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Collective bargaining

10/5/2016

Ingham County vs. the FOP in 1997: a Public Act 312 story

8/25/2016

PERA undermines democracy

8/18/2016

End collective bargaining for public employees

8/1/2016

Pension debt: A public policy disaster

5/1/2016

Police unions prey on public

2/20/2016

GM pays veteran employees $60,000 to retire

2/19/2015

It's time to revisit the National Labor Relations Act

2/13/2015

High pay of "elite" auto workers causes low pay, unemployment elsewhere

11/15/2014

Support of collective bargaining is immoral

7/18/2014 Is $66,000 too much for unskilled labor?
7/2/2014 Public unions lead to privatization
8/3/2013 Who wins with prevailing wage?
7/9/2013 A council member responds
7/3/2013 Can we afford another union supporter on City Council?
11/20/2012 Breaking away from unions
11/9/2012 Sadly, this is what democracy looks like
6/14/2012 A Collective Bargaining Triumph
3/28/2012 Open up collective bargaining sessions
2/12/2012 The Democratic mayor's dilemma
1/24/2012 A Challenge to Fans of Collective Bargaining
1/4/2012 Do Lansing Leaders Favor Unions over Citizens?
11/8/2011 Collective Bargaining is Destroying Us
7/25/2011 Unions are struggling to hold power
4/20/2011 Dirty Money
10/3/2010 Cut wages to market rate to create jobs
3/17/2010 Picketers Demand Jobs at GM Plant
2/26/2010 Raises Scheduled for 35,000 State Employees
11/27/2008 Institutionalized extortion
9/11/2008 Automaker bailout
3/22/2006 Unions killing Michigan
1/20/2005 Union costs hamstring schools
   
Pensions for City of Lansing employees

4/7/2017

Is it hypocritical for a pension recipient to attack pensions?

8/1/2016

Pension debt: A public policy disaster

7/15/2016

How Lansing can attract police & firefighter recruits

7/15/2015

Eight years on the job gets you a pension

7/9/2015

Lansing's "structural deficit" may exceed $16,000 per household

6/25/2015

Lansing's UAAL may require selling the BWL

12/6/2014

New IAFF contract cuts pension benefits for new Lansing firefighters

11/18/2014

Lansing subsidizes second careers for police and firefighters

7/19/2013 Why is this woman laughing?
4/14/2013 No pensions for new City employees
6/14/2012 A Collective Bargaining Triumph
3/23/2012 City supplements $103,000 salary with $73,000 pension
12/23/2011 A Counter-productive Pension System
10/26/2011 Do we pay police and firefighters too much?
10/6/2011 Hefty Pensions for City of Lansing Retirees
9/29/2011 Police and Fire Pensions Exceed Salaries
 

Taxing pensions

10/9/2014

Elderly state retiree defends pension tax
1/8/2013 Glad to know Meadows paid his fair share of taxes
12/10/2011 Taxing Seniors
4/11/2011 Taxing Pensions
3/25/2011 Personal Exemptions
6/28/2009 Taxing Seniors
4/5/2009 Working poor pay more than seniors
5/15/2008 Seniors should pay their share
   

Taxes

2/2/2016

Eliminating the payroll tax

11/4/2015

A source of extra revenue for Michigan cities

4/16/2015

Stop special tax treatment of capital gains and dividends

4/6/2015

Plan B: If road funding proposal fails, increase income tax

7/12/2014 Taxing corporate income
5/25/2014 Fund road repairs by increasing the income tax
5/14/2007 Floating Tax Rate
10/28/2005 Eliminating the Sales Tax
6/15/2003 Cutting Taxes
2/23/2003 Cutting Taxes
8/14/1992 Federal tax deductions
   

Virg Bernero

8/9/2016

Bernero mayoral campaign account grows to $109,260

6/19/2016

Hiding behind attorney-client privilege

5/19/2016

Jones Property Development gives Bernero $5,000

10/15/2015

Bernero campaign fund grows by $20,354 in first half of 2015

8/15/2015

Replacing Lansing's mayor with a city manager

7/20/2015

How to oust Bernero

2/7/2015

Bernero's City Administrative Account takes in another $8,500 in last half of 2014

9/8/2014

Do City, BWL managers contribute voluntarily?

8/31/2014

Bernero sends a message
7/29/2014 Non-candidate Virg Bernero rakes in $41,300 at breakfast
8/8/2013 Virg's money machine
7/30/2012 Mayor Bernero an Embarrassment
2/29/2012 Virg Bernero's fund raising and spending
8/1/2011 Lansing Booster Club Rakes in $24,081 in First Half of 2011
10/25/2009 Questionable expenditures
 

Funerals, survivor benefits for public safety workers

11/16/2015

Big funeral for bad lieutenant

10/3/2015

Government compensates survivors unequally

9/9/2015

No ordinary motorcycle death

7/27/2015

God's servant pays ultimate price, parents get $400,000

1/13/2015

Who killed Deputy Grant Whitaker?

9/26/2014

Why death "in line of duty" matters: $333,604.68

9/21/2014

How dangerous is firefighting?
   

Concealing the pension info of public employees

8/29/2015

Legislators: Please fix this!

6/9/2015

Is placement of FOIA exemption unconstitutional?

3/16/2015

A cloud over Sunshine Week

5/2/2013 Sorry, you have NO right to know
12/21/2012 New law denies access to public pension information
   
Lansing city council campaign reports

10/26/2015

Campaign reports from the Lansing city council race

9/26/2015

Campaign reports from the Lansing city council primary

12/10/2013 Some observations on Lansing's November election
11/7/2013 Campaign finance update
   

Stuart Dunnings III

3/1/2014 Strike 3 for Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III?
1/30/2014 Free Kosgar Lado; fire Stuart Dunnings III
7/28/2013 Here we go again: Ingham County jails another innocent man
   
J. Peter Lark

1/22/2015

Problems with J. Peter Lark seen as early as 2009

5/14/2014 Lark is being paid too much for shoddy management
   
Campaign contributions from special interest groups

5/1/2016

Police unions prey on public

11/30/2014

80% of contributions to police union PAC goes to telemarketer

10/29/2014

Auto dealers get what they pay for
   
Surplus military equipment

12/11/2014

See what military equipment your local law enforcement agency got

8/25/2014

Ingham, Eaton, Clinton counties get lots of free military stuff
   
Democracy
5/16/2014 Freedom vs. democracy
10/11/2013 Online democracy
11/5/2005 Super Majority
8/4/2004 Paper confirmation
   

Open government

1/27/2017

Ingham County Commission upholds denial of FOIA request for Sheriff pursuit policy

7/24/2016

Circuit court reporters charge outrageous fees for transcripts

6/19/2016

Hiding behind attorney-client privilege

8/29/2015

Legislators: Please fix this!

6/9/2015

Is placement of FOIA exemption unconstitutional?

3/16/2015

A cloud over Sunshine Week

2/19/2014 Open up Lansing government
5/2/2013 Sorry, you have NO right to know
12/21/2012 New law denies access to public pension information
11/11/2007 Without FOIA, courts make transparency pricey
7/29/2007 Publishing state employee salaries
 
Other

3/29/2017

Not sure about Schor

2/20/2017

Michigan couple pays $6.875 million for home on Tampa Bay

12/15/2016

Overkill: Avenging the Death of Deputy Grant Whitaker

11/15/2016

White women disappoint

3/9/2015

Civil asset forfeiture: Justice, or revenue enhancement?

8/11/2014 Protesters violated rights
4/15/2014 Salary confidentiality in American business
12/21/2013 Whatever happened to the SERS and MPSERS 13th check?
11/19/2013 We must help our financially-troubled cities
5/15/2013 Retirement board meeting minutes online
4/8/2013 LPD could use list of old cases to organize its work
2/10/2013 Free the retailer from credit card costs
12/29/2007 Contractor Loophole
10/15/2006 Dove Hunting
3/10/2006 Dove Hunting
10/8/2003 Mike Cox
10/4/1999 Believing in God
7/1/1999 Merritt Norvel
11/30/1979 Lottery costs state bundle