Securing Driver Safety or Fiscal Folly?
A few weeks ago, while driving down one of the numerous crumbling and deteriorating streets in Saginaw County, I could not help but notice how perfectly fine road signs were being replaced with completely new signage containing identical information. Moreover, not only were the signs themselves being replaced, but so were the poles holding the signs, even though the posts themselves were in strong and sturdy shape.
05th October, 2017 | 0 Comments
THE NEW GILDED AGE (Part 2)
There is no better example of the disconnect between so-called governing bodies and the public taxpayer who’s interests they are charged with protecting through prudent oversight than the recent actions by the Delta College Board of Trustees that granted college president Jean Goodnow a 2.5% salary increase, bringing her annual base compensation to a staggering $196,434, in addition to raising her automobile allowance from $9,000 to $10,000, while increasing her employer-sponsored 403 contribution up to $24,000 per year.
22nd June, 2017 | 0 Comments
Guest Commentary by Senator Ken Horn
I was asked to provide a direct response to a guest editorial regarding a road funding alternative that was recently introduced in Lansing. The irony is that no one would likely know that choices for road repair were even an option, except for Mr. Schmid's panicked concern. His editorial, written without contacting me or my office, gives me the opportunity to clear up some misconceptions and concerns.
04th February, 2016 | 0 Comments
The voters have spoken. No means no, right? Apparently Saginaw County Senator Ken Horn does not understand this. Horn has just sponsored another Proposition 1 style ballot question (Senate Joint Resolution M) to increase the state sales tax from 6% to 7%.
14th January, 2016 | 0 Comments
Federal fair taxation or class warfare?
Billionaire Warren Buffett contributed to the latest dialogue when he made the rare assertion that he should pay more taxes. President Obama, a vigorous foe of the Bush tax cuts, is seeking to promote a Warren Buffett Rule in which secretaries don't pay higher rates than billionaires and millionaires.
15th March, 2012 | 0 Comments
A Common Sense Position Paper
I think it was Mike Tyson that said “Everyone has a plan until they take a punch.” Unfortunately, I’ve tested this saying myself a few times over the years. Whether it was bad judgment, bad luck or just a little kick of karma, I’ve had to get back up off the canvas enough times now that I consider myself as kind of an expert in how to recover from failure.
12th January, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Bay City Mayoral Race Between Chris Shannon & Kathleen Newsham
Bay City has taken a couple of turns as a Boomtown. Its first peak was early; with the manors on Center Avenue still representing an era when lumber was king. Less stately reminders of the City's more recent industrial heyday as a center for manufacturing dot the cityscape, many a shell of their former selves, if they are operating at all.
20th October, 2011 | 1 Comments
Saginaw County’s General Fund has run a deficit in 7 of the last 10 years. As a result, fund reserves have fallen to a level that will likely require short-term borrowing to meet cash flow needs in the coming fiscal years.
28th April, 2011 | 0 Comments
BP Gets Rewarded with $10 Billion Tax Credit for Negligence
One year ago, British Petroleum’s oil began to pour into the Gulf of Mexico. It did not stop for 87 days. Today the economic and environmental devastation remain as thousands of Gulf coast residents cope with massive health problems associated with oil and improperly tested toxic dispersants such as Corexit, which has been ingested into vast levels of the aquatic environment, and hence into the human chain of life.
28th April, 2011 | 0 Comments
Anyone who is between approximately 40 and 70 years old and grew up in the City of Saginaw may remember two things. (1) The Saginaw County Fair still was staged during Labor Day week on the city’s East Side, at East Genesee and Webber, before the move to the county’s Chesaning outskirts.
14th April, 2011 | 0 Comments