Month: July 2013

Statement By Jim Santilli Executive Director Of The Traffic Improvement Association Of Michigan

I am disappointed to learn that two law enforcement officers were allegedly committing armed robberies in Metro Detroit. The public provided a great deal of trust to the two officers so they may uphold the law, and if guilty, these individuals violated that trust. As someone who works very closely with law enforcement, I want to remind everyone that 99.9% of law enforcement officers are honest, compassionate, and hardworking individuals who are truly dedicated to protecting and serving the public. Every day, they make the ultimate sacrifice and put their lives in jeopardy to keep us safe. Since we know there are individuals that continue to impersonate law enforcement officers, do not hesitate to call 911 if you suspect anything out of the ordinary when being stopped.” CONTACT: Jim Santilli, Executive Director, (248) 334-4971 Bookmark It Hide...

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Food Stamp Recipients ARE working

Flint, Mich. – July 30, 2013 – As Congress consider additional and inflexible work requirements for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly food stamps) recipients, anti-hunger advocates at the Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) worry that lawmakers are proposing new rules without considering who actually gets SNAP and why. According to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, 92 percent of recipients nationwide are children, the elderly, the disabled, or people who are already working. The overwhelming majority of SNAP recipients who can work, are working. People who voluntarily quit work are disqualified from benefits under current rules. Advocates say the SNAP program has grown in recent years – not because people are avoiding work, but because the program and community partners are both doing a better job of reaching out to those who aren’t earning enough to make ends meet. “SNAP is a very important supplement for working households and for social security benefits that are too low to pay for all household expenses,” says CCJ’s Executive Director Terri Stangl. “The program should not be attacked because it has been successful for finding and helping those who it was ended to help. It was intended to help those who – after paying housing, childcare and child support expenses – simply don’t have enough money left each month to feed their families.“ In Michigan, more than 50 percent of SNAP...

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Senate Rubber Stamps Obama Nominees

July 30, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement reacting to the impending confirmation of two Obama nominees to the National Labor Relations Board: “The rubber stamping of two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board without even a semblance of basic Senatorial vetting, signifies the damage done by Senator John McCain and his Republican followers who gave away the threat of filibustering nominees. “The Senate’s new ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ confirmation approach is a disgrace to the institution and a disservice to the people who elected Senators to perform their basic constitutional duties.” To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-rubber-stamps-obama-nominees/ Bookmark It Hide...

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Heartland Expert Will Testify Tomorrow before Michigan Legislature on Common Core

Joy Pullmann, education research fellow for The Heartland Institute, will testify before the Michigan State House Education Committee in opposition to the national Common Core education standards. What: Michigan House Education Committee Hearing on Common Core education standards Where: Room 519, House Office Building, Lansing, Michigan When: Wednesday, July 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. Who: Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute; Michael McShane, American Enterprise Institute; Dr. William Schmidt, professor, Michigan State University; Dr. Larry Arnn, president, Hillsdale College Pullmann is among the leading experts in the nation on the Common Core education standards, having testified before several state legislatures, including appearances this year in Alaska, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. “Lawmakers, business leaders, and the public must understand there is simply no evidence on which to base claims bandied about here in Michigan that Common Core standards are necessary to improve learning. None,” says Pullmann in her prepared remarks for the Michigan hearing. “When people such as members of the Detroit Free Press editorial board, Jeb Bush, or business leaders for Michigan, state that Common Core will benefit children, you must demand they provide evidence. They have none, besides talking points sponsored by the Gates Foundation and the federal government (yes, both have paid for Common Core public relations campaigns). It would insult religion to call Common Core a matter of blind faith.” Pullmann will be available for reporters’ questions...

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UAW to Open Negotiations with State of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. – UAW President Bob King and UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada will join State of Michigan officials at a news conference July 31 for the official handshake signifying the start of 2013 labor negotiations. State of Michigan workers represented by UAW Local 6000 are employed in various sectors of state service in the human services and administrative support bargaining units. The UAW represents 17,000 State of Michigan employees and Local 6000 is the UAW’s largest local union. The labor agreement with the State is the union’s fourth largest agreement after the Detroit automakers’ contracts. The contract for 17,000 members of Local 6000 expires on Dec. 31. “These contract talks are as critically important to our members and to Michigan’s economy and taxpayers as our negotiations with Chrysler, Ford and GM,” said King. The UAW and Local 6000 have been preparing for bargaining to counter the anti-worker agenda of Michigan’s majority Republicans, one that has seen a right wing determined to destroy public sector employee compensation and collective bargaining rights through so-called right to work legislation and other politically driven measures. “Michigan’s hardworking public service employees deserve respect and a contract that allows them to deliver the quality service taxpayers deserve. A contract that cripples critical state services hurts our economy and insults everyone. We need solutions that protect good middle-class jobs without robbing Michiganders of the vital...

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