Although the bill contains what the News calls "state budget aid", we won't use the money to aid the budget, and I'm all confused when I hear this next statement from the state budget office:
"The stimulus is one-time money over two years to kick-start the economy and create jobs, not to patch together a budget and not make hard choices," said Leslee Fritz, spokeswoman for the state budget office. She would not reveal details of the upcoming budget.
"This is a tough budget. It will not be a popular budget," she added.
But we have "state budget aid". Hmmm. Anyway, unpopular budget will debut tomorrow. Will have details when they come out. Have a feeling the states themselves probably don't know yet how they will be allowed to apply this money to their issues.
Hoekstra later told reporters that his posts might not have been accurate. When asked if they were, he said he didn't remember.
"You don't know it's the exact time," Hoekstra said of his Twitter posts. "You don't know whether I sent that the minute I got in the car, whether it's halfway to the embassy or after I got that."
Geez, Twitter Pete, I'm thinking that doesn't bode well for any other high responsibility jobs that you might be interested in...
House Bill 4179 (Mandate study of illegal alien costs )
Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on February 6, 2009, to require the state auditor general to conduct a study that estimates the cost of state payments made to illegal immigrants and the cost of state services used by illegal immigrants, and that discovers any state remedies to recover these costs from the federal government.
And this comes after Dave Agema introduced four or five (I lost count) bills denying illegals any kind of anything, so I'm not sure why, exactly, we would need a study at that point, but you know how those Republicans are when they become obsessed...
House Bill 4192 (Prohibit gender identity/sexual orientation discrimination )
Introduced by Rep. Rebekah Warren (D) on February 6, 2009, to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” to the characteristics that define membership in a group against whom it is a crime to discriminate under the Michigan civil rights law. This would make it a crime to deny employment, housing, use of public accommodations, public services, and educational facilities to another person on the basis of a perception that the person has a particular sexual orientation or gender identity.
Rep. Warren rocks.
"We made a gesture of the 2-3 p.m. Saturday time period. It's been 24 hours and we had no response," Kniowski said. "Our station is being bombarded with calls and messages, and we find ourselves in the middle of someone else's fight. Ours was a fair offer and we are removing ourselves from this matter."
Look for Glenn to cry about being censored next, and use this incident for fund raising. Whaddayawanna bet. Hang tough, WOOD.
Off to make some coffee...