Sunday, September 30, 2007

Next up, SB418 - MESSA Reform

Trying it again. Important reform bill. The MEA is vehemently opposed. They have a cadre of taxpayer and teacher-funded lobbyists working overtime to hold this one off.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

When looking at the voting board in the House, there are what appears to be round lights to the left of many names. What do they signify?

Steve Vear said...

Jack, What does SB418 now contain?
Since there has been several substitutes that the Senate voted down

Anonymous said...

Is there anyone in the senate updating people. As far as I know this is the only place to see whats going on.

Anonymous said...

Is this the die on the sword issue for the Senate to pass the income tax and services tax?

Jack Hoogendyk said...

The round red lights next to the red votes are asterisks. They are for color-blind people. It is hard for someone who is color-blind to tell the difference between red and yellow. Some cannot distinguish between red and green. So, if there is an asterisk in front of the name, you know it is RED.

Tom said...

Actually Jack, its the red and green that we red-green colorblind people have a difficult time distinguishing.

Mike said...

Is the Governor twisting arms to get MESSA reform as strong as she did for the income tax and sales tax?

Anonymous said...

Who is going to be leading the charge of changing the term limit system that we currently have? If this doesn't show the problems with term limits, nothing will.

Either totally eliminate term limits or modify them to the proposal that the State Chamber put forward - 12 year term where the member could stay in the seat for 12 yrs or do a combo between the House and Senate - but not longer than 12 years.

If I were voting, and I hope I get the opportunity to do so, it will be for the ELIMINATION of term limits!

Anonymous said...

Time to make teachers aware of the difficult financial times in Michigan. They can't expect taxpayers to pick up the tab for their families health care FOREVER. It's time for them to experience what the rest of us are.
Hold firm Jack... and put the pressure on your Republican colleagues (we don't want this one to go as the income tax increase did)