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  • 'Let's Make a Deal' Time on Road Funding?

    12/17/2014 11:12:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jack Spencer
    As the end of the legislative year draws near, motorists still wonder: What sort of changes will the Legislature and governor make in the way the state funds its roads and highways? Political observers in Michigan expect some sort of compromise among competing plans passed by the House and Senate, but the specifics are still lacking. According to projections from the state and University of Michigan economists, under the House-passed road plan – which devotes $1 billion more to roads with no tax hike – school funding will increase from $11.5 billion in 2014 to $14.0 billion in 2023. With...
  • You are Entering the Government Pension Zone ...

    12/11/2014 1:52:05 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/9/2014 | James Hohman
    Most people don’t understand how government defined-benefit pension systems operate, which is one of many obstacles to reforming the deeply underfunded systems. Part of the problem is that the methods used in pension funding and accounting are very different from anything a regular person ever faces in their own personal finances. For example, people rarely buy a product, including a financial product, without knowing its cost. But projecting the cost of pension systems requires making various assumptions about the future to decide how much must be contributed to meet defined-benefit pension promises. Making a wrong assumption can put taxpayers on...
  • Boehner Suggests He Won’t Cave to Conservatives on ‘Cromnibus’ (Video)

    12/05/2014 5:04:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 44 replies ^ | 12/4/14 | Matt Fuller
    As conservatives push back against a bill to fund the government past Dec. 11, Speaker John A. Boehner signaled Thursday that he didn’t expect to make any sizable changes to the so-called “cromnibus” in order to placate voices to the right. “I expect that we’ll have bipartisan support to pass the omnibus,” Boehner told reporters Thursday, in response to a question on whether the Ohio Republican anticipated needing some Democratic votes to pass the bill, and whether that would give Democrats leverage on negotiating riders in the appropriations bill. Conservatives are bashing the cromnibus — which would fund all elements...
  • Obama presses Congress on Ebola funding

    12/03/2014 7:11:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 2, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama on Tuesday urged the lame-duck Congress to approve roughly $6 billion in emergency funding to fight the deadly Ebola virus, saying “we cannot beat” the disease without a greater financial investment from lawmakers. “The urgency remains. If we are actually going to solve this problem for ourselves, we have to solve it in West Africa as well,” he said after a tour of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. “Let's get it done,” Obama added. “This can't get caught up in normal politics.” Obama's visit to the National Institutes of Health was meant to promote the...
  • Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Better Pension Funding

    11/20/2014 12:19:41 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/19/2014 | James Hohman
    Detroit bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes called on the state to address the underfunding of local government pension benefits in his oral opinion. He stated that the state has a “constitutional, legal and moral obligation to assure that the municipalities in this state adequately fund their pension obligation.” A government’s own employees should not be its largest creditors, nor should retirement benefits they have earned be placed at risk, as happened in Detroit. There are a number of current bills that would help local governments avoid underfunding, and the Legislature should consider passing them. When an employee earns pension benefits, the...
  • Don’t Let Lame Ducks Spend Your Money

    11/19/2014 2:49:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11-19-14 | Betsy McCaughey
    On November 4, voters fired the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, replacing it with a GOP majority that campaigned against Obamacare and big spending. But the Democrats who lost are still running the show. These lame ducks lack the moral authority to govern. They shouldn’t be allowed to do any more than the bare minimum to keep government operating until January, when the new Congress meets. Allowing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to ram through an omnibus spending bill for the coming year, or make other key decisions, would be like letting your ex-spouse keep using your checkbook. One...
  • Conservatives Float ‘CROMNIBUS’ Bill to Fight Obama’s Executive Actions

    11/14/2014 5:02:52 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 16 replies ^ | November 13, 2014 7:16 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Conservative lawmakers are pitching a number of legislative proposals to House speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and other House Republicans in order to avoid passing a long-term funding bill that would provide President Obama with the money he needs to implement his pending administrative amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. “We could essentially be green-lighting it if we do a full omnibus in the lame-duck with everything,” says a House Republicans who signed Representative Matt Salmon’s letter calling for the House to pass a continuing resolution in the lame-duck session that would prohibit Obama from implementing his executive orders. The...
  • WH: New Ebola funding request would dwarf previous commitment ($6.2 billion)

    11/05/2014 10:41:19 AM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    The White House on Wednesday is expected to ask Congress for additional funding to fight Ebola, congressional aides told The Hill. The administration will ask lawmakers to approve $6.2 billion in emergency funding, according to Bloomberg News. Of the total amount requested, $3.1 billion would be allocated toward the Department Health and Human Services (HHS), $2.9 billion would be for the State Department and HHS, and $100 million would be for the Defense Department. House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing confirmed the panel has heard about the request, but members have not yet seen details.
  • Govt Stops New Funding and Calls for Voluntary Pause on Research of Pandemic Potential of Pathogens

    10/20/2014 12:08:06 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct 20, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    While federal and state agencies institute new policies and procedures in light of Ebola making an appearance in the U.S., the White House has called for a suspension on research involving other viruses with deadly potential for the time being. On Friday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced its moratorium on funding new “gain-of-function” research, saying it plans to further assess its risks and benefits. It also called for a voluntary stop on current research in this field. “Because the deliberative process launching today will aim to address key questions about the risks and benefits of...
  • Ebola researchers frustrated by lack of support until outbreak hits

    10/22/2014 4:13:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Judith White, who runs a research lab at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health to test potential countermeasures against Ebola in March — just as Liberia was confirming its first two cases of the deadly virus. The project, a collaboration of the university, the Army and a drug company, showed promising early results: Mice injected with two compounds — one used in a drug to treat female infertility, the other found in a breast cancer drug — showed immunity to Ebola. But a few months later, not...
  • Ebola vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials

    10/21/2014 5:04:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The pitch was intriguing: U.S. health officials wanted to fast-track trials for an Ebola vaccine and sounded the call for volunteers. Charles Sullivan called up the hotline on a whim, figuring the National Institutes of Health already had filled its queue and wouldn’t need him. But he was accepted for three rounds of shots of a deactivated virus, a year’s worth of blood analysis and a $900 check for his trouble. The clinical trial went well, and the vaccine seemed promising. A decade later, the country is still waiting for a vaccine amid a worldwide Ebola outbreak, and Mr. Sullivan...
  • $39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine

    10/17/2014 2:49:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” said NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency’s failure to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus. However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth...
  • President Obama Already Has An Ebola Czar. Where Is She?

    10/14/2014 10:47:50 AM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 48 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Mollie Hemingway
    ... What’s particularly interesting about this discussion, then, is that nobody has even discussed the fact that the federal government not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. The woman who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously invisible from the public handling of this threat. And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding...
  • More Michigan Cities Meeting Financial Needs

    10/14/2014 6:04:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/11/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new survey of communities from the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan shows an uptick in the percent that say they are better able to meet their fiscal needs. This is good as it generally tracks with an improving state economy, but there are some warning signs ahead. The survey notes, “For the first time in six years, more Michigan communities report that they are better able to meet their fiscal needs this year than those who say they are less able to do so.” (See chart nearby.) Local government property tax revenue...
  • All Four Teachers in New Dem Ad Claiming School Cuts are in Districts Receiving More Money

    10/10/2014 6:24:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A new Mark Schauer for governor political advertisement features four teachers from four different school districts who claim that Gov. Rick Snyder has cut funding to their districts. But in fact, on a per-student basis, all four districts actually received more taxpayer money in 2013-14 than they did in 2010-2011, which was the last budget approved by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The ad features seven teachers but only four specifically cite lower funding. For months Schauer, who is the Democratic candidate for the state’s top office, has claimed that Gov. Snyder cut funding to public schools. This claim has been refuted...
  • U.S. Government Funding Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-American School Programs

    09/17/2014 10:59:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/17/14 | Adam Kredo
    Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem. Taxpayer funds have been allocated to universities under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA) since 1965. However, Congress and the Education Department have exerted little oversight, leading these funds to be spent on biased educational programs that promote radical views about Israel and even America, according to the...
  • New York Store Owner, Mufid Elfgeeh, Allegedly Funded ISIS, Plotted to Kill US Troops

    09/17/2014 8:36:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Mufid A. Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old man who owns a food store in upstate New York, has been arrested and charged with funding Islamic terrorist group ISIS, attempting to send jihadists to fight with them in Syria and even plotted to gun down U.S. troops, according to Federal authorities. The Democrat & Chronicle reports that Elfgeeh is the nephew of Abad Elfgeeh, an ice-cream shop owner who was arrested in Brooklyn in 2003, after being accused of being deeply involved in a terrorism network. Authorities alleged that Abad Elfgeeh funneled millions of dollars to his homeland of Yemen and had links...
  • Congressman Calls for 'Pandemic' Funding to Address Ebola Outbreak

    08/07/2014 1:26:41 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 22 replies
    Breibart TV ^ | 8-7-2014 | Breitbart TV
    Thursday at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health hearing titled, “Combating the Ebola Threat,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) said he will be requesting funding for a "pandemic." Smith said, "This is unprecedented. Many people are not cooperating with efforts to contain the disease. There is an information gap. Despite the efforts through cell phone and radio to get the message out, there is a learning curve. as we consider what to do to meet this health challenge, I suggest we get funding levels for pandemic preparedness. This is for congress and the executive branch, in a restricted...
  • House votes to slash IRS tax enforcement budget Andrew Taylor

    07/15/2014 3:23:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-15-14 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it. The House approved the cuts by voice vote after little debate Monday night as it took up a $21 billion spending bill that sets the IRS budget. The cuts reflect GOP outrage over the agency's scrutiny of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status and frustration over the agency's failure...
  • Congress Is Using Its Favorite Budget 'Gimmick' To Avoid A 'Highway Shutdown,' But Everyone

    07/15/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 15 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    FULL TITLE: Congress Is Using Its Favorite Budget 'Gimmick' To Avoid A 'Highway Shutdown,' But Everyone Else Hates It Right- and left-leaning groups are divided on the fate of federal highway spending. But one thing they can agree on is they don't like the way House Republicans' bill set to be voted on Tuesday is paid for. The House GOP's bill, which was drafted by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp, would inject a cash infusion of more than $10 billion into the Highway Trust Fund. Camp said this money would pay for the infrastructure projects the fund...
  • GOP rejecting Obama's border funding request

    07/14/2014 7:08:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/14/2014 | Rick Moran
    Republicans in the House and Senate have voted thumbs down on President Obama's request for $3.8 billion to deal with the crisis on our southern border. Most lawmakers think it's too much money and not enough funds earmarked for border security. Washington Times: Even Texas Gov. Rick Perry, personally recruited by the president to persuade Republicans to support the measure, threw cold water on the idea. He said the president doesn’t need that much money and instead should send National Guard troops to secure the border. The apparent defeat caps a whirlwind several days for the White House, which responded...
  • Who Funds the Radical Left In America?

    07/04/2014 10:48:40 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 20 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 2014 | Steve Baldwin, Exclusive to Western Center for Journalism
    Very few Americans realize there exists a large network of far left philanthropists and foundations in America dedicated to destroying the American way of life, our Christian-based culture and our free enterprise system. They seek to remove America from its constitutional foundations and move it toward a European-style socialism. Much of this effort is coordinated by a little known group called the Tides Foundation and its related group, the Tides Center. Over the course of its 33 year history, the Tides network has given hundreds of millions of dollars to anti-free enterprise groups, gun control groups, anti-private property groups, abortion...
  • Dark Funding Fueling Climate Change Propaganda

    06/28/2014 3:52:44 PM PDT · by publius911 · 18 replies ^ | June 20, 2014 | Laura Kiesel
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — This spring, new research out of Canada's McGill University that reviewed historical temperature records and geological data (ice cores, tree rings and lake sediments) concluded with 99% certainty that our current climate change predicament cannot be ascribed to natural cycles. But many are still dubious that man-made climate change is real. What's more, some skeptics even claim climate change is a money-making scam. In reality, you can follow the "dark money" to see how targeted funding is perpetuating these misconceptions -- even as climate change awareness and research groups lose funding.The article attempts to attack "skeptic"...
  • Repeating Inaccurate Claim About School Funding Does Not Make It True

    05/08/2014 7:49:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/5/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer recently visited the West Bloomfield School District with a familiar message: Michigan schools, like West Bloomfield, are receiving less and less money. Except, according to state data, neither statement Schauer made April 23 was accurate. The Oakland Press reported Schauer's claims of a reduction in spending on K-12 education without challenging them. "Public education has been cut dramatically, it's been systematically privatized," said Schauer, walking alongside running mate Lisa Brown, Oakland County's clerk. "What I've seen here at (West Bloomfield High School) is amazing. They're doing more with less, they've felt the state budget cuts,...
  • White House Solicited Millions in Private Funding for Obamacare Outreach

    04/21/2014 3:22:34 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 04/21/2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) solicited millions in donations from private health care companies for a nonprofit organization to promote Obamacare, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO released a report on Monday following a request from Republican senators to investigate HHS’s coordination with Enroll America, a “nonprofit, nonpartisan” organization founded by former White House staffers. The report noted that former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius contacted the CEOs of five organizations last year to “solicit support” for Enroll America, which it would use to promote Obamacare. Additionally, the report links the...
  • Cities Increase Fees, Spend More While Complaining About State Shared Revenue

    04/15/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Fire inspection fees in Ann Arbor have increased 590 percent since 2003, and inspections are happening more often now. The reason, said Ann Arbor Fire Marshal Reka Farrackand, is in "the interest of public safety as well as to comply with city ordinance." Commercial property inspections cost business owners $690 in 2013, up from $100 in 2003. The increase in cost made news when one business property owner refused to let the city inspect his buildings, according to MLive. Ann Arbor, like many cities in Michigan, has seen its state shared revenue decrease, and while that has been widely reported,...
  • District Disputes Union President's Claim About School Funding Cuts

    04/07/2014 8:43:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/5/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Wayne County school district that the president of the Michigan Education Association highlighted as losing $40 million under Gov. Rick Snyder's watch has actually had its funding increase. In a column for The Detroit News, MEA President Steve Cook wrote: "Take the Wayne-Westland school district, which has lost $40,465,325 during Snyder's tenure." He went on to complain about what he claims are cuts to education and about corporations. But it is unclear where he got his numbers, said Jenny Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Wayne-Westland Community School District. "According to Deputy Superintendent/Administrative and Business Services Jim Larson-Shidler, the figure...
  • Study: Per-Pupil Funding, Class Size Not Predictor of Schools Families Choose

    03/12/2014 1:06:07 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/11/2014 | Jack Spencer
    When given the opportunity, Michigan families choose schools where teachers were paid a little more but per-pupil spending was lower, according to a new Schools of Choice study. On average, students tended to use Michigan's Schools of Choice program to attend districts that had slightly higher student-to-teacher ratios, spent less per pupil and paid teachers more, according to the study done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. During the 2011-12 school year, students used schools of choice to attend districts that paid teachers about $1,000 more in salary. "The key to understanding this apparent paradox is that students are...
  • Kansas high court: School funding unconstitutional (i.e. funding cuts)

    03/07/2014 8:35:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 11:27 AM EST | John Milburn
    The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. The Supreme Court sent the case back to district court for more review to “promptly” determine what the adequate amount of funding should be, but didn’t set a deadline for a hearing. It did, however, set a July 1 deadline for legislators to restore money for two funds aimed at helping poorer districts with...
  • The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine

    03/03/2014 12:28:18 PM PST · by xzins · 195 replies
    IsraPundit ^ | March 02, 2014 | Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research,
    According to the New York Times, “The United States and the European Union have embraced the revolution here as anotherflowering of democracy, a blow to authoritarianism and kleptocracy in the former Soviet space.” ( After Initial Triumph, Ukraine’s Leaders Face Battle for Credibility,, March 1, 2014, emphasis added)“Flowering Democracy, Revolution”?  The grim realities are otherwise. What is a stake is a US-EU-NATO sponsored coup d’Etat in blatant violation of international law.The forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis. Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State...
  • Blue Campuses Get Bluer

    02/24/2014 11:59:28 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Obama Administration’s former Homeland Security Chief has taken over the University of California. “Janet Napolitano had zero experience leading a college before she became president of the University of California last year,” Eric Kelderman wrote in The Chonicle of Higher Education on February 21, 2014. “Yet after just four months on the job, Ms. Napolitano, 56, has outlined major goals for the system, including a reconsideration of tuition policies, improving cooperation with the other two higher-education systems in the state, ensuring the prominent role of research and graduate education, and making the campuses carbon-neutral by 2025.” “She even has...
  • Is CAIR a RICO case?

    02/16/2014 12:31:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 16, 2014 | Mathew Hurwitz
    The Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, claims to be an anti-defamation organization. In fact, as we shall see, it is anything but. CAIR was founded in 1994 by Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmed, who had ties with the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by the terrorist organization Hamas. Therefore, it is an outgrowth of the IAP. It opened its first office in Washington, D.C. with a donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the largest Islamic charity in the U.S. CAIR should be, but is not, registered as a foreign agent. Only 1%...
  • Free Press: School Funding Up Under Gov. Snyder

    02/14/2014 7:00:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/10/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press had a good story Sunday covering the argument about education funding in Michigan. The story is worth reading in its entirety, but some parts in particular stick out and reiterate work done by Michigan Capitol Confidential and deserve to be reposted with comment. Right off the bat Egan takes on the main piece of misinformation that Democrats and some supporters of the status quo in education have been touting: Did Snyder cut $1 billion from K-12 education, as many critics claim? The answer is no, state records show. State funding for K-12 schools...
  • The $2 Billion Education Funding Myth

    01/24/2014 5:07:11 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/22/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Opponents of Gov. Rick Snyder have falsely claimed for several years that he pushed through a $1 billion cut to education. Now they're doubling it. Unions and some Democrat politicians are saying the governor has cut education by $2 billion over his first three years in office. But they are ignoring another $2 billion in annual funding the state provides public schools. Michigan gives that $2 billion a year by way of numerous types of grants for things such as support for at-risk students, incentives for best practices and technology infrastructure. The $2 billion cut claim is related to the...
  • Government Could Shut Down Again on Jan 15

    01/05/2014 4:36:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Brietbart Big Government ^ | January 4, 2014
    While members of Congress ended 2013 congratulating themselves for passing a budget, the media missed the fact that the agreement doesn't actually avoid a government shutdown. The deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) provides simply a blueprint for government spending. Congress must still pass legislation detailing specific spending before January 15, when government's spending authority expires. Government still faces a potential shutdown in a little over a week. The budget agreement passed by Congress in the closing days of last year provides what is called the "top-Line" number, setting the overall level of discretionary...
  • Despite Fewer Students, Michigan School Funding Going Up, Up, Up

    12/11/2013 7:34:44 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/10/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Department of Education will make its quarterly presentation on the number of school districts in deficit to the state legislature Dec. 12. But perhaps lost in the discussion about funding is that the state and federal government have budgeted $563 million more dollars for public school K-12 education in Michigan in 2013-14 than last year despite a drop of 6,100 students. The state's School Aid Budget, which funds K-12 education, increased from $12.9 billion in 2012-13 to $13.4 billion in 2013-14. Federal dollars jumped from $1.701 billion last year to $1.764 billion in 2013-14. However, student enrollment over...
  • Conservative Budgeting Helps Some Teachers Get Cash Back

    12/04/2013 1:08:21 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/1/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Like many districts in Michigan, Milan Area Schools suffered a reduction in student enrollment. But unlike other districts, many of the district's employees will be getting more money this year than originally planned even with the drop in enrollment. Milan Superintendent Bryan Girbach said it was because the district took a hard look at enrollment trends while unions worked with the district to get a balanced budget. The result: employees will get 1.7 percent back from their contractual concessions, Girbach said. Milan Area Schools had 2,385 students in 2012-13. It budgeted for a 7 percent reduction to 2,231 students. The...
  • Funding Jihadists while Denying Military Benefits

    10/12/2013 6:36:36 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10-12-13 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Here is where we’re at: The Republican establishment — the guys who told us that for a trillion dollars and several thousand American casualties, we could build “Islamic democracies” that would be reliable U.S. allies in the War on Terror — say it is Ted Cruz who is “delusional” and the effort to stave off Obamacare that is “unattainable.” These self-appointed sages are, of course, the same guys who told us the way to “stabilize” and “democratize” Libya was to help jihadists topple and kill the resident dictator — who, at the time, was a U.S. ally, providing intelligence about...
  • House Approves Backpay for Furloughed Feds

    10/05/2013 9:05:24 AM PDT · by Gasshog · 43 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | Oct, 5 2013 | Jack Moore
    The House voted unanimously Saturday morning to approve a bipartisan bill ensuring furloughed federal workers receive backpay once the government shutdown ends. The vote on the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was 407-0. Twenty-five members didn't vote. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) had introduced a Senate version of the bill earlier this week.
  • "We're not here to expand government.." Says Nancy Pelosi

    09/20/2013 1:23:39 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 17 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | September 20, 2013 | U.S. House of Representatives
    The pathological liar and PSYOPS QUEEN is at it again. See her remarks starting at 01:14 in the video at link.
  • Governor Palin: Don’t Fund Obamacare!

    08/27/2013 10:35:59 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 40 replies ^ | 27 August, 2013 | Sarah Palin via Stacy Drake
    Via Facebook: Forced enrollment in Obama’s "Unaffordable Care Act" is weeks away. This beast must be stopped — by not funding it. Today, Todd and I joined with many of our fellow citizens to urge those in the U.S. Senate to not fund Obamacare. We The People must continue to make our voices heard and hold those elected to serve this great nation accountable. Those in the Senate and those seeking to serve there must stand strong against this devastating program before it reveals its true face now recognized by both sides of the aisle as the bureaucratic and economic...
  • Obama administration continued to fund ACORN

    08/23/2013 11:30:54 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies ^ | August 22, 2013 | Steven H Ahle
    New documents obtained by Judicial Watch, proves that the Obama administration continued to fund ACORN after all funding was banned for that organization. ACORN Housing changed their name to Affordable Housing Centers of America. All the top officials at ACORN Housing retained the same positions at AHCOA. They also retained the same tax number. Snip Since there was a federal ban on public funding of ACORN by the federal government, they should not have received a federal grant. NeighborWorks America, a public/private entity, funded by the taxpayers of the United States, determined that was a violation of federal law. Judicial...
  • Boehner Plans Short-Term CR

    08/22/2013 6:58:09 PM PDT · by Errant · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | 22 August, 2013 | Jonathan Strong
    Speaker John Boehner strongly hinted on a conference call with rank-and-file House Republicans that the upcoming continuing resolution will not be a do-or-die fight over Obamacare spending. “Our intent is to move quickly on a short-term continuing resolution [CR] that keeps the government running and maintains current sequester spending levels,” Boehner told members, according to a person on the call. While Boehner did not explicitly rule out using the CR for an Obamacare fight, other sources on the call said it was clear he preferred not to use the spending bill to draw a line in the sand. “He didn’t...
  • US Govt In Turmoil Over ‘Big New Al-Qaeda Plot’ While obama-funds-them/

    08/05/2013 6:13:16 AM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 10 replies ^ | 08/04/2013 | Anthony Gucciardi
    US Govt In Turmoil Over ‘Big New Al-Qaeda Plot’ While Obama Funds Them Anthony Gucciardi by Anthony Gucciardi August 4th, 2013 Updated 08/04/2013 at 5:17 pm The mainstream media is reporting on the latest ‘big terror’ threat from al-Qaeda that is apparently the ‘most significant’ threat in years, yet they simultaneously fail to mention that the Obama administration is all the while funding al-Qaeda through arming and financing Syrian rebels that have major ties to the group. obama-funding-al-qaedaSurely this essential point is at least worth mentioning when you consider the fact that Obama even initiated the large-scale arming of the...
  • Hamas Trying to Patch Things Up with Iran

    07/29/2013 1:50:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 7/29/2013, 5:44 AM | Elad Benari
    The Hamas terror group, which rules Gaza, has been holding meetings with representatives from Iran and Hizbullah after months of tension between the two sides, it was reported Sunday. The Arabic language daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported that two Hamas representatives met last month with members of Hizbullah at the Iranian embassy in Beirut. The meeting was attended by senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk, the report said. During the meeting, the sides discussed a number of issues, including Iranian aid to Hamas—which has been reduced significantly in recent years. Asharq al-Awsat quoted Hamas official Ahmed Yusuf as saying that the...
  • No, the GOP is not going to defund Obamacare

    07/26/2013 10:52:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/26/2013 | Byron York
    There's a movement among Capitol Hill Republicans to defund Obamacare. With the president's hugely expensive national health care scheme set to take effect Jan. 1, many of the law's opponents view this fall's battles over spending and the debt as the last chance to stop it, specifically by cutting off funds for its implementation. But Republicans will not stop Obamacare. They won't defund it. Their last chance to put an end to it was the 2012 election. They lost, and the chance is gone. On Thursday, Republican Sen. Mike Lee made public a letter pledging to "not support any continuing...
  • Video: NSA, White House getting worried about defunding vote in House

    07/24/2013 8:35:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    And they should. CBS reoprts that NSA Director Keith Alexander made an “emergency visit” to Capitol Hill to head off a potentially embarrassing vote to defund his agency’s trawling of phone and Internet records. House Republican leaders allowed a vote on an amendment by Rep. Justin Amash to use the power of the purse to rein in the NSA, and the panic shows that the effort might well succeed in the Senate when the budget comes to the upper chamber: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO With a high-stakes showdown vote looming in the House, White House press secretary Jay...
  • NSA chief lobbies lawmakers to kill amendment that would limit surveillance

    07/24/2013 4:33:10 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies ^ | JULY 23, 2013 | Chad Pergram
    The head of the National Security Agency made an urgent visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to try to dissuade lawmakers from voting for an amendment that would rein in their mass collection of phone records. Gen. Keith Alexander met privately with Republicans, and later Democrats, to voice the agency's concerns about an amendment to a major defense bill that would halt the blanket collection of records, including telephone call records, for people not already subject to an investigation. Part of the concern is that even entertaining the amendment on the floor could expose certain programs. snip The amendment folds...
  • Increased School Funding Did Not Slow Districts In Deficit

    06/13/2013 1:14:36 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/10/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Media outlets across the state have pounced on a comment by State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, who said this week there are a record 55 school districts now in deficit. But downplayed in much of the reporting is that 10 school districts are projected to come out of deficit, which if confirmed in November by audits, would mean there actually are four fewer districts in deficit in 2012-13 than the previous year. Michigan had 49 districts in deficit in 2011-12. Michigan Department of Education Spokeswoman Jan Ellis said this was the first year that the state did forecasts on deficits. "The...
  • School Districts In Perpetual 'Funding Crisis'

    06/07/2013 5:43:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/5/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Add the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Boards to those in the education lobby pounding the drums about a "crisis" in funding for public education. In a column in MLive, the MASB's Kathy Hayes talked about the number of schools in deficit at the end of fiscal year 2012 and asked: "Are we really talking about financial mismanagement or is this predominantly a case of a steady disinvestment in education?" Her question is easy to answer. When Jennifer Granholm was governor, the state foundation allowance was increased six consecutive years from 2002-03 to 2008-09. The result? The...