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?
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
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
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently summed up what most GOP folks have said: “It’s time to finally accept the results of the election,” he said, “and move on.” No offense folks but: A) Practice What You Preach and, no offense, but, B) Methinks You Protest Too Much You (the GOP) just spent 8 years obstructing… Continue reading Bipartisanship Begins At Home