John Engler

ALEC Experimental Privatization Agenda: Public Policy Failure, Corporate Success

While ALEC legislators still insist on implementing ALEC experimental policies and legislation claiming they are cost effective.  But, at the same time, the public is being inundated with more and more research that privatization of governmental agencies does not benefit anyone – except the ALEC corporate profit sector member who gets the state contract or buys state assets.

Two of the on-going experimental legislative projects that ALEC has pushed for several decades include:

  •     Privatization of governmental goods and services
      “government cannot provide goods or services as cheaply as the private sector can.”

and

  •     Turn Capital Assets into Financial Assets: Sell or Lease Government Assets and Enterprises
    states own over $226 billion in infrastructure assets that could be sold to the private sector.”

A current case in point is the on-going privatization issue: More →

Open Letter to Michigan Governor Snyder

Dear Mr. Snyder,

How dare you? I watched your press conference after the signing of Right to Work for Less legislation the other day. How dare you stand before the cameras and tell such bold faced lies? How dare you claim to be a friend of labor unions? How dare you claim to be pro-worker? How dare you claim that there has been ample discussion on the matter of RTWFL? Your GOP legislators are in the habit of deleting opposing posts on their Facebook pages and banning users who disagree with them. How is that ample discussion? Your GOP legislators frequently refused to see citizens during office hours to discuss RTWFL. How is that ample discussion? Your GOP legislators have had their staff hang up on people who were telephoning to voice their opinions on RTWFL legislation. How is that ample discussion? Your GOP legislators have had people removed bodily from Town Hall meetings for voicing an opposing opinion on RTWFL. How is that ample discussion? Your GOP legislators filled the gallery with members of their staff in order to keep citizens out of the chamber while they were voting on RTWFL. How is that ample discussion? That is not ample discussion – that is called “Cram it down our throats bullying” – and you are as guilty of that as your GOP legislators. That’s all on you – you own that.

Are you vying to be? Congratulations, because I believe you may have actually unseated John Engler for that title when you signed the Right for Work For Less More →

Snyder appointee to elections board has connections to ALEC, Heritage Foundation & other pro-business lobby groups (Updated)

OUT OF THE FYING PAN AND INTO THE FIRE

On June 18th, Sterling Corporation employee and Jeff Timmer resigned from the Board of State Canvassers, leaving only one Republican on the elections board and a Democratic majority. While some feared that the remaining Republican, Norm Shinkle, would resign as well, leaving the group without a quorum and unable to approve a number of ballot initiatives pending for the November election, Governor Rick Snyder acted quickly and last week appointed Colleen Pero to the Board.

Described in glowing terms on the official announcement, Pero sounds like an innocuous and innocent choice. The truth is, however, quite the opposite. Colleen Pero has deep connections to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Heritage Foundation, the Federalist Society and a host of other far-right, pro-business lobby groups.

To read all about Colleen Pero, the American Justice Partnership, and her links to other conservative stalwarts, please click here to read the article by Eclectablog,  Rick Snyder has struck again.