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Michigan Republicans making new push for prevailing wage repeal in state Legislature

(MLive File Photo | Tanya Moutzalias ) By Jonathan Oosting | [email protected] 

on January 15, 2015 at 11:01 AM, updated January 15, 2015 at 12:35 PM

LANSING, MI — Michigan Republicans are introducing and prioritizing legislation to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, an effort that could prove divisive as the new Legislature begins the 2015-16 session.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof on Thursday announced plans to sponsor Senate Bill 1, which will seek repeal the 50-year old law that requires union wages and benefits for workers on government-funded construction projects.

“It’s about a savings for taxpayers,” Meekhof, R-West Olive, told MLive on Thursday, confirming that the Senate intends to have a prevailing wage legislation early in the session.

“You’re talking about local governments and school systems that build buildings, and by using prevailing wage, it generally costs them 10 percent more. They could have contracted for the same constructed building, with the same safety and worthiness and all of that, and the taxpayers will pay less for it.”

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Gov. Rick Snyder wants to wean Michigan off coal as an energy source

Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday spoke about replacing coal with a mix of energies including natural gas. (MLive file photo) By Emily Lawler | [email protected] 

on January 15, 2015 at 1:44 PM, updated January 15, 2015 at 1:45 PM

LANSING, MI — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday at a conference of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum said energy issues were a high priority for him in 2015, and one of the things he’d like to accomplish is reducing the state’s dependence on coal.

“I think there is a large window of opportunity in the state,” Snyder said. “Now is the time to look at a long term transition away from coal.”

The Republican governor suggested that coal be replaced by a variety of cleaner sources, including natural gas. Because of Michigan’s natural gas production and infrastructure, “we’re well positioned to actually have a fair amount of that coal demand go to natural gas,” Snyder said.

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Five Years Later, Granholm’s Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize

Former governor said Michigan would be the capital of green energy

By TOM GANTERT | Jan. 12, 2015

According to the press releases issued by the administration of then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm five years ago, Michigan’s economy was undergoing a transformation.

In a June 2010 press release, Granholm declared that the company LG Chem in Holland was making Michigan “a world capital for advanced batteries.”

In October of 2010, she said in a press release about a proposed biogas facility in Reed City that the state was being transformed into “the clean energy capital of North America.”

Five years later, plans for a biogas facility in Reed City died and LG Chem was made to repay $842,000 from a federal stimulus grant after employees from the Holland battery plant were paid to watch movies, play games or volunteer at local non-profits.

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Dear Taxpayer: Does This ‘Bug’ You?

Politicians often focus on less important matters

By MICHAEL D. LAFAIVE | Jan. 5, 2015

Reports from the state Capitol late last year were filled with stories of a $1.9 billion tax hike the previous Legislature wants Michigan taxpayers to impose on themselves come May 5. But hours before that vote it appeared all the state’s problems had been solved, because time had been found to introduce the following bill, as described by MichiganVotes.org:

2014 House Bill 6094: Establish official state bug

Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh, D-Redford, on Dec. 18, 2014, to establish that henceforth, as a matter of law and statute, the monarch butterfly, and no other butterfly or bug, shall be the official insect of the great state of Michigan.

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Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium

Michigan’s wind capital may push the pause button

By JACK SPENCER | Jan. 6, 2015

There are 328 wind turbines in Huron County, which is more than in all of Michigan’s other counties combined. But now the county appears poised to say: “Enough is enough.”

With a 6 to 1 vote on Dec. 30, the Board of Commissioners agreed to pay up to $1,000 for Foster Swift, a Grand Rapids law firm, to draft a moratorium on wind energy.

John Nugent, a member of the board, said the board wants to at least push the pause button on new wind energy development so it can reevaluate the situation.

“Huron County is large and primarily rural,” Nugent said, “The people who live here have now had a chance to experience the presence of wind turbines up close. We are not necessarily saying that no more wind turbines should be built or even necessarily where they could be built. We’re saying we need to pause and examine the potential for damage and decide if it is time for a rewrite (of the county’s zoning ordinance). That would be the purpose of the moratorium.”

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Setting a dangerous precedent for presidential assumption of powers reserved to other branches, President Obama has now made clear his intent to arrogantly defy the overwhelming will of the American people and Congress to unilaterally take an action which effectively rewrites US immigration law to suit his own personal ideology. He has done so not out of compassion as the spin claims, but out of pure political strategy, with the sole long-term objective of obtaining the left-leaning votes necessary to bring down the free market economic system of the United States which he so despises, and replace it with a socialism-driven system where government largely controls the economy and the distribution of income.

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