmakers through sham donors.

PMA Group’s top beneficiaries include Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds defense programs, and Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., who also sits on the defense appropriations subcommittee.

But few lawmakers have stronger ties to the firm than Visclosky. His former congressional chief of staff worked as a lobbyist for the firm, and he received at least $100,000 in contributions from donors tied to PMA Group between 2006 and 2008, according to Federal Election Commission reports. PMA Group was the top donor to Visclosky’s 2008 re-election campaign.

From his seat on the House Appropriations Committee and its defense funding subcommittee, Visclosky has also reciprocated – helping to secure more than $23 million in earmarks in 2008 for clients of PMA Group.

“It’s pretty clear that Visclosky has deep ties to PMA Group,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive president of the Center for Responsive Politics.

“It’s also clear that (campaign funds) are being delivered to him on a targeted basis, based on his committee assignments. He’s been in a position to help them from his perch,” she said.

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Numbers on Homelessness Artificially Inflated

Posted by iusbvision on March 14, 2009

This is how these groups and the government scare you into accepting more taxes and central control.

Fox News:

What’s In a Number? That Depends on How You Define ‘Homeless’

Friday, March 13, 2009
By Joshua Rhett Miller

A well publicized report this week that an estimated 1.5 million American children experienced homelessness in 2005-06 did not use the federal definition of homelessness. Instead, it used a different definition that grossly inflated the actual number.

The report — released Tuesday by the National Center on Family Homelessness and reported by numerous news organizations, including — estimated that one out of every 50 children in America experienced “homelessness” during that two-year span.

But rather than using the definition of homelessness established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Massachusetts-based organization used a standard adopted by the Department of Education that includes children who are “doubled up,” or children who share housing with other persons due to economic hardship or similar reason.


The difference? About 1,170,000 children.

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Illinois Income Tax May Jump 50 Percent

Posted by iusbvision on March 14, 2009

Great idea guys, tax the wealth so much that even more of if leaves the state. Blago said that part of his impeachment was because he refused to raise income taxes. Could it be there is some truth to that?

CBS 2 Chicago

Mar 13, 2009 1:44 pm US/Central

Illinois Income Tax May Jump 50 Percent

Gov. Pat Quinn Says Tax Hike Is Needed To Fight Deficit

Gov. Pat Quinn confirmed Friday that he plans to raise taxes on some Illinois residents to combat deficits in a difficult state budget, and called for broader tax reform.

Quinn said Friday that he plans to hike taxes for families that make more than $56,000 a year.

But Quinn contends his income tax proposal would amount to a tax cut for millions of Illinoisans by increasing the personal exemption to let them shield more income from being taxed.

“It’s very important that we raise taxes in a fair way for the people of Illinois in order to pay for important core priorities – whether it be safety, health, education, transportation, and so on,” Quinn said at a news conference at the James R. Thompson Center Friday.

He did not say exactly how much taxes would go up, but the Chicago Tribune reported Friday that he was looking for a hike of 50 percent, from a rate of from 3 percent to 4.5 percent.

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Steven Crowder on Planned Parenthood

Posted by iusbvision on March 14, 2009

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