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Celebrating 40 Years of Amtrak Deficits (Subsidized by You)

Only in the subsidized world of public transit can a company celebrate an anniversary with deals despite years of being in the red.  … more


The Superman-Batman movie was handed a film incentive of $35 million in August by the Michigan Film Office, which is among the most lucrative deals in the country.  … more

Detroit Public Schools 'neglecting' its students at $14K per pupil

If DPS is being neglected, it’s not via the checkbook. … more

Dem Lieutenant Governor Candidate: Granholm Years 'Weren't As Bad As We Think'

Michigan led the nation in unemployment for 45 consecutive months from May 2006 to January 2010. The number of people on food stamps in Michigan grew from 580,000 in 2000 to 1.9 million in 2011.  … more

MEA Prez and VP should talk

If the MEA is staying away from insulting its former members, MEA President Steve Cook never got that memo. … more

Bill would provide tax breaks for items schools must provide anyway

Although politicians may be a little fuzzy on this, the state is very clear on what school districts must provide, free of cost. … more

Far left blog fails Accounting 101

Math is hard. … more

Just a little bit off

The Oakland Press erroneously reported what teachers earn in the district by about $30,000 a year. … more

Union: Trying to influence legislators is evil — unless it's us

Working with legislators to advance specific policy goals isn’t evil, apparently, as long as you agree with them because AFSCME gave PSN $210,000 in 2013. … more

SEIU: Go on strike against your family members

75 percent of those home-care aid workers the SEIU is urging to strike are taking care of a relative or close friend. … more

Like most powerful innovations, Uber disrupts the status quo by competing with established business interests. In Washington, D.C., the service was an instant hit with city residents - and almost as quickly found itself at odds with D.C.'s powerful taxi lobby and its allies on the city council.

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