While we were waiting to testify before the Michigan Senate Justice Committee in favor of HB 4065 (MDOC Hiring) I was a captive audience during a very disturbing period of testimony in support of a new Senate Bill removing discretion from Judges in the sentences of people convicted of participating in dog-fighting rings (SB 276)… Continue reading I Love Dogs (and Hate Dog-Fighting) But Why Are Mandatory Minimums the Answer For Michigan?
So, today I was in Lansing as part of a cadre of criminal justice reform advocates pushing for passage of Michigan House Bill 4065 which would allow the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to hire formerly incarcerated people again (the MDOC hired formerly incarcerated people until 1995). I was with friends from Nation Outside, The… Continue reading Senator Proos, why would you want to ban “Ban the Box”?
Yesterday we were informed that POTUS (Trump, 45, Mr. Small Hands) has decided to pay for his tax-cuts for the rich by totally eviscerating the social safety net including, but not limited to, food stamps (SNAP Benefits). Luckily, Presidential budgets are almost always DOA. However, since Paul Ryan and the House Republicans have wanted to… Continue reading Resist Donald Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Food Stamps (SNAP)!
Yesterday, I wrote about some possible problems I see with some of the set-asides in SB 0144 (The Senate version of the MDOC budget). But, you might be wondering why you should care? There are many other reasons to care (I might write more about this lately) but let’s focus on the economic case today.… Continue reading Getting the 2017 MDOC Budget Right is Important – Short vs. Long-Term Success
After reading the Senate version of the proposed Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) budget aka Michigan SB 0144 I had some questions: Why did the bill cut the overall MDOC budget because per-prisoner costs were to high but also fund a larger than 4 Million dollar set-aside for a “future facility?” Would the “Future Facility” be… Continue reading Questions About Michigan SB 0144 (MDOC Funding) with Input From Senator Proos
Today at the CPAC convention the President of the United States made the following (outrageous) claim: “Nobody loves it [the First Amendment] better than me.” Unfortunately, when President Trump uses this kind of language, it is almost always followed by a bunch of statements antithetical to the protection of whatever he just claimed to love… Continue reading President Trump, Please Stop Attacking The First Amendment of the Constitution That You Swore To Protect
I was at the meeting of the Washtenaw Democrats a few weeks ago where State Democratic Chairperson Brandon Dillon brush off strategy question after strategy question. Mr. Dillon’s answer to all the strategy questions that he faced was that Democrats need to “first, regain power” before starting to talk about strategies that the party doesn’t have… Continue reading Democrats Need To Get “Woke”: It’s Time For Strategy Not Games