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Mark Schauer is the Person to Replace Him

I don’t know if bankruptcy is the right decision for Detroit.  I didn’t vote for Rick Snyder but I tried to accept him and his word about being a moderate nerd.  I had agreed with some of his decisions before the cataclysmic lame duck session of our legislature, when, under the cover of darkness, he fired a devastating blow to the working class with the so-called “right to work” law.  The same legislature just months before made a national spectacle of itself for the way its women members were treated.

Why Spend $1.5 Million to Produce a Pure Michigan Travel Guide in Iowa?

Former US Congressman Mark Schauer asks this question, and it’s a good one.  We are still waiting for a good answer.  The Pure Michigan ad campaign was conceived by then-Governor Jennifer Granholm and has been incredibly successful.  All we get from Snyder is a weak attempt by his administration to defend their “transparency” after his NERD fund scandal landed him a mention on the “Worst Governors in America” list published by the national watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Now for the Outsourcing of Attorney Fees That Could Top $100 Million

As a member of the Michigan Finance Authority, I have maintained my strong preference for Michigan law firms to participate as counsel (not the national firms) for the work that comes before us now.  So this is what has my blood boiling this morning.  Jones Day is a national law firm with offices almost everywhere in the world, but not in Michigan.  Snyder appoints Jones Day partner Kevyn Orr as Emergency Financial Manager for the city of Detroit.  Orr and his boss Snyder were directed by Orr’s long-time law firm Jones Day to file a federal bankruptcy case for the City of Detroit.  Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has ruled the bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution.  Snyder has directed his Attorney General to appeal and if they are successful, Detroit’s legal fees could top $100 million for a Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  In just the first 6 weeks on the job, Jones Day has charged nearly $1.4 million for this plan.

So people of Michigan, turn out in 2014 and tell Snyder his effort isn’t good enough.

One Comment

  1. Gravatar for Betsy Rose

    Rick Snyder needs to be removed NOW and put in jail and then prison for treason. His job is to defend the Michigan Constitution not break the law! What kind of governing it this? Where is the rule of law here? Why is this criminal still in office?

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