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  • Mackinac Center: Prop 4 pads SEIU pockets
    Tuesday, October 9

    MIDLAND -- MI, If Proposal 4 passes on Nov. 6, the forced unionization of tens of thousands of home-based caregivers in Michigan would be locked into the state constitution, allowing the Service Employees International Union to continue skimming millions of dollars in dues from Medicaid stipends meant to help Michigan's most vulnerable residents, according to a new study by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

    "There are no new services or cost savings for the disabled included in this proposal, only the legalization of a dubious arrangement that forced private citizens into a government union," said Senior Attorney Derk Wilcox, the author of the study. This proposed 'collective bargaining' is bargaining in name only, and pursued for the sole purpose of allowing the SEIU to pad its political coffers.

    A line-by-line review of Proposal 4 shows that it would not provide any programs or services to in-home care recipients that are not already available, including any improved care, new options for care recipients or taxpayer cost savings.

    If the proposals backers truly wanted to provide services such as training, a registry and background checks for these caregivers, they would have delinked it from the unionization issue, Wilcox said. They did not, and it has turned out to be a poison pill. The Legislature saw through this scheme and voted to defund the Michigan Quality Community Care Council, which was only created for the purpose of this unionization, and further voted to clarify that these caregivers arenot state employees.

    The MQC3 was created in 2004 under the Granholm administration through an interlocal agreement between the Department of Community Health and the Tri-County Aging Consortium. An SEIU attorney certified that the shell corporation was the employer of the home-based caregivers at the time. The Michigan Bureau of Employment Relations then sent ballots to about 41,000 of these people, but fewer than 20 percent were returned.

    This scheme has so many layers, its bound to confuse the voters, Wilcox said. The fact the SEIU gave the MQC3 $12,000 after the state cut off its funding should be enough to raise red flags for everyone. A union giving the so-called employer money so it can stay afloat in order to sign a contract extension just doesnt pass the smell test.

    But weve seen Big Labor try to pull this scam before, as they did with the forced unionization of home-based day care providers, Wilcox added. They succeeded with that one for a few years, but eventually the state put an end to that money grab.

    Read more at Mackinac Center

    Our view: A definite "NO" on prop 4

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  • Fri Oct 5-7: Northwood Auto Show
    Wednesday, October 3

    Tomorrow's Technician
    49th Annual Northwood University International Auto ShowThe theme for the 2012 Northwood Auto Show is "Driving the Dream". Whether it is basic transportation or the most exclusive sports car, find your dream at the NUIAS.

    Friday, October 5, 2012 - 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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  • Two Isabella Bank execs earn advanced banking degrees
    Wednesday, October 3

    Steve Pung, President of Isabella Bank, announced the graduation of Tom Wallace, President of Isabella Bank's Northern Division and Jeff Smith, Vice President, Commercial Lending from the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The School was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership.

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  • Sat Oct 13: Doobie Brothers @ Soaring Eagle
    Saturday, September 29

    The Doobie Brothers perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant. Tickets, available at the box office, by calling 800-585-3737, online at soaringeaglecasino.com and at all StarTickets outlets, cost $50, $46, $36 and $28.

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  • Spear fishing now allowed on Houghton Lake
    Wednesday, September 26

    LANSING, MI - Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation allowing Michigan anglers to spear fish without penalty on the state's largest inland lake.  It's not known why a  prohibition was put in place in 1940.

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  • Anthony Bennett charged in assault of jail staff
    Friday, September 21

    Anthony Bennett
    fulfilling his destiny
    A Mount Pleasant man charged federally with assaulting Carnel Chamberlain, a 4-year-old boy whose charred remains were recovered a week after he went missing, is now facing felony charges in Bay County for reportedly attacking corrections officers.

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