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Karl Marx the Most Assigned Text at Michigan Colleges

Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto” is must-reading at many Michigan college campuses. … more

State: 'Secure Our Future' NOT Code for 'Vote Yes on Tax Hike' (wink, wink)

When a municipality says things like, "secure our future by dedicating funding to take care of streets," most people would think that is a phrase encouraging people to vote yes on a tax hike. But that's not how the state of Michigan sees it. The state has ruled that most anything goes as long as the municipalities don't use a few magic words - "Vote Yes; Elect; Support." … more

Detroit Teachers Make More Than Twice Average Household

WXYX-TV did a story about the salaries of the emergency manager and other top administrators for Detroit Public Schools. The TV station also allowed Detroit teachers to comment about their pay, but never mentioned what Detroit's teachers earn on average. … more

Correct Union Right-to-Work Analogy: Like Firing Vegetarians for Not Buying Meat

Here's the proper way to describe the Supreme Court case on compelling public sector employees to financially support a union or lose their job: “Let’s say you are a vegetarian but your boss requires that you pay for meals provided in a workplace cafeteria that only serves meat. When you object, the cafeteria manager calls you a ‘freeloader,’ and if you refuse to pay, state law requires your boss to fire you.” … more

Detroit is Not Really Tracking the 'Comp Time' of its Employees

The city of Detroit says it would take 10,000 hours of research to determine how many total hours of "comp time" it's police department employees have accrued over their careers. That's problematic considering the department has a history of overtime fraud and is liable for employees' compensatory time one way or another.  … more

Don't Blame Lack of Money for Deplorable Conditions in Detroit Schools

The deplorable conditions of some Detroit Public Schools' classrooms that triggered a series of sickouts by teachers can't be blamed on a lack of money. Detroit Public Schools per pupil funding is much higher than the state average. … more

Hit Rewind: Union Trots Out False 'School Cuts' Claim (Again)

The president of the Detroit Public School teachers union made what has now become a clichéd and erroneous claim when she said the state has been cutting money to state education. … more

Indicted Detroit Principal Claims Robin Hood Status, Collected Six-Figure Paychecks

Last month the Detroit Free Press published a sympathetic story by columnist Rochelle Riley about a Detroit Public School principal named Kenyetta Wilbourn who pleaded guilty to bribery and tax evasion charges. Wilbourn used her position to put relatives on the payroll, took kickbacks from vendors and wrote fake grant requests. … more

Read This Or You May Die

Like many in the media, Crain’s Detroit Business questioned the need for a law restricting municipal campaigns promoting local tax hikes. A sympathetic story quoted one of the critics, the mayor of Rochester Hills. But flyers mailed by that city last fall implied citizens may die if they vote 'no' on an upcoming property tax hike. … more

In Michigan, $1.5 Billion Powerball Pot Just $522 Million After Taxes

If you win the Powerball in Michigan, don’t be surprised to discover some "partners" sharing the pot with you: state and federal tax collectors. … more

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