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  •  The marginalized will always (6+ / 0-)

    get it in the neck first because they're ... well... in the margins.

    But are you sure you didn't drop a decimal point there?  $52K sounds like an awfully small amount for an annual budget for a program like this.  And if that IS actually the entire cost of operation, surely it could be crowdsourced at $3, $5, $10 a clip without even breaking a sweat.  Unless there's some prohibition against private funding, they could conceivably not even have an interruption in service.  Hell, Mike Illitch or Tom Monahan could find that kind of cheese in their sofa cushions.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 07:20:37 AM PDT

    •  It should have to be crowdsourced (3+ / 0-)
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      winkk, Aquarius40, smartalek

      The legislature should have some gonads and raise taxes to pay for it if there truly is no money in the budget for it. Add a 5 cent surtax on newspaper subscriptions.

      •  Or... for the low low price of $19.95 (2+ / 0-)

        each that service is restored. Either way, this is a simple solution. Who ain't got $19.95? The state of Michigan is stupid. Simply offer the service for $19.95 /yr. and offer Gift Subscriptions. Done, done and done.

        •  I was thinking of the PBS/NPR model (1+ / 0-)
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          winkk

          Most of the funding for PBS and NPR comes from private donors and foundations.  The government contribution to it is a fairly small percentage (which is what made Rmoney®'s Big Bird Remarks so ludicrous in the first place).  NPR has a "sustainers" program where people contribute automatically every month (of course one-time contributions are always welcome, no matter how small).  I wouldn't be surprised if a single pledge drive raised the entire $52K in a week or less.

          I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

          by mojo11 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 09:27:12 AM PDT

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      •  that would mean doing something for somebody (2+ / 0-)
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        kimoconnor, Calamity Jean

        who isn't wealthy.  The MI legislature don't roll that way.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 09:36:35 AM PDT

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    •  $16 (3+ / 0-)

      per person per year. Like you said mojo, crowdsource it, or better yet, maybe the elected state officials could each donate $5.

      Dirty bastards are killing this service without having made an attempt to work with the blind and set up another avenue for funding. If they find another way to fund it after it has been disrupted it'll be a pain in the ass to get it running smoothly again......

      "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

      by fugwb on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 09:21:24 AM PDT

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      •  Why can't the blind invest $16/yr for information? (0+ / 0-)

        I don't see the problem here.  Does everything in America have to be paid for by all taxpayers to be "free"?  Can't anyone pay for what they want, if they value it?

        Georgia Kitchen of Flint, who is blind and volunteers as a state coordinator of News­line, said the service provides blind people not just with news, but with leads on jobs through classified ads and information about things going on in the community.
        $16/yr is too much to pay for leads on jobs?  How about some personal responsibility?  I've paid more than that to print up resumes.  

        Also, I pay $22/month to get the print newspaper.  Where do I sign up to only pay $16/yr?

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