Category Archives: Politics
Unlike Trump’s base who will never say they are ever wrong for standing up for his vulgar demeanor towards women, people with disabilities, political opponents of both parties and even trashing the military career of a General Mattis. This 61 going on 62 yr-old Democrat woman found Tlaib’s behavior classless.
Those trying to make excuses for her are also equaling his base. We already know his comments of her words as disgraceful are a joke when he has been worse but must we stoop to his level?
I didn’t vote for her to act like a man I cannot stand who has shown in every realm how ignorant he is. Right now we have a government shut down because of it and the real ramifications of it haven’t even began to set off a light bulb in his empty head. It will though.
I expected more class and dignity from someone I voted for. I thought she was intelligent that would bring a freshness of new ideas and approaches. For her first noteworthy national words to be the ones she chose has brought me disgust.
May God Speed
My Dad also having served in the Navy in WWII knew the meaning all too well. May the journey be smooth and comfortable and no one deserves it more than a man who spent five and a half years as a POW.
He could have been released sooner after being captured, hell they wouldn’t even properly treat the wounds he sustained from the crash two broken arms, one broken leg let alone the ones they inflicted, stabbing him, until they found out he was an admiral’s son. Only then and only for the reasons to use him as a pawn but McCain wasn’t having it. He stated until all those who were held captive before him were released first he wasn’t going to go against the Code of Conduct.
Well this isn’t actually some great big new revelation as Trump himself stated this on June 7, 2016 that he would shorty be sharing some great information on Clinton in a speech a few days after this meeting on June 9th. Only It Never Came. Russian broad didn’t come through with the dirt. Of course he knew about the meeting, only now his precious former fixer will tell he knew putting it formally on the record. That’s the only breaking news here, we knew this two years ago. Trump himself said it. News media isn’t his enemy, he is his own worst enemy. He tells on himself.
Out of all the millions that lined the route from New York to Washington. It was this one woman that epitomized what all of us felt that day. The deep deep solemn sorrow. Her crying and reaching out in pain was all of us reaching out to the loss of Bobby and his whole family.
It didn’t get any more poignant than this. She spoke for the whole nation and those throughout the world who also mourned with us.
June 8, 1968. Train passing through Baltimore, MD.
I watched every single moment of that day. From the funeral service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NY, then this entire funeral train route into Washington, then finally into Arlington National Cemetery…
It was night when they laid Bobby to rest.
I went to bed that night at 11 years old and wondered why.
Fifty years later now at 61, I’m still asking it.
It is a pain that has never healed and I don’t think it ever will.
Bobby Kennedy… The Best President We Never Had.
I can’t express my feelings of how I felt anymore than I did in a 2012 blog I wrote. But today 50 years to the day when this man was taken from us. It has been a more than a emotional week. It has been downright painful.
His wife Ethel and his children weren’t just robbed of a husband and dad, this whole country was robbed of one of the most educated, most experienced, gifted, talented politicians. We were most robbed of his compassion and for fighting for his convictions to help the most vulnerable people in society.
His fight for civil rights, the poor, his concern for the sick and the starving. A man who told his children pounding his fist on the dinner table “You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are” and you must do something.
On June 5, 1968 we didn’t just lose Bobby, we lost Hope.
And it has never been the same since. My hero then, now and forever until my demise. 50 years later I still sit as stunned as I did that night… and I have not yet still gotten over it.
11 then, 61 now and I will never forget that night and the next… and the days following.
Much Love Bobby, you will never be forgotten. You are in our hearts and soul.
Now It’s On To Chicago And Let’s Win There….
The Biggest Heart
Was Bobby Loved….. you bet.
I could post another thousand and it would never be enough.
There will never be another politician or man again in anyone’s lifetime like Bobby Kennedy.
That Hope Was Lost, the Love for him continues…..
He stated this praising the show, finally a show about us. And who are these US’s?
Bigots like you that want to take this country back to a time where it was OK to call blacks niggers, OK to deny them access to lunch counters or restaurants period. Like what happened to those two gentlemen that were put into handcuffs for waiting on a friend in Starbucks? When it was OK to hang, shoot and kill anyone who wasn’t pure lily white, like what was done last week when Border Patrol agent murdered a 20 year old Guatemala young woman by shooting her in the head. Then uttering at others apprehended see what happens to “YOU PEOPLE”
This POS sitting in the “WHITE” house has set the tone for these things to happen and more and more incidents since he’s been there. His so-called base now feel it is their right.
New York – Washington, D.C. – Pennsylvania – NYPD – FDNY – NY Port Authority – Americans of every age, race, nationality and religion. We Remain Free ~ ~ ~ In God We Trust.
You have served us well and if those that celebrated that night yet now call you the worst president they are Hypocrites.
“I Always Wanted to Get the Purple Heart. “This Was Much Easier.”
A slap in the face of every veteran who was wounded and died in combat.
During Vietnam when soldiers were throwing their medals away, they were called traitors. Only the draft dodgers who went to Canada were ostracized while those that legally hid out in that other draft dodging place called “college” with deferments got a free pass.
What possessed anyone to hand this deranged “Affluenza” man their purple heart when he dodged serving is beyond me but the video below say’s it all.
From Veteran Will Fisher.
Purple Hearts Equal Bad Days
Yeah, it sure was easier you piece of shit.
I couldn’t think of a more appropriate song if I tried, written by Flint Michigan’s rock band Grand Funk Railroad with dead on lyrics by Mark Farner. 1973
General Motors knew not to use this water from the get go so don’t tell me this Governor didn’t also know what was wrong. Too corrosive to use on engine parts because they would damage and disintegrate them, what in God’s name did anybody think they would do to human beings body parts?
How Contradictory and Hypocritical Can You Get?
Yes the right-wing nut job Republicans can honestly tell people that they are against abortion because they are so “Right To Life” but all in the same breath proclaim they want to end health insurance for millions who just obtained it.
So in reality those who had pre-existing conditions can go back to not being able to get insurance.
Outcome: They grow sicker until DEAD.
How anybody can justify this way of thought process and function I will never comprehend.
Ted Cruz shut the government down, rambled on for 21 hours until further derangement about green ham and eggs and was among 47 senators who proceeded to stop any progress of our president’s agenda attempting to stop Iran’s nuclear program by writing a letter to them stating No Deal.
No to abortion – right to life.
No to health insurance – right to death.
Cut social security, put back big tax breaks for the richest.
Yes, vote for Hypocrite Insanity.
Right To Life my ass.
More like Hundreds of Thousands.
Facebook now Communists.
We will accept any government-issued ID that contains your name and date of birth. Examples include:
Official name change paperwork
Personal or vehicle insurance card
Non-driver’s government ID (ex: disability, SNAP card, national ID card)
Green card, residence permit or immigration papers
Voter ID card
You can provide two different forms of ID from the following list (ex: a bank statement and a library card, but not two bank statements). The names on your IDs must match each other, and one of the IDs must include a photo or date of birth that matches the information on your profile.
Below are some examples of IDs we’ll accept:
Magazine subscription stub
Membership ID (ex: pension card, union membership, work ID, professional ID)
Social Security card
Yearbook photo (actual scan or photograph of the page in your yearbook)
If you don’t have an ID that shows your authentic name as well as your photo or date of birth, you can provide two forms of ID from Option 2 above, and then provide a government ID that includes a date of birth or photo that matches the information on your profile. We won’t add the name or other information from the government ID to your account.
Bank Statements, Paycheck Stubs, Utility Bills???
Are these people out of their F’N minds.
5 Million copies printed, 1 million more in the process of being printed.
Sold Out by dawn Wed. morning in France.
When you can get Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to attend and march in unity with all the bad blood between the two at war with each other, joining 50 world leaders along with millions of people. I can’t be the only one asking where in the hell was President Obama?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU president Donald Tusk and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov. One obviously knows the history between these two countries as well, but they were there.
Marching along with French President Francois Hollande, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Queen Rania, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the list goes on and on.
But no President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden, S.O.S. John Kerry, neither speaker John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.
My God, Attorney General Eric Holder was there for a meeting and he wouldn’t even join in the march with the other heads of State. The lone person? Ambassador to France Jane Hartley and who would know of her?
Was there a war where weapons were aimed, drawn and firing?
Journalists, Illustrationists, Satirists using pencils, Cowards came with machine guns and bullets over cartoons. They illustrated a sad example of what in their mind is God, once again demonizing the very thing they worship and they wonder why some question their deranged beliefs. What in-fact was accomplished by this slaughter, that Islam needs to be eradicated from this earth. The very thing the cartoons that upset them made fun of. They themselves convinced it in stone.
This French satirical paper is not dead. It now speaks more loudly and clearly than ever before. Stephane Charbonnier (Charb) along with Cartoonists Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut and Bernard ‘Tignous’ Verlhac, as well as economist Bernard Maris, two police officers and the rest who were barbarically massacred will live on forever here on Earth and in Heaven.
The terrorists defining what hell is that they come from.
A sad day for France and many families but the Freedom Of Speech will live on, make no mistake about that. The explosions of pencils will be even more alive, drawings of truth the terrorists try to kill.
The sane world stands as one shouting “Je Suis Charlie”.
This is what the Islam extremists God thinks of them.
Bill Bonds, John Kelly, and Marilyn Turner Reunion Broadcast. After 8 years of Bush before the Nov. 08′ election.
You don’t think this man wasn’t brilliant?
How many of the individuals who signed the Casino’s petition really knew what it was really all about?
Once on the ballot how much of the residents who voted on it really understood the only Industry it would hurt.
The Proposal as it was stated: And read the last paragraph good.
The proposed constitutional amendment:
Requires voter approval of any form of gambling authorized by law after January 1, 2004.
Requires voter approval of any new state lottery games utilizing “table games” or “player operated mechanical or electronic devices” introduced after January 1, 2004.
Provides that when voter approval is required, both statewide voter approval and voter approval in the city or township where gambling will take place must be obtained.
Specifies that the voter approval requirement does not apply to Indian tribal gaming or gambling in up to three casinos located in the City of Detroit.
Now does not apply to Indian tribal gaming or gambling in up to three casinos located in the City of Detroit.
And what needed a public vote again?
Since this proposal passed in 2004, Charity Gaming increased by 75%. Poker/Texas Holdem’Rooms licenses were handed out everywhere. Bars, Bowling Alley’s, Strip Joints, Churches, Bingo Halls and other venues.
Most just down the streets, roads and next to neighborhoods of people who opposed any type of gambling at all and they sure didn’t need anybody’s vote as to whether these venues could have them.
That been said and it being a 100% fact who alone did this passed proposal really affect & hurt. Just one I know of, Horse Racing Tracks. The very first gambling establishment ever signed into law in 1933.
It was the Horse Racing Industry that the petition was drawn up by the Casino’s to stop. And that it did, to a screeching halt.
Horse Racing was here in Michigan 39 years before the Lottery (1972) was implemented, 55 years before the first tribunal casino’s (1988) and 63 years before the three Detroit Casino’s (1996).
And it was Horse Racing alone that generated $Billions of dollars for the State through all of this time.
At one time had directly and indirectly 42,000 jobs connected to this Industry and for Agriculture, now sadly down to about or under 12,000.
It wasn’t bad enough that all of a sudden the Detroit Casino’s became God to the State. They decided to cut the throats further of the State’s first money generator, so much so in 1999 Governor Granholm decided to dissolve The Office Of Racing Commissioner and then take the industry to where it had been under Agriculture and place it under a 4 member board that only oversaw the Casino’s. The Michigan Gaming Control Board.
And what great thing did they do for now some entity they never wanted or cared about in the first place, slash their racing dates. Who took the biggest hit, Thoroughbred Racing.
Without the ORC we were stripped of any representation at all in Michigan and within the Michigan Gaming Control Board itself.
They allotted 84 racing days in 09′ & 10’then slashed the dates from 84 to 3.
3 days that’s all, the MIHBPA Horsemen & women had to buy back the dates with their own money. You can click onto the Horse Racing Tab and read all those blogs and details.
Let’s get down to real business. On the The American Gaming Association (AGA) site I found something very interesting in the Statistical notes.
It should be noted that, in many cases, effective tax
rates are higher at racetrack casino facilities where
gaming machines are operated by the state lottery,
as opposed to the more traditional regulatory
structure in which gaming licensees are the owners
and operators of the machines. In the case of the
former, the gaming machines are called video
lottery terminals (VLTs), and the lottery commission
takes in all revenues before making distributions
to stakeholders such as track owners, breeders and
others. States that operate in this manner include
Delaware, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island
and West Virginia. Because of this important
difference in the regulatory structure in these
states, the survey details the percentage of revenue
retained by operators as opposed to state gaming
tax rate. The percentage of revenues retained by
operators should in no way be interpreted as profit
margin. These are revenues earned before paying
other non-gaming taxes, employee salaries as well
as a host of other operating expenses.
“are operated by the state lottery”
Funny because just two years after Horse Racing’s ORC was dissolved, in 2011 Kathie Oviedo was named Deputy Commissioner of Charitable Gaming by Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen.
Again no public vote by the States citizens is needed when the Lottery adds more and more games, nor is a vote necessary when Charity licenses are handed out like candy. Though recently Richard Kalm has cracked down on how many charity gaming licenses can be now given because of the Detroit Casino’s crying it’s cutting into their business.
Well the truth is it not Charity anything cutting down Detroit Casino’s, what has is when our neighbor Ohio opened their Casino and gave their Horse Racing Tracks Racinos.
The buses no longer needed to travel here 3 times a day from there since they got their own. And exactly how much money is actually generated from Racinos. The Data from the AGA site (Pg. 3) (not including Ohio since they were only implemented in 2014.
1. Philadelphia, Pa. $835.33 million
2. New York City, N.Y. $672.57 million
3. Yonkers, N.Y. $544.70 million
4. Charles Town, W.V. $536.99 million
5. Providence, R.I. $477.83 million
6. Indianapolis, Ind. $445.40 million
7. Dade County, Fla. $427.89 million
8. Dover/Harrington, Del. $297.57 million
9. Meadow Lands, Pa. $284.38 million
10. Grantville, Pa. $282.60 million
These numbers just don’t lie people. The are from RACINOS ALONE.
Michigan and Governor Snyder proclaims additional tax $$$ is needed for disintegrating roads, needed for this needed for that. Just look at the above numbers and the money generated by the Racetracks that have been allowed VLT’s.
Indiana and now Ohio below us, it is not only a damn shame but a crime to what has been done to horse racing here.
Where our neighbors have chosen to support their horse racing industry’s and the jobs associated with them, Michigan stupidly sits on the side line crying broke and trying to protect three Detroit Casino’s that are now losing money because of Ohio.
In Nov. of 2012 both the House and the Senate passed HB5466 for Instant Racing. House by a vote of 91-16, Senate at the end of a marathon session in mid-December by a margin of 24-11.
On Jan. 11, 2013 Gov. Snyder killed the bill by pocket veto.
The supposed reason: it was likely unconstitutional and “It would have authorized a form of gambling without a statewide and local vote, which is required by the constitution” because of Proposal 1 that was passed in 2004.
Even though Instant Racing is just a band-aid for an Industry that’s bleeding out, do you know how much money that alone has brought into KY?
Excerpt: The $30.44 million wagered at Kentucky Downs beat the previous record of $29.4 million in March for the Franklin track that implemented the game in September 2011. It was a 12.98 percent jump over the previous August.
And Gov. Snyder cries no money for roads let’s raise taxes to generate $$$.
Letter to Harness Horsemen by Richard Kalm on Jan. 24, 2014.
I love this excerpt:
The entry/starter fee is paid to the track management to cover track related matters. “This money is not co-mingled with the purse pool money. The starter bonus is an amount of money negotiated by the CHO and track to be paid from prizes awarded out of the purse pool” for horsemen who start each race.
WTF??? LOL Isn’t this the same damn thing. We all know it’s a “back door” deal. $$$ going and coming from same source. Unbelievable.
This is the one thing that pissed off the MIHBPA about MPM, having to do this to begin with. Who is kidding who here?
In it’s entirety.
January 24. 2014
Harness Horsemen of Michigan:
MGCB Director Richard Kalm’s Games Continue. Signs Order To Approve Harness Tracks For Thoroughbred Racing in 2014 After Already Denying Northville Downs.
EDIT ON JAN. 30, 2014 AT END.
MICHIGAN GAMING CONTROL BOARD – HORSE RACING SECTION
OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In the matter of:
John Carlo, Peter Battista, Margaret Zayti Partnership, d/b/a Northville Downs Application for a 2014 Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Mixed Meet Race Meeting License and 2014 Simulcast Permit Amended to reduce live race days from 26 to 10 on October 22, 2013. ORDER DENYING NORTHVILLE DOWNS A 2014 THOROUGHBRED AND MIXED MEET RACE MEETING LICENSE Northville Downs filed an application on August 30, 2013, for a 2014 Standardbred, Thoroughbred, and Mixed Meet Race Meeting license and a 2014 Simulcast Permit with the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The application was filed under the Horse Racing Law of 1995, Public Act 279 of 1995; MCL 431.301 et seq., and the promulgated administrative rules. On October 22, 2013 Northville Downs submitted a significant and untimely amendment to their application to decrease live race days from 26 to 10. That request was denied on November 1, 2013.
On November 1, 2013 the Executive Director granted the application of the licensee for a Standardbred 2014 Race Meeting license at Northville Downs for the 26 live race days requested in the original application. While the Horse Racing Law of 1995 does not provide for the submission of race meeting applications after September 1 of each year, the Executive Director, in the best interest of racing, allowed Northville Downs to submit an amended application subject to certain conditions listed in that order and referenced below. Northville Downs represented that the amended application was for the primary purpose of converting its track to allow for
thoroughbred racing. The conditions for considering the amended application for a Thoroughbred and Mixed Meet Race Meeting license included the following:
(a) Amend the application for a 2014 Race Meet license by answering all questions as they pertain to the horse breed(s) contracted to race at the 2014 Northville Downs race meet.
(b) The licensee must submit a signed contract with all certified horsemen’s organization(s) representing the breed(s) of horses the applicant intends on racing.
(c) The licensee must submit a business plan detailing how the combination and/or changeover from Standardbred to Thoroughbred and mixed breeds will occur. That plan should detail the costs, funding and timeline involved with converting the track.
Replies to the above conditions were required to be adequately and sufficiently submitted to the Executive
Director by December 1, 2013 to allow for these amendments to be considered. However, Northville Downs has failed to meet the above conditions.
Specifically, Northville Downs has failed to demonstrate a definitive, specific, and detailed plan that could be approved according to the Horse Racing Law of 1995. The Executive Director finds the following deficiencies:
1. The licensee failed to supply a convincing plan to assure sufficient numbers of Thoroughbred horses and Quarter Horses for the proposed meet.
2. No assurance that sufficient simulcast purse pool money will be available for such a race meeting.
3. The amended application is untimely due to the ordered race dates commencing in January 2014 which does not allow for complete vetting of the application.
4. No assurance that the track will be safe for the proposed function and on par with industry standards.
5. No assurance of funding for the track conversion.
6. The submitted plan does not appear to be in the best interest of horse racing in the State Of Michigan for 2014.
Accordingly, Northville Downs’ amended application for a Thoroughbred and Mixed Breed race meeting license is denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Date: December 18 2013
Richard Kalm, Executive Diirector Michigan Gaming
Jan. 21, 2014
Reporting on both the MIHBPA (http://www.mihbpa.com/news.html)& MHHA (http://www.mhha-online.com/newsite/index.php)websites out of a clear blue sky signs an order approving both Northville Downs & Hazel Park applications for Thoroughbred Racing in 2014.
Garden City Mi. Mayor Randy Walker Say’s It’s Only Fair That You Should Pay For Water You Do Not Use.
At the public meeting that took place on Oct. 21, 2013 at G.C. City Hall on The Special Lighting Assessment for the third year in a row, I among many brought up this new Water Rate Model.
You can read it here in the G.C. Sept. 22, 2013 Observer:
Written by Sue Buck
Council recently adopted a water rate model that will reduce costs for high water users while increasing it across the board for lower water users.
“With a recently approved new water rate model, Walker said that the city has decreased the cost for more than half of the high water users. The lower water users, especially seniors who are on fixed incomes and tend to watch their water usage to save money, will see an increase of less than $12″.
If the newspaper link disappears you can read it here as I copied and posted it in its entirety.
I asked two specific questions of Mayor Walker:
How fair is it to decrease the bills of the high water users and put it onto the people like me, a single person household or as the news article stated seniors or anybody that keeps a close eye on their water consumption.
If I were to leave my home for the winter and not a drop of water were to come out of my faucet or go down my drain (sewage) would my house still get a bill of less than $12.00.
He stated he would answer both questions during the round table portion. But when it got time for the answers he only addressed the first.
As Mayor Randy Walker sees it, the businesses of the city and large family households have paid more of their fair share money wise and explained he now wanted to even things out where everybody paid the same amount. He said people who in the past used less water paid less.
Well that makes perfect sense to me.
But NOW he wants the people who use lower water amounts to pay more to take the burden off the high water users. Mayor Walker stated that is the only fair thing to do.
Needless to say with the answer to the first question he never got around to answering my second question because in essence he already answered it.
Reality: If anybody leaves their home for the Winter, Spring or any season for that matter and your home is human-less as in nobody’s home to turn on the faucets, showers, flush toilets, etc… If no water, not a drop comes out of your faucet nor a drop goes down your drain your house WILL BE getting a bill regardless because?
Mayor Randy Walker say’s that is only fair that you pay your fair share. You won’t use any water if gone but you must pay for it anyway.
(Somebody get the net)
What in-fact you will be paying for is Other Peoples Water Usage and for what goes down their drains.
If your away for 6 months, your house gets a bill every two months anyway. That comes to less than $36.00 for not using a drop.
In Mayor Walker’s crazy mind this is the only and more fair way.
I say we need to Replace Mayor Randy Walker and the council members who consistently support these kinds of disturbing and mentally unstable ideas.
This is really what it is all about. Health Care Reform is just their excuse.
I originally wrote this blog on Aug. 29, 2011 entitled,
After hearing the bullshit protests about this Trayvon Martin verdict going on all over the country I felt the need to re-post it. It’s pretty much self-explanatory. It was about a violent 24 hour day in Detroit in-which 16 people were shot in separate incidences. I added two comments to it because just hours later two more people were shot, one just a toddler.
All 18 victims were black, every single one of the shooters and murderers were black. And not one single peep was heard from anyone anywhere. I’ll edit one sentence at the very end.
I wonder if seen by our President will he make a statement that one of them could have been him.
Contacting the Michigan Treasury Dept. to what Garden City is using as their authority which is Linked. I received this response and it was broken down to its meaning then a final response and pay attention to it.
EDIT: Oct. 18, 2013 the link in blue was http://www.gardencitymi.org/departments/administration/pdfs/streetlightingreport.pdf which indeed has been removed (what are they trying to hide?) but detailed below.
As sited in the report, the city uses their charter as authority to levy the special assessment. In MCL 117.4d cities are given the ability to include in their charter direction for levying a special assessment for lighting as stated below:
THE HOME RULE CITY ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 279 of 1909
117.4d Permissible charter provisions; assessing costs of public improvement and boulevard lighting system; definitions.
(1) Each city may in its charter provide:
(a) For assessing and reassessing the costs, or a portion of the costs, of a public improvement to a special district.
(b) For assessing the cost, or a portion of the costs, of installing a boulevard lighting system on a street upon the lands abutting the street. A city shall not establish a special assessment district for a boulevard lighting system if the district includes the entire city, unless the special assessments against the real property within the district are levied on other than an ad valorem basis.
(2) As used in this section:
(a) “Boulevard lighting system” means any design or method of providing light to a street.
(b) “Cost” includes necessary condemnation cost and necessary expenses incurred for engineering, financial, legal, or administrative services; operation and maintenance of a boulevard lighting system, whether that service is provided directly by the city or is provided by an investor-owned utility; and other services of a similar kind involved in the making and financing of the improvement and in the levying and collecting of the special assessments for the improvement. If the service is rendered by city employees, the city may include the fair and reasonable cost of rendering the service. The inclusion of a cost specified in this subdivision as part of the cost of an improvement for which special assessments have been levied before the effective date of the 1987 amendatory act amending this section is validated.
(c) “Street” means a public avenue, street, highway, road, path, boulevard, or alley or other access used for travel by the public.
Final Statement by Darcy Marusich – MarusichD@michigan.gov
To see exactly what authority and the limit of that authority that the city has, you will need to look to the charter that the residents voted on and approved at the time of the cities creation. According to the city lighting report you sent, that authority would be contained in their Code of Ordinances, section 40.11. You should be able to obtain access to that information from your city offices.
§ 40.11 ASSESSMENT DISTRICT FOR STREET LIGHTING AND SIMILAR SERVICES.
All improvements consisting of the construction, installation, maintenance and operation of systems, facilities and equipment for street lighting or other similar services shall be accomplished pursuant to the improvement procedure provisions provided under §§ 40.03 to 40.08, both inclusive, of this chapter, except and provided, however, that where such construction or installation is performed by the Detroit Edison Company, or some other public utility company, and the cost thereof is not charged to the city or the users of the service, then in such case:
(A) The report and recommendation of the City Manager, which may be required under § 40.03, shall omit all information as to cost of construction and shall include all other information required by said § 40.03, together with such schedules of existing rates and service charges as may be submitted to the city by the Detroit Edison Company or other public utility; and the Council, in acting on such report pursuant to § 40.05, shall consider only such matters as are required by this division;
(B) Neither the whole or any part of such cost of construction shall be assessed against any property within the proposed special assessment district;
(C) The regular, approved rates for such service, as charged to the city, less the amount thereof constituting a general obligation of the city, shall be annually assessed upon the property especially benefitted, as provided in §§ 40.05, 40.06, 40.07, and 40.08;
(D) All other sections of this chapter which are inconsistent with or contrary to the intent of this section, are hereby made and declared to be inapplicable to all assessments made under this section; and
(E) The Department of Public Services is hereby authorized to adopt reasonable rules and regulations governing the administration of this section.
(Ord. 11-012, passed 9-12-11)
Again final statement by the Mi. Treasury Dept employee.
“you will need to look to the charter that the residents voted on and approved at the time of the cities creation”.
That’s the thing people there was no Lighting District upon the city’s creation. Former City Manager Darwin McClary invented 40.11 straight out of his ass in 2011 without a residential vote. The council alone voted and passed this fiasco on 9-12-11.
One councilwoman voting no from the very start and against this assessment I spoke with a few weeks ago in-depth, Jody Dodge.
At the Oct. 8th (2012) meeting she once again was adamant about her opinion on the matter stating;
“You can create a district to assess for improvements, but you can’t create a lighting district to pay for maintenance and cost,” said Dodge who voted no to approve the assessment roll. “I’d like the council to look at other alternatives. I’d like the council to look at other items in the budget.”
The only other NO vote was councilman Jim Kerwin. The sitting city manager wasn’t allowed a vote.
My pertinent question to her and the Mi. Treasury was is the extra money Garden City has put onto every single residents Winter Tax bill legal?
Darcy Marusich had said that the state had no jurisdiction over the city’s. But Jody Dodge’s answer was a straight out NO.
Since 2011 Garden City residents have paid this special assessment but it is solely being used for one thing and one thing only. To PAY GARDEN CITY’S DTE BILL.
This has to be the dumbest son of a bitch I’ve ever seen.
Lie, Lie, Lie.
But look at the whole damn family. Papa’s on trial with him, Mama buys him a brand new Cadillac for a getting out of jail present. Such a good boy, baby.
Shit he will never ever grow up. Never.
Just lock them all away. Now anybody else who would have done this wouldn’t be just getting 3 days. A weekend and out. But then the Feds want this trial over and done with. Yeah there’s different rules for the cry baby.
What fucked up family.
Smiling now Pretty “BOY”?…that’s OK Momma will buy you something good.
THE CROOKS MAKE IT THIS WAY.
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What Excuse Can He Give? A man who ran on JOBS.
Yeah we voted an Emergency Manager down for DETROIT.
A Proposal completely ignored.
Indiana has RACINOS, OHIO is building new RACINOS, Illinois is about to give the OK for RACINOS.
We asked for a band-aid as in Instant racing and this Hypocrite Piece Of Shit say’s in essence to 12,000 jobs connected to the Horse Racing Industry here in Michigan:
GO FUCK YOURSELF.
How else can I put it. Kindly?
I say it like it is.
Why doesn’t WXYZ, WDIV, WJBK do an investigation as to how many are being paid off by the three Detroit Casinos to slaughter Horse Racing in a state where Horse Racing at one time stood alone and held up Michigan with $400 Million a year in Revenue. Had over 42,000 JOBS connected to it.
Long before LOTTERY, Long before Tribunal Casinos and certainly looooooooooong before three Commercial Detroit Casinos.
Governor Snyder can go drop dead. He is a FARCE.
He cuts the throats of those who WORK.
The Nerd who makes nothing but POLITICAL MOVES and destroys everything in his path.
He is PATHETIC.
What Explanation if any can he give?
I thought I would puke when I sat and listened to Rick Snyder’s explanation and or excuse of how, why and to whom he looked to for slicing the throats of our unions here. Indiana.
Well Governor if Indiana inspires you so much are you going to sign HB-5546 now that it has passed both the House & Senate here or Veto it?
You see Indiana as you have claimed how Right To Work has helped that state so much with employment also did something else. IMPLEMENT SLOTS AT THEIR HORSE TRACKS.
In a May 2010 American Gaming Association report when the country was still in complete crash mode from the previous years. Certain statistics were duly noted specifically Indiana’s Racinos.
There’s no way around it – this past year was tough. The down economy dealt most Americans challenges we haven’t faced in some time, if ever. For those of us in the commercial casino industry, that meant people had less money to spend on our products. Our revenues in 2009 fell 5.5 percent from 2008 to $30.74 billion. This is the story told in the 2010 edition of AGA’s State of the States report. But as challenging as the year was for most of us, that’s not the entire story.
“As this year’s survey reports, a particular bright spot for the industry came in the racetrack casino sector, which continued to grow. Gross gaming revenues rose in 2009 to $6.40 billion, a 5 percent increase over 2008 figures. Gaming tax contributions from racinos also increased, with $2.63 billion being returned to state and local governments – a 1.2 percent increase. Racinos in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma saw significant employment increases in 2009; however, overall racino employment remained near the previous year’s level of 29,000 people”.
Now because I like FACTS. I do know that Indiana’s two Racino Owners filed for Bankruptcy protection in 2011 solely due to the fact of the extremely large opening costs by the State in licensing fees. Reality they were doing beyond good until Ohio also opened their Racinos in 2012.
Note Side Facts:
Winners and losers
Indiana’s casinos are winning less money from their patrons. Statewide, the annual win (the revenue collected at slot machines and table games minus what’s paid out to gamblers) is trending down Meanwhile, the state’s two racetrack-based casinos have seen a rise in wins.
Casino Annual Wins (millions)
Racino Annual Wins (millions)
Hoosier Park Casino & Racing
Indiana Live (millions)
Source: Indiana Gaming Insight, Indiana Gaming Commission
And Ohio? Well Ohio speaks for itself.
The Associated Press
Posted Jul 09, 2012 @ 11:31 PM
COLUMBUS — The first slots-like gambling machines added to one of Ohio’s horse tracks have taken in more than $11 million in revenue during the facility’s opening month.
According to data released Monday by the Ohio Lottery, the state’s share of revenue from the video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs in Columbus is $3.7 million. That’s more than the roughly $3 million officials estimated the machines would generate per month for the state. The money will help fund K-12 education programs in Ohio.
The roughly $7.4 million in remaining revenue goes back to the track, which is operated by Chester, W.Va.-based MTR Gaming Group Inc. The slots-like machines have been available to visitors since June 1.
Revenues are calculated as the money remaining after prizes have been paid out to winners.
So Governor since you used Indiana as such a BIG excuse of why you signed Right To Work into law here. Are you ever going to mirror what Indiana did to help the Horse Racing Industry there and are you ready to help the same within your own state the thousands of jobs connected to it? Or are you going to do an about-face citing another Proposal that took place when the majority of those who signed those petitions to even have had it on the ballot honestly never really knew or understood the petitions language to begin with.
But then Michigan also just voted a bill down for an Emergency Manager for Detroit, but that won’t matter much now will it?