Bill Banning Union Activities With Public Resources Reported
Public employees found to have used their work e-mail for a political activity could face a year in jail under legislation reported Tuesday from the House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee.
Define "political", because this could snare a whole bunch of legislators. That might be fun. Unfortunately, it's probably written to target union members only. More will be revealed if and when it comes to a vote.
Michigan has determined food assistance eligibility based only on income for roughly a decade. A new policy will include a review of certain financial assets starting Oct 1. The requirements will affect new applicants right away and existing recipients when their cases come up for review, which typically happens once every six months.
Those with assets of more than $5,000 in bank accounts or some types of property would no longer be eligible for food assistance. Other assets that would count against the cap include vehicles with market values of more than $15,000 and second homes, depending on how much is owed on the properties.
An undetermined number of people will be removed from the program, that way, Republicans can claim that they have reduced food stamp use. See how that works? Reducing use of social programs is easy if you throw everyone out. Other states have abandoned asset tests over the years; this is another example of how our crop of legislators is moving our state backwards from current accepted practices.
State Sens. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, introduced their bills earlier this year that essentially would outlaw physicians from performing partial-birth abortions in Michigan, except to save the mother's life, and establish sentencing guidelines making it a two-year felony.
The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to approve both bills. Votes on Senate Bills 160 and 161 are expected Wednesday.
Hansen said the state law, even with a federal ban already in place, is needed, because it "makes it easier to enforce the ban in Michigan." He said the state law would provide clarification of the ban for the Michigan Attorney General and law enforcement.
Yeah, that's crap. They aren't happening now. This is totally unnecessary - unless you're trying proclaim victory to fleece the rubes to fund your next campaign as you promise to push for more restrictions later.
Oh, but they're working on "jobs", honest they are!
"Jobs is the No. 1 item we're working on, but we can't be paralyzed in other things we're doing," Hansen said. "But, jobs is the focus."
Sure it is! Can't you tell?