Sunday, September 30, 2007

The House will own this shutdown

... if this keeps up.

Dillon is blaming DeRoche and the Republicans for breaking a deal.

House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, said the agreement between the political parties is that majority Democrats will agree to pass changes in teacher health insurance as long as Republicans provide yes votes on the expansion of the sales tax to services.

Dillon fumed that House Republicans, after blasting tax increases all year and urging government reform first, had so many dissenters on the teacher health insurance bill.

But DeRoche said the Republicans never agreed to the sales taxes.

But House Republican Leader Craig DeRoche of Novi said he has delivered the votes on teacher health care that he promised. Still, he said he was trying to round up more.

"We simply in good faith are trying to deliver as many votes as we can," he said.

And he said Dillon is at fault on the service tax proposal because House Republicans have never supported it, and Democrats as the majority party have the votes to pass it if they get their members in line.

Andy, move the tax vote, and hang DeRoche on the reforms, if that is the way they want to play it.